Third Thursday Art Walks kick off this week

SARANAC?LAKE?- This evening kicks off the first of the 15th annual Saranac Lake’s Third Thursday Art Walks.

The village, downtown businesses, nonprofits and galleries will host the talents of regional and local artists of various genres from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Beginning a self-guided tour through downtown Saranac Lake, visitors, or “Art Walkers” can go to any participating venue, pick up a map and schedule and experience, at their own pace, established artists’ work and emerging talents from all over the North Country. One can start the Walk at any venue. There will be approximately 26 venues in all, each marked with a festive balloon.

Starting on Main Street near the Harrietstown Town Hall, this evening’s Walk venues include, among others, Rice Furniture, The Waterhole, Adirondack Artists’ Guild, Mark Kurtz Photography, The Art Annex (above the Artists’ Guild), The Local Fringe, Downhill Grill, Blue Line Sport Shop, Small Fortune Studio, Upstairs Gallery, Berkeley Green, The Community Store and the Saranac Lake Free Library.

The Saranac Laboratory Museum, on Church Street, will be previewing in the John Black Room, a new show coming at the end of June. “Ursula, A Life in Hats,” depicts a collection of the unique hats worn by local artist, Ursula Trudeau, throughout her life.

The visitor can walk down Broadway to find the venues of Twin Crystal Rock Shop, Two Horse Trade Co., The Left Bank Cafe, NorthWind Fine Arts Gallery and Piece By Piece Studio. The former Books and Baskets venue, now known as Moose Maple Books and More, on Olive St. will be holding its Grand Opening this evening as well.

Venues continue on Bloomingdale Avenue and Depot Street at Romano’s Saranac Lanes, the Adirondack Carousel and the Adirondack Scenic Railroad at Union Station. This year marks the start of the special Art Walk Train for all four Third Thursday Art Walk events.

For this evening’s Art Walk, because the Adirondack Scenic Railroad is running part-time, the Art Walk Train will arrive in Saranac Lake from Lake Placid at 5:45 p.m..

For the July, August and September Art Walks, this special train will be arriving at 3:15 p.m. to allow train riders a more relaxed visit to Saranac Lake.

This will give them time to catch both dinner and the Art Walk event and perhaps some shopping before returning to Lake Placid later that evening on the train. Contact the Adirondack Scenic Railroad for more information at Saranac Lake Union Station, Lake Placid Station or the Railroad’s website:

Opening at Berkeley Green gazebo for the first Art Walk this evening is local, rock band, Split Rock, made up of four seasoned musicians specializing in light, danceable classic rock-n-roll covers from the sixties through today. The members include Steve Borst, George Viscome, Skip Outcalt and Bob Gardner. Also at Berkeley will be BluSeed’s own Carol Vossler, who will be leading an interactive, demonstration art activity called, Action Pulp Painting.

At the Adirondack Artists’ Guild, visitors can see the work of featured artist, Suzanne Langelier-Lebeda, who is currently showing “Shorelines.” Other members’ work will also be displayed. Guild member, Nancy Brossard, will be on hand to demonstrate her painting talents, joined by the traditional music of the “Barn Cats.”

The Saranac Lake Free Public Library’s Cantwell Room will be exhibiting “Shadows and Reflections From Our Travels,” by Sandra and Edward Day, who will be on hand for a “Meet the Artist” period this evening. The NorthWind Fine Arts Gallery will continue to showcase the talents of all it’s members and feature the current work of local photographer, Larry Poole, in his show, “Rails.”

The Waterhole’s Party on the Patio will feature the gypsy band, “Wino Vino,” at 6:30 p.m. The Left Bank Cafe on Broadway will be hosting classical guitarist, Stephen Clark; Leo Brill will be singing with acoustic guitar at The Local Fringe; the rock band, “Damaged Goods” will be playing at Romano’s; pianist, Matt Bullwinkel will entertain for the grand opening of Moose Maple Books and More; and folk guitarist/singer, Phil Fitzpatrick, will be at the Adirondack Carousel. All musicians will be outdoors unless the weather dictates otherwise.

The “Art Walkers” will find many other artists along the way both in the established galleries and those with sidewalk display tables and demonstrations.

For more information, contact Jill Wenner, Art Walk coordinator, at 518-637-2745, or check out the Saranac Lake’s Third Thursday Art Walks Facebook page.