Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Adirondack Family Activities: Adirondack Kids Art Exhibit

For the past twelve years, The Adirondack Kids father and son author team of Gary and Justin VanRiper have been bringing Adirondack stories into our homes, libraries and schools through their middle reader chapter books.  Opening this May 19th at The View in Old Forge is an art exhibit focusing on 40 pieces of original artwork from the pages of those familiar books.

“We are excited about this exhibit,” says Gary VanRiper. “The Adirondack Kids books have received a lot of attention. This time the focus is going to be on the wonderful artwork on the covers and within the pages of our books.”

According to VanRiper, illustrator Susan Loeffler has illustrated all 12 of the book covers, posters and even a coloring book with the interior drawings completed by Carol VanRiper, making these books truly a family affair.

“Carol and Sue have really brought the book characters to life,” say VanRiper. “All these pictures and poses have strengthened the books. Dax (the calico cat) has become such a popular character. We’ve even had children bring stuffed animals they thought looked like Dax, to a lecture. Now in addition to the book series, we have a whole series of paintings and drawings.”

VanRiper says, “We look at the books as teaching without preaching. For us, the story is the primary focus. We then bring in those geographic areas of interest. It was exciting to realize the readers were starting to visit the places we wrote about to experience The Adirondack Kids’ adventure. Though the books are fiction, we remain true to the region.”

The Adirondack Kids opening reception will be May 19 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.. It will also serve as the book release for the 12th book, The Adirondack Kids: The Pond Hockey Challenge. Focusing on the adventures of three friends, Justin, Jackie and Nick, The Adirondack Kids books explore historic and familiar places around the Adirondack Park.

The View art exhibit will continue through July 15.  Admission is $8/general, $5/members and free/children (12-under). As a special treat, each child accompanied by an adult will receive a free copy of the Adirondack Kids story/coloring book, Runaway Dax. Don’t worry, if your kids can’t make the reception on Saturday, visit the show anytime through July 15 and they receive the coloring book at The View.

According to VanRiper after July 15 they hope to move the exhibit to other locations around the Adirondack Park.

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Diane Chase

Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time. She writes about ways to foster imaginative play through fun-filled events and activities in the Adirondack region.

From her home in Saranac Lake, Diane also writes a weekly family-oriented newspaper column for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and keeps her own blog Adirondack Family Time. Her writing and photography has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, marketing companies and advertising agencies.

She even finds time to assist her husband with Adirondack Expeditions guiding families and young adults in the High Peaks.

One Response

  1. Ellena Boven says:

    Cape Town really has the coolest things to do! Joburg could learn a few things from you Capetonians!