SARANAC LAKE – The artwork of Garry Trudeau, award-winning author of the “Doonesbury” cartoon, is now on display at the Adirondack Medical Center, a member of Adirondack Health, for enjoyment by the community. This rare collection contains original artwork that Garry Trudeau created in designing some of the earlier Saranac Lake Winter Carnival buttons.
Trudeau, who was raised in Saranac Lake, has been creating the button design since 1981, as well as a poster design since 2012, to benefit the Winter Carnival. Winter Carnival buttons are one of the longest-running traditions at the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival and have a devoted following of collectors and those who enjoy capturing a piece of the event’s history.
The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee and the Adirondack Health Foundation partnered together to display Garry's work in the medical center where his father, Dr. Francis Trudeau, practiced medicine continuing the legacy of health and healing begun by Dr. Edward L. Trudeau. The Adirondack Health Foundation contributed to the framing costs in addition to creating the space for the artwork to be viewable by the public.
“We are pleased to partner with the Adirondack Health Foundation so this artwork can now be enjoyed by many. The Adirondack Medical Center is an important part of our community and has ties to Mr. Trudeau’s heritage, so displaying his artwork here seemed a natural fit,” said Eric Foster, Winter Carnival Committee Chairman.
There will be an official unveiling ceremony of the artwork at Adirondack Medical Center on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 4 p.m. The event is open to the public, free of charge. Light refreshments will be served.
“Adirondack Health’s history of serving our region’s healthcare needs is almost as long as that of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival,” said Hannah Hanford, Executive Director of the Adirondack Health Foundation and Community Relations. “We are proud of our Saranac Lake roots and we applaud the spirit that makes the yearly Carnival such a long-running celebration of winter in the Adirondacks. Creating a place to honor this spirit and share the Winter Carnival button artwork is a natural fit for us. We hope patients, visitors and staff will enjoy the display and be reminded of the essence of what makes our region special.”
The artwork is on loan to the Adirondack Health Foundation and will be periodically reclaimed by the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee for display at Winter Carnival events. While on display at the Adirondack Medical Center, the artwork can be viewed by the public in the hallway leading from the Main Lobby to the patient care floors.
The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee, formally known as the Society for Promotion of Winter Carnival, Saranac Lake, Inc., is a not-for-profit 501(c)(4) organization of volunteers dedicated to planning and presenting an annual mid-winter festival. This 10-day, communitywide event traces its roots to a one-day Winter Carnival held in 1897 by the Pontiac Club. The Carnival honors its heritage every year by building an Ice Palace from blocks of ice harvested from Lake Flower’s Pontiac Bay, where carnival events have been traditionally held for generations. For more information, visit the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival website at www.saranaclakewintercarnival.com. The 2015 Winter Carnival will take place February 6 – 15.