Saranac Lake Once again, dozens of artists in the northern Adirondacks will open their doors to visitors the last weekend in September, this year from Sept. 27-29.
With the annual Tour Guide booklet, as well as the Saranac Lake ArtWorks website, visitors will be able to plan out individualized routes that can take them through the colorful foliage of the Adirondack autumn from Saranac Lake to Paul Smiths or Lake Placid, through Wilmington and Jay, and all the way to Ausable Forks to see what artists are up to in their studios.
Published each year before the September tour, this little booklet is found year-round in local art galleries and other businesses. The artists are listed by community, so if you are driving to see studios during the tour, you’ll know who is nearby. Check out the listing for each artist to be sure the studio is open on the day you want to visit.
There are also maps, with locations of each studio on the maps keyed to artist by numbers. It’s another great way to see who is nearby when you are out driving your own tour route. In some communities, like Saranac Lake and Jay, you can park then walk to several studios.
Another way to visit several artists at one stop is to check out one or more of the Artist Outpost locations, where three to vour artists set up their mobile studios to be more accessible to more visitors. This year, these Outposts are located at the Adirondack Carousel in Saranac Lake, the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, and the Paul Smith’s College Visitor Interpretive Center. You’ll get to see the group of artists, as well as the added bonuses each venue offers. Take a ride on that hand carved Blackfly at the Carousel; check out the current art exhibit at the LP Center for the Arts; or take a hike or participate in the second annual Homesteading Festival at the VIC. There will be small fee charged on Saturday, Sept. 28, to attend the Festival and the Studio Tour only at the VIC. All other Outposts and studios are free each day.
The Tour Guide booklets are now available at the Adirondack Artists Guild, NorthWind Fine Arts gallery, and many other businesses in the northern Adirondacks. You can also find the digital version of the booklet at SaranacLakeArtWorks.com/StudioTour.