SARANAC LAKE/LAKE PLACID — “Drifting into New Spaces … Winding Waters, Whimsical Woodlands” is Alice Vera’s new show of photography and sculptures at NorthWind Fine Arts in Saranac Lake.
The exhibition, which runs through Jan. 2, 2014, features 10 sculptures and four photographs, three of which are printed on wood.
The sculptures are a departure for the professional photographer, who celebrates her 20th anniversary in the business in 2014.
She learned her sculpture technique from Carol Vossler at North Country Community College.
“I majored in graphics arts at North Country,” Vera said. “I wanted to take a variety of arts courses. When we did this particular project, we used wire and dipped it in liquid paper. As it dries, it stretches across the wire. I just fell in love with it. It was just part of the sculpture course but I really enjoyed it. I started to do the sculptures, and I’ve been doing it ever since. It’s a lot of fun.”
“Eyeing the Elusive” is a wire sculpture depicting a heron balanced on a section of driftwood.
“The theme of the show is lakes and rivers around Saranac Lake and Lake Placid area,” Vera said. “I have photographs printed on wood. You can actually see the grain through the photograph. I had a lab do it. They put an emulsion of the wood itself and expose it like you normally do and the grain of the wood comes through the photograph. It’s neat.”
Vera’s husband, whose pen name is R.B. North, wrote haiku poems which relate to the show’s theme.
“He calls it haiku-ool,” Vera said. “He has seven poems there.”
Another Saranac Lake holiday show is the “Starving Artist Exhibit and Sale” at BluSeed Studios through Dec. 28.
“We have approximately 15 artists,” Vossler said. “It’s mostly local and regional artists. They have brought work that is $100 or less. It’s cash and carry. We also have Paul Smiths Art Club. They put art in to raise money for their club. The Food Pantry has some art work donated by Carmen Ordonez, a volunteer. She made gift cards and really nice handmade stars out of milkweed pods.”
The exhibit features a wide range of artistic media including acrylic and watercolor paintings, photography, pastels, charcoal drawings, prints, pottery and ceramics, clay and mixed media, fiber art and handmade paper.
Featured artists include Darby Ariella, Margaret Campion, Vicki Celeste, Andrew Cziraki, David Hejna, Jen Kretser, Gail McKay, John LeFalce, Joanna Merry, Ryan Nerp, Shaun Ondak, Bryan Osborn, Mary Lou Reid, Teresa Reid, Eleanor Sweeney, Leslie Walch and Vossler.
“It’s a really nice way to support the artists and make art available and affordable to the community,” Vossler said.
The Big Little Show has teleported from Saranac Lake to Lake Placid this holiday season.
“It is coordinated through the Lake Placid Center for the Arts and the Adirondack Artists’ Guild,” said James Lemon, executive director of the center.
“It’s all pieces that are small in size, the idea being they are more affordable and they are the perfect Christmas gift. Each artist has created between two to five pieces that are available for stocking stuffers and for gifts.”
Twenty Tri-Lakes artists work in diverse media from jewelry to ceramics and watercolor. The show runs through Dec. 21.
“Most are less than 12 inches by 12 inches,” Lemon said. “They are all over the spectrum. Some people do Adirondack scenes. Other people did a focus on animals. We leave the subject matter up to each artist.”
The show has been well received and more than half of the approximately 120 works have been sold.
“If anyone looking is looking for a last-minute stocking stuffer, we would encourage them to come out sooner rather than later,” Lemon said.
Email Robin Caudell:firstname.lastname@example.orgIF YOU GO WHAT: "Drifting into New Spaces ... Winding Waters, Whimsical Woodlands," sculptures and photographs by Alice Vera and haiku-ool by R.B. North. WHEN: Through Jan. 2, 2014. WHERE: NorthWind Fine Arts, 11 Woodruff St., Saranac Lake. HOURS: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; closed Tuesday. PHONE: 354-1875. WHAT: "The Starving Artists Exhibit and Sale." WHEN: Through Dec. 28. WHERE: BluSeed Studios, 24 Cedar St., Saranac Lake. HOURS: 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, or by appointment. PHONE: 891-3799. WHAT: "The Big Little Show." WHEN: Through Dec. 21. WHERE: Lake Placid Center for the Arts, 17 Algonquin Drive, Lake Placid. HOURS: 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. PHONE: 523-2512.