Anyone who knows this artist would recognize his multi-colored, much-spattered painting apron … and the wearer won the top prize at the Adirondack Plein Air Festival, in Lake Saranac, New York.

Bruce Newman, juror, with George Van Hook, PleinAir magazine publisher Eric Rhoads, and Adirondack Plein Air Festival organizer Sandra Hildreth

The winner of the Best in Show award was the pride of Cambridge, New York, George Van Hook. He joined 74 artists in painting the mountains of the region, and reports say sales were brisk at the show, which featured more than 200 paintings.

The piece that won the Village Life Award was made using markers, by artist Melissa Hood.

The show following the festival drew a strong crowd.

Other winners at the festival include Nikolay Mikushkin, the Cape Air Award; Charlie Hunter, the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Award, Eden Compton, the Adirondack Health “Spirit of Health & Healing through the Arts” Award; Marilyn Fairman, the Saranac Lake ArtWorks Award; Patricia Bellerose, the Adirondack Artists Guild Award; Melissa Hood, the Village Life Award; Frances Gaffney, the Adirondack Spirit Award; Eberhard Froehlich, the Guerrilla Painter Award; Tarryl Gabel, the Saranac Lake at Will Rogers Award; Elissa Gore, the Bookstore Plus “Outstanding Watercolor” Award; Lori McCall, the Outstanding Paul Smith’s College/VIC Painting; John McNally, the Sandy’s Choice Award (a package of Rosemary brushes); Patricia Bellerose, the Community Bank People’s Choice Award; and Samantha Pakucki, the Youth Award.


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