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Sculptor of 10th Mountain Division monuments returns to Fort Drum

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WATERTOWN — On Wednesday, sculptor Susan Grant Raymond watched in the shadows of the Military Mountaineer Statue — which she created 30 years ago — while speakers thanked veterans during a ceremony at Fort Drum’s Memorial Park.

It was the first time that Ms. Raymond, a Colorado-based artist, has ever attended a Veterans Day event at Fort Drum, despite the mountaineer statue and the Fallen Warrior Monument playing such prominent roles in Nov. 11 ceremonies over the years on the base.

“It’s so meaningful for me to be here in the context of my sculptures,” she said after about 100 10th Mountain Division soldiers and leaders and community dignitaries gathered to say thank you to the country’s military for its service.

Fort Drum just celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Military Mountaineer Statue unveiling on Oct. 4, 1991. Since then, it has become a symbol for the soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division, both past and present.

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Greenfield-based sculptor participating in New York art exhibit

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SARANAC LAKE, N.Y. — A Greenfield-based sculptor is currently showcasing his craft alongside other emerging artists in a weekly pop-up gallery in northern New York.

The Abstract Adirondack art gallery has welcomed sculptor Joshua Ruder to its group of artists exhibiting through Sept. 16 on Thursday afternoons, from 4 to 7:30 p.m., in the gardens and on the porches of the McClellan Cure Cottage at 391 Park Ave. in Saranac Lake, N.Y.

Ruder is a figurative sculptor who works mainly in carved stone and welded steel. Although he is based in Greenfield, he has family connections in the Adirondacks, according to a press release from the art gallery. Ruder explores the possibilities and limitations of combining steel, stone, ceramics, plaster, wood and glass, often incorporating found objects into his work.

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