Celebrating Adirondack artists in their own creative environments

SARANAC LAKE — The weekend of Aug. 30 brings another opportunity to meet artists at work in their own creative environment.

The ArtWorks Studio Tour series continues to attract audiences and artists to the greater Saranac Lake region as creators open up their home and work spaces to the public on Aug. 30, 31 and Sept. 1. The signature, self-guided tours give people a chance to catch up with artists in their own environment, see how the creative process unfolds, and also provide an opportunity to acquire handmade pieces appropriate for gift giving and collecting.

Every month brings something distinctive since the participating artists and venues vary from month to month — even day to day — for each of the Studio Tour weekends.

The August Studio Tour introduces a new artist to the tour circuit, Deborah Geurtze. Geurtze was part of the Adirondack Plein Air Festival artists who finished their week of prolific outdoor painting on Aug. 17 in Saranac Lake. She is relatively new to the region but no stranger to the state of New York, and notably the Mohawk Valley, where her show, “Water-Marks: Etchings, Monotypes, & Paintings,” is currently exhibiting at the Arkell Museum. The show will be on exhibit until Dec. 29. In the meantime, Deborah will be on hand at her home studio in Saranac Lake to demonstrate and explain the art of printmaking.

These Studio Tour weekends offer a comfortable and entertaining way to explore the various mediums of art that the region has to offer, as well as take in the Adirondack scenery. Participating galleries extend from the village of Saranac Lake to the village of Malone with the Adirondack Artists Guild, NorthWind Fine Arts, BluSeed Studios and the Downtown Artist Cellar all taking part.

Photographer Mark Kurtz and fine artist Tim Fortune will be on the August tour along with fused glass artist Marie Cogar, and plein air painter Sandra Hildreth. Mark Paul will be in his woodworking studio carving and teaching in Sugar Bush; Edith Urban will be on hand at her place in Onchiota; Peter Shrope will be showing his pieces in Rainbow Lake; and Stephen Horne’s working gallery in Paul Smiths will be open. The Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce might host a writing for some of the Studio Tour hours, and Historic Saranac Lake will be open on Friday and Saturday offering tours of the “Art of the Cure” exhibit.

This year, ArtWorks Studio Tours offer a new experience at the end of November. Instead of traveling to each artists’ studio, ArtWorks is inviting artists to come together with their work at the Ballroom in The Hotel Saranac. The public will be invited in for a special sales event. Admission is $15 and includes food, a beverage and the opportunity to talk to the artists and perhaps purchase something directly from an artist in time for holiday gift-giving. Details are on the website at www.saranaclakeartworks.com.

Printed maps for each Studio Tour are available at the participating studios as well as at the Hotel Saranac, the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and other area businesses. Tour schedules may also be found on the ArtWorks website at www.saranaclakeartworks.com.

Saranac Lake ArtWorks is a program that is fiscally sponsored by BluSeed Studios, a 501c3 arts organization whose mission is to provide space and opportunities where artists and educators can collaborate, experiment, diverge, exhibit and perform; to move ideas and aesthetics forward; and to share this diversity with the community.

For more information call 518-891-3799 or email info@saranaclakeartworks.com