VIC-Paint-Out-Sandra-HildrethThere will be an informal plein air “Paint-Out” at the Paul Smith’s College VIC over Labor Day weekend. Seven artists will be out on the trails at various times to paint the views on the property. At the end of the week the paintings will be hung in the gallery space at the VIC for the next New Moon Art Exhibit. They will remain on display until Oct 13.

Sandra Hildreth of Saranac Lake, Jacqueline Altman of Lake Placid, Charlie King of Malone, Ann Haskell of Paul Smiths, Nancy Brossard of Lake Clear, Edith Urban of Onchiota and Janet Marie Yeates of Northville will be participating.

There are 25 miles of hiking trails at the VIC, but some of the most scenic views are all within the first 1/2 mile from the main building. What makes the VIC a great place to paint is that it includes so many different Adirondack habitats: marshes, bogs, brooks and waterfalls, old growth forest, boreal forest, mountain and beaver pond views.

The artists will sign in at the main desk, as all hikers are asked to do, and will indicate where they are headed to paint. Spectators are encouraged to come out for a walk and to visit the artists as they work.

There is no charge for hiking on the trails at the VIC in the summer. Visitors are encouraged to bring paints or sketchbooks and join the artists. Painting or sketching outdoors can be a very relaxing, meditative experience.

There will be a”Meet the Artists” reception at the VIC on Sunday Sept 13 from 3 – 5 pm. The VIC is located about a mile north of the intersection of State Routes 30 and 86. For more information: 518-327-6241 or visit