Adirondack A&E e-News # 382




Hosts Mac MacDevitt and Chris Locke introduce the SpeakEazy guidelines.

Final Applause for SpeakEazy Storytelling at Whitcomb’s

Wednesday, May 15, 7 pm

After 30 consecutive months of SpeakEazies, Mac MacDevitt, creator of the local storytelling phenomenon SpeakEazy at Whitcomb’s, part of the Whallonsburg Grange, is ending his run at Whitcomb’s.

“Whitcomb’s was the perfect place to launch SpeakEazy and I’m grateful to have had the support of the Grange” said Mac. He will now focus his efforts on widening the pool of committed story tellers here in the North Country.

Come to Whitcomb’s Wednesday, May 15 at 7pm for the final Speakeasy at Whitcomb’s (for now) AND an afterparty to celebrate a fantastic run!

Read the full press release HERE.


Featuring Works by Harris Billeci, Daniel Hausner, and Gilles Lamarche

UnCommon at Tahawus

Friday, May 17 through Saturday, June 22, 2024
Opening Reception Friday, May 17, 5 – 7 pm. Free, but RSVP is encouraged, 646-734-7151.

UnCommon at Tahawus is a diverse and divergent group of three artists who showcase their unique perspectives at the Tahawus Gallery, in Au Sable Forks.

With a diverse range of artistic styles and backgrounds, visitors can expect to be transported into different realms of creativity—from the tranquility of natural scenes to the depths of abstract expressionism and fantasy.

Harris Billeci is a multimedia visual artist and photographer from the Mid-Hudson Valley. A recent BFA graduate from Ithaca College, their work is textural, nature oriented, and introspective. Recent projects include photographic composites, collages, and unconventional methods of making prints.
Dan Hausner, photographer and woodworker from Saranac Lake, depicts mostly rural and natural scenes in a range of styles and subject matter. The handmade wood frames are all designed and built by the artist. His work covers a broad range from landscapes and rural scenes to abstracts.
Gilles Lamarche, from Au Sable Forks and Montreal, creates artworks in acrylics, oils, watercolors; canvas, paper, wood; portraits and figures, barns and fields, landscapes, mountains and rivers, abstracts and fantasy. His teaching and design journey has led him from New York City, to Florida, to the Adirondacks, and Canada.

Tahawus Gallery, 2nd Fl, 14234 Rt 9N, Main St. Au Sable Forks


Registration is open for summer camps!

ACW is offering two awesome summer camps this year, one for teens (age 13-18) and one for kids (age 9 – 12). Keep your kids creative this summer as they learn new skills, meet new friends, and make lasting memories.

Creating Fictional Worlds
Over the course of three class meetings on July 8, 10, and 12, students will explore how to create a compelling fictional world. No need to have a world or story in mind before the class begins – the course will begin with some imaginative writing exercises and group brainstorming, and move into exercises that guide writers through map-sketching (think Tolkien!), writing origin stories, character creation, and more!

Learn more and register HERE.

Story Publishing Camp
Students will write and edit their own creative writing pieces and design original books for distribution.

Students in ACW’s week-long Story Publishing Camp will explore the fundamentals of narrative (characters, plot, setting, and more) and draft an original multi-page creative writing piece with the help of YA author Rebecca Donnelly. Students will then learn the technical skills to produce polished works of prose as well as design, lay-out, print, copy, and bind their own original book.

Learn more and register HERE.

Adirondack Center for Writing, 15 Broadway, Saranac Lake


Medicinal Mushroom Workshop

Saturday, May 11, 9 am – 4 pm

Learn about local and common non-local medicinal mushrooms in this unique workshop. Harvesting, preparation and cultivation of mushrooms will be discussed, including the methods to prepare tinctures.

Participants will make and take home a double extraction mushroom tincture and an oyster mushroom kit to grow mushrooms at home. Bring lunch and a drink.

Preregistration is required and class size is limited.

Purchase tickets HERE.

Paul Smith’s VIC, 8023 State Route 30, Paul Smiths


Mother’s Day Artisan Market

Saturday, May 11, 2024, 10 – 3

Join us for our Mother’s Day Artisan Market on the front lawn at The Strand Center for the Arts on May 11th!

Participating Vendors:
Designs by Renee, Half Moon Tarot Readings, Phat Dragon Bakery, MotleyArtist, Sew Surprised! ADK, As You Wish Signs and Gifts by Dina, Upstate Emporium, Bit Sized Builds, Bee’s Skin, Melted Moon Creations, Artistic Visions, Found and Fiber, Melscakes, Just Wandering Co., Jamdots Baking Co., Blackbird Moon Creations, Carley’s Cookie Jar, Betty and Pat Hendrick Original Art and Cards, kismet made, Look At This Stuff, Lange’s Abstract Art, Kokotallow, Keramik, Chasing Grace Herbal & Apiary, Living Free Moments, Louise Patinelli, Vikki’s Suds and Such, Serene Reflections Pottery, MontanaFancy Jewelry, Wall Art & Stuff by J&K Rowe, Beas’ Crafts, Hippie Chic, Molly’s Quilting Blocks, Red Mill’s Crochet, Maggie’s Mystic Makes & Co., Nora, C&P Photography, and Jamie Lee’s Crafts & Creations.

Strand Center for the Arts, 23 Brinkerhoff St, Plattsburgh


Sweet Peas with Sarah Yeoman

Online Watercolor Workshop
Wednesday, May 15, 2024, 5 – 7 pm

In this workshop we will be exploring Sarah’s watercolor process for painting Sweet Peas. We will be practicing paint applications including running transparent washes top to bottom with multiple layers, wet into dry and wet into wet. Paint along if you like or sit back and just watch. The video will be available for 3 weeks for you to replay and practice.

We will sketch this image together.

Sarah will be painting in a 11″ x 14″ and a 12″ x 16″ format. Please paint in whatever size you like.

More info and register HERE.


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