Thursday, June 21, 2018

Keeseville Plein Air Festival Underway

plein air painterThe second Keeseville Plein Air Festival is taking place this week, June 20 to the 24th. The arts festival is showcasing the work of 25 artists as they paint Keeseville’s mix of natural beauty, historic architecture and emerging agricultural scene.

AdkAction developed and launched the inaugural Keeseville Plein Air Festival in 2017 in an effort to bring the attention of talented artists to the hamlet of Keeseville, and aid in community revitalization efforts. The first year of the event included over 60 artworks created by 21 participating artists. Over $8,000 in artwork was sold, benefiting the artists and local community revitalization efforts.

This year’s festival will include community tours and a plein air painting workshop with Kari Ganoung-Ruiz, the 1st prize winner of last years festival, as well as three days of outdoor painting. Registered artists will have the opportunity to put to canvass the scenic variety of the area, with emphasis placed on the lakes, rivers, and falls, small farms, and historic architecture that make the hamlet of Keeseville unique.

The evening of June 23rd will feature a special preview party from 6 to 9 pm, providing the public with a first look and opportunity to buy the paintings created during the festival. Wine and local cheeses will be available for this event. A $10 suggested donation at the door will help cover costs and any proceeds will go toward Keeseville community revitalization initiatives. The following day, Sunday, June 24th will feature a Show and Sale from 10 am to 3 pm.

The event headquarters is at the 1719 Block Gallery on Keeseville’s Front Street.

Photo of Plein Air painter courtesy AdkAction.

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