2023 Keeseville Community Arts Festival

Schedule of Events

Is your business or organization having live music, a visual or performing arts event, or arts activity happening during the festival? Contact [email protected] to be included in the schedule of events.

Pre-Festival Events

June 24, 28:  Painting window murals in downtown Keeseville – learn more and volunteer here.

Tuesday, July 18: Plein Air artists begin painting the sights around Keeseville. See what they’ve created at the Plein Air Show and Sale starting Friday! Information for Plein Air artists here.

Wednesday, July 19, 7:00 pm: Architecture of St. John the Baptist Church by Anderson Falls Heritage Society at Keeseville Fire Department, 8 Pleasant Street.

Ongoing: Keeseville Rock Caterpillar: Join in the fun decorating your special rock that will help the Caterpillar stretch around Keeseville. Starts at the 2021 Arts Festival Mural at Adirondack Hardware on Front Street.

Friday, July 21

Morning Puppet Show by Kids Cove at the Library
10:30 & 11:00 at the Keeseville Free Library, Front Street. Puppets created for the show will remain on display throughout the festival.

Plein Air Show & Sale Opening Reception at the Old Stone Mill
Sponsored by AdkAction
5:00 – 8:00 pm
See what artists have chosen to paint around Keeseville in the days leading up to the festival! Enjoy wine and cheese while viewing over 100 newly created works of art by 40 talented artists, showing the beautiful landscapes and architecture of Keeseville. Paintings are available for purchase from Friday’s opening reception through Saturday at 4:00. Admission to the reception and a portion artwork sale proceeds benefit AdkAction. $10 at the door. Advance tickets available here.

Live Music in Heritage Falls Park
Sponsored by the Keeseville Business Association
7:00 – 9:00
Bring a chair or picnic blanket to enjoy live music alongside the Ausable River in downtown Keeseville.

Saturday, July 22

Color Fun Run 
Sponsored by Dynamix Fitness & Wellness
Registration at 8:00. Run begins at 9:00 am at Elks Club with finish line at Heritage Falls Park

Plein Air Show & Sale, Brunch with the Artists at the Stone Mill
Sponsored by AdkAction
Show open 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Brunch available 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Enjoy mimosas and light brunch fare (10:00 am – 1:00 pm) while viewing over 120 newly created works of art by 40 talented artists, showing the beautiful landscapes and architecture of Keeseville. Paintings are available for purchase from Friday’s opening reception through Saturday at 4:00. Gallery admission is free, brunch is $10 at the door. Advance tickets available here.

Arts in the Park 
9:00 am – 2:00 pm at Heritage Falls Park, behind the Keeseville Library
Check out some local artists’ work, with demonstrations from area potters, jewelry makers, Adirondack furniture makers, and more! Enjoy music by Alice’s Fault and food from The Dogfather and Island Vybz.

Free Kids Activities at Arts in the Park
Sponsored by AdkAction
9:00 am – 2:00 pm: Face Painting
9:00 am & 10:00 am: Plein Air for Kids outdoor painting class at the community garden. All supplies provided. Space is limited, please reserve a spot by filling in the form below:

9:00 am – 2:00 pm: Tie Dye Workshop for Kids (includes Keeseville Community Arts Festival tee to dye!) Space is limited, please reserve a spot by filling in the form below:

9:00 am – 2:00 pm: “Welcome to Keeseville” Coloring Book from Adirondack Architectural Heritage Part imagination and part scavenger hunt, children and parents alike can grab a copy from AARCH’s tent at Arts in the Park, then discover Keeseville’s nearby historic landmarks while creating some of their own artwork as part of the festivities.

Vestopia Hoops at Arts in the Park
11:00 am & 12:15 pm
Join the Vestopia Hoops dance group for a dancing and juggling workshop with scarves and hoops. All ages welcome, please sign up below to reserve your spot:

Anderson Falls Heritage Museum Scavenger Hunt
The Anderson Falls Heritage Society Museum (96 Clinton Street) is sponsoring a Scavenger Hunt for youngsters. They will be giving away a free prize to any child who visits the Museum and finds the three items pictured on Passports, which will be available at the Arts In The Park celebration. The museum is just a two-block walk from the Arts site, so if your family is looking for a short break to stretch your legs and explore in a cooler environment, come see what’s there, for children of all ages!

Oil Painting Workshop with Kari Ganoung Ruiz
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Limited space, $50 advance registration required
Plein air artist Kari Ganoung Ruiz will work with a small class on using perspective and shadow shapes to strengthen a plein air composition. 

Live Music at Ausable Brewing Company 
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, 765 Mace Chasm Rd.

Thank You to our Supporters

Festival Sponsors

Andy & Kathy Prescott

Wright Family Foundation

Arts Activity Sponsors

Beth & Brian Stevens

Chapel Hill Foundation

Amy & Bruce Meighan

Diana & Greg Zais

Michelle Drollette
& Luke Pepper

Charles Kilbourne

Arts Sponsors

The Fernholz Family

Keeseville Business Association

Timothy J. McCormick

Prize Sponsors

Santor Family

Maria & Rick Russell

Bob & Jamie Craft

Supporter Sponsors

Suzanne & Terry Jandreau

Douglas & Joan Smith

Nancy & John Hoch

Brittany & Lucas Christenson

Todd Townsend & Megan Burns

Additional Support

Rich & Zoanne Schnell

Dave Pinello

Pepsi Keeseville

Joseph Kressaty & Steve Capella

AMVETS Keeseville

Mountain Lake Services

This project is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrants Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts.

The Keeseville Community Arts Festival is made possible, in part, by the Essex County Arts Council’s Cultural Assistance Program Grant with funding provided by Essex County.

Support the Festival

With your help, the festival will showcase arts and culture in Keeseville, bring visitors to our community, and help promote a sense of togetherness. Sponsors are recognized in many ways leading up to the festival and at festival events. Please consider becoming a sponsor at any level, we would be thrilled to have your support!

To make a sponsorship contribution by check: make check payable to AdkAction and indicate that it is for sponsorship of the Keeseville Community Arts Festival. Checks may be mailed to AdkAction, PO Box 64, Keeseville NY 12944, or dropped off at the AdkAction office on the second floor of 1745 Main Street during business hours. Be sure to include your name or business name as you would like it to appear on our sponsor list.

Art Festivals

Plein Air at the Festival

The Plein Air portion of the 2023 Community Arts Festival will take place from July 18-22, with three days of painting, and two days of showing and sales. Registration is now closed.

After registering, please remember to sign and return your Artist Participation Agreement and return by mail to AdkAction, PO Box 64, Keeseville NY 12944, or scan and email to [email protected]. Contact [email protected] with any questions in the meantime.

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