New art exhibit at Lake Placid library

LAKE PLACID – A young artist with an unique take on the Adirondacks will be introducing herself to the local arts scene with an opening from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Guy Brewster Hughes Gallery in Lake Placid Public Library.

Melissa Johnson Hood has spent countless school vacations and weekends at her family’s second home in Long Lake. Scenes from throughout the area, including High Falls Gorge and Avalanche Lake, have inspired her paintings. Using acrylic paints, posca markers and a fresh pair of eyes, she has brought exuberance and excitement to familiar Adirondack scenes. Ms. Hood received her B.A. in Art from Georgian Court University and her Master of Studio Art from New York University. She studied art in Venice, Italy during the summers of 2010 and 2011, finishing her master program in Berlin, Germany this past August.

When not working at her new teaching job in New Jersey, she is currently concentrating on mixed media projects of the Adirondacks. Her works have been exhibited at the Monmouth County Festival of the Arts, at the Grimmuseum in Berlin and at the Coemeterium, Campiello San Giovanni Evangelista, and the twenty2 Palazzo Tito in Venice. Samples of her Adirondack works may be seen at her website,