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Norman Ridge paintings displayed at NorthWind

This is one of Susan Whiteman’s paintings on Norman Ridge in Vermontville, on display at the NorthWind Fine Arts gallery in Saranac Lake.

SARANAC LAKE — NorthWind Fine Arts is presenting Susan Whiteman’s “Evening Hours: Norman Ridge,” a collection of new paintings inspired by the farmland of Norman’s Ridge in Vermontville.

In lieu of an opening, people are invited to stop by and visit the exhibit during NorthWind’s new gallery hours of Thursday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit will be featured from Sept. 3 to 26.

Locals will remember the land astride Norman Ridge Road as being vast potato fields for decades. Some know the history of the venerable picnic tree, saved from the ax by one of the field hands nearly a century ago. People are drawn there to watch sunrises and sunsets, to watch cattle in the fields, to smell that first cut of hay. The land is still worked and cared for. For years, artist Susan Whiteman has been walking there with her dogs, painting there, dreaming there, stepping back in time. It’s big sky country, and her paintings capture the beauty of the farm at sunset, from the first “golden hours” of the sun slanting across the fields to the magic in the sky, to the soft lavenders of dusk.

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