Third Thursday Art Walks return tonight

SARANAC LAKE – The 2014 Third Thursday Art Walks return this evening in downtown Saranac Lake. The village, businesses, nonprofits, parks and galleries will host the talents of regional and local artists and musicians of various genres from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Coinciding with today’s Art Walk, the Adirondack Plein Air Festival kicks off today in the village and runs till Sunday. Art Walkers can be witness to Plein Air artists painting throughout the village alongside the Art Walk participants. Today, the Festival’s “Paint-the-Town” Silent Auction starts at the Adirondack Artists’ Guild and continues throughout the weekend, ending at the Harrietstown Town Hall on Sunday. The Festival’s “Show & Sale” will be on Sunday from noon to 3 p.m.. For more information, visit

Beginning a self-guided, walking tour through downtown Saranac Lake, visitors to the Art Walk can go to any participating venue, pick up a map/schedule and experience, at their own pace, the work of established artists and emerging talents from all over the North Country. One can start the Walk at any of the 33 venues, each marked with a colorful balloon.

Starting at Riverside Park this evening, to celebrate both the Art Walk and the Adirondack Plein Air Festival, visitors can enjoy a 45-minute Camera Obscura Boat Tour via a pontoon boat ride on Lake Flower. Operated by Dan Sullivan, this boat will bring folks to Mark Ellis’ Adirondack Camera Obscura to experience being inside of a camera and discovering art history. When finished, visitors will reboard the boat and cruise across the lake for views of Baker, McKenzie and Haystack mountains, ending back at Riverside Park. Sullivan’s boat departs from Riverside Park at 5pm. Seating is limited to 7 passengers. Donations accepted. For more information on this boat tour during the Art Walk, contact Sullivan at 518-572-1881.

Jumping across to Main Street and twisting down Broadway and Olive Street, the Art Walk continues at various venues.

A Celtic jamming group, called “Slo Jam” will be in front of Two Horse Trade Co. on Broadway. The local rock band, “Damaged Goods” will play in front of Romano’s Saranac Lanes on Bloomingdale Avenue, along with Piece By Piece Quilting Studio, which will offer quilting demos and displays.

In addition, BluSeed Studios, on Cedar St., will continue its gallery exhibit, “Monterey Artist Print Exchange” and offer an interactive pulp paper activity at Berkeley Green, as well.

The Adirondack Carousel, on the corner of Depot Street and Bloomingdale Avenue, will be the scene for a free screening of Mountain Lake PBS’s award winning show, “Roadside Adventures.” The episode that highlights?New York state carousels. The Berkeley Green gazebo will highlight the local band, Polar Vortex, made up of Keith Gorgas on guitar, vocals and dobro; Brian Ladue on lead guitar, bass and vocals; Jim Wulff on lead guitar, bass and vocals; Nigel Darrah on drums, keyboard and guitar; and Mark Keating on fiddle, guitar and vocals. Above the park, young, jewelry designer, Tys Sweeney, will be showing and selling his unique fused-glass, jewelry work.

At the Adirondack Artists’ Guild, visitors can see the work of featured artist, Barry Lobdell, in his show, “12983: Exploring Saranac Lake,” as well as other members’ work. Traditional/bluegrass group Barn Cats will be entertaining at the Guild.

The NorthWind Fine Arts Gallery will continue to showcase the talents of all its members and feature the work of mixed-media artist, Shawn L. Halperin, in her show, “New Works 2014” Local singer-songwriter and guitarist, Michael R. Martin, will liven up the gallery with his tunes.

The Saranac Lake Free Library is a dual venue this year. The Cantwell Room will be displaying the artwork of the Paint and Palette Association and will be available for a Meet the Artists reception tonight. Meanwhile, the front lawn will be the venue for the local Ceilidh members, who will gather to play a variety of fast-moving, Celtic acoustic music.Continuing from last month’s Art Walk, Belleville and Associates will host another coloring/creative art contest for the young Art Walkers. All Art Walk children are asked to stop by Belleville and Assoc. and participate.

A long list of local musicians this evening includes the local recorder quartet, “Jubal”; Malone-based, pianist and vocalist, Matt Bullwinkel; guitarist and vocalist, Barbara Darring, keyboardist, Michael Northrup with vocalist, Tom Techman; guitarist and vocalist, Mike Portal; and the Waterhole’s Party on the Patio will feature “Swamp Candy” from 6 to 10 p.m.

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.