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January 9, 2014

Can you hear me now?

LAKE PLACID — “Phone Art … Communicating Through Air,” an Adirondack juried exhibition, opens Friday at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.

“The thought behind the exhibition was to explore not only our modern fascination with our communication devices but how that translates to communication as a whole via wired or wireless to really allow the artist a chance to explore communication and technology where the two ideas may meet,” said James Lemons, LPCA executive director.

“We did an open call. We do two or three juried shows each year. It’s open to anyone who wants to submit.”

Juror Brook Noble, who manages the center’s ceramic studio, will award prizes Friday evening.

The show features 23 works by Georgette Bacon, Nancie Battaglia, Majorie Burns, Sharon Cary, Sylva Gaspar, Frank Hochreiter, Carol Hochreiter, Diane Leifheit, Larry Poole, Carl Rubino, Earl S. Hitchcock, Peter Seward, Parmelee Tolkan, Ursula Trudeau and Mary Woodcock Johnson.

“We got everything from ceramics and environmental art to more traditional watercolor and photography.”

Mary Woodcock Johnson’s “Texting Gloves,” oil on paper, was created before the exhibition call.

“I like to photograph at the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival,” said Johnson, who teaches art at the Lake Placid Elementary School.

“I took a lot of photographs and use three or four or five photographs to create a painting. I saw the person, who was supposed to be watching the parade, texting on the phone. I thought to myself the parade is passing her by. It just amazed me.”

Johnson’s painting includes a view of the Dew Drop Inn, a legendary Saranac Lake landmark.

“I like to put it in paintings,” Johnson said. “I have painted it quite a few times, five or six times. I had the painting. I thought how perfect they want phone art, so ...”

“Phone Art” runs the gamut in both subject matter and the manner in which the art was created.

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