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Flora Borealis: Plants & Flowers of the Northern Forest

SARANAC LAKE Saranac Lake artist Sandra Hildreth is best known for her Adirondack landscapes and mandala paintings but in this exhibit she takes a closer look at the wild flowers and plants that can be found in the bogs and forests of the North Country. The exhibit will run from Oct. 2 - 30 at the Adirondack Artists Guild, 52 Main Street, in Saranac Lake. The opening reception will be Fri. Oct. 5 from 5 7 and is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Pitcher plants, the unusually shaped carnivorous plants that are common in bogs and fens like the one at the Paul Smiths Adirondack Park Visitors Interpretive Center, were the first to attract her attention. The large hair-lined pitchers that trap insects come in various shades of red and green and in the summer are topped by prehistoric looking flowers. After researching and painting these plants, Hildreth discovered some of the other carnivorous plants that grow here like the Sundew and Bladderwort.

Im not sure why they are so appealing to me, but they are. Perhaps it is their unique position in the food chain, or maybe just their interesting shapes, colors, and habitats, said Hildreth.

Then there are the orchids exotic plants like the Pink Ladyslipper that many people are totally unaware of. Hildreth also first learned of these at the VIC and has since discovered a variety of orchids on hikes and paddles in other areas of the Adirondacks.

Like Audubon and his bird paintings, Hildreth hopes to introduce the natural beauty of these plants and flowers to people by incorporating them into aesthetically pleasing compositions. Working in both oils and watercolors, most of the paintings are larger than life portrayals of specific plants within their natural habitats.

For more information contact the Gallery at 518-891-2615. www.adirondackartistsguild.com.

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