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Artists' Guild exhibit features several North Country artists

SARANAC LAKE - The Adirondack Artists' Guild now has several works of art on display as part of the guild's 11th annual Juried Show. The exhibit, which opened March 13, will be on display through April 16.

Eighty-eight artists, from northern New York, Vermont and Quebec, submitted 196 pieces of artwork. Linda Fisher, a painter from Jay, set high standards and after five hours of review, pared the entries down to 78 of the finest.

Mark Kurtz, a photographer from Saranac Lake, submitted two thought-provoking black and white images of subjects never seen in the Adirondack Park. "It's Only Steam" is a portrait of a nuclear energy facility that strangely resembles a mushroom cloud. "It's Only Wind" is a worm's-eye view of a massive wind turbine - and was selected by the juror as the first place award. In addition to a cash prize, Kurtz will be honored with a solo exhibit in the gallery in November.

Annoel Krider of Lake Placid also had two unique pieces selected for the exhibit. Krider's creations are made of sticks, paper, beeswax, pine resin, yarn, paint, pastel and beads. Her large wall piece, "Walking Through My Garden," almost looks like it could be a sacred totem for an aboriginal tribe. It received the second place award. Her second piece is a much smaller, framed work titled "Mindfulness."

One of the smallest works in the show, "Spring," is a delicate acrylic painting by Plattsburgh artist Noreen Sadue and is the third place winner. The first colors of spring pop in this semi-abstract landscape.

The juror's honorable mention selection was "Iron Knight of the Sky," a detailed pencil drawing of a WWI airplane. The artist, Richard Groh of Saranac Lake, has entered the juried show a number of times and his drawings of airplanes are visual lessons on aviation history.

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