LPCA exhibit features 30 artists

LAKE PLACID – The Lake Placid Center for the arts will host an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday for The Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society exhibit: “The Past Through The Eyes Of The Present: Barry Collection Photos Re-Imagined by Modern Artists.”

The 30 participating artists will display new works, inspired by original glass plate negatives from the early 1900s.

This new exhibit will be on display at the LPCA Fine Arts Gallery through April 12. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission is free.

The opening reception will honor Dr. George Hart for rescuing the original Barry Collection glass plate negatives from destruction several decades ago.

The participating artists include: Matt Althof, Charles Atwood-King, Nancy Brossard, George Dirolf, Sandy Edgerton Bissell, Tim Fortune, Georganne Gaffney, Sandra Hildreth, Mark Kurtz, John LaFalce, Red LaFountain, Rachel Lamb, Diane Leifheit, Barry Lobdell, Gail McKay, Jake Middleton, Mavis Miller, Kristina Mueller, Linda Naske, Burdette Parks, Valerie Patterson, Matt Paul, Larry Poole, Carl Rubino, Eleanor Sweeney, Parmelee Tolkan, Naj Wikoff, Ken Wiley and Cris Winters.

About the origins of the show:

More than 8,000 glass plate negatives were rescued by Dr. George Hart from destruction in the 1970s. These negatives- used by photographers before modern camera technology – were primarily created by artists involved with the Lake Placid Club. Now known as the Barry Collection, the glass plates depict life in the Adirondacks. From sports and family activities to wildlife and family life, the images are rare and one-of-a-kind. The Collection was gifted to the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, where it has remained until this show. Now the LPCA is passing along this integral part of Lake Placid’s heritage for safe keeping to the Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society.

In honor of this transition, the two organizations asked thirty modern artists to search through the images, choose one and re-imagine it in modern terms. The results, some very literal, some very imaginative, are all original.

The LPCA will also host a lecture sponsored by the Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society on Wednesday, March 20 at 7 p.m. The Lecture, titled “Adirondack Wilderness: Real or Imagined?” will be presented by Caroline M. Welsh, Art and Museum Consultant.