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ALEXANDRIA BAY — The artists on Dingman Point just outside this village will showcase their art ranging from watercolors to jewelry at the 18th annual Artists on the River Open Studio Tour.

New paintings, limited-edition prints and various sculptures will await visitors to artist studios from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 3 and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 4.

The tour will feature the studios of the late Hans E. Junga, Glenn Sweet, Michael Ringer and Sherman Ward.

Cecelia Thompson of Alexandria Bay and Dorval, Quebec, will show her miniature watercolor works of St. Lawrence River scenes measuring 1-by-1-inches at the Ward studio. She is an associate member of the Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers Society of Washington, D.C., and a core member of the Bay House Artisans in Alexandria Bay.

Mr. Junga’s portfolio of prints, including a new print and note cards, will be available at his studio hosted by his son Hans K. Junga. His father died in 2000 and left a large volume of prints.

Ingrid Junga, a porcelain potter and widow of the elder Hans Junga, will also show her work at the Junga studio. She is a 34-year member of the Syracuse Ceramics Guild and has received many awards for her work.

Mr. Sweet, a third-generation decoy carver who has won several national awards, will showcase his work at his new studio.

Guest artist Mary Mitchell, a jeweler, will showcase her works at her Dingman Point Road home. Ms. Mitchell is a science teacher at Alexandria Central School and also has developed a talent in artwork ranging from beaded and copper works to knitted hats.

The second guest artist, Robert Decker, is an illustrator focusing primarily on wildlife and sporting art. He’s an art teacher in the Indian River Central School District in Philadelphia. His work will be displayed at the Sweet studio.

Mr. Ringer will have new paintings and bronzes at his gallery. He has created more than 1,500 paintings and his work depticting the St. Lawrence River and the Adirondacks is found in collections around the world. A 2011 book of his art will be available as will his 17th bronze, “Catch and Release.”

Mr. Ward’s oil and watercolor paintings reflect the St. Lawrence River, landscapes, figures and still lifes. His sculptures incorporate figure and still life.

The public is invited to meet and talk with the artists. Original work and new limited-edition prints will be exhibited and for sale. At 5 p.m. Aug. 3 and 3 p.m. Aug. 4 at each artist’s studio, a drawing of names of all those attending during the day will be made and the winner will be awarded a piece of art.

The details
WHAT: The 18th annual Dingman Point Artists on the River Open Studio Tour
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 3 and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 4
DIRECTIONS TO THE TOUR: Turn onto Walton Street (first left after the traffic light into Alexandria Bay, Routes 12 and 26) and make an immediate right onto Old Goose Bay Road, passing the golf course on the left and the town building on the right, past Dingman Point Road 0.1 mile to the studios of Hans Junga and Glenn Sweet on the left.
Return to Dingman Point Road and go 0.6 mile to Michael Ringer’s St. Lawrence Gallery on the right. Continue on Dingman Point Road to Mary Mitchell’s home on the right and then, on the left, to the river-view home and galleries of Sherman Ward.
COST: The tour is free
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