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Artists meet public during Tri-Lakes studio tour

Saranac Lake artist Meg Bernstein paints Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Adirondack Carousel in Saranac Lake during the Artist at Work Studio Tour.

Saranac Lake artist Meg Bernstein paints Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Adirondack Carousel in Saranac Lake during the Artist at Work Studio Tour. Photo by Andy Flynn.

— The annual Artist at Work Studio Tour, held Sept. 27-29 in the Tri-Lakes region, gives the public a chance to see artists create work in a studio setting, and it gives artists much-needed exposure.

Most of the artists were in their studios — a Main Street shop or their home — waiting for curious art seekers to show up, ask questions and hopefully buy something. Yet some key artistic locations hosted artists. Such was the case at the Adirondack Carousel on Depot Street, where three artists were at work on Saturday: Meg Bernstein of Saranac Lake, Cindy LaMay of Saranac Inn, and Valerie Patterson of Saranac Lake.

Bernstein has been taking part in the Studio Tour since it began in 2007. A member of the Adirondack Artists Guild in Saranac Lake, she regularly shows her work at the Guild’s Main Street gallery space. Yet she spent the weekend among local and visiting families, bathed in the sounds of giggling children and Carousel music.

“I usually work at home,” Bernstein said. “I have a studio at home, but it’s a little bit out of the way so it’s easier for people to come here.”

Bernstein was painting a dinosaur on a tabletop easel when she was interviewed on Saturday, Sept. 28. Her medium is acrylic.

“Acrylic is something like oil but water-based,” Bernstein said. “It’s easy to use with brush strokes. It’s nice and goopy and fun to play with.”

The small painting was of diabloceratops, a dinosaur from the late Cretaceous Period. In the front of her table were four other dinosaur paintings. This time in Bernstein’s painting life could be called the Dinosaur Period.

“I like to do dinosaurs,” Bernstein said, adding that she’s been painting dinosaurs for about a year. “It’s the fulfillment of a childhood fantasy, and I think it’s about time I got started.”

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