Saranac Lake-based BluSeed Studios has secured a permanent home through the purchase of the building the nonprofit arts organization has occupied since its launch in 2001.
Founded by Carol Marie Vossler, who has remained involved as Artistic Director, BluSeed has continued to grow and thrive, and recently purchased from Cedar Street Warehouse Inc. the building it occupies. Over the past 15 years, the building, a historic steel framed warehouse on Cedar Street a block off Broadway in Saranac Lake on the rail corridor, has hosted a broad variety of arts events and provides educational programs for all ages.
“I am excited about the options for improvements and expansion that owning the building offers BluSeed Studios. As a non-profit, we are now eligible for grant funding and capital campaigns which will allow us to expand our vision for the future and our ability to perpetuate our mission,” said Vossler.
Jim Connolly, chair of BluSeed’s Board of Directors, agrees. “I’m confident it was the right thing to do for BluSeed’s future.”
Next steps are to work on an improvement and expansion plan for inside and outside including the studio, performance, exhibition and support areas, said Board Member Jim Hotaling. “Using our strong history in terms of donors, grants, member and audience support, we look forward to delivering an even more vital contribution to the arts in Saranac Lake and the central Adirondack region,” he said. “BluSeed Studios is a strong element in the vibrant arts community of Saranac Lake’s downtown, complementing other organizations, including Pendragon Theatre, individual galleries and studios, and Saranac Lake ArtWorks. It’s critical that the arts remain a strong part of the mix of residential, commercial and public uses in Saranac Lake,” said Hotaling.
It’s a big milestone in BluSeed’s history, says past Board Chair and founding board member Larry Poole. “Those of us who have been part of the BluSeed family for a number of years, have been working towards this moment when we could secure the future of BluSeed by knowing it had a permanent home. This is a validation of all that BluSeed has contributed to the art community and to Saranac Lake. While there is now more responsibility, we know we can be successful because of the strong support so many give to the organization,” said Poole
“BluSeed Studios would like to express heartfelt thank you to our generous donors and both past and present board members who donated to fund the building purchase and help secure BluSeed’s future. The 15-member board of directors is truly committed to the mission and vision of BluSeed. The recent success and growth that BluSeed has experienced is proof of that commitment,” said Vossler.
About BluSeed: BluSeed Studios is a non-profit, member-supported arts organization offering activities and facilities in support of artists and the community, including exhibitions, creative workshops for adults and children, concerts, and access to well-equipped studios for printmaking, papermaking, drawing, ceramics, enameling and framing. In addition to receiving support from its members and sponsors, BluSeed is funded by New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), Cloudsplitter Foundation and the Glenn & Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation.
BluSeed also offers residencies to emerging artists and hosts diverse visiting artists, bringing special shows, presentations, and workshops to the community. Its popular “Live at BluStage” series features music performances by a wide range of nationally recognized performers. BluSeed also supports other types of presentations including “Open Minded Mic” events and poetry readings. Its facilities and equipment are available for rent for a variety of purposes as well as to local music and performance groups by contacting the office at 891-3799.
Location and hours: BluSeed Studios is located at 24 Cedar Street in Saranac Lake. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 1pm to 5pm and Saturday noon to 4pm.
Getting involved: BluSeed Studios has several standing committees that meet on a regular basis. Please consider lending your time and talents to a BluSeed Committee: Finance; Building & Grounds; Policies, Procedures & Personnel; Programs & Offerings; or Marketing & Development. If interested, contact the BluSeed Studios Director of Development & Communications, Michelle Hannon, at 518-891-3799 or firstname.lastname@example.org.