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December 12, 2013

Deck the halls with art

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.”

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