Artists & Inspiration Series

Join us each month for ADKX’s Artists & Inspiration programs. These evening events offer insight into the museum’s first permanent exhibition dedicated to our art and design collection—Artists & Inspiration in the Wild—opening in 2023. What makes Adirondack art unique? How do artists who work in the region gain inspiration from the environment around them? Curious to try your hands at making your own masterpiece?

We invite you to tune in each month to hear from scholars, artists, teachers, and creative visionaries from across North America as they consider the makers and the collection that will be showcased in this new exhibition. From evenings that are fun-filled for the whole family to those focused on more reflective discourse and discussion, the Artists and Inspiration evenings offer something for everyone.

2021 Fall programs – Save the Dates!

October 18: Dave Fadden, Six Nations Iroquois Cultural Center

November 15: Maggie Cao, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

December 13:Diane Waggoner, National Gallery of Art

Missed one? Recordings will be available below after each live program.

Upcoming Events

Race and Geography in the American Landscape Tradition

November 15 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This program is only offered through Zoom. In the mid nineteenth century United States, landscape painting flourished as...

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Previous Artists & Inspiration Series Events

Iakwatatenonhwe (We Are Related): Voices from Turtle Island

Monday, August 23, 2021 | 7:00 pm

Discover the imagination and passion behind the award-winning art of Carla and Babe Hemlock. From conception through process the Hemlocks’ exquisite expressions honor and celebrate their Kanien’kéha (Mohawk) values and traditions. In addition to a discussion of their creative processes, the Hemlocks will speak to the role of their work in confronting issues of sovereignty and initiating dialogue around environmental concerns. Curators Laura Rice (ADXX) and Colette Lemmon (Iroquois Museum) will join the Hemlocks in an exploration of the multi-faceted role of the arts in Haudenosaunee culture and the limitations of traditional categorizations of Indigenous art.

About the Speakers

Carla Hemlock, Mohawk of Kahnawake, is a self-taught artist who works in textiles, beadwork, and mixed media. She has taken part in numerous group exhibitions in a wide range of venues including ‘Changing Hands 3’ at the Museum of Arts and Design NYC and ‘Native Fashion Now’ at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass.  Internationally her work has exhibited in Kunstund Ausstellugshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn and the Martin Gropius Bau in Berlin, Germany.  Also toured Russia for the exhibition ‘Woven Together’. Her work can be found in many public institutions including the Smithsonian National Museum American Indian in Washington, DC, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and the Musee National des Beaux Arts du Quebec.

Donald ‘Babe’ Hemlock, Mohawk of Kahnawake, is a self-taught artist who works in woodworking, painting, and cradleboards. He has taken part in group exhibitions in a wide range of venues, including ‘Changing Hands 3’ at the Museum of Arts and Design NYC and the Iroquois Museum at Howes Cave, NY, where he and his wife Carla received the ‘Excellence in Iroquois Arts Award’.  Internationally his work has been exhibited in Kunstund Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublic Deutschland Bonn and the Martin Gropius Bau in Berlin, Germany.  His work can be found in many public collections including the Smithsonian National Museum American Indian in Washington, DC, the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Overland Park, Kansas, and the Sequoyah National Research Centre in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Colette Lemmon serves as the Curator of Exhibitions at the Iroquois Indian Museum. She holds an MA in Museum Studies, a BA in Anthropology and Art History, and trained in oral history documentation with the Smithsonian Folklife Center and Indiana University.  She has curated numerous exhibits, conducted research and written on Haudenosaunee/Iroquois art as a consultant to: the New York State Museum’s ethnology department; the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum (Salamanca, NY); the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (Santa Fe, NM); Rome Art Center (Rome, NY); Ottawa Art Gallery (Ontario, Canada) and other facilities.  She also served as a guest curator and project consultant to the NY State Vietnam Memorial & Fine Arts Gallery (Albany) and National Vietnam War Museum (Fort Worth, TX).

Coming Soon to the ADKX: Artists & Inspiration in the Wild

Monday, August 16, 2021 | 7:00 pm

In 2023, the Adirondack Experience will open its latest permanent exhibition, Artists & Inspiration in the Wild. Join us for a sneak peek and meet the creative team bringing the museum’s fine and decorative art collections into a new home, the first dedicated space for these works. Once opened, Artists & Inspiration will show how the natural features of the Adirondacks have inspired the creative work of artists and artisans over hundreds of years. The new galleries will offer a blend of rich and diverse works from the ADKX vaults with contemporary interactive media, all in an enriching, immersive exhibit experience. Come see!

