Two professionals to judge Massena Artists Association juried art exhibit Feb. 8
Monday, February 7, 2011 - 6:29 am

MASSENA – The Massena Artists Association has chosen Sandra Hildreth and Barry Lobdell to judge their 26th Annual Juried Art Exhibit. Both are professional artists whose work is well known and respected throughout the North Country.

The Massena Artists Association’s 26th Annual Juried Art Exhibit features over 100 works of art by dozens of local and regional artists.

It showcases work in a large variety of media, styles, and subject matter.

The exhibit will open with a reception at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 8, at the Massena Public Library. The award ceremony will begin at 7:15.

The public is invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.

Sandra Hildreth has a bachelor of fine arts degree from Western Kentucky University, with a major in painting and a well rounded background that includes weaving, sculpture, ceramics, drawing, printmaking, and art history.

She has done graduate work at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, and at SUNY Potsdam.

She taught high school art at Madrid-Waddington Central School for 31 years, and now lives in Saranac Lake.

She works primarily in oils and watercolors, producing both plein air and studio paintings of Adirondack landscapes and the unique mandala paintings that she originated.

Her work can be found in the collection of St. Lawrence University as well as in many private collections.

She exhibits in juried art shows and plein air events throughout the country, as well as at the Adirondack Artists’ Guild in Saranac Lake and at the 3040 Gallery in Old Forge.

Hildreth is an active member of the Adirondack Mountain Club, and has led many hikes and ski trips for the ADK.

She says, “I create my paintings of Adirondack landscapes because I feel a strong spiritual connection to these wild mountains. For me, my art is a way of sharing what is so special about the Adirondacks. All of my landscape paintings are original works of art and represent specific locations, based on my own hikes, paddles, or cross-country ski outings. Many of my oil and watercolor paintings are done “en plein air,” on location; I use my own photos as references for others. I do not market my work as limited edition prints or reproductions – when you purchase one of my paintings, no one else in the world will have one like it.”

More information about Hildreth and her work can be found at www.SandraHildreth.com

Barry Lobdell is a photographer who lives in Saranac Lake.

Since moving to the Adirondacks a decade and a half ago, his work has centered around the mountains and waterways which have surrounded him, as well as other landscapes explored while traveling in the United States, England, and Canada.

Lobdell’s introduction to photography came while he was a university student, and he has pursued it creatively ever since.

He is a member of the Adirondack Artists Guild.

In addition to having his photographs on continuing display at the Artists Guild Gallery in Saranac Lake, his work is held in many private and public collections.

His photographs have been honored in both national and regional competitions and have been published in many forms throughout his career.

He has explored a wide variety of locations in the Adirondacks, seeking compositions for his Hasselblad panoramic and Nikon standard SLR format 35mm cameras.

He uses both digital and film in his work. He takes his Hornbeck canoe on excursions to many lakes, streams, and ponds throughout the region.

He has also traveled to many national parks, including Grand Teton, Yosemite, Great Smoky Mountains, Grand Canyon, Olympic, Rocky Mountain, and Glacier.

Recently, Lobdell has shown two collections of black and white images in solo shows.

“Roundabout”, which was displayed at the Adirondack Artists Guild Gallery, is a collection of images of ferryboats, featuring commentary and quotes about boats, the sea, and travel by water.

“Silent Structures” was displayed at Bluseed Studios in Saranac Lake. This grouping of images of buildings, parts of buildings, and other structures documents a lifelong interest in our perceptions of the spaces where we live, work, and play.

He says, “A successful landscape photograph is a joint venture between the photographer and the forces and character of the environment around him. When the variables that I can control are right, and Mother Nature is cooperative, the resulting image can be very rewarding. My ambition is to interpret the landscape and the emotions it inspires. My hope is that someone seeing my work will feel some of the same wonder which compelled me to pause with my camera.”

More information about Lobdell and his work can be found at www.barrylobdell.com.