Historic Saranac Lake has announced an opening reception for “The Art of the Cure,” a new exhibit in the John Black Room of the Saranac Laboratory Museum, located 89 Church Street.
This exhibit highlights Saranac Lake’s rich history of the arts. The Trudeau Sanatorium and the Study and Craft Guild offered groundbreaking occupational therapy programs to tuberculosis patients, many of whom went on to become accomplished artists, writers, and craftspeople.
“The Art of the Cure” will present more than twenty-five individuals and their accomplishments, such as composer Bela Bartok, potter Mott Chapin, and jewelry makers Betty and Martin Koop. The exhibit also highlights the collection of local art that is displayed at the Saranac Lake Free Library. Visitors can view original works, listen to audio interviews, and participate in interactive art activities as part of this new exhibit.
An Action Grant from Humanities New York supported the creation of the exhibit in consultation with Art and Museum Consultant and Director Emerita of the Adirondack Experience, Caroline Welsh. As part of the consultation, Welsh developed a catalog that provides more information about the artists featured.
The exhibit was also made possible by support from the New York Council on the Arts. A volunteer panel of community members, including Ted Comstock, Jan Dudones, Mary Hotaling, Linda Jackson, and Shirley Morgan, advised on the exhibit’s creation.
The opening reception is set for Tuesday, June 25th. The exhibit will be on view during the open hours of the Saranac Laboratory Museum, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, year-round. Art of the Cure will remain on display until late Fall 2020.
A version of this article first appeared on the Adirondack Almanack.