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.

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Sunday, June 21, 2020

The Sembrich Announces New 20/20: Virtual Visionaries Summer Festival 

BOLTON LANDING – The Sembrich has announced the launch of its 20/20: Virtual Visionaries Summer Festival. Artistic Director Richard Wargo has reimagined the original 20/20: Musical Visionaries Summer Festival into a series of eight carefully curated digital presentations. The online festival will explore visionary musicians including Percy Grainger and Marcella Sembrich. Presentations will be released for complimentary viewing and streaming throughout the summer. 

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Piecing together a 78 year old mystery, and a painting

This is the tale of a good Adirondack story, which is all true, but I had to make up a picture to illustrate it! I am an artist who loves to paint wild Adirondack landscapes, and sometimes a few of the Rocky Mountains too. A man was referred to me, who wanted someone to do a painting of a special Adirondack location for him.

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Saturday, June 13, 2020

Poetry: Downpour

Downpour

Downpour,
The sibilance of the storm
Sings softly.
Sheets of sound muffle crashes.
Tears are in the rain,
As is celebration,
Warm mother’s milk flows,
Purifying, fortifying,
The torrent insulates and inspires.
This is the simplicity of the beginning of things.
How elemental is this paradigm,
Things are nurtured because they exist,
Things exist because they are nurtured.

Read More Poems From The Adirondack Almanack HERE.


Tuesday, June 9, 2020

The (Plein Air) Show goes on

The annual Adirondack Plein Air Festival is on track for happening this summer, with a few changes.

Artists from all over the country have been registering for the Festival since Feb. 1, but with the advent of the coronavirus pandemic the registration was extended to June 1 to allow time to alter certain logistics.

For this year’s festival, artists will paint on their own anywhere within the Adirondack Park between the dates of July 30 and Aug. 19, and send in digital images of their completed work for an online art show that will be housed on Saranac Lake ArtWorks’ newly redesigned website for a month beginning Aug. 23. There will be no in-person reception or events as part of this year’s show.

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Saturday, June 6, 2020

Mountain Lake PBS Hosts Virtual Concert

Mountain Lake PBS has partnered with Hill and Hollow music to host a pair of virtual concerts on Sunday June 7, at 3 and 7 p.m.

David Krakauer, a Grammy-nominated classical world artist and “mad scientist” South African sound explorer Kathleen Tagg will be performing their “Breath and Hammer Acoustic” musical program. The program consists of a passionate clarinet and piano duo, taking the listener on a journey via improvisational world music. Click here to learn more.


Friday, June 5, 2020

Pendragon Theatre continues ‘germ free season’

In response to Covid-19 concerns, Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake is offering a“Germ-Free Season” of streaming play readings, virtual productions, and alternative performance formats.

Current programs include:

“Spaceship Pilots vs Zumitron Aliens”
A play designed for kids using the ZOOM format.
Who will be the victor??
Rated “G” for goofiness.

Tune in to find out more. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROi0tHimPNY&feature=youtu.be

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Poetry: When Will Life Be Gentle Again?

When will life be gentle again?

When will the ethers embrace us once more,

Kiss our upturned faces,

Forgive us our simple pleasantries, our playfulness,

Our innocence, our childishness, our embraces,

Our spontaneity, our casual fearlessness,

Our joy.  All we took for granted.

When will life be gentle again?

Have we used up all our chances?

Did we believe we had a finite number?

God, how much more do we stand to lose

If we do not change now, turn our faces

To a different, harder path,

But a path no less.

When will life be gentle again?

Please save our children, do not let their green shoots,

Wither and die, in this cold.

Please do not reap our elders too soon, and alone,

They are the source of our knowledge and our grace.

Do not allow this bitter wind to use us as a killing field

When will life be gentle again?

 

Read More Poems From The Adirondack Almanack HERE.


Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Essex Country Art Council Announces CAP Grant Recipients

Essex County Art Council congratulates the 39 Arts and Cultural organizations that have been awarded 2020 Cultural Assistance Program (CAP) grants through NYS Council on the Arts.

