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2022 Keeseville Community Arts Festival


Plein Air Painting July 19 - 22
Festival, Art Show & Sale July 22-24

AdkAction’s Keeseville Plein Air Festival started in 2017 and has helped community members and visitors alike see the small Adirondack hamlet as interpreted by talented artists. The new Keeseville Community Arts Festival has grown around our annual Plein Air Show & Sale, further involving the community in a celebration of visual and performing arts.

Keeseville Plein Air 2022 will take place from July 19-24, with three days of painting, and two days of showing and sales. Plein Air artists are encouraged to register early, as registrations tend to sell out quickly.

Artists are invited to paint Keeseville’s historic architecture, rolling hills, charming farms, waterfalls, chasms, and lakeshores. You will be able to enjoy food, beer, and wine from local farms, and craft beverage makers, meet other artists, and come to know a charming lakeside community at the foothills of the Adirondack mountains.

After registering, please download and sign your Artist Participation Agreement and return by mail to AdkAction, PO Box 64, Keeseville NY 12944, or scan and email to info@adkaction.org

Art Festivals

Stay tuned for details about the community arts festival!

Plein Air Painting

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Forty talented professional artists will paint the scenery in the greater Keeseville area the week of the festival and show their work during our Special Preview party on Friday, July 23rd from 6-9 pm complete with a wine and cheese reception. A Plein Air Brunch will be held the morning of July 24th. Show and Sale on Saturday, July 24th and Sunday, July 25th.

Community Mural

A new mural will be installed in collaboration with Outside Art and will provide community members with the opportunity to participate in creating a large scale public art that celebrates the many cherished natural and built elements of Keeseville. The repeating arch design motif is a nod to the hamlet’s famous historic bridges and frames the design, centered on the theme, “What Brings us Together.” 

Youth Art Contest

Open to all K-12 Students in the area. Finalists’ artwork will be displayed at the Festival, where you can cast your vote for the winning artwork! Prizes will be awarded according to age category (Elementary, Middle, High) and will include art supplies and gift certificates for ice cream. Learn more here and enter by July 16!

Artistry Community Theatre

Artistry Community Theatre will be performing “Into the Woods” at the Keeseville Elk’s Lodge Outdoor Pavilion throughout the festival. Tickets for the show are available at Artistrytheatre.org.

Live Music

Enjoy live music at the Keeseville Riverfront Concert Series on Friday, July 23rd, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Art Show at the Library

The 16th Annual Art Show at the Keeseville Free Library will open on July 19th in advance of the festival, and will run through August 17th. Each piece in the show is submitted by local artists, and will include paintings, photography, needle felting, quilting, wood working, and pottery.

Live Art at Ausable Brewing Company

Enjoy great brews at Ausable Brewing Company while enjoying a live art performance, or visit the exhibit at anytime during Keeseville Community Arts Festival. Family and leashed-dog friendly. 

AARCH Historic Walking Tour

Join Steven Engelhart, the executive director of Adirondack Architectural Heritage, for a walking tour of Keeseville’s National Register-listed historic district. Keeseville’s architecture is an impressive collection of historic commercial rowblocks, neighborhoods of Greek Revival, Italianate, and Colonial Revival style buildings, civic and church buildings, and three 19th century bridges.

Arts Passport Challenge

To help you explore all that the festival offers, AdkAction created a free Arts Passport. Pick one up at the welcome tent on Front Street (or at other festival locations), then collect stamps by visiting events and activities. Turn in your fully or partially stamped passport to be entered in our drawing for the Ultimate Keeseville Getaway: a basket packed with gift certificates and fun stuff from all your favorite places in Keeseville!

Schedule of Events & Activities

Friday, July 23

Festival Welcome Tent 
10:00 am – 8:00 pm: Pick up your Arts Passport or VIP Package at the corner of Front Street and Clinton Street

Library Art Show & Sale (Free)
9:00 am – 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm at the Keeseville Free Library, 1721 Front Street

Keeseville Methodist Church Summer Festival (Free)
9:00 am – 2:00 pm 1699 Front Street

AARCH Historic Walking Tour (Free)
3:00 – 4:00 pm at Adirondack Architectural Heritage, 1745 Main Street

Kids Art Activities (Free)
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the corner of Front Street and Clinton Street

Help Paint the Mural (Free)
4:00 – 8:00 pm at Adirondack Hardware, 1619 Front Street

Plein Air Special Preview Party ($10/free with VIP ticket)
6:00 – 9:00 pm at 1719 Block Gallery, 1719 Front Street

Riverfront Concert Series by Keeseville Business Association (Free)
6:00 – 8:00 pm at Anderson Falls Park

Alice’s Fault Concert (Free)
6:00 – 8:00 pm at Highlands Vineyard, 1092 Highland Road

“Into the Woods” show by Artistry Community Theatre ($15)
7:00 – 10:00 pm at Keeseville Elks Lodge, 1 Elks Lane

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Festival Welcome Tent and Kids Art Activities (Free)
10:00 am – 6:00 pm at the corner of Front Street and Clinton Street

Art Show and Sale (Free)
10:00 am – 3:00 pm at 1719 Block Gallery, 1719 Front Street

Plein Air Brunch ($10/free with VIP ticket)
10:00 am – 12:00 pm at 1719 Block Gallery, 1719 Front Street

Library Art Show & Sale (Free)
Extended Festival Hours: 10:00 am  – 5:00 pm at the Keeseville Free Library, 1721 Front Street

Student Art Contest Winners Announced 
12:00 pm at 1719 Block Gallery, 1719 Front Street

Help Paint the Mural (Free)
12:00 – 4:00 pm at Adirondack Hardware, 1619 Front Street

“Into the Woods” show by Artistry Community Theatre ($15)
2:00 – 5:00 pm at Keeseville Elks Lodge, 1 Elks Lane

Live Painting and Exhibit (Free)
12:00 – 8:00 pm at Ausable Brewing Company, 765 Mace Chasm Road

Wild Leek River Barn Concert ($10)
7:00 pm at Mace Chasm Farm, 810 Mace Chasm Road

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Festival Welcome Tent and Kids Art Activities (Free)
10:00 am – 1:00 pm at the corner of Front Street and Clinton Street

Art Show and Sale (Free)
10:00 am – 3:00 pm at 1719 Block Gallery, 1719 Front Street

Library Art Show & Sale (Free)
Extended Festival Hours: 10:00 am  – 12:00 pm at the Keeseville Free Library, 1721 Front Street

Ultimate Keeseville Getaway Giveaway Prize Drawing
3:00 pm at the Festival Welcome Tent at the corner of Front Street and Clinton Street

“Into the Woods” show by Artistry Community Theatre ($15)
5:00 – 8:00 pm at Keeseville Elks Lodge, 1 Elks Lane

COVID Safety

We ask that all attending the festival follow New York State precautions for COVID19 safety. Festival goers who are not vaccinated should adhere to rules set by each festival venue, including wearing face masks and socially distancing. 

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"Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life." -Pablo Picasso

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