Registration is still open for the second annual Keeseville Plein Air Festival which runs from June 20-24th. We are hoping to attract 35 artists and their families for the four-day festival, bringing another great infusion of creativity and energy into Keeseville.
We are also still signing up area residents to host the artists so if you know anyone who would enjoy having an artist in their home for a few days, please let us know.
Last year the first ever festival was a great success for both the artists and all the buyers at the Saturday evening preview show and party. Sixty paintings hung on the walls of the 1719 Block Gallery on Keeseville’s Front Street, the center of the four-day festival. Ausable Chasm and the river, the farms nearby, and the historic architecture of the village and 19th century factory were showcased on the canvasses of the 21 artists who participated. We sold over $8,000 worth of art created during the festival and helped renew civic pride in the area. The sales benefited the artists and 18% of the proceeds went to Keeseville community revitalization projects. This year’s festival promises to be even better so please save the June 23rd Preview Party date.
2018 Plein Air Festival Schedule
June 20: Painting Workshop and Community Tours: "Introduction to Plein Air Painting Approach" with the 2017 Keeseville Plein Air Festival winner, Kari Ganoung-Ruiz (8 AM-11 AM), with community tours in the afternoon and early evening to help artists become acquainted with the landscape.
June 21: Paint the Water: Artists are encouraged to paint the breathtaking AuSable Chasm or the calmer waters of the AuSable River that run through the town. Scenes from Lake Champlain and Augur Lake are also encouraged.
June 22: Paint the Town: Paint the beautiful historic architecture in Keeseville. Focus on the unique stone buildings, one of the three historic bridges, or one of the incredible homes downtown.
Bonus: "Better Days." Artists are encouraged to paint scenes of anything human-built that has "seen better days." In seeing structures crumble, we can often also find the beauty of nature and the potential for rebirth. A portion of proceeds from the "Better Days" paintings will go directly to supporting community revitalization.
June 23: Paint the Farms: Keeseville is home to several magnificent small farms. Artists are encouraged to paint the pastures, animals, and equipment that make these places so alive.
Special Preview Party - June 23, 2018, 6 PM-9 PM. This event will offer the public a first look and the opportunity to buy the paintings created during the festival. Wine and local cheeses will be available for this very fun event. $10.
Show and Sale - June 24, 10 AM-3 PM. Show and Sale continues. Artists can come to the gallery to speak with patrons or spend the day painting whatever they choose and enjoying the community.