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Area students to get look at artists' lives

Adirondack Art Career-College Day will take place on Friday, March 9 from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. This is the 13th year of a day dedicated to North Country high school art students. North Country native, Reid Crosby, will be the keynote presenter at the event. Crosby is a mixed media artist, and the co-owner of STK Gallery in Burlington, Vt. He is a graduate of Beekmantown Central School and St. Michaels College in Burlington, Vt. As a young artist, his career path is still emerging, and he hopes sharing his experiences might give students a clearer idea of what pursuing the arts would mean. There are a lot of options out there, a lot of possibilities, said Crosby. He said hes worked as a picture framer and in corporate design, and currently holds down a day job at IBM as a system administrator. There are a lot of different roads you can go down, but Im not planning on sugar-coating it. The day focuses on exploring art careers with regional artists and portfolio development/review with college/art school representatives. Its to impress upon these kids that it isnt just fun and games when you're trying to make a living in the arts its hard work, said Caroline Rubino, director of the Arts Council of the Northern Adirondacks. Rubino added that art-related careers were a good fit for the Adirondack Park, if that is what students were interested in. Mini-presentations where students can interact with the artists will take place. Other artists planning to attend include Tim Fortune of Saranac Lake, a painter/gallery owner; Andrea Knight of Keeseville, who is photographer, works in fine carpentry and is shop owner; Jen Marshall of Elizabethtown, a fiber artist and partner in the Creative Threads Textile Arts Store and Alyssa Manning of Peru, who is a sculpture student SUNY Plattsburgh. Representatives from the following colleges will be attending: Cazenovia College, Clinton Community College, Maine College of Art, Moore College of Art and Design, Pratt Institute, Pratt at Munson-Williams-Proctor, The College of Saint Rose, SUNY Plattsburgh, and SUNY Potsdam. The event draws over 100 students from 13-18 schools throughout Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties. Sophomores, juniors and seniors attend the career day. The day is co-planned by Region Five NY State Art Teachers Association, Adirondack Council for the Arts, and Lake Placid Center for the Arts. Student walk-ins welcome. For additional information or to pre-register, contact ACNA Director, Caroline Rubino at 962-8778.

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