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Mark Kurtz, President 

Mark Kurtz Photography

For nearly 30 years Mark Kurtz has been providing Saranac Lake, Lake Placid and the Adirondack region with outstanding fine art, commercial and event photography. Mark's gallery of fine art black & white photography, located in downtown Saranac Lake, boasts hundreds of hand-made prints and also serves as basecamp for his commercial and event photography services. He received a BFA from Alfred University and has taught photography in high school, college and workshop environments. Mark is one of the founding members of the Adirondack Artist's Guild and Saranac Lake ArtWorks and is widely recognized as one of the Adirondack region's preeminent artists.

Lisa Crocker, Treasurer

Branch Farm Bed & Breakfast

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Lisa Crocker has been a full-time resident of Saranac Lake since 2017. She and her husband Lou are the proprietors of Branch Farm Bed and Breakfast, a four-season inn on the shores of Lake Flower. Lisa holds a Ph.D. in chemistry and prior to becoming an innkeeper, spent 30 years in a variety of technical sales and marketing roles. Lisa joined the BluSeed Board in December 2022 and is currently serving as
Treasurer for the organization. Lisa believes that BluSeed plays a vital role in the cultural life of Saranac Lake as an arts center which offers immersive experiences to community members while supporting and showcasing the creative endeavors of local artists. As a board member, she is committed to sustaining a robust organizational framework that will allow BluSeed to fulfill its mission to the local community.

Susan Miller, Secretary

After 4 years of college at SUNY Plattsburgh, I fell in love with the Adirondacks and was excited to move to Saranac Lake in anticipation of the 1980 Winter Olympics. I have resided here ever since, guess you could say I found my “special place”. Initially I worked in the hospitality industry as front desk manager at the LP Hilton for 15 years and then changed directions to become a teacher for students with special needs in the Lake Placid CSD for the last 20 years. During these years, we focused many student lessons on the importance of becoming involved with your communities and the related resources that it provides. I saw first hand how beneficial resources in the arts can be for all students and their families and all of our other community members and visitors alike. This connection with the arts allows for all of us to develop new skills and experiences that enhance our appreciation of the world around us and that is what I see happening at BluSeed Studios. It's with great respect that I see the contributions in art, music and related activities that the BluSeed gallery/ studios gives to our community and my hope is to help it continue to thrive and grow for all of us!!

Lisa Meissner

The Rustic Riders

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Lisa joined the BluSeed Board in October 2022. She has enjoyed BluSeed since its inception –especially attending live concerts surrounded by innovative art. It’s a unique experience. Lisa comes to the board with a special interest in supporting live music in BluSeed’s intimate space. She also serves on the Board on the “Pickin and Singin Gathering” a folk music organization based in the Albany, NY region.
Lisa moved to the area in the fall of 1980. Her children attended Saranac Lake schools. They 
lived in Coreys from the fall of 1981 to 2019. They bucked retirement trends by moving 15 miles northeast to Saranac Lake. She is a retired clinical social worker who had the privilege of developing and running an innovative music therapy program at North Star Day Program for 15 years. She also taught nursery school for 6 years when her children were little. Lisa is a songwriter with her husband Klaus performs new and traditionally informed music as the Rustic Riders. They have recorded 4 CD’s of new music with Dan Duggan. They provide song writing workshops with children and youth, memory cafes for people with dementia and their caregivers and concerts for families and adults across the North Country and beyond.

Katherine Levin-Lau


Katherine Levin Lau is represented by Walter Bischoff Galerie, Stuttgart. Her recent solo exhibitions include shows in Mexico and Germany. She was born in Saranac Lake, New York, and currently splits time between Saranac Lake and San Jose, California. She has been an Artist in Residence at Bluseed Studios since the early 2000's. For more information, visit

Valerie Trudeau

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Valerie Trudeau grew up coming to the Adirondacks.  She and her husband, Dave, moved the family to Saranac Lake in 2002.  Having worked as a wildlife biologist focused on the big cats at the Toledo Zoo after graduation from Cornell University, and then directing environmental centers in Ohio, she was excited to be on the ground floor of the Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks (Wild Center) developing the Wild Classroom and other programs, exhibits and collaborations before the building even opened.  From there, her love of the outdoors and especially of programming for children led her to accept the job as CEO of Girl Scouts of the North Country, continue on as the Brand, Marketing and Fund Development Officer when the local Girl Scout councils merged and then to lead a cross functional team of staff and volunteers all over the country (and in 100 countries) at Girl Scouts of the USA as Vice President of National Events and Experiences.   Over the years, Valerie has served as a board member for the Clinton, Essex, Franklin County Library System (CEFLS), a board member and then chair for the Adirondack Park Institute (VICs), and presented at and moderated sessions for the Adirondack Research Consortium.

She joined the board at BluSeed Studios in Fall 2022 to make an impact in Saranac Lake, to honor the work of her grandfather, uncle and mother who were artists and to achieve the desire for access to life-long learning in the arts for all.

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