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Local artists open their studios to the public this weekend

Artist at Work Studio Tour set for Sept. 28-30

— If you’re looking for local artists this weekend, there’s a good chance you’ll find them in their studios, waiting for you to stop by.

The public will get a chance to visit more than 40 local artists in their studios Sept. 28-30 during the annual Artist at Work Studio Tour.

This self-guided driving tour around the Tri-Lakes region — held each year during the fall foliage season — is sponsored by Art Works Saranac Lake, a consortium of artists in the Saranac Lake region.

Artist Tim Fortune will be waiting for people to show up at his place, the Small Fortune Studio at 76 Main St. in Saranac Lake.

“This tour allows the viewer to gain insight to the inner workings of artists’ studios,” Fortune said. ”It’s a rare opportunity for people to go to the homes of artists and see how they live and work. People are generally curious.”

Unlike Fortune, who gets frequent visitors at his Main Street shop, many local artists are inaccessible to the general public throughout the year because they work at home.

The tour will highlight the talent of artists in a variety of disciplines in Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake, Paul Smiths, Gabriels, Rainbow Lake, Onchiota, Vermontville, Lake Placid, Wilmington and Jay.

Fourteen of the artists are new to the tour this year.

Here are the participating artists:

•Adirondack Artists Guild: Susan Camp and Nancy Brossard, featured artist Jackie Altman

•Jacqueline Altman: watercolor painting

•Laurie Bergamini: the ancient art of icons (new)

•Meg Bernstein: acrylics, mixed media, fabric

•Bluseed Studios: gallery and studios open

•Karla Brieant: photography

•James Bullard: photography (new)

•Matt Burnett and Amy Coddington-Burnett: paintings, design, installations (new)

•Jeanne Danforth: paintings, pastels, drawings

•Maria DeAngelo: sculpture, mixed media

•Connie Dennis: watercolors and acrylics (new)

•Anne Diggory: paintings and hybrid media (new)

•Donna Foley: hand-dyed, woven art

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