Third Thursday Art Walks kick off tonight

SARANAC LAKE – This evening kicks off the 16th annual Saranac Lake’s Third Thursday Art Walks. The village, downtown businesses, nonprofits and galleries will host the talents of regional and local artists and musicians of various genres from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Beginning a self-guided tour through downtown Saranac Lake, Art Walkers can go to any participating venue, pick up a map/schedule and experience the work of established artists and emerging talents from all over the North Country. One can start the walk at any of the 30+ venues, each marked with a festive balloon.

Starting on Main Street near the Harrietstown Town Hall, this evening’s walk venues include, among others, Riverside Park, The Waterhole, Ampersound, Adirondack Artists’ Guild, Mark Kurtz Photography & Art Annex, Blue Moon Cafe, Main Street Exchange, Downhill Grill, Small Fortune Studio, Upstairs Gallery, Berkeley Green, The Community Store and the Saranac Lake Free Library. And that’s just the start, with a variety of arts and activities going on.

From Main Street., the Art Walker can go down Broadway to find the venues of Eco-Living, Left Bank Cafe and Twin Crystal Rock Shop. The two quiet side streets of Olive and Woodruff will each have a venue also: NorthWind Fine Arts Gallery on Woodruff St. and Moose Maple Books & More is on Olive St.

The Saranac Laboratory Museum, on Church Street, will host the local Ceilidh group, which meets locally each Thursday throughout the year. A similar, but slower-paced, jamming group, called “Slo Jam” will be set up in front of Two Horse Trade Co. on Broadway. Venues continue on Bloomingdale Ave. and Depot St. The rock band, “Damaged Goods” will be playing at Romano’s and Malone-based, singer/pianist, Matt Bullwinkel will entertain outside the Adirondack Carousel.

Returning to Berkeley Green gazebo for the first Art Walk is the local, rock band, “Split Rock,” made up of four seasoned musicians specializing in light, danceable, classic rock-n-roll covers. The members include Steve Borst, George Viscome, Skip Outcalt and Bob Gardner. Also at Berkeley Green will be BluSeed’s Artist-in-Residence, Drew Matott with Margaret Mahan, who will be leading a Peace Paper Project interactive activity.

At the Adirondack Artists’ Guild, visitors can see the work of featured artist, Ursula Trudeau, who is currently showing “New Works.” Other members’ work will also be displayed. Guild member, Diane Leifheit will be continuing her “Face To Face” painting project, with a portrait painting of the Pendragon Theatre’s “RED” actor, Tyler Nye. In addition, Guild members have an ongoing art show at Pendragon Theatre Gallery to coincide with the current theatre production of “RED.” Guild member, Burdette Parks, has the lead role in the play. Also, BluSeed Studios is exhibiting the work of Italo Clemente in his show, “The Media & Moods.”

The Saranac Lake Free Library will have two things going on. The Cantwell Room will show paintings by Big Wolf Lake resident, Janice Lockhart, who will be on hand for a “Meet the Artist” reception this evening. New this year is the introduction of the healing arts to the Art Walk events. Massage therapist, Dan Sullivan, will be in front of the Library with information about local healing events and the variety of healing artists in the area.

The NorthWind Fine Arts Gallery will continue to showcase the talents of all it’s members and feature the current work of both painter, Catherine Hartung, and photographer, Alice Vera, in their show, “Garden Party.” Local bluegrass/traditional musicians, Addison Bickford & Friends will liven up the gallery from the outside.

Among a large list of musicians this evening, the Left Bank Cafe on Broadway will be hosting local accordion player, Hannah Huber, through their dinner period; Mike “Shep” Shepard will be singing with acoustic guitar at Downhill Grill; singer/songwriter, Keith Gorgas will be playing at Eco-Living; local duo, “Easy Street” will be at Riverside Park bandshell; and the Waterhole’s Party on the Patio will feature Lowell & Sabo of “Lucid” from 6-10pm.

All musicians and artists 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.