Your Voice in the Future of the Adirondacks


Promoting Adirondack Artists

Art enriches our lives and encourages tourism, but buyers and sellers are not always connected. 

Help us support local artists and art centers through arts events and art banners.

Announcing the first annual Keeseville Plein Air Festival

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 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 13th- 16th, with headquarters at the 1719 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. 

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

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.

Adirondack Plein Air Festival  in Saranac Lake

       We are proud sponsors of the Adirondack Plein Air Festival, a 5-day outdoor painting event nestled in beautiful Saranac Lake, NY. 

The 2017 event will be held August 14-19. Artist registration is now closed, but art enthusiasts should plan on attending the the Special Preview Party (August 18th) and Art Show and Sale (August 19th).

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.

"The Wilderness Within"

In 2013 we arranged for Holly Friesen, a talented Canadian artist who paints in the Laurentian Mountains and the Adirondacks to give a lecture and workshop at The Wild Center in Tupper Lake. She discussed "The Wilderness Within" in which she gave the audience an idea of how she selected what to paint and how to approach the subject. At the workshop she outlined her successful use of social media to promote her work, In August we sponsored a pop-up art show and sale of her work. This three day event was well attended with a portion of each sale donated to Holly's artwork can be seen at

Friesen's presentation in 2013 was so successful that we decided to ask her back for a pop-up art show at Heaven Hill Farm in Lake Placid on August 6 and 7th, 2015. 

 Art Banners

Also during 2014 we sponsored with Saranac Lake ArtWorks hanging banners depicting local artworks throughout the Village of Saranac Lake during the summer months. Additional information is available here. 

In the summer of 2015 we  sponsored banners in the hamlets of Keene and Keene Valley in collaboration with High Peaks Artists and East Branch Friends of the Arts. These banners were hung in late May 2015 and remained up for the entire summer. They highlighted the annual Art Show on Marcy Field which last year was on August 7-9.

Look for the art banners next time you are in Saranac Lake or Keene/Keene Valley!

Cultural Symposium

On September 10th, 2015 hosted an all-day symposium that brought together many Adirondack cultural organizations to discuss and attempt to solve common problems.

Despite low population density, the Adirondack region has hundreds of these cultural institutions – performing art centers, theaters, museums, libraries, fine art cooperatives, etc. – that work very little with one another. 

We all face the same challenges: attracting visitors and members, securing grants, promoting programs, and funding operations. It has been suggested that greater cooperation between and among our diverse cultural organizations could improve the results both locally and globally.

The symposium let those responsible for local cultural institutions meet with peers in both their and related disciplines to discuss how common problems might be addressed with collective solutions.

Examples are:

• Shared services, e.g., grant writing, licensing, purchasing, facilities

• Regional ticketing for multiple venues

• Joint promotion

• Better coordination with local, county and state tourism offices

• Common programming (e.g., for traveling exhibitions and performances)

The symposium was moderated by Jim Herman and Dave Mason as an extension of their Future of the Adirondacks Project, and by Jim McKenna, the director of the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism. Speakers included Lisa Robb, Executive Director of the NY State Council on the Arts, Rich Newman, Executive Vice President of State Marketing Strategy and Gavin Landry, Executive Director for Tourism, and Bill Farber current Board Chair of Hamilton County and head of the Adirondack Partnership on Trail Towns.  Notes from the breakout session are available here, and presentation slides are available here. 

If you weren't able to attend, don't worry, we have the entire day on video below.

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