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Viva, Viva! "Seascapes Landscapes East to West" at the Thousand Islands Arts Center, Clayton, through August 29.
Viva, Viva! "Seascapes Landscapes East to West" at the Thousand Islands Arts Center, Clayton, through August 29.

Preview: art of Viva Hoffman in Clayton

Actress, writer and artist Viva Hoffman has lived in New York City, Paris, California and along the St. Lawrence River. A new exhibit of her paintings, "Landscapes, Seascapes. East to West," opens at the Thousand Islands Art Center in Clayton on Thursday night. The show includes some of her favorite scenes along the St. Lawrence and wild areas near Palm Springs, California.

Viva Hoffman was one of the superstars in Andy Warhol's art house films of the late 1960s. Today, she lives and paints in California and spoke with Todd Moe about her new exhibit, and a love for what she calls "fields of color" and painting yellow poppies at Point Dume Wildlife Refuge.  Go to full article
Janet Marie Yeates of Northville, NY at the 2013 Morristown Plein Air event.  Photo: Morristown Public Library
Janet Marie Yeates of Northville, NY at the 2013 Morristown Plein Air event. Photo: Morristown Public Library

Morristown Library invites artists to "plein air" event

The Morristown Public Library is inviting artists to its annual Plein Air Festival next week. Plein air means "in the open air" and is a popular summer event around the region.

Morristown is the birthplace and inspiration of artist Charles Chapman. Library director Bridget Whalen-Nevin is hoping artists and art lovers will follow in his footsteps from July 31st to August 3rd in and around Morristown.  Go to full article
A 'plein air' painting by Winslow Homer.
A 'plein air' painting by Winslow Homer.

Morristown breathes 'plein air' to benefit library

The village of Morristown has a long track record with "plein air" painting. Aclaimed artist Charles Chapman held classes in painting outdoors at his estate on the Morristown harbor in the 1930s and '40s.

This weekend, Morristown is tapping into those artistic roots for a Plein Air Festival. The event is a benefit for the Morristown Public Library.

Beginning Friday, 22 artists from across New York and the Northeast, and one from Ontario, will set up their easels at locations of their own choosing throughout the village.

David Sommerstein went to Morristown, overlooking the St. Lawrence River, with the skyline of Brockville, Ontario on the far shore, to speak with the festival's organizers and an artist who will be participating.

Bridget Whalen-Nevin is director of the Morristown Public Library and organizer of the festival. Maggie Whalen is a library board member. Local artist Kathy Kelly will be painting this weekend.

There's a book sale on Saturday, a meet and greet chicken BBQ Saturday at 6pm. Starting Sunday at noon, the paintings made by the artists during the Plein Air festival will be sold by silent auction.

All events and sales benefit the Morristown Public Library.  Go to full article
Jackie Altman paints "en plein air" near Lake Placid.
Jackie Altman paints "en plein air" near Lake Placid.

Art that conveys a sense of immediacy

Many Adirondack artists will tell you that our region offers nearly all the elements a landscape painter looks for - mountains, trees, waterways and ever-changing hues of green, gray and blue. You'll find dozens of artists outdoors this week in the Adirondacks painting "plein air" during Saranac Lake's Fourth Annual Plein Air Festival, part of the "Great Adirondack Days" celebration.

It's a time-honored tradition, particularly by artists who want to convey a sense of immediacy. They'll find a spot with a great view of a mountain or along a stream, prop up an easel and paint just as they see it. Most works are completed within hours on the spot. Spontaneity is key. Bugs, rain and fleeting sunlight are challenges.

Last summer, Todd Moe tagged along when Lake Placid artist Jackie Altman returned to a favorite spot with views of some of the High Peaks.  Go to full article
Jackie Altman paints "en plein air" near Lake Placid.
Jackie Altman paints "en plein air" near Lake Placid.

Art in the making -- outdoors

Many Adirondack artists will tell you that our region offers nearly all the elements a landscape painter looks for - mountains, trees, waterways and ever-changing hues of green, gray and blue. You'll find dozens of artists outdoors this week in the Adirondacks painting "plein air" during Saranac Lake's Third Annual Plein Air Festival, part of the "Great Adirondack Days" celebration.

It's a time-honored tradition, particularly by artists who want to convey a sense of immediacy. They'll find a spot with a great view of a mountain or along a stream, prop up an easel and paint just as they see it. Most works are completed within hours on the spot. Spontaneity is key. Bugs, rain and fleeting sunlight are challenges.

Todd Moe tagged along when Lake Placid artist Jackie Altman returned to a favorite spot with views of some of the High Peaks.  Go to full article

Theater under the stars in Lake George

A group of actors in Lake George will commemorate the region's historical significance during the French and Indian War this summer. "The Last of the Mohicans Outdoor Drama" returns for a second season starting Friday night. It's theater under the stars and an original adaptation of James Fenimore Cooper's novel, Last of the Mohicans. Todd Moe talks with playwright and founder Michael Dufaut about staging an outdoor drama that includes horses, cannon fire and Native dance.  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
Sandra Hildreth painting "plein air" in the Adirondacks
Sandra Hildreth painting "plein air" in the Adirondacks

Art outdoors in Saranac Lake

NCPR is media sponsor for the Adirondack Plein Air Festival in Saranac Lake this weekend. Join artists and photographers in and around Saranac Lake for a weekend of creating art outdoors. Artist and organizer Susan Olsen told Todd Moe that events will include a walking tour, meet the artist receptions, silent auctions, and more.  Go to full article

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