Coming Home, watercolor painting by Valerie Patterson

Closer To The Light, an exhibit of recent works by Valerie Patterson, will be the featured show in June at the Adirondack Artists Guild. The exhibit will be on display from June 2 through July 2.

Patterson creates highly refined watercolor paintings that often explode with psychological resonance – with a sensitivity towards beauty and strength achieved through truth and honesty. Her work is a continuing search for deep understanding of the human condition – fascinating in its capacity for great kindness and mercy yet also great malevolence. Throughout Valerie’s body of work, children repeatedly symbolize vulnerability and an unfeigned soul, connections between past and present are examined through the manipulation of black and white with color, and realistic and fantastic images may be juxtaposed to fabricate a surreal certainty. Patterson gives voice to difficult social and political subjects in an attempt to encourage thought, emotion and dialogue.

The Artists Guild will host an opening reception on Friday, June 2 from 5-7. Refreshments will be served, and everyone is welcome.

The Adirondack Artists Guild is a cooperative retail art gallery representing a diverse group of regional artists residing and working in the Tri-Lakes region of the Adirondack Park. The gallery is located at 52 Main St, Saranac Lake, 518 891-2615. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 until 5, and 11-3 on Sundays. After June 15, the gallery will be open seven days a week, with extended hours until 7 on Thursdays. The Guild is on the web at