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Saratoga, move over: painted canoes may be in the works for Lake George

Lake George Arts Project Executive Director John Strong said the canoe-art enterprise offers a lot of benefits for the community, the artists, and visitors.

"We like the whole concept of art in public places," he said. "It's a great project, and Ray has put some real effort into this. We at the Arts Project certainly want to be involved in some capacity."

Luisa Craige-Sherman of the Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce said the concept would likely boost tourism.

"These types of public art displays are a great way to get recognition for artists while getting involved in community-building," she said. "The art would intrigue visitors - the effort would have our support."

Cate Johnson, Director of Tourism for Warren County, said the canoe-art concept would help with "branding" the county, as canoes are associated with history, recreation, and traditional Adirondack travel.

"This definitely could enrich tourists' experiences here - it prompts curiosity and would give tourists something to talk about - and word of mouth is one of the best methods of advertising."

She said her department was ready to help promote it.

"I really like the concept," she said. "We could give it visibility."

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