SARANAC LAKE, NEW YORK: The weekend of November 30 Saranac Lake ArtWorks presents the final in the 2018 Art Studio Tour series.  These signature, self-guided tours give people a chance to catch up with artists in their own work spaces and also provide an opportunity to acquire handmade pieces appropriate for gift giving.

Every  month brings something distinctive since the participating artists and the venues vary. The November/December Studio Tour offers a comfortable and entertaining way to shop for special gifts for the  holidays. BluSeed Studios will participate in the tour by expanding its hours for the Off the Wall art exhibit. This cash-and-carry art exhibit showcases unique items that are priced less than $100.  Other participating galleries include the Adirondack Artists Guild and NorthWind Fine Art Gallery. Photographer Mark Kurtz and fine artist Tim Fortune will be part of the tour along with plein air artist Sandra Hildreth; glass artist Marie Cogar, and nature artist Anne Hughes.

New to this month, is Paul Smith’s College VIC. There will be a made a PSC art show and sale on Friday evening, Nov. 30 from 6 to 8PM. The sale continues through the weekend until all pieces are sold. The VIC will be hosting other artistic and recreational activities throughout the weekend on Sat., Dec. 1 and Sunday, Dec. 2. For more information contact go to [email protected]

Another special event during this Studio Tour weekend is an evening reception, talk, and book signing on Sat., Dec. 1 at BluSeed Studios. Thanks to a partnering between John Brown Lives! and BluSeed Studios, the preeminent Frederick Douglass biographer, David Blight, will be at BluSeed to discuss his new book and share in a lively conversation with Sojourner Truth biographer Dr. Margaret Washington. The reception begins at 6:30 pm at 24 Cedar Street in the upstairs gallery space.

Called the definitive biography on the escaped slave who became one of the greatest orators and writers of his generation, a leading abolitionist and political activists of the nineteenth century, FREDERICK DOUGLASS:  Prophet of Freedom is garnering nationwide praise.

“David [Blight] began studying Douglass over 35 years ago, and with this riveting biography, he brings us a lovingly etched portrait of an extraordinary, complex, singular American—a man of his time and for ours,” said Martha Swan, Executive Director of John Brown Lives!

Blight is a professor of American History and Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition at Yale University.  He is the author or editor of a dozen books, including Race and Reunion  The Civil War in American Memory, and has been awarded the Bancroft Prize, the Abraham Lincoln Prize, and the Frederick Douglass Prize, among others.

The 2018 November Studio Tour dates are Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and Dec.2 with hours generally from 10am to 4pm.

In 2017, Saranac Lake ArtWorks introduced a new way to experience artists’ studio tours in the greater Saranac Lake community by offering six weekends of open studios the last weekend of every month from June through November. The format worked so well, it was resumed through 2018.

Each month different artists participate in the tour. And each artist may choose to participate on different days. Printed Studio Tour maps are available throughout the area at various art galleries, information centers, and other cultural centers, as well as online.

The Saranac Lake ArtWorks Studio tours offer a unique opportunity to meet area artists like Anne Hughes, Sandra Hildreth, and Marie Cogar and learn a little bit about the way that they work and how they interact with the larger community.

The tours are all self guided and open to the public.

In addition to printed maps, tour schedules may also be found on the ArtWorks website at:

The artists on this tour range from traditional landscape painters to abstract artists, ceramic artists and more. There is a wide variety from which to choose on any given weekend of the tour.

This project is made possible, in part, by the Essex County Arts Council’s Cultural Assistance Program Grant with funding provided by Essex County.

Saranac Lake ArtWorks is a program in partnership with BluSeed Studios.

BluSeed Studios is a 501c3 arts organization whose mission is to provide space and opportunities where artists and educators can collaborate, experiment, diverge, exhibit and preform; to move ideas and aesthetics forward; to share this diversity with the community.

For more information call: 518-891-3799 or email: [email protected]