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Plein Air Workshop with JC Parker
Wednesday, August 8, 9AM to 4 PM
Benefits the Keene Valley Library.
Painting Demo at Noon
3-4 PM Reception for artists and guests
All ages are welcome. All Media are welcome
Suggested Donation: $25 payable to KV Library
Purpose: To provide an opportunity to experience painting outside the studio under the guidance of an artist who is experienced in all media. Designed as an introductory workshop, participants at all levels of skill are invited. Haven’t picked up your paints in a few years? Here is your chance to dust them off. Experienced painter? You’ll have the freedom to paint!
Rain Date: No rain date was set; paint from the porches on almost all sites.
Participants: All age participants are encouraged to come. Children under ten years of age must be accompanied by an adult, who can also paint. The fee is $25 for each participant. Observers are free and can listen to the demonstration and enjoy the reception.
Materials: Any media can be used for this day of painting and sketching. Materials will not be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring whatever materials they have. Sharing of materials is encouraged. Instruction and critique provided, as needed. Experienced participants should have a basic familiarity with their materials.
Media: watercolor, acrylics, oils, charcoal, pastel, pencil and/or pen…
Equipment/supplies: field easel or drawing board; portable chair; water container; brushes (if purchasing, make sure you buy brushes for your media); pencils (2B, F, or 2H); pencil sharpener; soft paper towels (also some for clean up); canvas, sketch paper, and/or watercolor paper (preferably Arches 140 cold press; do not use student grade paper!); white artist tape for non-canvas users; kneaded eraser; and don’t forget your paints, pastels, charcoal, pen and/or pencil! Also helpful, a wide brim hat and sun screen and bug lotion for protection.
Location of painting sites: See attached map. Four locations are available for beginning painters: the arts and craft style KV Library, with lovely plantings and interesting windows; Sunny Jim, the yellow house next door (great found items in the lawn and on the porches); the KV Congregational Church, which has lovely gardens and beautiful clean lines, as well as a challenging clock in the steeple; and the Adirondack Conservancy, which has beautiful landscaping and hanging baskets as well as a wonderful shaded porch. Additional painting sites this year include, to the south: Noonmark Diner, Adirondack Realty, Birch Store, Neighborhood House, and Rooster Comb B&B, with its interesting furniture and workshop! To the north, the KV Country Club is also available with a Arts and Craft Style Clubhouse (and porch) and a stone bridge over the East Branch of the Ausable River.
Lunch: No lunch is provided. Plan on bringing your own or purchase locally. It is suggested you order ahead of time!
Valley Grocery: Sandwiches across the street.
Noonmark Diner and Ausable Inn, within walking distance, for sit down or take out.
No alcoholic beverages on any of the painting sites, please.
Water: You may fill up your water bottles at the library.
Bathroom: In the Library
Parking: See the map, but preferably along Market Street, and the Market Street large parking lot.
RAIN Instructions: In the event of rain, there are many porches available for you to station your easel. Please ask permission before setting up, if in doubt. The Birch Store is not available during business hours and Noonmark, as well as the Ausable Inn can get very busy, so you might want to consider the Conservancy, the Neighborhood House, Sunny Jim, and the KV Country Club.
KEENE VALLEY LIBRARY ASSOCIATION SEEKS VOLUNTEERS
TO PLAN MULTI-YEAR LOCAL HISTORY PROJECT
KEENE VALLEY, N.Y. (5/18/18) — The Keene Valley Library Association seeks volunteers to participate in 35-minute focus groups as part of the planning process for a community history initiative, “Adirondack Community: Capturing, Retaining, and Communicating the Stories of Who We Are.”
Focus groups will be held at the Keene Library on Tuesday, June 26 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. and at the Keene Valley Library on Thursday, July 5 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. At these meetings, volunteers will help decide categories to organize stories. Suggestions of family, friends, neighbors, and former residents who may be interested in sharing a three-minute story are also welcome.
The KVLA has received a Humanities New York Vision Grant to plan this multi-year project, intended to collect Town of Keene oral histories and related photographs. These will be collected, organized, and made available online at the project’s completion.
“This project will collect the unique history and rich character of our community in the Adirondack Mountain High Peaks,” said Keene Valley Library Director Karen Glass. “This effort will involve the entire community, connect residents more deeply to their home, and provide opportunities to share our stories beyond the valley.”
The Humanities New York grant program is designed to ensure that all New Yorkers may access the tools and experiences of the humanities, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed here do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
To volunteer for the planning process, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer for a focus group or suggest themes, individuals, or stories to include in the project.
About the Keene Valley Library Association
Founded in 1885, the Keene Valley Library provides a circulating collection and acts as a cultural center for the village’s residents and visitors to Upstate New York’s Adirondack Mountains. The library’s mission is to connect people to ideas, experiences, information, and the community in a comfortable, welcoming setting. The library strives to do this by providing adults and children with a collection of current and relevant books, other media, and local Adirondack historical resources, providing an inviting and lively cultural center evolving as the community grows and technology advances. Learn more at keenevalleylibrary.org.
About Humanities New York
The mission of Humanities New York is to strengthen civil society and the bonds of community, using the humanities to foster engaged inquiry and dialogue around social and cultural concerns. Learn more at humanitiesny.org.
Founded in 1885, the Keene Valley Library plays a central role for the Town of Keene and its 1,150 residents, and also services surrounding areas and visitors. We provide a circulating collection and act as a cultural center for the general population, which doubles between May and October each year with the arrival of seasonal residents.
We also act as the library for kindergarten through 6th graders at Keene Central School (KCS), the town’s K–12 public school with 2016–17 enrollment of 171 students. Students go to the library each Wednesday with their classes for library skills training, book and resource borrowing, and other projects (although they can be found in the library every day).
The renovation is a three phase project. In Phase One, already completed, we stabilized the foundation, added windows in the lower level and installed a new heating system, increasing the comfort and energy efficiency of our building. We also renovated the lower level toddler’s room and the archives. In Phase Two, we are beginning to renovate the lower level space for energy efficiency and improved usage and creating a non-fiction area and a Maker-space. We are adding an energy efficient entryway (159 sq. ft.) into the library and enlarging the upper level elementary children’s area (249 sq. ft.), and adding two accessible bathrooms to the main floor. A code compliant and accessible stairway and lift will allow full access to the lower level.
Now, in phase Three, we will build a second story, extending the elevator to the second floor, creating a room to house our special Alpine collection (301 sq. ft) and constructing a community room (640 sq. ft) for meetings, lectures and programs. There will be a study area and storage for chair bringing the second floor to 1,411 sq. ft. The space will be flexible. Chairs can be store to create open space for activities and table and chair can be added for workshops. Around the outside will be electrical outlets for computers and electronic devices.
Before the actual project begins we must empty the back half of the library. So we are boxing 2/3 of all the books and sending them to Madden storage. Here are the beginning photos.
Generally this blog will be pictures of the construction