Adirondack A&E e-News # 146

Arts Council announces Awards for Artists

The Essex County Arts Council announces that 8 North Country artists have received ECAC’s newly rebranded Sunburst Awards for individual artists. This micro-grant will help these artists to realize a project that will advance their career. Artists were chosen by an independent panel of art enthusiasts, and will each receive a grant of $500 in support of their projects. Rebecca Kelly, ECAC President, commented: “We are proud to support our community artists and pleased to invest in their creative journeys.”

This year’s Sunburst Award recipients applied for funding to support a wide range of artistic genres, including writing, photography, musical workshops and performances, comic book design, watercolors, print-making and illustration. In the coming year, you will see/hear performances and exhibits throughout Essex County that feature our Sunburst Awards recipients.

Congratulations to all!

2022 Sunburst Award recipients include:

Stephen DiCerbo, North Hudson
Heidi Gero, Au Sable Forks
Heather Loase, Lake Placid
Lauren McGovern, Wilmington
Sean Platt, Lake Placid
Matthew Pray, Keeseville
Kathleen Recchia, Saranac Lake
Lawrence Vanderburgh, Schroon Lake

Photo credits: Crear Farm by Lawrence Vanderburgh; Luna moth by Stephen DiCerbo

ACW presents Adirondack feminist historian Lorraine Duvall

Duvall will read at ACW on Wednesday, November 9, at 7 pm, with an open-mic to follow. Admission to the event is free, with a suggested donation at the door. The reading and open mic will run for a total of 60 minutes. Registration is requested (see below).

After retiring to the Adirondack Mountains in 2000, Lorraine Duvall became active in helping to protect the Adirondack lakes, ponds, and rivers from exploitation. She explored these waters in her solo canoe, writing of her journeys with other paddling enthusiasts, culminating in the memoir, In Praise of Quiet Waters: Finding Solitude and Adventure in the Wild Adirondacks, which won the 2016 Literary Award from the Adirondack Center for Writing (ACW) for Best Memoir.Her first memoir, And I Know Too Much to Pretend, won the ACW Literary Award in 2014, where she writes of her experiences growing up in the formative years of the 2nd Wave of the Feminist Movement. Duvall became immersed in the story of a rural commune of women not far from her home in Keene, NY., which resulted in the publication in 2020 of the book, Finding A Woman’s Place: The Story of a 1970s Feminist Collective in the Adirondacks.

More information and register HERE.

GOOD NEWS in Au Sable Forks!

Tahawus Cultural Center (Appleby Foundation) awarded a Regrowth and Capacity grant of $10,000 from the New York State Council on the Arts.

This NYSCA grant supports the Tahawus Center’s efforts to boost audience development and participation in programs, and to increase traffic into its Windows Gallery and Cloudsplitter Dance Studio by offering subsidized rent for dance studio / gallery activities as it continues its ongoing recovery from pandemic challenges.

The “Council congratulates Tahawus Center on their grant award! These grants are from the people of New York State, for the future of New York State,” said Katherine Nicholls, Chair, NYSCA. “Arts and culture are crucial to the health of our citizens and the economic vitality of our communities, and we recognize the contributions of NYSCA grantees to the lives of all New Yorkers.”

Tahawus Cultural Center, 14234 Main St., Au Sable Forks

Ti Arts Open Entry Show for Artists


Join local Jay author John Mullane for First Friday, November 4th in Saranac Lake at the new bakery, Early Dawn Confections.

We’ll have a Meet and Greet with local author J.E. Mullane of Jay NY. John will read an excerpt from both of his books (Beneath the Surface and Disturbing the Dead) and will be on hand to sign your copy as well! Don’t have one yet? He’ll be sure to bring a few copies you can purchase.

Also enjoy Tug Hill Artisan Roasters, Scott and Vanessa Gilbert, who will create a true coffee house experience!

We’ll have fancy schmancy desserts for you to purchase and enjoy for this very first “Local Authors Night” Coffee House experience!

No advance reservation required, but our cafe is small and seating is limited so it’s a first come first served basis. (Note: Readings will be at 6 and 7 pm).

Early Dawn Confections, 28 Woodruff St, Saranac Lake

Wilmington’s Holiday Craft & Gift Fair

Now open—The Peaks Paintbar!

A paint and sip venue has arrived in the majestic Adirondack region and in the heart of the village of Lake Placid. Visit our events page HERE and book a date and painting session of your choosing.

The Peaks Painter, 2422 Main Street, Lake Placid

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