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Keeseville Plein Air Festival

Artist Registration is $35 and includes all painting activities, tours, wine and cheese at the preview party.

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The 2017 Keeseville Plein Air Festival is a brand-new event designed to share the immense beauty of Keeseville with artists far and wide, while aiding in community revitalization efforts in the hamlet.  It is a wonderful opportunity for artists to experience the wonder of Keeseville’s historic architecture, the famous AuSable Chasm, and the breathtaking agricultural community.  The event will take place July 13th- 16th, with headquarters at the Block Gallery in Downtown Keeseville.  

There will be 3 days of outdoor painting, visits to local farms and a farm brewery, tours, and nightly entertainment.   Art collectors and community members are invited to attend the Wine and Cheese Preview Party at 6:00 PM on Saturday, July 15th and to the Art Show and Sale on Sunday from 10am - 3pm to view and buy art created during the festival. 

Schedule of Events


Paint the River 

Thursday, July 13th

Artists will be given a tour of AuSable Chasm and directed to scenic locations adjacent to the AuSable river in Downtown Keeseville.  Artists are encouraged to paint a scene that includes one of Keeseville’s historic bridges. Families of the artists will be offered reduced admission to AuSable Chasm for the day.

Entertainment and sustenance will be available at AuSable Brewing Company where artists and their families can enjoy dinner from artisan food trucks, craft brews, yard games, and live music.


Paint the Town 

Friday, July 14th

Artists will be directed to the historic district to paint buildings on the National Historic Register.

The morning will begin with a walking tour of Keeseville’s architecture by the Adirondack Architectural Heritage Society, after which artists can set up their painting stations for the day and begin making art.

Entertainment will include Keeseville’s Friday night concert in the park and BBQ.



Paint the Farms 

Saturday, July 15th

Artists will be directed to farms and orchards in New York and given the opportunity to paint scenes of crops growing, animals grazing, and all other inspirational scenes that the farms can provide.

Entertainment will include a Special Preview Party, where collectors will gather for the first opportunity to purchase the art. Wine and cheese will be provided free to artists at the Block Gallery downtown, and admission to the Special Preview Party will cost $10 for guests.




Special Preview Party

Saturday, July 15th, 6-8pm 

1719 Block Gallery and more paintings at the AARCH Gallery. First chance for art collectors and community members to see that art created during the festival.  Come prepared to buy art and enjoy wine and cheese.

Free for artists, $10 for everyone else.


Art Show and Sale 

Sunday, July 16th, 10am - 3pm 

1719 Block Gallery and more paintings at the AARCH Gallery

Come and see all of the paintings created during the festival! There is no admission fee, just come prepared to buy art.

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