PLATTSBURGH Mountain Lake PBS is inviting artists to submit their best artwork to be juried for an exclusive collection of approximately 175 pieces along with artists from northern New York, Vermont and Canada. Submissions are accepted in all mediums paintings, sculptures, artisan works and photographs. Artists may enter a maximum of three pieces per medium, each with a minimum value of $100. In order to enter, donors must fill out a donor form from the stations Web site,
, for each piece of artwork and mail or e-mail the form back to the station, at
. Along with the donor form, a digital image or slide of the artist's work must be included. Artists submitting three-dimensional pieces may send up to three digital photos or slides for each piece of artwork. The deadline to submit artwork is Wednesday, Jan. 9. Artwork must be ready to hang matted, framed and with wire on the back if it is a picture or painting. Three-dimensional pieces need to be mounted on a base. Artwork will be included in an on-line gallery, promotional material and the live on-air auction. The juried collection will be exhibited at the McCord Museum in downtown Montreal March 14-16, and the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts in Plattsburgh March 28-April 12. The arts auction live broadcast at the Mountain Lake PBS studio will take place April 25-27. Since 1984, Mountain Lake PBS Arts Auction has been growing in stature and quality, and attracts big name artists like Patricia Reynolds, Ernest Haas, Oleg Podymow and Loretta Fasan. The auction reaches more than 3.8 million households in New York, Vermont and Canada, with its proceeds benefiting local television programming viewers have come to enjoy watching on Mountain Lake PBS. Mountain Lake PBS features programming with a distinctive Champlain Valley and Adirondack focus with such popular ongoing series as Roadside Adventures, Adirondack Outdoors, Art Express and Mountain Lake Journal, which feature stories on issues, people and the arts throughout the Adirondack Mountains, Eastern Vermont, Montreal and Quebec. Other recent documentary productions include the nationally distributed Call of the Loon, and in current release, Inside Adirondacks: Creating the Wild Center. For more information about special sponsorship opportunities and benefits, or to be a part of the live studio audience bidding, contact Toni Mikulka at Mountain Lake PBS by calling 1-800-836-5700, ext. 127.