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Artists showcased across county


POTSDAM — Artists from all over the county went to work in their studios over Veterans Day weekend for the 26th annual St. Lawrence County Arts Council Artists Studio Tour.

Visitors had an opportunity to visit artists’ studios, watch demonstrations and purchase pieces that they liked all day Saturday, Sunday and today.

According to some of the artists, the weekend has already been a success.

Isaac J. Snell, Colton, displayed some of his pottery in his studio, a suite in Downtown Snell Hall. It was his first time participating in the tour.

“As a vendor, it’s a fantastic opportunity, but also as a community member it’s important for artists to be showcased,” he said.

Radmila Zuman, a jewelry artist from Potsdam, said the tour is even more appreciated since the council’s gift shop on Market Street closed.

“It’s very successful for me,” she said. “The gallery closed and people have nowhere to buy handmade goods. It was an outlet for artists to show their work.”

Mrs. Zuman started out as a lace maker from the Czech Republic, but when she moved to the United States, she began designing and crafting jewelry.

“I do only one of a kind,” she said. “I never do two things the same.”

Christina M. Adams, Canton, is also a jewelry artist who showed off her work in Snell Hall.

“It’s a great way for the community to come in and see what artists are doing and their processes,” she said. “It also encourages local shopping.”

Ms. Adams makes jewelry out of recycled glass from stained glass windows, beach glass, beer bottles and wine bottles. She melts the glass and makes pendants with images in them.

“I also use watch parts, keys and other found items,” she said. “I just try to incorporate a little something that’s been recycled in each piece.”

Approximately 90 people came through Downtown Snell Hall on Saturday to see the six artists whose studios were set up there, according to Rebekah L. Wilkins-Pepiton, executive director of the St. Lawrence County Arts Council.

Although participating artists were spread out across the county, Virginia R. Burnett, a textile artist from Winthrop, said that being in Snell Hall with five other artists contributed to a busy weekend.

“I think this has been the best location for me with the studio tour,” she said. “People can come and see lots of artists with one stop.”

“I talked with a lot of the artists at the reception last night and they had really good days,” Ms. Wilkins-Pepiton said.

Approximately 20 artists showed up for the artist receptions from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, 53 Main St., Canton. Ms. Wilkins-Pepiton said it was a meet-and-greet for the artists participating in the tour.

“People were exhausted, but they were just so happy to be there and see and talk to the other artists,” Ms. Wilkins-Pepiton said. “It was just a chance for people to mingle because some of these people have never met each other even though they’re all kind of involved in the same things.”

Ms. Wilkins-Pepiton said that about 20 artists showed up for the reception.

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