Adirondack Regional Art Trail creates new way to experience the arts
A new initiative to bring greater visibility to the arts is now live. The Adirondack Regional Art Trail connects arts organizations, galleries, theaters, artists, and craftspeople for the first time in a region-wide network. This trail, part of the new North Guide website (www.northguide.org), highlights the off-the-beaten-path studios, annual events, as well as museums and galleries with world renowned exhibits, making it easier for visitors and residents to plan trips and outings that include the arts. The direct link to the Art Trail is www.northguide.org/arttrail.
The Adirondack Regional Art Trail is made up of hundreds of individual artists and their studios, arts organizations, galleries, theaters, museums, events and related cultural activities across the greater Adirondack North Country region. For the first time, these resources are brought together in one place online, increasing the visibility of their work, demonstrating the depth and breadth of arts and culture in Northern New York State. Art Trail membership is free and open to any individual artist, studio, arts/cultural organization, or place where people can experience art.
“The Adirondack North Country is widely known for its outdoor recreation, but there is a long artistic tradition here that’s very much alive and well,” said photographer Mark Kurtz, of Saranac Lake ArtWorks.
“Having the digital version of the trail as part of the North Guide, which showcases the best of the Adirondack North Country, was a perfect fit,” said Kate Fish, Executive Director of ANCA. “The arts can be found alongside other popular destinations, landmarks and events, such as farm tours, festivals, and up and coming beer and wine tours, making it a full picture of all the extraordinary things to do here.”
“BluSeed Studios is excited to collaborate on the project, which is the brainchild of painter Sandra Hildreth, who saw an opportunity to replicate Saranac Lake ArtWorks’ success in promoting the arts locally, on a regional scale,” said Carol Vossler, BlueSeed’s Artistic Director.
Four organizations are working on this: Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA), BluSeed Studios, Saranac Lake ArtWorks and Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY). The team applied for and received funding through the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) to get the project started. The next phase will involve building a more physical presence for the Art Trail, with signage, banners and events.
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