ESSEX — Though only moving a few doors up the road from the old firehouse, the Adirondack Art Association sports a new look in its new 2,756-square-foot home.
“The new place is very encouraging for many reasons,” gallery director Janice Koenig said. “It is a place where we anticipate being able to expand our community outreach because we can use it at any time of year, open it for special events and offer the space to artists to come and work, stay, or teach. We can also host performing artists, music, poetry and even small theater pieces.
The Art Association, founded in 1963, features the diverse work of more than 50 professional and amateur artists from four Adirondack counties. Genres include watercolors, oils, acrylics, pastels, photography, pottery, glass, jewelry, sculpture and woodwork.
During the current season, there will also be poetry readings and musical events.
“We offer an intimate venue for the community, and we’re looking forward to seeing what ideas our members and others come up with to engage in this beautiful space,” Koenig said.
Approximately a hundred gallery-goers turned out on the inaugural night, and according to Koenig, many have visited since.
The new facility has a kitchen to prepare simple meals that are brought for events. There are three bathrooms, an improvement over the previous gallery, which had none, as well as heat that will allow it to extend its season.
AAA hopes to find a way to purchase the house.
“What a wonderful spot we have and how lucky we were to get it,” Koenig said. “The (Adirondack Art Association) has struggled at times over our 50-year history with finding suitable quarters. Affordable space has become a big problem in this tiny town, with many seasonal businesses unable to afford the overhead of rent in such a short tourist season. As a nonprofit with a mandate to encourage art in the local community, through workshops and providing a non-juried gallery for members, we may finally be able to grow this organization by having a real home base.”