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‘Carvings, Contemporary and Abstract’ at library

October 11, 2012
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

SARANAC LAKE - Artists Rachel S. Lamb and C. Peter Ordway will exhibit their painted relief wood carvings at the Saranac Lake Free Library from Monday, Oct. 15, to Nov. 18 in a show titled "Carvings, Contemporary and Abstract."

Lamb produces dramatically stained and painted carved forms in wood; her stylistic renditions of nature show seasonal flair with images of dreamy, ethereal and fantasy scenes. One of her wood carvings was featured on the cover of the Arts Directory for the Arts Council for the Northern Adirondacks this year. She displays her works at NorthWind Fine Arts Gallery on Broadway in Saranac Lake.

Ordway, known locally for his past roles as a manager of the Hotel Saranac and Cape Air, carves scenes of nature in wood, using a realistic style in the folk art tradition. He finishes his works with colorful paint and stains, allowing the carved wood to be the prominent feature of each piece. This is the premier exhibit of his most recent artistic creations. He will also display some of his photographic art at this show.

"Both artists find satisfaction in the slow carving process," they wrote in a news release about the exhibit. "Working with their hands using steel chisels and knives, applying finishes, turning raw wood into creative artistic reliefs, they allow the world around them to momentarily fade away as they produce one of a kind pieces."

A meet-the-artist opening reception will be held Friday, Oct. 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Cantwell Room of the library on Main Street.

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