Galleries & Visual Arts

In Lake Placid, the fun doesn’t stop when the sun sets. Yes, there’s a thriving music scene here, and if you know where to look you can get in on the action. The best part is, the music isn't confined to weekends. On any given night you can walk into a bar and hear a local band tearing it up, a traveling band fresh off of an overseas tour, or a world class symphony creating a beautiful soundscape. Here are some venues to get you started, but be sure to keep your ears open while you're in Lake Placid — you never know what you'll come across! Zig Zags Pub This bar has a local feel, and it’s... continue reading
Spring and early summer in the High Peaks Region is packed with events, some on a grand scale.   Blossoming with arts The Lake Placid Center for the Arts has the cultural scene filled with a wide variety of entertaining events. You'll want to see them all, from the ever-popular "The Met: Live in HD" series to any of the live entertainment offerings on this season's packed schedule. For instance on Wednesday, May 4 the LPCA theater goes to the dogs when Olate Dogs of America's Got Talent fame takes the stage. These fluffy fur balls will dazzle you with their amazing tricks. The best part?... continue reading
Drawing you inside... The friendly folks at the Lake Placid Visitors Bureau are waiting to help you plan your inspirational tour of the Adirondacks. What inspires you... waterfalls, wildflowers, wildlife? We can help you find your muse.  Visit us on your way into town, and before you leave to enjoy all the shopping and dining we have to offer, take a tour of the original Olympic Center and the new Conference Center. From murals and drawings, to sculptures and photographs, our spaces feature original pieces by award-winning artists. We think you'll agree our buildings are truly a work of... continue reading
Memory, All Alone In The Moonlight… Artist Parmelee Tolkan, well-known as a Costume Painter both on Broadway and on the Big Screen, has maintained a studio at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts since the early 90s. And, while she and husband actor James Tolkan (Top Gun, Back to the Future) have been living here in Lake Placid full time since 1987, her ties to the area go back much further than that; 2015 will mark 115 years that Parmelee’s family has been summering in Lake Placid.​ Splitting her time between NYC and Lake Placid, she has cultivated a thriving and very successful career as a... continue reading
Keene Valley Library "Bowls for Books"Holiday festivals, fundraisers, and carol fests are around every corner this time of year in the Adirondacks. But tonight I have stumbled into one of the most unusual and fascinating of these at the Keene Valley Library: “Bowls for Books.”It all started with a pottery workshop held here in the library in early November by Carmina Leabres. Carmina is a ceramic artist who lives and works at her studio in Keene on Hurricane Mountain.She is here tonight and explains how she invited beginners to join her at the library for a workshop on hand building bowls and... continue reading
This year run, don't stroll, to the Lake Placid Holiday Village Stroll, now in its sixth year.  With events for both families and adults, the Sixth Annual Holiday Village Stroll will wow you with the number of free events taking place during the three days of the event. Children will delight in visits with Santa, craft-making, ballet, movies and skating, to name a few.  The weekend kicks off with an artists exhibit and celebration at Northwoods Inn on Friday at 5 pm.  Following that will be free crafting making for kids at the Olympic Museum and a FREE skating party at the Herb Brooks... continue reading
Fall colors are bursting forth all over the Adirondacks this week. With the brilliant foliage come scores of visitors in search of the best views of Mother Nature's spectacle.  It's a yearly event that draws big crowds to see the hillsides aflame with color and also to attend the many annual events planned in concert with the fall foliage.  This coming weekend will see nearly 3,000 runners, in teams of up to 12, snaking through the Adirondacks.  From Saratoga Springs, along the Hudson River and Lake Champlain, past Whiteface Mountain and on to Lake Placid, it's a two day, non-stop relay race... continue reading
With August upon us, families will find activities and events in the region numerous enough to keep them busy for weeks!  August seems to be the season of cultural and family-geared events throughout the Adirondacks. If you find yourself in the Lake Placid/High Peaks Region, our other regions are just a short drive away, most an hour or under. This week we’re focused on the cultural scene around the region.Highlighting the arts scene this week, Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) is proud to present “Classical Moves: An Evening of Dance with Members of American Ballet Theatre & Friends... continue reading
The AuSable River Valley boasts of its great fishing streams and rivers and folks come from all over to take a turn casting.But this evening in the town of Keene the fishing scene is front and center in a relatively new gallery space in the Keene Arts building on Route 73. One of the featured artists is a renowned local guide by the name of Rachel Finn and she is here tonight to meet with her fans and folks out to take a look at the gallery space. This is the first time I am meeting Rachel though we have both been in the area for some time and live neighboring towns. She is friendly and down-... continue reading
Few exhibits at LPCA can fill a space quite like the photography of Nancie Battaglia. It is, quite honestly jaw dropping to know that what fills (and I mean literally FILLS) the walls of the gallery is a drop in the bucket of the images Nancie has accumulated in her professional life.Nancie landed in Lake Placid after being hired by the Lake Placid Olympic Organizing Committee as chief still photographer for the 1980 Olympic Winter Games. And she never left. She's covered 10 Olympic Games (8 of them Winter Games) in her 30+ year career, and has been published in uncountable publications from... continue reading


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