Keeseville arts fest returns next weekend

KEESEVILLE — The second annual Keeseville Community Arts Festival returns next week with several local organizations and businesses holding visual and performing arts events across the hamlet.

At the new Arts in the Park event on Saturday, July 23, artists and artisans local to Keeseville will set up alongside the AuSable River in Anderson Falls Park. In addition to selling their artwork, each artist will be actively demonstrating their craft, talking about their work and answering questions from festival goers. Pottery, jewelry making, graphic arts, woodcrafting and culinary arts will all be included, as well as performances by local musicians Alice’s Fault and Joanna D’Ascoli.

Youth art activities have been expanded for this year’s festival. The Keeseville Free Library will have a children’s story morning event with local authors on Friday, July 22. On Saturday, kids can get creative with some free hands-on art activities including an outdoor painting class, face painting, a zine makerspace and a tie dye workshop. All supplies are provided, but advance sign-up is recommended for outdoor painting and tie dye to ensure space. Sign up at www.adkaction.org/art.

In the days leading up to the festival, 35 plein air 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 can see the artists’ works by visiting the Plein Air Art Show and Sale at 1719 Block Gallery on Front Street. A wine and cheese reception on Friday night and a gallery brunch on Saturday morning will give festival goers a chance to meet the artists in person. Paintings can be purchased from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon.

Adirondack Architectural Heritage will have a two-day sketching architecture workshop, where participants will learn how to perfectly capture the details, scale and special features present in the historic buildings across the region through sketching. Advance registration is required at www.aarch.org.

The Artistry Community Theatre will perform “Cinderella” at the Keeseville Elks Lodge, and live music will be performed at Keeseville’s Riverfront Park, Ausable Brewing Company and 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 visit adkaction.org/art.


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