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Recently in our gallery ...
Sunday was the last day to view all of the beautiful Tupper-Lake-inspired artwork done by the many artists who participated in last week's Tupper Lake Plein Air Festival! Most of the artists were able to leave their work with Tupper Arts, which kept the show up in the main gallery, and continued to offer the paintings for sale to the public. Thank you to all who helped to support these local artists by purchasing their work!
Tupper Lake Plein Air Festival
Plein Air Painters in Action!
Congratulations to our Plein Air Winners!
Gary Casagrain had the difficult task of judging the show on Saturday 10/3 to award first, second, and third prize to the talented artists. Deborah Geurtze, of Saranac Lake, took first place with her watercolor of the much coveted Bog River Falls. Geurtze studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and obtained her BA in painting and printmaking at SUNY Potsdam. She also completed her masters in printmaking at SUNY Albany, and has shown her work in over 60 national outdoor shows. Second place went to Patricia Bellerose, an accomplished artist from Quebec for her oil painting, "Summer's End," on the shore of Little Wolf. Patrick McPhee, from Binghamton, took third place with his oil painting, "Looking Down the Flow," which he painted from the flow looking south. McPhee was last year's first place winner. The People's Choice Award went to Tarryl Gabel, for her painting of the iconic Northwood Cabins neon sign. Gabel also submitted several impressive landscapes of the area.
Previously featured in our gallery:
According to a 2008 Adirondack Life magazine article, in the early 1950s a young Kathleen Bigrow reporting for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise decided to buy her first camera when the photographer assigned to her showed up late to a press conference that she was covering. With $300 borrowed from a local bar owner (her loan request was turned down by commercial banks), she began a long career in photojournalism. Long before the age of digital photography, Kathleen’s husband built a darkroom in the basement of their home so that she could develop her films in time for press deadlines. Over the years, she honed her skills as an accomplished photographer. From comments of those who knew her, she was a gritty, no-nonsense reporter who never said no to a story.
The Kathleen Bigrow Film Conservation Project
Tupper Arts has been given a valuable resource that has historical significance to the Adirondack region. The vast photographic collection of journalist Kathleen Bigrow has been generously donated to Tupper Arts by Jim Lanthier Jr. The collection includes thousands of film images taken over the 50-plus years of Kathleen’s career. Tupper Arts has begun an effort to catalog, digitize and archive these wonderful images. In addition to protecting the collection, Tupper Arts goal is to make the collection available to the community.
This exhibition is our first attempt to share Kathleen’s unique vision and artistry. We hope that what you see here brings back many fond memories. For those of you who were not around when these images were captured, we hope you will leave with a better sense of the community’s past.
“He Paints, She Quilts”
Dick Trick, showing 40 of his paintings, grew up in Tupper Lake where he attended local schools. Lydia Middaugh uniquely quilts in wool and has won recognition on a national level for her fine quilts.