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Artists 'Make a Scene' in Saranac Lake

SARANAC LAKE - Saranac Lake ArtWorks is inviting artists to come participate in the first Adirondack Plein Air Festival held in the community.

Scheduled for Aug. 21-23, the festival will feature both amateur and professional artists creating art outdoors on location. Members of the public are invited to come watch these painters, sculptors, and illustrators at work.

"Plein Air" means working in the "open air" and usually applies to painters, but this event welcomes artists using any media appropriate for outdoor use, including photographers.

Artists will have the weekend to work at locations of their choice, then enter the work in a Show and Sale from 3-6 p.m. Aug. 23. in the John Black Room at the historic Trudeau Lab on Church St. This will be a great opportunity for people to meet the artists and collect unique works of art.

In addition to the Show & Sale, a fund-raising event is planned for Saturday morning at the Adirondack Artists' Guild Gallery, 52 Main St., Saranac Lake.

All artists who register for the Plein Air Festival will receive a 5x7 panel, paper, or pre-cut mat (depending upon their choice of media). From 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday, artists will be asked to "Paint the Town" - they may set up anywhere they wish within the village and create a 5x7 piece of art. These are to be donated to a Silent Auction with the proceeds from any sales given to the Saranac Lake Young Arts Association.

Artists interested in participating should contact Susan at Borealis Color, 891-1490 or Sandy Hildreth at shildreth@roadrunner.com to obtain more information. It will also be available on the SaranacLakeArtworks.com Web site.

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