Artists & Inspiration
A Place to Sit (or Not)—An Expression of Style
This is a virtual program.
The Adirondack chair is unrivaled in representing the region to the world beyond the Blue Line. Three artists—Tim Fortune, Barry Lobdell, and Jonathan Sweet—have all created unique works inspired by this iconic piece of furniture. Yet as active artists, Fortune, Lobdell, and Sweet work in entirely different mediums and subscribe to very different styles. Join us from the comfort of your own chair for an exploration of the work and creativity of these three artists.
Images (Left to Right):
Barry Lobdell, The Green Revenge, 2002 (2002.059.0001)
Timothy Fortune, Metamorphosis, 2004 (2004.035.0001)
Jonathan Sweet, MOD-ADK, 2013 (2013.024.0001)
Timothy Fortune’s work has been infused by his experiences growing up in the Adirondacks. He completed Bachelor and Master degrees in art while studying in Italy, Philadelphia, and New York City. After moving to south Florida, he opened a studio and gallery and also taught art for 16 years. Returning to his hometown of Saranac Lake in 1988, he opened The Small Fortune Studio and Gallery on Main Street where he paints intimate images of the Adirondacks in watercolor and oil, and continues to foster the vibrant arts community in the village.
Jonathan Sweet is a contemporary American furniture artist. Growing up in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, he is inspired by the woodlands around him. He thrives on creating one of a kind custom wood furnishings and interiors. He enjoys studying scale and proportions that are pleasing to the eye. He invites an observer to dream or provoke interesting conversation. Sweet creates excitement and calls attention to his unique style!