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COMMUNITY REVITALIZATION - KEESEVILLE, NY
Our current Community Revitalization efforts are focused on Keeseville, NY. You might remember that in early August, our organization sponsored Roger Brown, Creative Consultant and Architect, to visit Keeseville and provide professional insight as to how our efforts for revitalization might be best spent. Mr. Brown noted that Keeseville has a variety of beautiful natural and built elements that will surely prove valuable in the revitalization process.
AdkAction.org is now participating in a working group in Keeseville that includes local champions and non-profit organizations such as the Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) and the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA). Keeseville received a technical assistance grant through Local Foods, Local Places that helped create action plans to guide the hamlet into the future. AdkAction.org is currently looking for a community advocate in Keeseville to help take on one or more of the action plan items and help embed the arts in the community revitalization process.
2017 KEESEVILLE PLEIN AIR FESTIVAL
We plan 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 Keeseville’s historic architecture, the famous breathtaking views of AuSable Chasm, and the budding young farming community.
Join us July 13-16, with headquarters at the 1719 Block Gallery in downtown Keeseville for three days of outdoor painting, adventures at AuSable Chasm, a visit to a farm brewery, a special Wine and Cheese Preview Party, and an art Show & Sale.
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 or the Chasm. 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
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. Keeseville's architectural heritage includes regional examples of Classical, Gothic Revival, and Italianate design.
Entertainment will include Keeseville’s Friday night concert in the park and BBQ.
Paint the Farms
Friday, July 15th
Paint scenes of crops growing, animals grazing, rusty farm equipment, and all other inspirational scenes that Keeseville Farms and Orchards 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 in downtown Keeseville.
Guests and art buyers can join the artists at the Special Preview Party for $10.
The culminating event will be the Art Show and Sale – 10:00 am until 3:00pm on Saturday, July 16th at both the Block Gallery and AARCH in Downtown Keeseville.
Artist Registration $35
I WISH THIS WAS...
Keeseville doesn't have a grocery store. The building that used to full of food here now sits empty in the center of the hamlet's historic downtown. When you ask Keeseville residents why the grocery closed down years ago, they will tell you it is because the roof leaks. So where do Keeseville residents shop for groceries, and what is the fate of the huge building downtown?
We set up a booth in Keeseville on October 15, 2016 during Keeseville's Autumn Fest and talked to as many residents as we could find. We asked them to express their desires for the types of businesses and public spaces that they would like to see occupy the defunct grocery. Their responses are to the right: