Artists on the River Open Studio Tour opens Saturday

Michael Ringer’s studio will be one of several open for the Artists on the River tour Saturday and Sunday at Dingman Point. Above is Mr. Ringer’s ‘Hacker-Craft.’ Submitted Photo.

Michael Ringer’s studio will be one of several open for the Artists on the River tour Saturday and Sunday at Dingman Point. Above is Mr. Ringer’s ‘Hacker-Craft.’ Submitted Photo.

The 21st annual Artists on the River Open Studio Tour will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the studios of Dingman Point artists.

Paintings, limited edition prints, jewelry, decoys and sculptures are among the works awaiting visitors.

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

About the 12 artists on the tour:

Michael Ringer has taught art in the New York state school system for 22 years. He paints extensively in oil, watercolor, acrylic and pastel with over 1,500 paintings in these media that focus on the St. Lawrence River, the Adirondacks and southern Florida. Mr. Ringer also has created numerous intaglio prints in etching and dry point and has cast over 500 bronzes. His book, “Our Mountains and Valleys —Northern New York 2011,” focuses on the last 30 years of creating his art in Northern New York.

Mary Mitchell, jeweler, has an interest in beads, fossils, copper, brass and gems which she incorporates into her works. Most recently, she has been experimenting with fused glass pendants and earrings. Ms. Mitchell also has a line of knitted hats made of wool, llama, alpaca, bamboo and cotton. She is a recently retired science teacher enjoying her passion for creating wearable art.

Emily Door, guest artist at Mary Mitchell’s studio, is a jeweler with a keen interest in design and color. Her handmade jewelry has been inspired by growing up along the St. Lawrence River. In her free time, she enjoys dreaming up ways to create unique creations with wire and bead.

Sherman Ward, who died in October 2014, spent summers on Dingman Point for over 80 years and became a year-round resident in 2008. His focus in art was in oils and watercolors and included landscapes, figures and still life. He was also a sculptor in various media incorporating both figurative and abstract pieces. His family will host the tour of his studio and offer new prints of his work.

Cecilia Thompson, who will be at the Ward home, specializes in miniature original watercolors of 1-by-1½-inches that show glimpses of the St. Lawrence River or a summer memory. She also will have her hand-painted ornaments and hand-painted silk scarves available. Ms. Thompson is an associate member of the Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers Society of Washington, DC.

Hans E. Junga, who died in 2000, left a large volume of prints. Since 1982, he had been a full-time professional painter, winning over 60 awards from regional and national competitive shows. A watercolorist and teacher, Mr. Junga studied commercial and fine art in the U.S. and Germany. Earlier in his career, he was a cartographer for the United States government in Japan. Hans K. Junga will host his father’s work at the Junga studio.

Ingrid Junga, a nearly 40-year member of the Syracuse Ceramics Guild, has participated in many competitive exhibitions and workshops in Central New York. Mrs. Junga produces high-fired porcelain pottery. She will participate in the pottery fair at Cazenovia in August and at the Art Mart in Syracuse during the holidays.

Glenn Sweet is a third-generation carver who grew up on the St. Lawrence River. Waterfowl are his birds of choice. He carves all of his decoys out of white cedar bodies and basswood heads with oak keels. He is carving “half flyers” and contemporary hunting decoys. Mr. Sweet’s work will be featured at his studio, next door to the Junga studio.

Robert Decker, an art teacher at Gouverneur High School, will be guest artist at Mr. Sweet’s studio. He is an illustrator and artist focusing primarily on wildlife and sporting art. His love of the outdoors has influenced much of his subject matter. Mr. Decker is a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in art education.

Mary Compeau has painted professionally for more then three decades. Her paintings depict scenes typical of Northern New York, Vermont and New Hampshire. The natural landscapes of the Adirondacks, rustic homes, the St. Lawrence River and wildlife are her subject material. She has four new prints this year.

Donna Hammond taught art for 33 years at Alexandria Central School and was an instructor of art at Jefferson Community College in Watertown. Upon retirement, she was able to spend many hours painting. Most of her work is in oil or acrylic, but she does some watercolor as well. Her work has been in various shows in the area, Donna’s Garden Gate Gallery is on Country Route 1, Alexandria Bay.

The details

What: 21st annual Dingman Point River Artists Tour (free)

When/Where: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at artists’ studios along Dingman Point in Alexandria Bay

Directions: On Route 12, turn onto Walton Street and make an immediate right onto Old Goose Bay Road, passing the golf course and the town building. Pass Dingman Point road, one-tenth of a mile, to the studios of Donna Hammond and Mary Compeau on the right and Hans Junga and Glenn Sweet on the left. Return to Dingman Point Road and go a about one-tenth of a mile to Michael Ringer’s St. Lawrence Gallery on the right, followed by Mary Mitchell’s studio. On Dingman Point Road, continue to the river-view home, studio and gallery of Sherman Ward on the left (one driveway beyond the main entrance to Hi-Da-Way Summer Homes).

Information: Call Cecilia Thompson at 777-3385 or Anne Ward at 482-5954.

By Chris Brock, Watertown Daily Times