Adirondack A&E e-News # 274

East Branch Friends of the Arts Present

The Plattsburgh State Art Museum Presents

Our Environment, Our Job

Twentieth-Century Inuit Prints and Sculptures

Through December 8. Reception: Thursday, August 31, 4-6 pm

Feinberg Library, Quiet Room, 2 Draper Ave, Plattsburgh

SLC Arts Hosts PorchFest in Potsdam

Saturday, September 2

SLC Arts will host this year’s PorchFest in Potsdam as a part of the third annual North Country Arts Festival!

Porchfest is a national, community-based music and arts event where local musicians, artists, and performers volunteer to showcase their talents on the porches, lawns, and outdoor spaces of residences in a neighborhood. Porchfest creates a decentralized and inclusive music opportunity that brings people together, promotes local creativity, and fosters a sense of community.

This year, art vendors will also be featured throughout the neighborhood. Brenda Maxson will be outside of the Pert House, Seaway Ceramics will be outside of the Potsdam Food Co-Op, Holly Chorba and Virginia Burnett at 6 Lawrence Avenue, and Esthela Calderón at 3 Chestnut.

Following PorchFest, SLC Arts will host Sunflo’er and other punk/hardcore bands in Ives Park as a part of the Ives Park Concert series. Immediately following, there will be a Cinema 10 sponsored showing of “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark”. This event will close the North Country Arts Festival, and is free and open to the public.

Learn more about PorchFest—including a map of all the porches involved—HERE.

Bald Mountain Firetower

Light Up the Night!

10th Annual Fire Tower Lighting

Saturday, September 2

The NYS Chapter of the Forest Fire Lookout Association will hold the 10th Annual Fire Towers Lighting on Saturday, September 2nd at 9 pm. Last year volunteers were able to light 33 firetowers across New York State. Nearly 40 towers are already registered to participate this year.

The event honors the men and women who worked in New York historic firetowers; protecting homes, businesses, communities and surrounding forests.

Rebuilt tower attached to the Adirondack History Museum in Elizabethtown.

The towers are lit from 9 to 9:30 pm. Because this is the 10th anniversary year, event organizers are asking that all illuminators also read aloud the names of those who served in the towers as they turn on the light.

See the full list of participating fire towers HERE.

Artist Talk “In Progress” with Kevin Raines at Whitcomb’s

Friday, September 1. Artist Talk at 6:30 – 7 pm, Reception 6 – 8 pm

Join us at Whitcomb’s Arts, for a Reception and Artist Talk with Kevin Raines! In his talk, he will explore the challenge of staying “in progress” or ‘fresh” throughout an art career. Kevin’s painting and drawing exhibition “In Progress” are on display at Whitcomb’s through September.

Kevin is a painter, teacher & fisherman living in Wadhams whose paintings reflect his love of the outdoors. He researches remote sites carefully and then treks long distance to paint in the wilderness. He often works in collaboration with organizations such as UNESCO, Champlain Area Trails (CATS), The Nature Conservancy, Adirondack Land Trust and the Audubon Society.

Whitcomb’s Arts, 1598 NY 22, Whallonsburg

Downtown Artist Cellar Presents

Calvin Collins Pop-Up Benefit

August 29th – September 1st
Live Bidding and Reception, September 1st, 5-8 pm

Don’t miss this opportunity…seize the chance to own an authentic Calvin Collins Artwork. Explore over 200 never seen before artworks online or in our Member Gallery, ready for purchase at the listed Buy-Now price until the Live Auction on Friday.

The Calvin Collins Pop-Up Benefit features the artist’s final works. Calvin, a gifted watercolorist, drew inspiration from Chateaugay Lake. He passed away in 2022, having graduated from Northern Adirondack Central School in 1975 and attended Bard College. He cared for Chateaugay Lake’s camps, embracing outdoor passions like camping, hiking and gardening. Calvin’s art and love for nature leave a remarkable legacy. He is remembered as being extraordinary.

A quarter of the proceeds will be thoughtfully allocated towards the creation of The Calvin Collins Scholarship. This scholarship stands as a testament to Calvin’s legacy, nurturing emerging artists and and their creative growth. Donations to the scholarship are also appreciated.

See more info and the full collection HERE.

Downtown Artist Cellar, 410 East Main Street, Malone

The Bookstore Plus Presents

Book Club Discussion with Peter Stark

Tuesday September 5, 2023, 7 – 8 pm, In the store and virtual

Join us as we will talk with Peter Stark, via Zoom, to discuss The Last Empty Places. Join us in the children’s section of the store OR email for the Zoom link.

What lies beneath a blank spot on a map?

Bestselling author, Peter Stark, takes the reader to four of the most remote, wild, and unpopulated areas of the United States outside of Alaska and mainly not part of the protected wilderness: the rivers and forests of Northern Maine; the rugged, unpopulated region of Western Pennsylvania that lies only a short distance from the East’s big cities; the haunting canyons of Central New Mexico; and the vast, arid basins of Southeast Oregon.

Stark discovers that the places he visits are only “blank” in terms of a lack of recorded history. In fact, each place holds layers of history, meaning, and intrinsic value and is far from being blank. He also finds that each region has played an important role in shaping our American idea of wilderness through the influential “natural philosophers” who visited these places and wrote about their experiences–Henry David Thoreau, William Bartram, John Muir, and Aldo Leopold. It’s a fascinating look at the value of nature, the ways humans use and approach it, and what it means to seek out empty places in today’s world.

The Bookstore Plus, 2491 Main Street, Lake Placid

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