Art Festivals

Plein air, or outdoor painting, is at the heart of our Art Festival projects. We sponsor the Adirondack Plein Air Festival, co-founded the Tupper Lake Plein Air Festival, and have seen our Keeseville Plein Air Festival grow to become a community-wide event celebrating the arts in the region. 

Art Festivals

Plein Air

We were introduced to Plein Air festivals in 2016 when we became a major sponsor of ArtWorks’ Adirondack Plein Air Festival in Saranac Lake. We so enjoyed being involved that we asked the organizer, Sandra Hildreth, to coach us through the process of starting our own Plein Air Festival in Keeseville, NY, where our Community Revitalization project is currently focused. Our festival has sold $53,782 worth of art since 2017, and showcased the natural and constructed assets of the community.

In 2018, we began working with Tupper Arts to organize and co-host a third Plein Air Festival during the world-renowned Adirondack leaf-peeping season.  This festival is bringing energy and vitality to downtown Tupper Lake and creating additional opportunities for artists to sell their work and highlight the incredible beauty of the area. 

We continue to support Adirondack Plein Air Festival as a sponsor, and co-host the Tupper Lake Plein Air Festival. Our very own Keeseville Plein Air Festival evolved into a full-fledged community-wide celebration of the arts in 2021. The new  Keeseville Community Arts Festival included our plein air art show and sale, youth art activities, a community mural project, live art demonstrations, live music and theatre performances. The festival continues to be an indispensable summer arts event in Keeseville, with hundreds attending from near and far. 

More information on each of these festivals is available below.  If you are interested in hosting a plein air artist, supporting the Keeseville Community Arts Festival as a volunteer or sponsor, or to get involved in the Adirondack Plein Air Festival in Saranac Lake or Tupper Lake Plein Air Festival, please email info@adkaction.org.

Upcoming Events

Keeseville Community Arts Festival

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Keeseville Community Arts Festival: July 22-24, 2022
Plein Air painting begins July 19, 2022

Held annually on the fourth weekend in July, AdkAction’s Keeseville Community Arts Festival invites community members and visitors to celebrate all things art in the hamlet.  Plein air painters begin painting the sites in and around Keeseville on the Tuesday before the community-wide festival kicks off, and their works are displayed in an art show and sale that is just one of the arts events planned throughout the festival.

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Adirondack Plein Air Festival

The 14th Adirondack Plein Air Festival will be August 15-20, 2022. The 14th Adirondack Plein Air Festival will start Monday Aug 15 as artists checked-in and began painting. 40 artists will be selected to attend, from all over the country, after all the registrations are juried. Artists will have 5 days to paint and then the paintings will be displayed in the Town Hall in Saranac Lake, NY. A Special Preview Party sponsored by AdkAction will be held Friday Aug 19, from 6 – 9 pm. For more information, visit saranaclakeartworks.org/plein-air  

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Tupper Lake Plein Air Festival

October 5-9, 2022 Meet the artists on Friday, Oct. 6th for a reception from 6-8pm at Tupper Arts. Join the artists for brunch from 10-noon on Saturday, Oct. 8th at the art center and visit the gallery. Art show and sale will continue through the weekend. Public is invited Artist Registration   Painting Schedule   Artist Participation Agreement   2022 Tupper Arts Plein Air Festival Schedule October 5, 2022: Registration: Artists who have registered online can begin painting anytime on Oct. 5th, 2022. Artists will not need to get their canvasses stamped prior to painting. Everyone will be on the

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