SARANAC LAKE - The Adirondack Artists' Guild now has several works of art on display as part of the guild's 11th annual Juried Show. The exhibit, which opened March 13, will be on display through April 16.
Eighty-eight artists, from northern New York, Vermont and Quebec, submitted 196 pieces of artwork. Linda Fisher, a painter from Jay, set high standards and after five hours of review, pared the entries down to 78 of the finest.
Mark Kurtz, a photographer from Saranac Lake, submitted two thought-provoking black and white images of subjects never seen in the Adirondack Park. "It's Only Steam" is a portrait of a nuclear energy facility that strangely resembles a mushroom cloud. "It's Only Wind" is a worm's-eye view of a massive wind turbine - and was selected by the juror as the first place award. In addition to a cash prize, Kurtz will be honored with a solo exhibit in the gallery in November.
Annoel Krider of Lake Placid also had two unique pieces selected for the exhibit. Krider's creations are made of sticks, paper, beeswax, pine resin, yarn, paint, pastel and beads. Her large wall piece, "Walking Through My Garden," almost looks like it could be a sacred totem for an aboriginal tribe. It received the second place award. Her second piece is a much smaller, framed work titled "Mindfulness."
One of the smallest works in the show, "Spring," is a delicate acrylic painting by Plattsburgh artist Noreen Sadue and is the third place winner. The first colors of spring pop in this semi-abstract landscape.
The juror's honorable mention selection was "Iron Knight of the Sky," a detailed pencil drawing of a WWI airplane. The artist, Richard Groh of Saranac Lake, has entered the juried show a number of times and his drawings of airplanes are visual lessons on aviation history.
The 14 member artists of the guild decided they too would recognize some of their favorites in the show. The first "Guild Award" was given to "The Tempest," a dark and complex acrylic composition of organic forms twisting around a raven's profile by Bloomingdale artist Victoria Blair Celeste. Jon Chodat, Malone, received the second Guild Award for his interesting photograph, "Roost," where the main subject is in vivid color and the rest of the photo is classic black and white.
In addition to the selected award winners, the exhibit contains a maple burl crafted by Adirondack woodturner Ken Gadway of Morrisonville. Jeanne Danforth, Ellenburg Depot, and the 2008 winner of the Juried Show, contributed two more of her strikingly composed pastels and an oil painting. Susan Olsen, Saranac Lake, charmed the juror with her sharply cropped pastels with subject matter like her dog and laundry hanging on the line. Alice Wand, Willsboro, created two masterful collages of handmade paper, acrylic paint and digital imagery that focus on exotic orchids. There are assorted photos (both digital and traditional), paintings, intaglio prints, an ink drawing, gourd art, pieces of hand-made jewelry, lacework, a quilted wall hanging, fused glass, stoneware, earthenware and found object sculptures, and a finely-painted tree fungus. Styles range from funky to expressive to realistic to abstract.
The Adirondack Artists' Guild, located at 52 Main St., is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and 12-3 p.m. Sundays. For more information, visit www.adirondackartistsguild.com or call 891-2615.