New board leadership includes first women as chair, vice-chair

In December, BluSeed Studios received a workforce development grant through the North Country Regional Economic Development Council (REDC), which will result in a new full-time position. The new Operations Director will provide financial oversight, fundraising, program development and organizational direction for BluSeed and Saranac Lake ArtWorks. ArtWorks and BluSeed officially merged organizations earlier in 2017 and the Operations Director will bring much-needed staff support to long-standing, high-quality arts events such as the Plein Air Festival, artist weekend Studio Tours, and Third Thursday Art Walks.

The job search is now open and the board will begin reviewing applications on Jan. 22. The description and information on how to apply is here:

In addition to adding staff, 2018 is beginning with some changes in board leadership. Three new members elected to the BluSeed board are Mavis Miller, Emilie Allen and Don Paulson. Mavis has been part of the arts faculty at Northwood for nine years and is currently the Director of Residential Life, and the Chair of the Arts Department. Emilie Allen is the Associate Director of Marketing & Communications at the North Country School and Camp Treetops. She directs and collaborates on an array of institutional communications and marketing strategies. Don Paulson is a retired professor of Graphic Arts from North Country Community College.

The board elected artist Georgeanne Gaffney to serve as new Chair, while Mavis Miller was elected Vice Chair. Chris Covert and Brandon DeVito will continue as Treasurer and Secretary, respectively. Jim Connolly and Jim Hotaling both stepped down from the board and Marc Gitlitz also left the board earlier in the year, and all three continue to volunteer. The full list of board members can be found here:

“BluSeed serves a vital role in the Saranac Lake community and everyone looks forward to an even more engaging 2018,” said Hotaling, who also represents BluSeed in the Saranac Lake Arts and Cultural Master Plan.

“It’s really important to keep the ball rolling in terms of our work and the officers will greatly help in our overall mission,” noted BluSeed Artistic Director Carol Vossler. “The continuing support of past board members will help in our efforts to move forward. With 2017 ending on a high note, we are looking forward to a productive year ahead.” Other recent accomplishments can be found at

BluSeed Studios Inc — located at 24 Cedar Street in Saranac Lake — is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide space & opportunities where artists & educators can collaborate, experiment, diverge, exhibit and perform; to move ideas and aesthetics forward and to share this diversity with the community. For more information, visit , email: [email protected] or call 518-891-3799.