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Artists embark on year-long project on Lake Champlain Basin pollution

SARANAC LAKE — A launch event for an upcoming year-long art and science project is being hosted at BluSeed Studios at the end of this month.

Native American artists David Fadden and Katsitsionni Fox, First Nation artist Martin Akwiranoron Loft, Vermont artist Steve Kostell, and BluSeed founder and Director Emeritus Carol Marie Vossler will create new works of art that address the issue of pollution and its impacts on the Lake Champlain Basin.

One of the project’s goals is to use the arts to draw awareness to how our daily lives have a direct effect on Lake Champlain and its tributaries. The Saranac lakes and Saranac River are all part of the 9,000-square-mile Lake Champlain Basin. The condition of Lake Champlain can also have a direct impact on the quality of life for all the surrounding communities.

The launch event to introduce the artists and their work is slated for Saturday, June 26 from 1 to 3 p.m. at BluSeed, 24 Cedar St., Saranac Lake. It will include a brief presentation by Paul Smith’s College science professor Curt Stager, who will provide scientific data and guidance for the artists.

The artists involved in the Lake Champlain Basin project have a year to produce new works that creatively address the issues facing the watershed. Each will give a public presentation during the project to share what they have developed. Vossler will also develop educational programs related to the theme. The final exhibition will be held at BluSeed in June 2022, with a formal reception planned.

The June 26 event will be followed by a reception for “The Spirit of the Adirondacks: People, Places & Things” from 3 to 6 p.m. at BluSeed. This is an open photography exhibition featuring works submitted by regional photographers.

The “Multi-Cultural Interpretations on How Pollution Effects the Lake Champlain Watershed” project is funded by a Lake Champlain Basin Program grant under an agreement between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission.

For more information call 518-891-3799, email admin@bluseedstudios.org, or visit bluseedstudios.org.

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