NorthWind moves gallery into new ArtRise studio
When NorthWind Fine Arts closed its old gallery on Woodruff Street in December, its members knew it was just a transition period, not the end. Now they already have a new partnership to show off their artwork and maintain their presence in Saranac Lake.
NorthWind is partnering with the ADK ArtRise, located beside the central downtown parking lot on Main Street, in the space where the Northeast Taekwondo studio and Nori’s Village Market once were. NorthWind’s Lee Ann Sporn said she approached the three women who run ArtRise — Jessica Ackerson, Julia Csanko and Brittany Sternberg — about a potential partnership.
“The day I closed the old gallery, I heard their ad on the radio and went right over to talk,” Sporn said. “I didn’t think they would even be there, let alone say yes to my proposal.”
The ArtRise partners did say yes, as they saw it as a collaborating opportunity to grow the art scene in Saranac Lake. While the space is still leased and operated by ADK ArtRise, NorthWind is renting a wall from them to show off its art pieces and sell them when people walk through or attend classes through ArtRise.
The space they are sharing will be open seven days a week and into the evenings on weekdays, with the ArtRise partners being there Monday to Friday and the NorthWind gallery partners holding sitting hours Friday through Sunday.
ArtRise has a variety of classes people can attend, including art, crafts, woodworking and T-shirt making. Classes start around $25 and up.
“The reason we wanted to collaborate with them is because of the infusion of young energy they bring to the space,” Sporn said. “They are much younger than us at the NorthWind gallery, and I think we inspire each other, and it gives us a much better space to do our monthly events.
“We currently have our virtual show going on as well, with the theme ‘Healing Wilderness,’ and people can find the QR code to access that online or in the ArtRise studio.”
“They are like mentors to us, and we have learned a lot from them on how to run a gallery and what it means to run a business,” Csanko said. “It has absolutely been inspiring.”