I love browsing in art galleries. Whether I'm looking for a gift a friend would love, or if I see something that calls to me in a way I never expected, our Adirondack combination of art and nature is always a pleasing sight.
And we have plenty of lovely nature to provide inspiration.
From wildlife to forests, from the big lake to a small pond, there's opportunity all around for many kinds of artists.
My visit to Ticonderoga Arts Gallery was excellently timed, because they were also displaying the members' exhibition of the Upper Hudson Valley Watercolor Society.
I love this medium, and there is much fine work to view.
Watercolor means working fast to capture the scene, since the purest colors are an expression of how confident the artist was. Unlike oil painting, which can be fussed over and tweaked almost indefinitely, watercolor lands on the paper the way it has to be.
Any attempts at correction will muddy the colors and blur the crisp shapes.
The regular gallery space has a wide range of possible expression. There's jewelry, handpainted glass, and knitted alpaca goods along with paintings, photography, and beautifully carved wooden bowls.
The display space flows from one setting to another, so it is easy to find items of interest.
With plenty of literal local color.
Just steps away from Burleigh's Luncheonette, a favorite diner, this gallery is part of a walkable downtown with many interesting places to explore.
Moving north, my visit to the Westport Heritage House was while they have their "Spirit of Place" exhibit. This gallery and visitor center is in an old church with a lovely view of Lake Champlain.
The space is lovely to walk in and is a piece of history itself.
Art of all kinds celebrates Westport history, which began with the 18th century. The harbor was popular for commercial traffic. When that began to give way to alternate methods of transit, it remained the recreational boating center it is today.
Early examples of the home trades are in the main room of the church, which still retains its pews and lovely stained glass windows.
The folks here have updated their Walking Tour of Westport, a favorite way of mine to explore this picturesque town, and learn about its history and architecture.
Choose from walking, cycling, or driving routes for lovely scenery, especially sights that are a bit off the beaten path.
Track down the old grist mill and learn more about the grand houses overlooking the waterfront. The routes all set out from Heritage House itself.
For art to take home, visit ATEA Ring Gallery.
This was my first visit to Adirondack Art Association Gallery in Essex, but it certainly will not be my last.
This beautiful old home is filled with lovely treasures, and is located downtown with a view of Lake Champlain.
While browsing all the beautiful items, large and small, don't neglect to go down the stairs in back to see the sculpture garden.
This gorgeous setting near the Essex Ferry docks shows off the nature themes of many of the sculptures.
See why I have to come back?
While this was a full, fun day, I still have destinations leftover for another trek. By going further north, I can visit Adirondack Architectural Heritage and their art gallery. By heading west, I could visit Elizabethtown, which has the Rosenberg Art Gallery inside the Adirondack History Center Museum.
There's beauty all around us, of course, but often it takes an effort to leave our "usual" to see it. Vacation time is a great time to make that happen.
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