AdkAction has announced a three-day celebration of arts and artists from July 23rd-25th. The festival will be held across Keeseville, in Clinton and Essex Counties, with several local organizations and businesses holding visual and performing arts events.
AdkAction has created a free Arts Passport that will be available at the welcome tent on Front Street. Festival-goers can collect stamps at each activity, then turn in their passport to be entered in a grand prize drawing. A VIP ticket is also available for those who want to support the event, with perks including a tote bag, entry into a wine and cheese reception and plein air brunch, extra tickets for the prize drawing, and early admission to the Art Show & Sale.
Activities happening during the festival include:
Art Shows & Demonstrations
Continuing the plein air tradition this year, 40 artists will paint Keeseville’s historic architecture, rolling hills, charming farms, waterfalls, chasms, and shores in the days leading up to the Festival. Community members will enjoy seeing familiar sights from their own backyards through the eyes of fine artists. Paintings will be on display and available for purchase throughout the festival. Visit the Art Show and Sale at 1719 Block Gallery on Front Street. Meet the artists by attending a Special Preview Party on Friday or Plein Air Brunch on Saturday.
Keeseville Library’s annual art show will run throughout the festival. Each piece in the show is submitted by local artists, and will include paintings, photography, needle felting, quilting, wood working, and pottery.
Local artist Dennis Smyth will conduct a live painting demonstration at Ausable Brewing Company on Saturday afternoon.
AdkAction is collaborating with Outside Art: Plattsburgh Public Art Project to paint a permanent mural on the side of Adirondack Hardware. All are welcome to stop by to see how it’s progressing. Show your Arts Passport to help paint during community painting times.
Free art activities for kids will be held at AdkAction’s festival welcome tent on Front Street. Entries from a youth art contest for K-12 students in the area will also be on display.
Learn why artists love painting the structures of Keeseville by taking a guided walking tour with Adirondack Architectural Heritage, or take their self-guided tour of landmarks in the hamlet.
Artistry Community Theatre is performing Into the Woods at the Keeseville Elks Lodge, Mace Chasm Farm is holding a country music barn show and dance, and live music will be performed at Keeseville’s Riverfront Park and at Highlands Vineyard.
Visitors to the festival can also explore the area to enjoy food, beer, and wine from local farms. For a complete guide to all arts and community events happening during the festival, and to reserve your free Arts Passport or buy a VIP ticket, visit AdkAction’s website
Photo of Plein Air Artist provided.