Adirondack A&E e-News # 335

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Save the date for ACW’s 2024 Kickass Writers Festival!

On June 7 + 8, 2024, the Adirondack Center for Writing will present the second Kickass Writers Festival, featuring writers, poets, comedians, and other kickass creatives. The festival will take place across various locations all over Saranac Lake and will include readings, workshops, talks, publishing programs, special performances, a book fair, speed dating, and more!

Pre-register now through February 12 and receive a 10% discount code. Registration will include the opportunity to take workshops with our faculty, get one-on-one manuscript critiques from agents and editors, and access to live readings, panels, and a stand up comedy set.

Registration opens February 12.

Learn more, see this year’s kickass line-up, and pre-register HERE.

AFS Awarded grants

AFS Awarded NYSCA Operating Grant

The Adirondack Folk School announced today a grant award totaling $99,000 from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) to support the nonprofit arts and culture sector. Through New York State’s continued investment in arts and culture, NYSCA has awarded over $80 million since Spring 2023 to over 1,500 artists and organizations across the state.

AFS Receives Alfred Z. Solomon Grant

AFS has received a generous grant from the Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust in the amount of $9,335 to establish a weaving studio in their name and to replace and add several looms. We are incredibly grateful for the continued support from the Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust, and are excited to honor the historical hat maker by naming the weaving studio at our Lake George location after the man who continues to have such a significant impact on our area.

Learn more about the Adirondack Folk School HERE.

Watercolor Workshop with Diane Swanson

Saturday, January 27, 10 am -12 pm

Learn and become more comfortable with painting in watercolor. Artist Diane Swanson will share various techniques and tricks of watercolor, leading participants in creating snowy twilight landscapes that celebrate the beauty of winter.

$35/person. For all abilities. All materials supplied.

Reserve your spot for any of the LARAC Mountain Gallery workshops by stopping into the LARAC Lapham Gallery (7 Lapham Place), LARAC Mountain Gallery (21 Bay Street), call us at (518) 798-1144 x2, or email us at

Register online HERE.

LARAC Mountain Gallery, 21 Bay Street, Glens Falls

Drank the Gold and High on the Hog

January 27, 2024, 7 – 10 pm

2023 Folk/Traditional Artist of the Year at the NY Capital Region Thomas Edison Music Awards, Drank the Gold play and sing North Atlantic dance tunes and folk songs.

High on the Hog was born of southern Appalachian fiddle tunes, early country music & traditional ballads.

Buy tickets HERE.

BluSeed Studios, 24 Cedar St, Saranac Lake

Coffeehouse Concert Series

Ray Alexander, Jazz pianist

Sunday, January 28, 3 pm

Ray Alexander bought his first keyboard with money he saved from his paper route when he was 12.
Ray has played with many great names and has traveled to many countries playing piano, including Monaco, Italy, Sweden, France and Denmark, as well as Bermuda where he lived for a year with his family. Ray has arranged and played off-Broadway musicals such as Jesus Christ Superstar, Side by Side by Sondheim, and a Matter of Opinion, among others. Some of the “fun” gigs have been playing for Mario Cuomo’s campaign, a jam session in Tivoli Gardens, Denmark, and playing Dixieland in New Orleans.

Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 Day of Concert, FREE for Youth 18 and younger.
For advance price tickets, please visit the TPC box office, or call (518) 251-2505, or purchase online thru Eventbrite. Some “Day of Event” tickets are reserved for purchase at the box office.

Tannery Pond Center, 228 Main St, North Creek

Champlain Valley Film Series Presents

Adventures in Water-Mixable Oils

Along the AuSable with Ingrid Van Slyke

Saturday, January 27th 10 am – 2 pm

Have you ever wanted to paint with oil, but the harsh smells, drying time, chemicals, and cleanup were intimidating? It’s time to give water-mixable oil a try.

In this class, you will learn how to use water-mixable oil to paint in several thin layers building up color, and brush strokes. Using only water as a thinner and for clean up makes this process simple and easy. The class will be using the image Along the AuSable (below) to work from and cover composition, applying an underpainting, placing the first layers, mixing, and finishing a painting

More details and register HERE.

LPCA Annex Studio, 17 Algonquin Drive, Lake Placid

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