Adirondack A&E e-News # 300

Essex County Arts Council Out and About

In this edition of Out and About. Essex County Arts Council Arts Administrator Susan Hughes celebrates the Sunburst Award grantees—congrats to all!.

2023 Sunburst Award Recipients

The Essex County Arts Council announces that 8 North Country artists have received ECAC’s Sunburst Awards for individual artists. This micro-grant will help these artists to realize a project that will advance their career. Artists were chosen by an independent panel of art enthusiasts, and will each receive a grant of $500 in support of their projects. Rebecca Kelly, ECAC President, commented: “We are proud to support the artists of our communities and pleased to invest in their creative journeys.”

Lawrence Vanderburgh exhibit

This year’s Sunburst Award recipients applied for funding to support a wide range of artistic genres, including writing, photography, bas relief, painting on repurposed materials, and a wide variety of workshops to be offered free to the public. In the coming year, you will see and hear about projects throughout Essex County that feature our Sunburst Awards recipients.

Congratulations to all!

2023 Sunburst Award recipients include:

Robert Fountain, Au Sable Forks
Dina Garvey, Lewis
Dan Hausner, Saranac Lake
Lauren McGovern, Wilmington
Paula Olejnik, Jay
Carl Rubino, Wilmington
Lawrence Vanderburgh, Schroon Lake
Sue Anne Walton, Au Sable Forks*

*Sue Anne Walton of Au Sable Forks is the recipient of a special Sunburst Award made in memory of Westport artist Meredith Johnston by the Westport Heritage House. Walton will use her award to offer free workshops in book sculpture.

Learn more about the Essex County Arts Council HERE.

“Kiwassa Skies”

Exhibit of paintings by Meg Bernstein

November 3 through November 28
Opening reception Friday, November 3, 5 – 8 pm

Meg Bernstein will be the featured artist for November at the Adirondack Artists Guild.

Kiwassa Sky, acrylic painting by Meg Bernstein

She writes, “For a few years now I’ve been watching the skies and landscape from my window as I’ve worked my way through health issues. The colors of the sky are so varied and change so quickly from blues to orange to pink, yellow, and green combinations that the opportunities to paint them are never-ending. My windows face east so the sunrises are especially thrilling, an atmosphere that moves, flows, and even becomes turbulent, but is seldom truly still. Even on a gray day there are regions of subtle color. This view has inspired both my 2021 show and this 2023 show.”

Adirondack Artists Guild Gallery, 52 Main St, Saranac Lake

Family Craft Program

Turkey Paper Bag Puppets

Wednesday, November 1, 4 pm, free

Participants can make their own puppets using paper bags and additional craft supplies!

This program is free but requires a reservation. To register, please call (518) 793-2826. Parental participation is encouraged and supervision is required.

Chapman Museum, 348 Glen Street, Glens Falls

Split Rock Arts is collaborating with conservation organization Eddy Foundation to create a residency for interdisciplinary artists who focus on ecology.

Marina “Heron” Tsaplina—Split Rock’s inaugural artist currently in residence—is in the process of naturally dyeing large batches of silk for the soft sculptures that are part of her “Soils and Spirits” project and performance.

Marina will create an improvisational play space with enlarged soil puppets from her current project, Soils and Spirit. She will discuss her creative research on soils and forests from across the region, and share how art can play a role in transforming our relationship with the living world.


PONDSIDE STUDIO (see HERE) has an opening for a part time apprentice/employee. The ideal person will have above average artistic ability, enjoy creating wildlife art, be dependable, and able to follow instructions and do quality work. Retirees welcome to inquire.

Call Allen Aardsma at (518) 946-6027 to schedule an interview.

One Year Anniversary Event!

Saturday, 11/4. 7 pm

Learn more and book your session HERE.

The Peaks Painter, 2422 Main Street, Lake Placid

Prayers and Dances

Thursday, November 2, 2023, 5:30 pm, at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. Doors open at 5 pm for a bake sale and a
string instrument raffle.

Thursday, November 9, 7:30 pm, Saranac Village at Will Rogers.

The theme of the concerts will be Prayers and Dances, and Artistic Director Alex Malin will open the concert with “Dueling Fiddles” arranged by
​Gretchen Kohler and close with a lively Celtic Gig.

The CSOA will present two compositions by Matthew Dunne, a well known local composer from Keene Valley, “Prayer” and “Diek’s Awful Tree.” His music was written for a film project depicting life in the explorer times of the Wild West.
Gustav Holst’s Jig from the “St. Paul Suite” and a string arrangement for “Jupiter” from the “Planets” will be on the program.

We hope to see y’all there! Thank you for supporting our community music events!

LPCA, 17 Algonquin Dr, Lake Placid

Saranac Village at Will Rogers, 78 Will Rogers Dr, Saranac Lake

Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts Presents

Back in Blue: the Online Series

This season’s performance highlights, plus a preview of the new work coming to our 2024 Theatre Festival!

We are excited to relive the magic through our Back in Blue: Online Series! Enjoy concerts and theatre productions from our 2023 season in a virtual format, along with a preview of the upcoming 2024 production of The Cure: An Adirondack Story by North Country playwright Frederic Glover.

The first installment of Back in Blue: The Online Series 2023-24 will feature our 2023 production of Forever Wild, to go live on Saturday, November 4 on the Arts Center’s YouTube channel.

The series will include performances such as: folk music from Tuesdays@theAC; rock, classical, and folk concerts from the Weekend Series; abridged Shakespeare and more! Stay tuned for installments going live every other Saturday through 2023 and into January and February of 2024.

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