Port Henry Port Henry will be a “village of public art” next weekend.
The community will be part of the second annual Adirondack Coast and Boquet Valley Studio Tour Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5 and 6. Port Henry’s art attractions will be the focus of free tours starting at the downtown information booth 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A map and descriptive brochure covering the full range of art will be offered.
“Over the last two years, local citizens have worked individually and in teams to create over a dozen large works of permanent murals and signs that will be showcased,” said Frank Martin, who will lead the tours along with members of the ph7 committee.
Port Henry’s historic architecture will also be part of the tour.
“Linda Smyth had the idea for all of the murals and with help from some children and friends painted them,” explained Jackie Viestenz of the ph7 committee. “The only one she didn’t paint is the Johnny Podres sign at the south end of town. Willie Grant made that on a commission from Pat Salerno.
“Linda is an artist and is involved with the Boquet River Art Guild,” Viestenz added. “On that weekend many artists and craftsmen will have their studios open from Port Kent to Port Henry. Instead of having her studio open, Linda decided to organize this tour of the public art.”
Smyth is out-of-town and will not be part of the tour, although her work will be.
“Attractions include large new murals depicting historic street scenes, a tropical jungle, the historic headquarters of the Witherbee Sherman Company, and an unusual restored ‘ghost sign’ with historic lettering,” Martin said. “A new entry sign on the south end of the village celebrates native son Johnny Podres who helped lead the Brooklyn Dodgers to a World Series victory in 1955.