Artists at Work tour begins Sept. 25

SARANAC LAKE - The Adirondack Artists' Guild will present the third annual Artist at Work Studio Tour, Sept. 25-27, featuring artists who work and live in the Tri-Lakes area. There are more than 36 artists showing and selling their works at more than 30 locations across the Tri-Lakes region. Get an insider's view of the creative process. See first-hand how a painting begins, observe the process of photography with and without the darkroom. Hear the clang of the blacksmiths hammer and the whir of the potter's wheel.

The Studio Tour weekend is an excellent opportunity to visit regional artists and artisans in their own unique workplaces, enjoy demonstrations, refreshments, and purchase unique pieces of art. Stop in the Adirondack Artists' Guild Gallery, Studio Tour Headquarters, either on-line or at the gallery, 52 Main St. and pick up the new year-round Studio Guide describing artists and location directions. Guides are also available at the many regional sponsor store fronts. Watch for the bold yellow and black Studio Tour signs in and around Saranac Lake, Lake Placid, Tupper Lake, Gabriels, Bloomingdale, Vermontville, Onchiota, Wilmington, Rainbow Lake, and Paul Smiths.

"This tour is an opportunity for the Adirondack art collector to find out more about regional artists," said artist Donna Foley.

New participants this year include Karla Brient showing her works at Casier Furniture for one day, Matt Paul and Maria DeAngelo showing at Rice Furniture, Donna Amoroso the Leather Artisan in Childwold, Beth Johnson and Pam Bellville at Art on Park in Tupper Lake, Nancy Gonyea at the Adirondack Community Church in Lake Placid, and Nip Rogers in his studio in Lake Placid.

The three-day tour route can be designed by the individual visitor. Consider touring a different vicinity each day. "Think Green" while visiting the studios located within the village of Saranac Lake. Several locations are within walking distance of each other. Take advantage of the studios' proximity and enjoy the Adirondack-style architecture and home-town ambiance of Saranac Lake.

The Artist at Work Studio Tour is funded in part by a Developing Community Arts Grant from the New York State Council on the Arts, administered by the Arts Council of the Northern Adirondacks.

The Adirondack Artists Guild is a cooperative retail art gallery representing a diverse group of working artists residing in the Tri-Lakes region of the Adirondack Park. The Guild promotes development of the arts in the community year-round by featuring the work of guest artists and sponsoring cultural events. For more information, visit www.adirondackartistsguild.com or call 891-2615.

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