2019 ArtWorks Adirondack Plein Air workshop opportunity and festival participants announced

2019 Adirondack Plein Air Festival juror Sarah Yeoman (Photo provided)

SARANAC LAKE — Saranac Lake ArtWorks has announced that the 11th annual Plein Air Festival will include 50 artists from all over the United States with a spot reserved for last year’s festival winner, Jay Brooks.

The artists will come together in Saranac Lake beginning Monday, Aug. 12 for a week-long outdoor painting extravaganza. Jurying will be done on Aug. 16, by Delaware artist Sarah Yeoman, with over $6,000 in awards to be presented that evening at the Special Preview Party at Harriesttown Town Hall in Saranac Lake. The Show & Sale, following on Saturday, Aug. 17 is free and open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. in the townhall.

Yeoman is offering a workshop prior to the start of the festival which is open to artists of any level of painting. The two-day pre-festival plein air workshop will be held near Saranac Lake starting on Aug. 10.

“Do not be intimidated if you’re a beginner or if it’s been a while since you’ve painted outdoors,” Yoeman said. “I’ll be doing demos and instruction on fundamentals.” She describes her workshop as, “balancing the development of technical skills with the aspects of painting that transcend technique and get us to higher levels of ourselves as artists and creators.”

Yeoman has strong Adirondack connections, with a 100-year-old, off-the-grid, family camp on Indian Lake. She has participated in the Adirondack Plein Air Festival previously and exhibited her paintings recently at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. She is a Signature Member of the American Watercolor Society.

A master painter with fluid, expressive watercolor techniques, Yeoman had an early career as a singer/songwriter. She eventually discovered the watercolor medium and knew that she had found her clearest creative voice. She has been painting with watercolors for 35 years and is recognized for her strength of story and ability capture the fleeting qualities of light and its influence on form.

Yeoman recently collaborated with the Harlem based Elisa Monte dance company who choreographed an original dance based on her painting “I’ll Fly Away,” which premiered in Lake Placid last summer. She was a faculty member for the 2018 Plein Air Convention in Santa Fe in addition to being featured in the Elie Saab Paris Haute Couture runway catalog with her painting “Here and There.”

From her “Crows and Ravens” series, to her Brandywine Valley landscapes, to her 40 years of painting, paddling and exploring the Adirondacks, Sarah is most at home in the woods and on the water.

Names of the 2019 Plein Air Festival participants along with more information and workshop registration details may be found at SaranacLakeArtWorks.com/pleinair or call or email Kathy at 518-891-3799, info@saranaclakeartworks.com

Saranac Lake ArtWorks functions as a nonprofit program under BluSeed Studios located at 24 Cedar St., Saranac Lake.