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Bill Amedon and Kate List stand by one of Bill-s paintings which depicts the fire tower on Hurricane Mt

ESSEX -- After spending the first four decades in various sites, most of them crowded, the not-for-profit Adirondack Art Association has moved to the spacious Emporium building a short distance from the ferry dock in Essex.

The mission of the Adirondack Art Association (AAA) is to provide interaction between local artists, whether they are adults or students, as well as exposure of their works to the public.

Gallery Director Kate List has an artistic background that includes being an ornamental blacksmith, creating wood sculptures and working with mixed media. She has been involved with other galleries in the U.S. as well as near Florence, Italy.

"Art and life are about having fun!" List joyfully adds while describing her repertoire of leisure activities which include kayaking, hiking and singing.

AAA president Bill Amadon is an artist who works primarily in painting, but has been creative in other media such as photography. Though he yearns for his old darkroom which was destroyed in a fire, Amadon has also turned his talents to digital and computerized images.

Due to more space there will be a gallery store in which local artists who work in pottery, textiles, jewelry, sculpture and other media may sell their creations. The gallery committee will be responsible for accepting or refusing items, thus allowing the AAA "the ability to maintain the integrity its members have come to know and enjoy."

The gallery site was generally referred to by the old timers as "The Old Sherman Store," which sold virtually anything that was needed in the early part of the 19th century. It later became the Williams store which ran in the 1920s, and is now more commonly know as "The Store in Essex" or the "Emporium."

Workshops will be offered which may include painting, watercolor, quilting, basket making, textile design, jewelry and others for which there is an interest. In addition there will be programs catering to youngsters.

The Challenge Show, scheduled for the end of the summer, will feature interpretations in various media of the Emporium building. This people's choice show is intended to celebrate the new gallery by challenging artists to depict the historic structure.

Among the proposed shows for the 2007 season are:

Arts in Education with student art from local schools will run May 25 to June 6.

There will be four summer shows, the contents of which are still being considered. Each exhibit will run about two weeks, with receptions on June 15, July 6, July 27 and Aug. 31 from 6-8 p.m.

For more information, call 963-8309.

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