Paintings from our Plein Air Festival are still on display at the TAC - and for sale!
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.
In his book Mostly Spruce and Hemlock, Louis Simmons states: “No record of the newspaper people of the community would be complete without a note on Tupper’s lone woman worker in this field, Mrs. Kathleen Bigrow, who has covered the Tupper area for some 25 years for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and has represented the Syracuse Herald-American and Syracuse Post-Standard here for many years. An indefatigable reporter and photographer, she has earned a reputation for tireless, thorough day-in day-out coverage of the local news and has compiled an impressive file of photos of events and personalities in the community over the years.”
Kathleen passed away in 2013 at the age of 91.
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.