About the Speakers

Greg Matty is a Project Executive and Designer Director at Gallagher & Associates, specializing in Exhibition Design and Museum Planning. His extensive experience spans over 35 years and includes projects ranging from science centers and natural science museums to highly articulated interactive cultural and historical facilities. He is a licensed architect, LEED AP certified, and has worked in architectural firms in Dallas, Texas, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, California. He has also taught design courses at several colleges and universities including the University of California at Berkeley, Catholic University and the Savannah College of Art and Design. Mr. Matty received his Masters of Architecture from the University of California Berkeley and his Bachelors of Architecture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute University.

Sara Smith, Producer and Project Manager at Richard Lewis Media Group, is a deep believer in the value of museums as spaces for collections, stories, and social engagement. She brings to the work her love of the outdoors based on a childhood spent hiking, skiing, and boating in the great woods of the Pacific Northwest. Sara has a B.A. in Anthropology from Brown University, studying Navajo textiles, and a Master’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Washington where she studied Nigerian art. Previous to joining RLMG, Sara was the Director of Exhibit Development at Amaze Design, Inc., and prior to that position she had ten years of curatorial experience in art and cultural history museums.

Live from the Studio: An Evening with Barney Bellinger

Monday, June 21, 2021 | 7:00 pm

Spend an evening in the studio of Adirondack artist Barney Bellinger. Barney will give a peek at his work in progress today and share what has shaped his creative designs and signature works over the course of his career. Out of natural and repurposed materials, Barney creates abstract forms inspired by beetles, fish, and found objects, melded with practical furniture designs and paintings to create pieces that are both functional and visually astonishing.

About the Speaker

Barney Bellinger, based in Mayfield, NY, is a painter, sculptor, photographer, and furniture designer and an artist-in-residence at the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts. A native of Johnstown, Barney sold his first piece of art as a teenager in 1970. Barney’s work has evolved many times over the years, from customized motorcycles and cars to carved gold leaf signs to organic furniture built with natural materials from the forest. Barney is a self-taught artist, gaining his knowledge from books, inherited wisdom, and immersing himself in the beauty of the Adirondacks. His work has been exhibited at the National Museum of Wildlife Art and the Adirondack Experience and appears in the permanent collections of the Orvis Company and the Smithsonian Institution; it is also widely sought after and collected privately.

Objects in Motion, Objects at Rest: Late Nineteenth-Century American Paintings

Monday, May 17, 2021 | 7:00 pm

Art historian Melody Deusner (Indiana University) will trace some of the unexpected journeys that American paintings have taken before they arrived on the walls of our museums. Using as a key example the work of Adirondack landscapist Alexander H. Wyant (1836-1892), we will examine different ways that paintings were exhibited, talked about, published, and promoted in their own time, and will consider such issues as transportation, lighting, and weather as they affected both people and things.

About the Speaker

Melody Barnett Deusner is an Associate Professor of Art History at Indiana University. In researching and teaching the visual and material culture of the late nineteenth century, she focuses primarily on the relationships between artists and their patrons; on the founding of museums and other arts institutions; and on the afterlives of objects. Her first book, Aesthetic Painting in Britain and America: Collectors, Art Worlds, Networks (2020), explores surprising intersections between art, business, and technology.

Twilight scene, lake entering from right foreground to left background reflects the sunset and brilliant sky which covers the upper half of the canvas.

Harold Hochschild and the Creation of the ADKX Fine Art Collection

Monday, April 19, 2021 | 7:00 pm

Join Deedee Wigmore, Founder and President of D. Wigmore Fine Art, in conversation with ADKX Library Director Ivy Gocker. Ivy and Deedee will talk about Harold’s interest in Adirondack art, including his purchase of a painting of a log cabin by Albert Blakelock. Deedee will offer personal anecdotes around some of the works Harold collected and how the art in the museum’s collection today speaks to his passion for and dedication to the Adirondacks.

About the Speaker

Deedee Wigmore is the Founder and President of D. Wigmore Fine Art, a gallery focused on American historic art. At the age of 30, Deedee was the Director of American Art at M. Knoedler and Co., at the time the oldest art gallery in America. There, she led a department which only included works from the 18th and 19th centuries. She left the Knoedler and Co. to become Gallery director of Kennedy Galleries. She served in that role for six years until 1980 when she opened her own gallery, specializing in art from the 1930-40s, an era then considered out of favor. Today, D. Wigmore Fine Art includes works through the 1980s and looks at major developments in both representational and abstract art. Deedee has committed the gallery to “keep moving forward to include art that represents important developments which connect time and place.”