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                  lake artworks, adirondack art2015 ADIRONDACK PLEIN AIR FESTIVAL


55 outstanding artists from all over the east coast and Canada took part in the 7th annual Adirondack Plein Air Festival. 100's of people got to see art take place, meet and interact with fine artists! 86 very fine Adirondack paintings found new homes! The new "Quick Draw" competition drew a crowd (no pun intended) of spectators.

If you wish to be on our event announcement list for 2016, so you will receive an invitation to the special Preview Party, please call (518-891-1388) or email.
August 15 - 20, 2016

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Kirk Larsen is the 2015 Awards Juror

  • Sunday - Monday, Aug 16-17 - OPTIONAL WORKSHOP with Kirk Larsen (see below)
  • Monday Aug 17 - advance check in, get canvases/paper stamped
  • Tuesday Aug 18 - morning check in; Paint the VIC (all artists at the Paul Smith's College VIC), optional chicken BBQ dinner
  • Wednesday Aug 19 - Paint the Adirondacks (artists may choose own locations - maps will be available)
  • Thursday Aug 20 - Paint the Town event; optional participation in 3rd Thursday ArtWalk in village
  • Friday Aug 21 - Painting at the Saranac Lake Fish & Game Club until noon and  Preview Party in the evening
  • Saturday Aug 22 - Show & Sale at the Town Hall, 10 - 4 pm, presentation of awards at 11 am,
  • Saturday Aug 22 - NEW - "Quick Draw" (optional) in Riverside Park/Downtown, 12 - 2. pm

Please note this is an expanded schedule. For those of you who cannot come for the whole week, you may come for just the Thurs-Saturday events.

IMPORTANT: Lodging - there is a week long bike tour of the Adirondacks starting in Saranac Lake on Saturday Aug 22, so for those of you seeking lodging or campsites, it would be a good idea to make reservations early.


kirk larsenSaranac Lake ArtWorks is very pleased to announce the selection of internationally known, award-winning Plein air artist Kirk Larsen, as our Juror of Awards. Recognized with over 126 awards since 1994 including Grand prize and Collector’s choice winner at Easels in Frederick ‘2012’(3yrs), Artists’ choice at Finger lakes Plein Air 2014, Museum purchase award Mystic Seaport Museum of America and the Sea, multiple Quick draw wins, 4 time OPA national & regional  shows, a Plein air Easton Artist (4yrs) and many more. He won the Saranac Lake ArtWorks award at The Adirondack Plein Air Festival in 2014 and we are glad to have him back. Some of you may have watched him painting the performers at the Waterhole one evening!

Passionate about drawing and painting since early childhood, Kirk has never met a medium he didn't like.  He is also well known for his nautical works. He‘s worked in over 325 mediums and combinations. His recent work ranges from oil painting "en plein air", studio maritime works fueled by a love for sailing and kayaking, live event art, acrylic fusion paintings and all forms of sculpture.  His web site is impressive -

Sign up early for this lively and upbeat workshop. His innovative approach will help each artist to their next level. Aspects include how to define what to paint in scene; how to identify and solve problems with a painting before even touching the canvas, completing paintings more efficiently, confidently and how to develop and maintain an internal support system for plein air and studio painting..

Kirk's Plein Air painting workshop will be Sunday and Monday, August 16-17, with Tuesday as an optional additional day for those not taking part in the Plein Air Festival (You do not have to attend the Plein Air Festival in order to take the workshop). The fee will be $150/day and it will take place at various locations in and around the Village of Saranac Lake. Participants will provide their own materials.

To sign up, please go to the Payment Page and simply submit a deposit payment for the Workshop.

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Check out some images from past events:  SLIDE SHOW

The Adirondack Artists' Guild, 52  Main St., will again be event headquarters and the source of information for the event.  

For more information: Sandy Hildreth, 518-891-1388 or