This weekend, artists from Benson to Wells will be opening up their studios and galleries to the public for a look at their process and their artwork. It’s part of The Sacandaga Valley Arts Network’s Art Trail.
“Most of the stops on the map are people’s homes,” said Carolyn Adamczyk, “Most of us don’t have standard hours or a storefront where people can come and browse.”
Adamczyk, a Hope artist and an organizer of the Art Trail, said that the idea to run an art trail came about four years ago.
“In allowing people into their studios, artists were able to show people their inspirations and how they create their art in whatever medium they use,” Adamczyk said.
Her home studio, where she creates her stained glass designs, is the fifth stop on the trail.
She started with watercolor in her early 20s, but when she retired from the air force over a decade ago she was looking for another challenge. After spotting a stained glass shop outside of where she and her husband were stationed, in Bedford, Massachusetts, she found her next medium.
“I took a class and I’ve been doing it since then,” Adamczyk said.
A Northville native, Adamczyk has been creating custom pieces as well as her own designs in her home studio since moving back to the area four years ago.
“There are certain things that you have to do with stained glass that you don’t have to do with other mediums,” Adamczyk said, “It’s less free-flowing.”
Stained glass is a precise medium and Adamczyk spends much of the time drawing and redrawing the design. She needs to ensure everything from the colors to the cut glass, to the solder seams are perfect.
“I spent a lot of my years in the military in a technical field and that’s the technical side for me,” Adamczyk said.
She uses the copper foil method, which is different from what people normally think of when they hear the term stained glass. In the copper foil method, each piece gets wrapped in a copper foil that has an adhesive back to it. Then the glass is fitted together like a puzzle and soldered.
But the trail isn’t all one medium; many of the artists work in several mediums, actually.
Take Janene Bouck of Broadalbin, for instance. She’s a photographer, but she also works with salvaged materials and acrylic painting and collage.
“I’m always captivated by her art,” Adamczyk said.
The first stop on the trail is the studio of Arlene Rambush, a weaver, creating everything from scarfs to table runners and towels and the main organizer of the Art Trail. Artist James A. Dempsey, the sixth stop on the trail, works with dried and manipulated botanical materials including wood and fiber. Then, artists like Constance A. Dodge, the third stop, work mostly with painting, focusing mostly on the Adirondacks.
There’s also no shortage of sculpture work.
“I didn’t realize until a couple years ago that John Van Alstine and Caroline Ramersdorfer, they actually have a sculpture garden in Wells. It’s really fantastic,” Adamczyk said.
The sculpture garden stretches across nine acres, while the John Van Alstine Studios (1293 St. Hwy 30) is on the river. Both Ramersdorfer and Van Alstine have exhibited their sculptures all over the world, including the Beijing Olympics.
Although artists, especially those involved in SVAN are very supportive of one another, Adamczyk said the community around the artists probably isn’t as aware of the local talent as they could be.
“I love that I’m surrounded by all these talented people who decided to pursue their art in this area. There’s a lot of people who don’t realize how many local artists there are. I think that it can do nothing but good things for our population to see and enjoy and take the journey,” Adamczyk said.
The galleries and the artist’s homes will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Each of the 19 stops on the trail will have maps attendees can pick up and the SVAN Arts Center Gallery at 305 S Main St. in Northville will also have the trail maps.
Even though William Coffey Studio (322 North 3rd St. Northville) is not on the map, they are participating in the Art Trail as well.
There is no cost to attend. For more information find the event on Facebook under Art Trail 2018.