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Keeseville Plein Air Festival

Keeseville Plein Air Festival is an event designed to share the beauty of Keeseville with artists far and wide while aiding in community revitalization efforts. It is a great 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 9th- 14th, with headquarters at the beautiful 1719 Block Gallery in Downtown Keeseville. 

There will be 3 days of outdoor painting, visits to local farms, breweries, and wineries.

Art collectors and community members are invited to attend the Wine and Cheese Preview Party at 6:00 PM on Friday, July 12th and to the Art Show and Sale on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am - 4 pm to view and buy art created during the festival.

Artist Registration Now Open!

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Artist Registration $40 

Plein Air Painting Workshop with Patrick McPhee - add $50

2019 Schedule

July 9: Check-in, canvas stamping, dinner with hosts, community members, and artists. Painting officially begins as soon as canvases are stamped.

July 10: Workshop with Patrick McPhee (registration available for $50) from 8am - 1pm. Open painting for others.  

July 11: Open painting. 

July 12: Open painting. 

Bonus Theme: "Rise Up" Artists are encouraged to paint scenes inspiring the sensation of people, places, things, or spirt "rising up" in Keeseville.  Artists are encouraged to submit a "Rise Up" painting to be eligible for the $250 Community Revitalization Prize. The proceeds from the "Rise Up" paintings directly support community revitalization. 

Special Preview Party: The evening of July 12th will feature a special preview party, providing the public with a first look and chance to buy all of the paintings created during the festival. Wine and local cheeses will be provided, $10 door charge. 

July 13 & 14 Show and SaleAdkAction staff and volunteers will be on site to man the Show and Sale from 10am to 4pm. Artists can come down to the gallery to speak with patrons or spend the day painting whatever they choose and enjoying the community.


Stay with a host: We are often able to set up artists with a local host to eliminate lodging costs and provide a more meaningful experience. During the online registration option you will have the opportunity to indicate that you are interested in staying with a host in exchange for providing them with a small painting.  

AirBnB: Many homes in Keeseville, Port Kent, and Port Douglas are listed for rent on AirBnB. Search area code 12944 to find options.

Camping: AuSable Chasm Campground is a great local option for the more adventurous types. 

Hotels: Keeseville is a very small hamlet and does not have much in the way of hotels. The two options in Keeseville are the Shamrock Motel and Villa Motel.  If staying in a hotel is your preference, you may want to check out one of the many hotels in Plattsburgh, NY. 

Adirondack Plein Air Festival  in Saranac Lake

We are a proud sponsor of the Adirondack Plein Air Festival, a 5-day outdoor painting event nestled in beautiful Saranac Lake, NY.  We provide support for the "Special Preview Party" as well as the "People's Choice Award." 

For more information visit Saranac Lake ArtWorks. 

We sponsored the "People's Choice Award," a very special prize of $500 given to the viewers' favorite artist at the event. The winner was artist Patrick McPhee! 

We also sponsored the 2016 Special Preview Party to ensure artist and buyers had food and drink to enjoy.

Want to help AdkAction.org support local artists?

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