The Adirondack Carousel’s hand-carved black bear got a shiny coat for the winter last weekend at the Northwoods Inn, thanks to local artist Sandra Hildreth who has offered to paint the 170-pound bear.
Hildreth said she is looking forward to adding the finishing touches on the black bear, co-carved by Andy Manchester of Lake Clear and Carl Borst of Rotterdam. Hildreth also painted two other carvings for the carousel in the otter and the bald eagle.
The black bear was accompanied by Borst, who also carved the Adirondack Carousel’s eagle, raccoon, beaver, and otter.
As with all the Adirondack Carousel figures, the bear is a lifelike carving that celebrates the unique character of the Adirondacks. Designed to fit on a carousel, the bear features a saddle for riders of all ages and whimsical additions such as fancy straps, bells and ribbons around its neck and waist, a chipmunk hiding under the bear’s saddle, and the Carousel’s signature red ladybug.
The Adirondack Carousel is currently under construction in the William Morris Park in Saranac Lake. When it opens next year, it will offer a full-sized carousel with adjoining space for events, community meetings, and educational workshops about the Adirondacks.
The Carousel’s volunteer organization is seeking additional funds to help cover the increase in construction costs brought about by escalating oil prices and labor.
“We especially need volunteer labor and community support to help us offset these added costs,” board chair Marge Glowa said.
To view a photo gallery of the Adirondack Carousel’s carved figures or learn more about the carousel, visit adirondackcarousel.org, friend the carousel on Facebook or contact Marge Glowa at 891-3274.