ALEXANDRIA BAY — Snow sculptures, music, arts and crafts and the “Winter Rats Art Show” will be featured at the 1000 Islands Winter Arts Festival, hosted by Orion Art Gallery & Studio this weekend.
The Saturday and Sunday event, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, takes place at the Gallery and Studio, 42901 State Route 12, Alexandria Bay.
It will include a team snow sculpting contest, an arts and crafts showcase featuring many local vendors, live music performances and the gallery’s artwork showcase, the “Winter Rats Art Show”.
Visitors will be able to enjoy the music of musicians Roger Hicks and Joey Collins, who will perform from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday. Guitarist Gary Walts and singer Brittany Cean Graveline will perform from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Food and drink vendors will be on site, including Lafargeville’s Elm Street Tacos.
A highlight of the Winter Arts Festival will be an outdoor snow sculpture garden created during the snow sculpture contest. A Snow Sculpting Awards Ceremony and “Winter Rats Art Show” will take place on Sunday from 2-3 p.m. The awards ceremony will be followed by a presentation by World Snow Sculpting Champion Jerry Merrill of Rodman.
A $5 entry fee is requested at the door. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Orleans Public Library, the Watertown Victims Assistance Center and the Downtown Art Committee, which oversees the mural project on the Veterans Memorial Walkway in Watertown.
Thousand Islands Winter Arts Festival is made possible with support from Clayton Island Tours, White’s Lumber & Building Supplies, River Edge Resort, Fort Drum Realty, Chaumont Hardware, Hops Spot Restaurant, Focal Point Custom Framing, Coyote Moon Vineyards and raffle contributions. by the artists and artisans of the gallery.
Orion Art Gallery & studio is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays, with special hours during the Thousand Islands Winter Arts Festival.
For complete information on the gallery’s calendar of events and class registration, visit orionartgallery.com or call 315-215-4099. Orion Art Gallery & Studio is also on Facebook.