‘There & Here: 50 Years’

SARANAC LAKE – The Adirondack Artists’ Guild will feature recent watercolor and acrylic paintings by Ken Wiley from Sept. 4-29.

The opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6 at the guild, 52 Main St., Saranac Lake.

Fifty years ago this September, the artist entered his first painting class at New York Institute of Technology in Manhattan. Completing graduate school in Iowa and no longer a student, Wiley began his professional career teaching art at North Country Community College when the college first opened in 1968. Professor Wiley retired thirty-four years later and became a member of the Guild in 2005.

More than 20 paintings, all completed in 2013, will be exhibited.

Though the acrylic and watercolor mediums are very different in application and technique, the artist loves their contrast and challenge. Painting a watercolor is like waltzing, while an acrylic is more like stepping into the boxing ring. Though diverse, both will keep you on your toes and teach you new methods.

Wiley doesn’t paint pictures, rather he constructs visual compositions resulting in pictures. His subject basically is design, the establishment of visual relationships. When asked to describe his work in one word, he quickly replies, “Variety.” You’ll just have to visit the Guild and see his paintings to see what he is talking about and, if you get the chance, tell him what you see. As the sea is to the sailor, seeing is the artist’s and the viewer’s journey.

The Adirondack Artists’ Guild is a cooperative retail art gallery representing a diverse group of regional artists residing and working in the Tri-Lakes region of the Adirondack Park.

The gallery is located at 52 Main St, Saranac Lake and can be reached by calling 518 891-2615.

Summer gallery hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. After Sept. 19, gallery hours will be Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m..

The Guild is on the web at www.adirondackartistsguild.com, and on Facebook at Adirondack Artists Guild.