Karen Davidson: Designer (Graphic/Interior/Exhibition Space); Musician Peter Seward: Painter; Musician
Karen and Peter are relative newcomers to the North Country, but they quickly inserted themselves into the arts equation here. They left New York City and purchased Dave Vana’s property outside Lake Placid, which they continue to renovate.
After sixteen years in the commercial art trenches, Peter quit his job as a staff artist for an apparel company to embark on his own fine art painting journey, which often has thorny narrative subject matter. He is well known for his series of paintings exploring the “Frankenpine” cell tower issue. Peter is President of the Board of Directors of the Arts Council for the Northern Adirondacks.
Karen maintains a full schedule as a graphic designer whose work enriches our North Country in many ways. She recently designed a community mural project at the Lake Placid Transfer Station, to be installed in the next few months. Also, she designed the new exhibits at the Trudeau Lab for Historic Saranac Lake. Besides the design work, she plays violin with Just Jills, and she is the Vice President of Bluseed Studios. Further, she completed the fall 2008 class of the Master Gardener Volunteer program with Cornell Cooperative Extension, and she researches the genealogy of her great-grandfather Gebo/Gibeau from Ogdensburg. Karen is eager to find time, soon, to continue a project of burning imagery onto wood planks. She has curbed some international travel ambitions to live in the North Country.