Tupper Lake Plein Air Festival winners announced
TUPPER LAKE — The Tupper Lake Plein Air Festival is over, and the winners have been announced.
Sunday was the last day to view the locally inspired artwork done by the artists who participated in the Plein Air Festival last week. Most of the artists were able to leave their work with Tupper Arts, which kept the show up in its main gallery at 106 Park St. and continued to offer the paintings for sale to the public.
Gary Casagrain had the difficult task of judging the show on Saturday to award first, second and third prize to the artists. The winners are as follows:
¯ First place: “Bog River Falls” by Deborah Geurtze
¯ Second place: “Summer’s End” by Patricia Bellerose
¯ Third place: “Looking Down the Flow” by Patrick McPhee
¯ People’s Choice Award: “Neon Glow — Northwood Cabins” by Tarryl Gabel.
Geurtze, of Saranac Lake, took first place with her watercolor of Bog River Falls. She studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in painting and printmaking at SUNY Potsdam. She also completed her master’s degree in printmaking at SUNY Albany and has shown her work in over 60 national outdoor shows.
Second place went to Bellerose, an accomplished artist from Quebec, for her oil painting “Summer’s End,” on the shore of Little Wolf Pond.
McPhee, from Binghamton, took third place with his oil painting “Looking Down the Flow,” which he painted from the flow looking south. He was last year’s first place winner.
The People’s Choice Award went to Gabel for her painting of the iconic Northwood Cabins neon sign. She also submitted several landscapes of the area.
More of the artwork is featured in Tupper Arts’ online gallery at tupperarts.org.