Fun run first one back in his ugly sweater photo from Diane Chase.

Fun run first one back in his ugly sweater photo from Diane Chase.

SARANAC LAKE, NY–December 8 marked the first annual BluSeed Studios inaugural 5K fun/run walk to raise funds for free spring break art classes for area students. Donning festive holiday garb, each participant was given a commemorative tile and offered a warm beverage and other refreshments to fortify themselves for the race. Though temperatures were frigid, all registrants completed the course.

BluSeed founder and Artistic Director Carol Vossler views the event as a success saying, “There are always other ways that people can choose to spend their time and money, but BluSeed is proud to see the support for our free spring break art class program with each ugly sweater as well as with every donation that patrons make for our Bluseedlings.”

Hand-thrown pottery mugs were presented to the top three female and male finishers as well as to the participant voted as wearing the “ugliest sweater”.  In the women’s division, Melinda Frazier placed first with the time of 26:45 followed by Judy Rush with a time of 29.22 with Kate Morgan coming in third at 29.45. In first place for the male finishers was Chris Elliott with a time of 24:09, followed by Max Paul with a time of 28.22 and in third place was Matt Cook who brought along his leashed dogs for a finish time of 29.19. Jesse Jakobe won the ugly sweater category with her sunglass-wearing Santa sweater. One participant labeled the event as ‘having the best awards and prizes,’ as handcrafted mugs and bowls were awarded randomly as door prizes to many of the participants.

The 5K course started at the BluSeed Cedar Street location and proceeded on Broadway toward downtown. Participants turned onto Bloomingdale Road and then Pine Street to reach the Forest Hill bridge. After running or walking on Forest Hill around Moody Pond, all participants returned back to BluSeed Studios for awards, hot beverages, and food provided by Hannaford and Price Chopper.

“We could not have  completed this event without the help of the Saranac Lake School District, the Saranac Lake Teachers Union, and the Saranac Lake Kiwanis,” acknowledged Vossler. “We are so lucky to have a community that supports the arts. Even if people weren’t able to participant in the 1st Annual Ugly Sweater Fun Run/Walk, donations are welcome anytime online, by mail, or in person–make sure to earmark the donation for `free kids classes’.”

During this time of year, the BluSeed Gallery is also a place to purchase one-of-a-kind, handcrafted gifts. The Off-the-Wall exhibit features works of local artists that sell for less than $100. Purchases may be made on the spot and the item comes off the wall and goes home with the purchaser. Sales may be made at scheduled BluSeed events as well as during regular business hours and by appointment.

BluSeed Studios is a full-service art center and a 501c3 arts organization whose mission is to provide a space and promote a shared environment where artists, educators and community members have the opportunity to learn and participate, experiment and diverge, exhibit and perform, move ideas and aesthetics forward, and to share this diversity as an all-inclusive gateway to artistic experience.

BluSeed Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 1pm – 5pm, and Saturday, noon to 5pm, or by appointment at 24 Cedar Street, Saranac Lake.

BluSeed Studios receives support from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

For more information call: 518-891-3799 or visit the website at: www.bluseedstudios.org