Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Au Sable Forks’ Tahawus Center marks 10 year anniversary

Described as “an exciting new gem of a space” by the Lake Placid Visitors Bureau when it opened it Main Street Windows Gallerys, the Tahawus Center created a gallery for dynamic artists’ displays. The over 100-year old historic Tahawus building is situated on Rt 9N Main St, near the scenic Ausable River, in Au Sable Forks, Town of Jay, NY. By initially repurposing the storefront as an art gallery, Tahawus Cultural Center began to bring programming and creative curb appeal to a former Masonic lodge building which had lain dormant for decades.

The Windows Gallery presented its inaugural solo exhibit in January 2011 by local photographer Mark Hobson. Exhibits followed with works by Arto Monaco (pictured here), Rockwell Kent, photographer Todd Bissonette, a show of Detroit / Au Sable Forks artists curated by William Dilworth, “Mohawk of the Adirondacks,”curated by Margaret Horn, and “Here Come the Trains,” engineered by Lou Scavo and Carl Kokes.

In 2013 the large second floor gallery opened with an exhibit of works by photographer Jeri Wright (Wilmington).  Additional exhibits included “Japanese Scrolls “Everglades in the Adirondacks,” and more.  All continued to spotlight works by local, historical, and visiting artists.  Tahawus Center serves Au Sable Forks and the surrounding region with space where the art world and the village community engage with innovative projects.

The “First TEN YEARS Retrospective” opens online June 26 and gives the community a means of looking back – a happy reminder of gatherings in celebration of creative achievement. The exhibit will remain live and accessible until July 31, and thereafter by request.

Normally the gallery would host its annual Open House event on June 26.  But for the time being, the doors will temporarily remain closed until they get the green light to reopen as a part of Phase 4 (Arts, Education and Recreation) of New York Forward, NY State’s reopening plan.

For more information and to see the exhibition, go to www.tahawuscenter.org.

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