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Artisan cooperative finds a home in Long Lake

LONGLAKE-Over thirty artists and crafter's living and working in Long Lake have become part of a new effort to establish a cooperative group to support local artists and crafts people.

An artisan's cooperative has been in the works amoung many residents for quite some time, according to founding member Chuck Taylor.

The momentum built this winter and the group was launched this spring. Founding members and planning committee members include, Caleb Davis, Louisa Austin Woodworth, Chuck Taylor, Sally Neenan, Laurinda Minke and Christine LaRocque. Members of the group also include 5th and 6th generation guideboat builders, painters, woodworkers, photographers and more.

The Long Lake Artisan's Cooperative will foster the presentation and recognition of local arts and crafts as a vital part of Adirondack cultural heritage and the economy, according to Taylor.

The group hopes to encourage creative expression and education through exhibitions of its member's works, demonstrations, workshops and classes.

Long Lake Artisan's are invited to a potluck dinner at the Long Lake Town Hall Nutrition Site April 14 at 5 p.m. All interested Long Lake residents wishing to participate in the Long Lake Artisan's Cooperative are encouraged to e-mail artisanscoop@gmail.com or call 624-3077 to sign up.

Art on the Water, a new event, is slated Saturday, July 16 at the Long Lake Town Beach. From 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. members of the Long Lake Artisan's Cooperative will present workshops, exhibit and showcase their works as part of the Long Lake Waterfront Weekend.

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