Fresh Perspectives: Recent Art Acquisitions
Lynn H. Boillot Art Gallery, 2017-2018
Artists have been drawn to the Adirondack Mountains by the light and landscape of this unique region since the early 19th century and the Adirondack Experience has been collecting their work since 1955. The collection represents more than 250 artists working over a span of 200 years, and includes work in a diverse array of styles, from the Hudson River School to Modernism. In this exhibition, the museum will showcase some of the latest additions to this growing collection including 15 spectacular monochrome watercolors of the Elizabethtown area by Alexander Lawrie (1828-1917); a view of Lake Witchhopple by William Ongley (1836-1890); At Home in the Adirondacks, a portrait of the artists’ wife Gracie in camp in Caroga Lake by Charles Nicholas Sarka (1879-1960); a view of the steamboat Killoquah at dock in the Marion River Carry by George Lafayette Clough (1824-1901); as well as more recent works by Dorothy Dehner (1901-1994), John Marin (1870-1953) and ceramic artist Kathleen Spain.
The Adirondack Experience recently acquired Near Saranac Lake, Adirondacks, 1874, by Levi Prentice and is exhibiting it for the first time ever. The painting was likely based on a sketch made in September 1873, when Prentice traveled from Syracuse through the eight lakes of the Fulton Chain, north to Raquette Lake, Forked Lake, Blue Mountain Lake and Long Lake and then west to Little Tupper Lake, Round Lake, Big Tupper Lake and Saranac Lake. Prentice’s trip ended with a stay at the Lawrence Hotel in Moose River in early October.