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The winners of this year’s Plein Air Festival

The winning entry, “Morning Sparkle,” by Kari Ganoung Ruiz, of Interlaken, New York. (Provided image)
Dennon Walantus of Morrisonville, painting alongside the Saranac River. (Provided photo)
Nancy Brossard of Lake Clear, painting along the Deer River Flow. (Provided photo)

SARANAC LAKE — This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Plein Air Festival took place with fewer artists participating and the show and sale of the works happening online rather than at the Harrietstown Town Hall.

Awards juror Richard Lindenberg selected the prize winners remotely. Kari Ganoung Ruiz of Interlaken was awarded the $1,000 first place prize for her painting of boats on Lake Flower titled “Morning Sparkle.” Ruiz had previously won prizes at this event, but not first prize.

Two-time prize winner George Van Hook of Cambridge won the $750 “Spirit of the Wilderness” award for “Adirondack Cast,” a painting that featured a trout fisherman. The third place award of $500 was given to Jim Laurino of Connecticut, a newcomer to the event, for his painting of the community of Brant Lake. A $250 prize was awarded to Chrissy Pahucki of New Hampton for a painting of Hickock’s Boat Livery. Kathy Armstrong of Rochester won a $200 prize for her painting “Morning in the Marsh.”

Many of the prize-winning paintings have already been purchased. Those and others remain up online at www.SaranacLakeArtWorks.org as well as on the Adirondack Plein Air Festival Facebook page.

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