Arts league forming

ROUSES POINT - The Northern Lake Arts League isn't a household name, but Arthur Penfield Tremblay hopes it soon will be.

The league was recently formed, consisting of local artists and art enthusiasts, holding its first formal art show and sale at Dodge Memorial Library in early September. The event, said Tremblay, coincided with Fort Montgomery Days, and included a display at the Civil War-era fort during the celebration.

"The show was an enormous success," said Tremblay. "It gave us a lot of exposure."

The league, said Tremblay, aims to bring together artists and their creations from across the Northern Tier, providing those north of the city of Plattsburgh and south of the city of Montreal cultural opportunities unlike they've ever been offered before.

"We extend as far to the west as Churubusco, to the east in Enosburg Falls, Vt., and from Lacolle in Canada to the north and Point au Roche to the south," Tremblay explained.

And, just as vast as the geographic area from which the league aims to draw, so are the mediums of art.

"We don't want to exclude anything," said Tremblay. "Oils, pastels, watercolors, collage, even quilting - the whole spectrum."

The league has plans to set up a permanent gallery in a house on Lake Street known as the "Heaton House." There, the league would display art and invite guest artists to conduct seminars and workshops.

Until the league reaches that point, shows will be conducted where space is made available, said Tremblay. The next show for the Northern Lake Arts League will be held in conjunction with the Friends of the Library's Fall Festival at Dodge Memorial Library, 144 Lake St., Saturday, Oct. 17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Those interested in joining the league or more information about upcoming shows may contact Tremblay at 297-6401, Donna Coughlin at 297-5615, or Connie Cassavaugh at 297- 3536.

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