Saranac Lake ArtWorksSaranac Lake, N.Y. - All are invited to enjoy a behind-the-canvas experience as Saranac Lake artists will open their workspaces to the public for additional weekends this year in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Saranac Lake ArtWorks’ popular Studio Tours. 

The 2017 Studio Tours will be held on the last weekend of each month, beginning June 30July 1 and 2, and continuing through November. The tours are self-guided and free to the public. Tour hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and noon - 3 p.m. on Sundays.

The tours are an opportunity to learn about each artist’s process, inspiration, and materials; see works in all stages of progress; and watch artists demonstrate their techniques in a wide variety of styles, subjects, and media including painting, pastel, ceramics, printmaking, woodcarving, fused glass, photography, fiber art and more.

“The critical mass of artists and galleries here merits the additional tour dates,” said Georgeanne Gaffney, event organizer and artist. “With six monthly events, folks will be able to spread their studio visits over more than one weekend if they wish.” Event participants are invited to take a walking tour of studios and galleries in downtown Saranac Lake, and plan their visit to include artists further afield in Bloomingdale, Onchiota, Gabriels, Lake Placid and other surrounding areas, exploring the North Country’s beautiful landscapes and vibrant communities.

Information about each artist, the dates they will be participating, and maps for tour planning are found on the ArtWorks website,



The Studio Tours will begin the weekend of June 30th, July 1st and 2nd with the following artists and galleries:

The Adirondack Artists Guild has been offering fine art to the Adirondacks since 1997. The Guild is a newly renovated cooperative gallery featuring 15 award-winning local artists working in a variety of media. 

Fri. June 30Sat. July 1Sun. July 2.

BluSeed Studios is a nonprofit workspace dedicated to the creation, promotion and presentation of the arts in the North Country. See works on display in the gallery, and artists at work in the pottery and printmaking studios. 

Fri. June 30Sat. July 1Sun. July 2.

Marie Cogar will demonstrate the techniques and materials she uses to create her unique fused glass art. She will also have finished art pieces for sale. 

Fri. June 30Sat. July 1.

Tim Fortune is a widely acclaimed oil and watercolor painter. He will be working on large-scale watercolors in his Small Fortune Gallery, which also functions as his studio.

Fri. June 30Sat. July 1.

Georgeanne Gaffney creates romantic, contemplative acrylic landscape and figurative paintings rich in color and texture. She will be working on current pieces in her studio, and displaying pieces in all stages of progress. 

Fri. June 30Sat. July 1Sun. July 2.

Catherine Hartung is an award-winning acrylic and watercolor painter. She will be demonstrating her use of acrylic paints at NorthWind Fine Arts, surrounded by many of her own works on display. 

Fri. June 30.

Sandra Hildreth is a Plein Air painter of Adirondack landscapes in oil and watercolor. Works are often begun at a remote outdoor site, with finishing touches applied in the studio. 

Sat. July 1.

Stephen Horne began his career as an editorial cartoonist, illustrator and museum exhibit designer, and has now returned to paint and canvas. Working in acrylic and oil, he explores landscapes near his home in Paul Smiths, NY, and along the rolling seascapes of Nova Scotia and beach dunes of Florida. 

Sat. July 1.

Mark Kurtz Photography is a black and white fine art photography working in both digital and film formats. Mark also works in commercial and editorial assignment photography and is the official photographer for the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. 

Fri. June 30Sat. July 1Sun. July 2.

Diane Leifheit—Point of View is a Plein Air pastel painter, Diane will be working in her studio and displaying her intimate local landscapes and portraits. 

Fri. June 30Sat. July 1.

NorthWind Fine Arts is a cooperative gallery with a membership of 11 local artists. You will meet members of the co-op demonstrating their skills in a variety of materials and styles. 

Fri. June 30Sat. July 1Sun. July 2.

Mark Paul will demonstrate woodcarving by hand with traditional tools. Come see how those wonderful birds, wood spirits and walking sticks evolve from Mark’s imagination into reality. 

Fri. June 30Sat. July 1Sun. July 2.

Mary Lou Reid will be displaying her delightful garden art, as well as her functional pottery and decorative pieces. She will also be giving demonstrations in her ceramics studio. 

Fri. June 30Sat. July 1Sun. July 2.

Peter Shrope creates unique handcrafted pottery using original glaze recipes made with 100% pure crushed Adirondack rock. 

Fri. June 30Sat. July 1





Mark Kurtz Photography (with Georgeanne Gaffney)



Georgeanne Gaffney 

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