Donna Austin’s “Musings of the Lake Champlain Coast”

The Strand Center for the Arts is very excited to host painter Donna Austin in the Community Gallery in October, 2016. This upcoming exhibit will open in The Strand Center Community Gallery on Friday, October 7 and a free reception will be held from 5:30-7:30 pm that night.

Austin is a Plattsburgh resident, and throughout her life has been an educator, silversmith, and painter, working with watercolor, oil, and acrylic paints to create her two dimensional images. Those images mostly represent scenes from on and around Lake Champlain where she spends countless hours boating, kayaking, and swimming. It is these paintings which will form her exhibit, transporting the viewer to the shores or the surface of the lake, her muse.

Concerning this exhibit, Austin stated that, “As a watercolor artist, I develop the sense of being in the scene with the feel of the rushing air from the bird’s wings or the spray of water from the tip of a wave. I put you in the scene.” She went on to say, “My work consists of mostly lake scenes; water, boats, and animals found on or around our beautiful Lake Champlain. Sometimes I like to paint these things as they are, and sometimes I like to give them a little twist—something unexpected. My hope is that the viewer can feel present in the painting.”

“Donna’s paintings capture the essence of what it is to live along the lake,” stated Museum Coordinator, David Monette. “It is light and airy and executed with consummate skill, a truly wonderful collection of work to have in our gallery.”

The exhibit of Austin’s artwork will be on view in The Strand Center Community Gallery at 23 Brinkerhoff Street in Plattsburgh from October 7-28, 2016. The Opening Reception will take place Friday, October 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM and is free and open to the public. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm. For more information on these exhibits, upcoming events, concerts or classes happening at The Strand Center for the Arts please call 518-563-1604 or visit

  • Above images are Small Lake Champlain Cove and American Bald Eagle, both by Donna Austin and Available for Sale.