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Tri-Lakes artists open studios to public next weekend

SARANAC LAKE The Adirondack Artists Guild has initiated the first ever Artists at Work Studio Tour to take place in the Tri-Lakes area on Sept. 28-30.

The tour is a golden opportunity to visit many of the growing number of artists living and working in the Tri-Lakes region. Visitors can observe the artist at work, engage in conversation and possibly purchase art on the premises. The visitor can see firsthand how a painting begins, hear the whir of a potters wheel and even meet the sheep who produce the wool for woven tapestries.

There are more than 30 artists participating in the event, including many guild members and other regional artists such as David Woodward who works in custom ironworks, Margaret Boettcher working in watercolors, and Sandy Muel-ler and Bud Ziolkowski, the husband and wife team who create packbaskets. Other art-ists include Cris Winters in Saranac Lake, Joe and Stevie Capozio, in Wilmington, Jackie Altman, in Lake Placid, and Saundra Villafane-Laramie, in Tupper Lake. An informative brochure with maps listing all the artists locations is available online at the guilds web site, at the gallery at 52 Main St., and at various supporting venues in Saranac Lake.

The three-day tour can be designed by the visitor to meet several artists in one region each day. It is a unique opportunity to stop in and see the artists workspace, which often is in their home as a private studio. Look for yellow and black Artist at Work signs along the route to locate some very remote artists.

The bonus is the timing of the art oriented weekend. Late September is the high point in the fall foliage season, bringing visitors and residents out to enjoy the Adirondack autumn.

The Adirondack Artists Guild is a cooperative retail art gallery representing a diverse group of regional working art-ists promoting development of the arts in the community year-round. The guild art gallery is open seven days a week during the summer months and is on the web at adirondackartistsguild.com .

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