Saturday plein air painting kicks off

SARANAC LAKE – The Adirondack Artists’ Guild at 52 Main St., Saranac Lake recently announced the Saturday Plein Air Painting schedule for the seventh year beginning in May and continuing through October.

Local and visiting artists of all skill levels are welcome to participate.

Artists provide their own materials which should also include water, snacks, sunscreen and bug repellent. The first meeting is scheduled for May 11 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Pine Street Bridge, just north of the village on the way to Bloomingdale. Each session location will be decided at the end of the current session by the participants. Beginning in June, artists will meet monthly every second and fourth Saturday through October.

The painting sessions are designed to encourage painters to get out and paint the Adirondack locale from life. This challenge is often benefited by the camaraderie of fellow painters. The reward for working on location in sun or clouds is an immediate connection to the subject that translates into a fresh and lively piece of work.

The Saturday Plein Air Painters began in 2007 with nearly a dozen local artists meeting at various locations in the Tri-Lakes area to paint. Along the way participants have been joined by joined by Guild members Nancy Brossard, Sandra Hildreth, Jackie Altman and Diane Leifheit.

Participating artists suggestions for painting locations keep each session new and fresh. Whether hidden or not too far away, each location has something for every painter to interpret. Saturday Painters work is featured during the September Saranac Lake 3rd Thursday Art Walk at the Guild Gallery.

For more information, call the Adirondack Artist Guild at 518-891-2615.

The Adirondack Artists Guild is a cooperative retail art gallery representing a diverse group of working artists residing in the Tri-Lakes region of the Adirondack Park. The Guild promotes development of the arts in the community year-round.

The Guild is located on the Web at