OGDENSBOURG – The Frederic Remington Art Museum will be hosting its Holiday Open Day on Thursday to kick off the season.

The free entry event will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Guests can enjoy festive decorations, new exhibits, locally made goods, and discounts at the museum’s gift shop.

“Customers are welcome to come take a look, shop and take advantage of the extended hours so that everyone can join in,” said Melanie Flack, Director of Development.

Vendors such as River Myst Winery, River Rat Design with St. Lawrence River Gifts, Not Your Average Cookie, Bregg Winery, J. Hackett Cliff & Co., Attagirl Soaps, Tom’s Got Wood, Newcombe’s Maple Ridge, Cosimano & Ferrari Olive Oil Company, and Coyote Moon will be selling merchandise during the open house.

The museum’s gift shop, which sells items such as framed prints, greeting cards and ornaments, will offer a discount to attendees.

“The mansion has a magical feeling when decorated for the holidays and Christmas carols fill its hallways,” Ms. Flack said. “We are much more than art. Tonight we will have unique local vendors for Christmas shopping and discounts on museum shop items.

Starting at 5 p.m., the North Country Connections Orchestra will perform Christmas carols.

“My favorite part is the Christmas carols, live music performed by the orchestra consisting of all ages,” Ms. Flack said. “And the friendly faces that come into the museum, whether it’s shopping or seeing art, it’s a fun evening.”

Guests are invited to visit Sally James Farnham’s new permanent exhibition and the museum’s latest exhibition, Gregory Fedchak: The Paintings, A Retrospective.

The Fedchak exhibition includes 66 paintings by the artist from Boonville. The pieces can be viewed online and are on display in the museum’s Hirschey Family, Richard E. Winter, and Torrey Family galleries.

“Almost all of the collection of works included in the exhibition are available for purchase by collectors, the proceeds of the sale to benefit the museum,” Ms. Flack said in a statement.

Ms Flack noted that the museum operates under strict guidelines for the health and safety of guests, vendors, volunteers and staff, and that masks must be worn at all times.

“We are very fortunate to have volunteers Amy Wright and Rich Bzura donating their time to decorate the museum for the holidays,” said Ms. Flack. “The staircase, the Christmas trees, the mantle, the porch, all decorated for the enjoyment of the community. This is a free return event, and the community enjoys a magical and unique shopping experience, an opportunity to support local artists in a wonderful environment.

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