BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE - The Adirondack Museum will open for the 54th season on Friday, May 27.
This season, the museum opens two new exhibits sure to wow visitors, and also introduces a host of fantastic family activities and special events.
The Adirondack Museum's two new exhibits - "The Adirondack World of A.F. Tait" and "Night Vision: The Wildlife Photography of Hobart V. Roberts" - showcase two very different, yet complimentary, visions of the region.
"The Adirondack World of A.F. Tait" features paintings and prints depicting life in the Adirondack woods-images of hunters, sportsmen, guides, and settlers, that include a wealth of historical detail. Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait was the classic artist of Adirondack sport. From the objects Tait worked with to Currier and Ives prints and finished oil paintings, the exhibit showcases Tait's artistic vision and skill and highlights the region's beauty and character.
"'The Adirondack World of A.F. Tait' looks at the life and work of this most quintessentially Adirondack artist," said Chief Curator Laura Rice. "This exhibition represents a rare opportunity to see some of Tait's most important works, including a few from private collections which are rarely, if ever, on exhibit."
"Night Vision: The Wildlife Photography of Hobart V. Roberts" focuses on the work of one of the nation's most recognized amateur wildlife photographers in the first decades of the 20th century. The "Night Vision" exhibit features approximately 35 original large-format photographs of Adirondack wildlife. Roberts' cameras, equipment, colored lithographic prints, hand-colored transparencies, published works, and his many awards will also be exhibited. Roberts' Adirondack wildlife photographs represent an important breakthrough in science and the technology of photography. His work has been published in Audubon Magazine, Country Life, Modern Photography, and The National Geographic Magazine.
The Adirondack Museum has planned a full schedule of family activities, hands-on experiences, special events, lectures and field trips to delight and engage visitors of all ages. Programming for families in 2011 has expanded to include an Artist in Residence program, and a collaborative canvas where visitors can help paint an Adirondack landscape.