The hills and lakes and ponds near Saranac Lake will be very much alive when the 10th annual Adirondack Plein Air Festival takes place August 13-18th.
Organizers for this impressive event have already selected the 50 artists who’ll work outdoors in various locations from Saranac Lake up to the ponds around Paul Smiths and along the Saranac River. The competition will ask them to paint in the town of Saranac one day, paint at night for a second competition, then paint along the trails and terrain near Paul Smith’s College.
In addition to the artist’s painting in the field, an array of other events surrounding this art fest provide artists and art lovers with a chance to feel part of the action.
The event was started in 2008 by plein air artist, Sandra Hildreth, whose work is being shown at a special exhibition at Paul Smiths College VIC alongside other artists who have annually participated in this outdoor art event.
“Back in 2008, I began hearing about plein air events in other parts of the country. I’d never attended one, but I paint outdoors all the time. I knew the Adirondacks provided all sorts of great scenes to paint so I organized an event,” Hidreth said in a news release.
There will also be a preview party from 6 pm to 9 pm on Friday, August 17. Tickets are $20 for this event at Saranac Town Hall. This will let ticket holders get an advance look at all the artwork produced during the week’s painting challenges.
For anyone who loves the Adirondacks and would like to see how a group of talented artists render its natural surroundings, the Plein Air Festival should go on your calendar.