“All of us at Essex County Arts Council are happy to be able to support artists and arts organizations during this time of so much uncertainty. We are committed to doing all we can to ensure the vitality of the arts and culture in our Essex County communities. We know how important this sector will be to our collective well-being once we are again able to gather and enjoy the output of the many talented artists in our area.” Tony Kostecki, the president of the Essex County Art Council says in a recent newsletter.

More about CAP can be found here: https://www.essexcountyarts.org/application

The organizations that received grants are as follows:

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Emergency relief program to help artists

Emergency relief grant program will provide $1,250,000 in aid to Tri-State non-salaried workers in the visual arts who have experienced financial hardship from lack of income or opportunity as a direct result of the COVID-19 crisis.

The Willem de Kooning Foundation, the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Teiger Foundation, and the Cy Twombly Foundation have partnered to establish an emergency relief grant program, administered by New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), that will provide $1,250,000 in aid to Tri-State non-salaried workers in the visual arts who have experienced financial hardship from lack of income or opportunity as a direct result of the COVID-19 crisis. NYFA wishes to thank the Jean and Louis Dreyfus Foundation for being the first funder to contribute to the Tri-State Fund, following the announcement of the Fund.

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Sunday, May 17, 2020

Poetry: Nundegao Ridge

Nundegao Ridge

On a table monolith
granite veined by quartz
like so many zippers
The children dance
in rock rain reservoirs
Nibble blueberries
Wind-protected
Hare-bells dance
on the ledge below
as hawk bursts out
below us forty feet
to rise on a thermal
Hollow hawk bones
soon “cloud-hidden
whereabouts unknown”

Read More Poems From The Adirondack Almanack HERE.


Friday, May 15, 2020

Pendragon Theatre Workshop: Sock Puppet and Sip!

Join Pendragon Theatre’s Matt Sorensen as he teaches viewers how to create their very own sock puppet. The workshop is available for all ages and takes place on Monday, June 1st from 6-8pm. The cost is $25 which includes instructions, supplies, and a ZOOM link to the puppet building party.

Pendragon Theatre has taken the liberty of assembling puppet making kits for pick up or delivery to local addresses and have provided a list of materials should you choose to supply them yourself. Visit this link for more information: https://www.pendragontheatre.org/sock-sip-supplies.

Spots are first come first serve with a maximum of 30, and all proceeds go to the free online puppet workshop for children. Participants must provide their own hot glue and gun, scissors, XACTO knife and needle and thread.


Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Dan Berggren to livestream concert on Friday

dan berggrenCaffe Lena will feature a livestreamed concert by Dan Berggren this Friday, May 15.

As part of its “Stay at Home Sessions” the Saratoga Springs-based music venue will broadcast Berggren performing songs and stories on Caffe Lena’s stage, starting at 8 p.m. via YouTube.

TUNE IN HERE >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-JCI0RWkKw&list=PL-mgsQ0HWcE1Wtd1AkUSo3l8UWYsoeVlI&index=7


Monday, May 11, 2020

Tupper Arts Little Loggers Kids Show Series

This summer, every Friday morning at 11 AM throughout the months of July and August, Tupper Arts will be presenting the Little Loggers Kids Show Series—a series of events that includes interactive children’s shows, music, magic, dance and theater. The shows take place at the Tupper Lake Sunset Stage Bandshell on the water, come at no cost, and lunches will be provided immediately after courteous of the Aseel Family Fund.

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Sunday, May 10, 2020

Art in the Pandemic –  Distraction, Solace and Direction

In SuspensionMarch to April 2020       24×48”  acrylic on canvas

I have finished a painting, In Suspension, that began six weeks ago, on March 16, when I set off for a day of painting in wilderness isolation. I had just made the stressful decision to cancel my upcoming solo show in New York City due to impending closures in response to the COVID-19 crisis. That day I should have been packing paintings for the show, but instead I headed for a waterfall within an easy drive, seeking distraction and solace.

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