Creativity in Quarantine
Adirondack Artists at Work
The Adirondack Park is home to a vibrant and diverse community of artists. During this challenging time, the Adirondack Experience will offer a unique peek at the creative work of the painters, sculptors, basket makers, photographers, printers, furniture makers and more who find their inspiration in the landscape and small-town life of the Adirondack Park. Working both out of doors and in the shelter of their studios, artists share their works in progress and the ways the coronavirus crisis is shaping their creative process.
A Johnstown native, Barney began his artistic career customizing motorcycles and hand carving and painting signs. Inspired by a visit to the Adirondack Experience’s Rustic Fair in 1990, he turned to furniture making, establishing Sampson Bog Studio four years later. His work is closely tied to the woods and waters of his Adirondack home.
John Van Alstine
John Van Alstine (b. 1952) was born and raised in the Adirondacks. He lives and works in Wells, NY in a former wood processing mill beside the Sacandaga River. His abstract stone and metal sculptures marry natural elements with found industrial fragments and often reference nautical or Greek mythological themes.
Watercolor artist Valerie Patterson grew up in Ogdensburg, NY. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Art/Painting and a Master of Arts in Elementary Education from SUNY Potsdam. Although her work is often provocative, with pointed social and political commentary, her life in the Adirondack Mountains is also reflected in her painting.