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Saranac Lake pop-up gallery features stone, steel sculptures

Sculptor Josh Ruder describes the aesthetic elements of his “Mindscape6” sculpture. (Photo provided)

SARANAC LAKE — Joshua Ruder, a sculptor and new featured artist at the Abstract Adirondack art gallery, will have several of his pieces on display at the gallery through Sept. 16.

The gallery is open Thursday afternoons from 4 to 7:30 p.m., in the gardens of the Historic McClellan Cure Cottage on 391 Park Ave.

Ruder is a figurative sculptor who works mainly in carved stone and welded steel. He hails from Massachusetts, but has family connections to the Tri-Lakes.

He started working with clay in 9th grade and since then he’s pursued a lifelong exploration of creation in three dimensions.

“I sculpt because I believe it is the most effective way for me to communicate my thoughts, feelings and observations about the world,” Ruder said.

Josh Ruder’s unnamed sculpture is on display Abstract Adirondack art gallery with paintings by Peter Bird. (Provided photo)

He explores the possibilities and limitations of combining steel, stone, ceramics, plaster, wood and glass, often incorporating found objects into his work.

He has a degree in visual arts from Brown University in Rhode Island, attended workshops and internships at Stonybrook Metal Arts and Sculpture School in Massachusetts to cast bronze and weld, studied ceramics and metal casting with sand molds at Liberty Arts in North Carolina, and studied carving marble at the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center in Vermont.

In 2017 he had an artist residency at the Plumbing Museum in Massachusetts, welding pieces from scrap metal, then worked as a metal finisher at Salmon Studios in Massachusetts. He now works full-time on sculptures for commissions and exhibits, and is on the board of the New England Sculptors Association.

Abstract Adirondack is a weekly pop-up art gallery hosted at the home of painter and printmaker Deborah Geurtze and theatrical designer Michael Friedman. Paintings and prints by Geurtze, sculptures by Sarah May of Walden, abstract constructions and paintings by Tim Fortune of Saranac Lake, paintings by Peter Bird of Saranac Lake, assemblage by William Evans of Jay and paintings and prints by George Dirolf of Loudonville are also shown at the gallery.

(Provided photo)

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