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Tyler Nye and Burdette Parks  Photo: Bonnie Brewer
Tyler Nye and Burdette Parks Photo: Bonnie Brewer

Theatre Review: "Red" at Pendragon Theatre

Playwright John Logan was awarded the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League awards for "Red," his play about Rothko, when it appeared on Broadway. Mark Rothko emigrated to the United States from Russia in 1913. He was a prominent figure among New York School painters, reaching his signature style in the 1950s.  Go to full article
Nip Rogers' self portrait
Nip Rogers' self portrait

Connections in cyberspace, art in real space

Todd Moe talks with Lake Placid artist Nip Rogers about his "Portraits of Other Artists" project and how social networking websites are bringing artists and art together. His Social Faceworking Show opens at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts on Friday night. It includes portraits of 19 North Country artists and their own artwork in one show.  Go to full article
Paul Wyse (left) with portrait and subject at the Steinway Hall unveiling in NYC. Photo: SUNY Potsdam
Paul Wyse (left) with portrait and subject at the Steinway Hall unveiling in NYC. Photo: SUNY Potsdam

A passion for piano and portraits

Crane School of Music professor of piano Paul Wyse has mastered two art forms. He's a classically trained concert pianist and also paints portraits. Earlier this month, he unveiled a full-length portrait of "piano man" Billy Joel in New York City. The artist joined the bestselling musician to unveil the painting at Steinway Hall. Paul Wyse was commissioned by Steinway and Sons to paint Joel's portrait. Two of Wyse's portraits of award-winning pianist and conductor Leon Fleischer are part of the Smithsonian's permanent collection in Washington D.C.

Wyse has performed at the piano on the concert stage around the world and his oil portraits hang in public and private collections and appear in national publications.

So, how does a classically trained concert pianist become an award winning visual artist? "It's hard to explain," says Wyse. But he adds that it's not uncommon for musicians who study the structure of a symphony to use those same skills in the visual arts.

During a visit to his portrait studio in his home near Prescott, Ontario, he told Todd Moe that the mystery of transforming cloth and pigment into something that is looking back at you is powerful, alluring, and part of the compulsion to paint.  Go to full article

Painting large in watercolor

Some very large watercolors by Saranac Lake artist Tim Fortune will be on display at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, starting Friday, August 12th. Watercolor Encounters is a one man show that will include 15 large format watercolors that Tim has worked on over the last four years. He spoke with Todd Moe about the sheer size of the paintings and their impact on viewers.  Go to full article
<em>Sisyphean Circle</em>, 2010, by John Van Alstine
Sisyphean Circle, 2010, by John Van Alstine

Preview: "Elements in Alliance" in Lake Placid

NCPR is media sponsor for Elements in Alliance: Natural Visions, an installation of sculpture, furniture and painting at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. The show opens tonight with a reception from 5-7 pm. The exhibit, which continues through August 7th, features the art of John Van Alstine, Jonathan Sweet, Caroline Ramersdorfer and Barney Bellinger. Todd Moe spoke with John Van Alstine about the exhibit.  Go to full article

Preview: Mare's Wares Arts Fest in Morristown

Artisans, musicians and writers will gather Friday in Morristown for the 4th annual Mare's Wares Arts Fest. Live music starts at 1 o'clock with the Paul Baldwin Blues Band. Co-organizer Karan Cross told Todd Moe that it's an afternoon and evening of creativity and artistry along the St. Lawrence River.  Go to full article
Sandra Hildreth painting "plein air" in the Adirondacks.
Sandra Hildreth painting "plein air" in the Adirondacks.

Artists step outside to paint

Artists from Clayton to Clinton County are enjoying the outdoors with paint brush and easel this summer. "Plein Air" is a French expression which means "in the open air", and is used to describe the act of painting outdoors. Adirondack artists Susan Olsen and Sandy Hildreth share their love of painting on location. Todd Moe spoke with them about the Adirondack Plein Air Festival in Saranac Lake. It starts Thursday, August 19th in the village.  Go to full article
Alice Judson's "Summer Day, Gloucester Harbor".
Alice Judson's "Summer Day, Gloucester Harbor".

American Impressionist landscapes at the Hyde

A new exhibit at the Hyde Collection art museum in Glens Falls explores American Impressionism. The "Enduring Legacy" exhibit includes 64 paintings from the private collection of Saratoga County resident Thomas Clark. His collection is considered one of the finest of this genre in upstate New York. The show is up through March 28. Todd Moe talks with Hyde Collection chief curator Erin Coe about the new exhibit, Thomas Clark and Impressionism, a genre that began in France in the 1870s.  Go to full article

A passion for blues and brush

Kim Simmonds is heading into four decades of playing the Blues. He founded legendary British Blues band, Savoy Brown, in 1965. He recently finished a solo cd, and has been quietly and passionately painting and drawing for the last ten years. Simmonds hosts an exhibit of his guitar paintings and a concert at Saranac Village at Will Rogers, Saturday at 7:00 pm. Todd Moe spoke with him about connections between making music and the visual arts.  Go to full article

Painting spectacular views on the Tug Hill

Artists will hit the trail in the Tug Hill region this Saturday to capture their favorite spots along the Trenton Falls Gorge on canvas. Privately owned by a power company, the trail is only open to the public on a few weekends each year. Todd Moe previews the "Tug Hill Paint Out '08."  Go to full article

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