Sandra Hildreth, an Adirondack-based artist, will present a lecture and slides about her work on Monday, Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m., in the Taylor Science Center, room 3024. The lecture is sponsored by the Environmental Studies Department and is free and open to the public.
Sandra Hildreth is originally from Wisconsin, where she grew up with an intense appreciation for the outdoors. She was educated at Western Kentucky University, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts, before moving to upstate New York where she taught high school art for 31 years. Following her retirement from teaching, Hildreth moved to Saranac Lake, where she now has the opportunity to paint full time.
Hildreth works both with watercolors and with oil paint, and prefers to paint outdoors, working in whatever environment that she is depicting in her work. Some of her works have been within the form of a “mandala,” the ancient Indian spiritual symbol which represents the universe. She has also focused on wildflowers, which she has both paints “en plein air” and in studio.
While the primary subjects of her work have been the natural beauty of the Adirondacks, Hildreth paints in many other locations such as Yellowstone, Glacier, Grand Canyon and Yosemite national parks. When she is not painting in the Adirondacks, she has often focused on the west, which coincides with her interests in Native American history, American westward expansion and mountains. Hildreths’ works are on display at the Adirondack Artists Guild Gallery in Saranac Lake, at The Point Giant Mountain Studio in Schroon Lake and at the Main Street Gallery & Ticket Center of the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.