Art Walk celebrates 10th anniversary, awarded DCA grant

SARANAC LAKE Its been 10 years since the first Third Thursday Art Walk debuted, and thanks to a Developing Community Arts (DCA) re-grant, the 10th anniversary promises to be as entertaining as ever. The $900 grant awarded through the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization program and administered by the Arts Council for the Northern Adirondacks provides a stipend for the numerous street performers that take part in the Art Walks. This summers series will take place on the third Thursday of June, July and August (June 19, July 17 and Aug. 21) from 4:30 to 7 p.m. According to Art Walk coordinator Margaret Airey, the grant provides enough money to fund three performances per walk. Last years Art Walk featured performances by magician Bob Seidenstein, and musical acts by the Rustic Riders and guitarist Geoff Hayward. Wed like to make this years Art Walks really special, said Airey. Were going to kick it up a notch because its the 10th anniversary. Were going to get more schools involved. Although not set-in-stone, Airey hopes that store owners in Saranac Lake will allow the Art Walk to set up exhibitions in spaces that are currently empty i.e. property that formerly housed the Hallmark Store, True Vision Concepts, and Sweet Ps Restaurant. Airey also hopes that children will contribute to the atmosphere this summer by creating chalk art along the self-guided tour route. We really just want to get the kids out there, because its important to tie them into the greater community, she added. Its not just the youth that Airey hopes to attract to the Art Walks this summer. She hopes that the community as a whole comes out in support of Adirondack artists. The arts are such an important part of the North Country, said Airey. There are more art-related events in this area than athletic events. Airey believes that the Art Walk series draws attention to what she calls the enormous artistic talents of Adirondackers. The community needs to be aware of its artistic base, she added. I think that the more we are aware of what we have here, the more the outside world will become aware. The Saranac Lake Free Library is sponsoring the Third Thursday Art Walks, along with Compass Printing Plus on Main Street, a business that helped print maps and programs for upcoming events.

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