Art show celebrates 20th anniversary

Packing art is tricky work, and it took several moments for Rubino to pull back the layers to unveil a collage of butterflies. Rubino has been receiving artwork from previous Cover Art Show winners in preparation for ACNAs 20th annual 2007 Juried Cover Art Show. The Arts Council is celebrating 20 years of past years Cover Artist Winners along with a special invitational exhibit. This special invitational exhibit will be on display with the Cover Art Show. Hanging beside the veterans artwork will be a framed copy of the Arts Council Directory cover they created as well as a current picture and short biography of what the artist is currently doing. While many of these artists remain in the area, some like Holland have relocated, and one has since passed away. Sitting in her office in Westport, Rubino examined the covers from past guides. Each one has a story, like the year that bikers helped sort out a traffic jam. They all have one thing in common, though: the covers from area artists are striking, with many influenced by a nature theme. The art, said Rubino, is almost invariably affected by living in the region. Its reminiscent of the Adirondacks. Its hard to live here and not be moved by our environment, said Rubino. Starting is 1985, the council had an artist design the cover of the Arts Directory. Then in 1988, the council began the Cover Art Show Competition. The cover competition for the Cover Art Award is only open to residents of Essex County or southern Franklin County (within the Adirondack Park), both full-time and summer. All other juried awards and exhibits are open to any artist or craftsperson living in the Adirondack region. The 2007 two member jury includes Nancy Brossard, a 1990 and 2006 Cover Art Winner from Tupper Lake, and Karen Davidson, graphic designer and marketing consultant from Lake Placid. The jury will select approximately 75 pieces, which will comprise the three traveling arts shows. The Cover Art Show, the Landscape Exhibit and Public Spaces Exhibit will remain at the Lake Placid Fine Arts Gallery from March 16-April 23, and then will travel throughout the tri-county region through Dece. 31. The exhibitions are hung in various locations, including the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, the Depot Theatre Gallery in Westport, Hancock House in Ticonderoga, Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake, Clinton County Government Center in Plattsburgh, AuSable Forks Free Library, Adirondack History Center in Elizabethtown, branch offices of the Champlain National Bank, and various galleries and restaurants. Rubino said that many past winners had their careers advanced by having their work displayed on the covers. The guide is placed throughout the region, and raises the artists profile. This years cover art piece will appear on the cover of 20,000 copies of the twenty-sixth annual Northern Adirondack Arts Directory 2007-2008 and Master Events Calendar. The directory is available in June. It has information and descriptions of over 100 cultural organizations and over 1,000 dates of cultural interest. If you go The Cover Art show will open with a reception on March 16 from 5-7 p.m. at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.

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