Last Third Thursday Art Walk of the season

SARANAC LAKE – The 15th annual Saranac Lake’s Third Thursday Art Walks will conclude this evening. Once again, the village, parks, downtown businesses, nonprofits and galleries will host the talents of regional and local artists and live musicians of various genres from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Beginning a free, self-guided tour through downtown Saranac Lake, 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 25 to 30 venues in all, each marked with a festive balloon.

Starting at Main Street by the Harrietstown Town Hall, this evening’s Walk venues include The Waterhole, Ampersound, Rice Furniture, Blue Moon Cafe, Adirondack Artists’ Guild, Mark Kurtz Photography, The Downhill Grill, Blue Line Sport Shop, Small Fortune Studio, Upstairs Gallery, Berkeley Green, The Community Store and the Saranac Lake Free Library.

Many local artist galleries will be open for the evening, including BluSeed Studios, on Cedar St., which will be displaying the dual talents of Peter Russom and Noreen Sadue in their show, “Side By Side.” New works from these artists share strong elements such as color and references to the natural world. Their show opens tonight with a “Meet the Artists” reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Mary Woodcock Johnson’s new Spectrum Fine Art Studio & Gallery, on 8 Academy St., will also be open. It will showcase her watercolor and oil paintings of the Adirondacks and Maine.

The John Black Room at the Saranac Laboratory Museum, on Church Street, will continue its exhibit of “Ursula, A Life in Hats,” a show depicting a collection of the unique hats worn by local artist, Ursula Trudeau, throughout her life. In addition, the Museum will be holding the second session of its Hat Decorating Day during the Art Walk. With Ursula’s hats as inspiration, come and make decorations to refresh your hat, make an ornamental headband and/or paint your straw hat. Some decorative materials will be provided or you can also bring your own. Malone-based, acoustic pianist, Matt Bullwinkel, will entertain outside the Museum, as well.

The Adirondack Artists’ Guild, on Main St., will feature the talents of artist and member, Ken Wiley, in his show, “There & Here: 50 Years.” The local musical group Barn Cats will perform in front of Northwind Fine Art Gallery, which will continue to showcase the talents of all its members and feature the black and white photography of Phil Gallos in his exhibit, “Saranac Lake Noir.” The Cantwell Room in the Saranac Lake Free Public Library will be exhibiting the works of Northstar Industries’ artists. They will be holding a “Meet the Artist” reception during the Art Walk, as well.

Local author, publisher and newspaper editor, Andy Flynn, will be selling and signing his latest book, Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Memories, in front of Rice Furniture, while woodcarver, Mark Paul, will be showing and demonstrating his craft in front of the Blue Moon Cafe. Crafter, Sarah Humphreys will set up her table in front of The Waterhole, and local photographer, Dan Hausner will have his display outside of Ampersound. Additional artists will also be displaying their work throughout the village.

The Berkeley Green stage will be hosting the local, folk music talents of the “Rustic Riders,” made up of Lisa and Klaus Meissner and friends. Next door at The Community Store, Charlie Marshall will be demonstrating and selling his unique and handmade stringed instruments, called bowed psalteries. Local, six-piece recorder group, “Jubal,” will entertain Art Walkers outside Main St. Exchange. And The Waterhole’s Party on the Patio will feature the “Blind Owl Band” from 6:30pm through the evening.

Walking down Broadway, visitors can visit the Twin Crystal Rock Shop, which will be giving rock-cutting demonstrations and hosting fused glass jewelry maker, Lauren McGovern. Local musical duo, Jeremy Krones and Clif Albright will be performing in front of Eco-Living. Near the Post Office, the Tri-Lakes Center for Independent Living will be hosting several artists. Richard Ganfus will be displaying his artwork inside, while Tom Techman and Michael Northrup will be performing music and poetry together outside. Also, author, Yvona Fast, will have a book-signing table for her recently published recipe book, Garden Gourmet. At the new Moose Maple Books and More, on Olive St., the owners will be displaying their handcrafted furniture and other specialties.

In its new location on 30 Bloomingdale Ave., across from Stewarts and the Adirondack Carousel, Piece By Piece Studio owner, Beth Gallagher, will be demonstrating her quilting talents during the Art Walk. Romano’s Saranac Lanes, also on Bloomingdale, will be hosting the band, “Damaged Goods,” and providing an interactive bowling pin painting activity and family dinner specials. The Adirondack Carousel, at the corner of Bloomingdale and Depot Streets, is a piece of art in itself, and will be open for the evening, too.

All musicians will be outdoors unless the weather dictates otherwise.

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.