We are organizing the first Keeseville Plein Air Festival from Thursday, July 13th to Sunday the 16th. The arts festival will showcase Keeseville’s mix of natural beauty and historic architecture and hopefully attract a wide range of artists, which in turn will assist the community’s revitalization.
Over 3 days of outdoor painting, artists will have the opportunity to put to canvass the scenic variety of the area. On the first day titled “Paint the River”, artists will be given a tour of AuSable Chasm and directed to various locations and historic bridges along the AuSable River and its falls. Day two called “Paint the Town” will begin with a tour of Keeseville’s architecture by the Adirondack Architectural Heritage Society after which the artists will set up their painting stations throughout the village. “Paint the Farms” is the theme of day three when artists will find scenes of crops growing, animals grazing, and farmhands working fields in the budding farm community surrounding Keeseville. On Thursday evening music, dinner from artisan food trucks, and craft brews are available at the AuSable Brewing Company. Friday night there is a weekly concert and BBQ in the middle of downtown Keeseville.
On Saturday and Sunday, the public is invited to see the artists’ work. Besides an art show and sale on Sunday, July 16th from 10am to 3pm, there will also be a special wine and cheese preview party on Saturday, the 15th at 6pm. If you love art and want to support the Keeseville community’s revitalization initiative, please visit the village that weekend. The headquarters for the event will be the 1719 Block Gallery on Keeseville’s Front Street.
Artists and local sponsors are signing up but we are in pursuit of more of both. If you or someone you know is interested in an artist slot, registration is available at adkaction.org/art. If you would like to support this project with a donation, you can do so here, donations of $125 or more will qualify you as a project sponsor!
Later in the summer, there is another opportunity to paint the beautiful Adirondacks. With AdkAction as a partner, Saranac Lake is once again hosting the Adirondack Plein Air Festival from August 14th to 19th. Now in its ninth season, the festival organizers have already selected fifty artists out of the ninety who applied and to encourage more Plein air painting, there are workshops before and after the weeklong event. For more information we invite you to go to http://saranaclakeartworks.com/pleinair/pleinair2.htm.