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                  lake artworks, adirondack artREGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED 

Over 50 artists signed up before 7 am on March 1. Click on the "Artists" link to a
see a list of participants. There is also a list of "Alternates" - artists who
registered after we hit the quota of 50. They are welcome to come and paint
and may take part in all the events, including the Quick Draw competition,
except for the Show & Sale. If cancellations occur, Alternates will move
up to full participation. Check back for updates.


August 15 - 20, 2016

                        macdonaldMay 2 - There are still openings for the Plein Air Drawing Workshop with Frances Gaffney. Don't miss this opportunity. 

Prizes are coming in and the John MacDonald Plein Air Workshop is FULL

April 3
Check the "Schedule" for the full list of Festival events. The public is invited to all the painting locations to watch and interact with the artists. The Adirondack Artists Guild Gallery, at 52 Main St, Saranac Lake, is event headquarters. Printed schedules and maps of painting locations will be available there. The free Show & Sale will be Saturday Aug 20 in the Harrietstown Town Hall on Main St. in Saranac Lake, opening at noon. A special Preview Party (tickets available) will be held Friday evening.

New York artist Frances Gaffney will also be offering a workshop: The Art of Expressive Drawing - There is only one way to draw – yours and your wholehearted acceptance of your own style. This drawing workshop is led by skilled teaching artist Frances Gaffney. Participants explore artists’ processes, build professional drawing tools and techniques and explore new ways of seeing. A variety of materials will be discussed. We’ll draw outdoors weather permitting.

Go to the Workshop Information page to learn more and register by making a $50 deposit.

March 3 - Registration is now closed for the 2016 Adirondack Plein Air Festival. There is a full roster of artists, with 12 additional ones on the "Alternate" list.

There are still a few slots for the plein air painting workshop, for oil and acrylic painters,  being offered by professional Massachusetts artist
John MacDonald. MacDonald is also the Juror of Awards for the Festival.

January 24
- Saranac Lake ArtWorks is very proud to announce the selection of John MacDonald as our 2016 Awards Juror and workshop presenter.
John MacDonald attended Washington University in St. Louis where he received a BFA in 1979. Following college, he attended a four month intensive printmaking workshop at the Institute for American Universities in Avignon, France. Returning to the States, he received an MA degree in drawing and painting from Purdue University in 1982.

For nearly thirty years, John worked as both a freelance illustrator and landscape painter. He has won awards from Print Magazine as well as having work appear in the Society of Illustrators annual show. He now paints full time. His paintings are held in private and corporate collections throughout North America.

He is currently represented by the following galleries:
• The Iris Gallery. Boston, MA; Aspen, CO
• Warm Springs Gallery, Charlottesville, VA
• Sorelle Gallery, New Canaan, CT; Albany, NY;
  Saratoga Springs, NY
• Christopher-Clark Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
• Rich Timmons Studio & Gallery. Doylestown, PA

He is certified through the Creativity Coaching Association as a creativity coach and brings his coaching experience to his workshops.

Professional memberships have included the Society of Illustrators, the Illustrators Partnership of America, the National Association of Plein Air Painters, the Graphic Artists Guild, and the Oil Painters of America

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.


Plein Air Collector 2015

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. 

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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