Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Art of the Adirondacks

Any Woodcrafter -- or anyone who has ever been to The Park -- can attest to the beauty of the Adirondack wilderness. It is no surprise that many artists have come to the Adirondacks for inspiration and subject matter. The arts and crafts program at Woodcraft combines the inspiring beauty of the Adirondacks, instruction from an Arts Director with an MFA, and the natural creativity of Woodcraft campers. 

Campers creating art at Woodcraft follow in a strong tradition. Painters like Thomas Cole, founder of the Hudson River School artistic movement, came to the Adirondacks in the first half of the 19th century to paint the stunning landscapes.

Schroon Mountain, a Thomas Cole painting depicting an Adirondack scene.

Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait, an English-born artist, immigrated to New York in 1850. Shortly after his arrival he was so impressed by the Adirondacks that he established an artists camp where he spent summers painting pictures of the local wildlife.

The Adirondacks by Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait.

In the 20th century, modernist painter and illustrator, Rockwell Kent, relocated to a farm near Jay, New York, to paint Adirondack landscapes. Kent lived and worked on the farm, which he named Asgaard. Today the property is an active dairy farm.

Whiteface Sunset by Rockwell Kent.

The Adirondacks are still an active hub for artists. View Arts Center right in Old Forge features the art of the region all year round. Every summer, campers find the same inspiration that brought these artists to the Adirondacks. They create their own masterpieces at arts and crafts and maybe some day we will see their art hanging next to a Winslow Homer.
Adirondack Guide by Winslow Homer.

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