Plein Air Festival set for Saranac Lake starting Aug. 18

— The Adirondack Plein Air Festival will take place in Saranac Lake Aug. 18 through 21.

Artists from all over the northeast will converge on the area for three days of outdoor painting. Spectators are encouraged and invited to come out and watch the artists at work - taking a blank canvas or paper and turning it into art.

Unlike artists who work in their studios, who might take days, weeks, or months to complete a work - plein air artists work hard to render their work of art as rapidly as possible, often completing it in one sitting. Their skills lie in selecting good, interesting subject matter and using their chosen medium quickly and effectively.

Thursday, Aug. 18, will be the “Paint the Town,” event. All the artists will be painting within the village of Saranac Lake. Each will be asked to create and donate one small piece for a Silent Auction, which will be set up in the Adirondack Artists’ Guild Gallery at 4 p.m. The auction will conclude Sunday at 3 p.m.

On Friday, Aug. 19, the artists will be out at the Paul Smiths College VIC to paint for the day. The hiking trails at the VIC offer a wide variety of subject matter: babbling brooks, marshland, bogs, massive white pine trees, forested trails, the butterfly garden, and views of St. Regis Mountain. There are many great painting areas just minutes from the parking lot. Spectators are encouraged to come out and both enjoy the trails and to watch the artists at work. Some completed pieces will be displayed within the building, where there is also a Juried Show on display. Three plein air paintings, donated by local artists Jacqueline Altman, Nancy Brossard, and Sandy Hildreth, will be given away in a drawing which will be held that afternoon.

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