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                  lake artworks, adirondack artAugust 15 - 20, 2016

The 2016 Adirondack Plein Air Festival will begin soon! Almost 70 artists are attending, from all over the United States and Canada. The event has been attracting artists since 2009. They are coming to paint and enjoy the scenic Adirondack Mountains of northern New York, inspiration for the 19th century paintings of the Hudson River School artists. Registration opened at midnight on Feb 29 and by 7 am, March 1, it was full!

Things begin with a pre-event Plein Air Painting Workshop conducted by award-winning Massachusetts artist John MacDonald, who is also the Juror of Awards for the Festival. (Note: the 2nd workshop by artist Frances Gaffney has been cancelled.)

On Monday Aug 15 artists can begin checking in at event headquarters, the Adirondack Artists Guild Gallery, at 52 Main St, in Saranac Lake, NY. Painting at outdoor locations begins on Tuesday Aug 16 - check on the Schedule link for full details. Spectators are encouraged!

                        macdonald The Special Preview Party on Friday August 19, 6-9 PM  is the best opportunity to see the hundreds of new paintings of the Adirondacks that will have been completed. Tickets, at $20 per person, may be reserved by emailing ArtWorks, or 518-891-1388. Food and beverages provided. Awards will be presented at 8 pm.

The FREE Show & Sale is Saturday August 20, 12-5 PM in the Town Hall, 39 Main St., Saranac Lake. The Show & Sale will open at noon, after the "Quick Draw Competition",  and artists will be there to talk about their work and answer questions until 5 pm. All works will have been created during the event and will be for sale.

This is a very special opportunity to not only see and purchase fine paintings created by professional artists, but it's also a chance to meet those artists and learn about how they work, what inspired them, and how they like to interpret the natural world. Join the fun and celebrate the beauty of the Adirondacks!

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.

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