Before Yaddo was founded in Saratoga Springs, Katrina and Spencer Trask built their first artists’ retreat at Wiawaka – an Adirondack lodge known as Wakonda where students from the New York Arts Club held their first retreat. Georgia O’Keeffe (pictured at Wiawaka to the right) was a registered guest-artist in 1908. Below is a photo of the guest book that O’Keeffe is signed in, for Room 18. (First entry).
To commemorate her stay, Wiawaka will be hosting GEORGIA O’KEEFFE WEEK – July 23-28, 2017. Below is a list of events and programs that will be taking place. In addition, our meal offerings will be focused around a cookbook published by O’Keeffe. More events will be added, please check back soon!
July 23, 2017 2pm & 4pm Open House and Tours of Wiawaka
Walking tour of Wiawaka grounds and buildings. Learn about Wiawaka – past, present and future. Visit Georgia’s room in Wakonda and view the exhibit in Wakonda Lodge.
Light refreshments served at Wakonda Lodge. Donations Accepted. No registration required, but please arrive and check in at Fuller House shortly before scheduled tour.
Music at Wakonda with Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius & friends
July 24, 2017 7pm
Enjoy an outdoor concert in front of Wakonda Lodge, Georgia’s residence when she was a visitor at Wiawaka over 100 years ago. Elizabeth will present original compositions (perhaps O’Keeffe inspired) while guests enjoy listening at Wakonda’s natural amphitheater on the shore of Lake George. Lite snacks, iced tea and lemonade will be served. Guests may bring their own beverages of choice.
In case of inclement weather, the concert will take place in our program tent.
Cost: Tickets are $15.00 and can be purchased by calling 518-668-9690 or clicking here. Guests may add dinner for $16 (limited seating)
Elizabeth received her formal musical training at the University of Washington and Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, where she studied ethnomusicology, piano performance and composition with Brazilian pianist Jovino Santos Neto, trombonist Julian Priester and Big Band leader/trumpet player Jim Knapp, as well as with Nigerian Juju musician IK Dairo.
In addition to teaching composition and piano privately, she is a Dance Musician at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs where she plays for modern and improv dance. Prior to that, she was an adjunct professor for 12 years in the Dance Department at Russell Sage College in Troy, NY, where she worked as a dance musician and composer. Her collaborations and accompanying with dancers have also led her to work with the Martha Graham, Mark Morris, Jose Limon, and Doug Varone Companies, and the NYC Ballet, and with Saratoga Springs’ TangoFusion. Listen to Elizabeth: https://soundcloud.com/elizwoodk
Georgia O’Keefe Reenactment with Claire Nolan
July 25, 2017 6pm
Georgia O’Keeffe once walked the grounds at Wiawaka, as a young artist searching for herself. Join Claire Nolan, as she presents, in costume – Georgia. Get a special look at the person and life of Georgia O’Keeffe.
Claire is a storyteller and an historical re-enactor. She tells personal and literary stories as well as folk and fairytales. Telling the story of Georgia O’Keeffe is not only enjoyable for Claire but it combines at least three of her passions: History, stories and the beauty of Lake George!
For registration information, see our Women’s Lecture Series
“Lake George Landscape” creating a “study” after Georgia O”Keeffe landscape paintings
Wednesday, July 26, 9am-noon
Material/Instructor Fee: $30.00…payable to instructor at class time
Thursday, July 27, 2017 9am-12 noon
A Lecture by Erin Coe, Director, The Hyde Collection
Thursday, July 27th 7pm
As the curator of critically-acclaimed exhibition Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George, Erin Coe will examine the seminal influence that Lake George had on the art and life of the pioneering modernist Georgia O’Keeffe. From 1918 to 1934, Lake George served as a rural retreat for the artist and provided the basic material for her art, while evoking the spirit of place that was essential to the development of O’Keeffe’s modern approach to the natural world. In this illustrated lecture, Coe will explore the full range of work and the major themes that marked this formative and productive time in O’Keeffe’s career.
Cost: The lecture is $15 per person. Dinner (limited seating) may be added for $16. Reservations for the lecture and dinner must be made in advance and can be done so by clicking here or calling 518-668-9690. We do expect this program to sell out. Lecture attendees are welcome to stay late for the Lake George fireworks. We have a great view from our dock!
Erin Coe is the Director of The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, NY. Since becoming Director in July 2015, she has focused on her vision of improving the Museum’s accessibility, community engagement, and visitor experience. To this end, she and her staff have transformed The Hyde by implementing renovations to the Museum’s Lobby, including a new admission area, significant upgrades to technology, and the addition of the Whitney-Renz Gallery to provide more space to exhibit works from the permanent collection. Moreover, she secured a major gift of postwar Modern art and is currently implementing plans for an additional gallery dedicated to the exhibition of Modern and Contemporary art that is scheduled to open in June of 2017.
Coe was formerly the Chief Curator of The Hyde, a position she held for fifteen years. During her long tenure, she was responsible for the care, research, interpretation, and growth of the Museum’s permanent collection of European and American art and an active exhibition program. She oversaw the interior restoration of Hyde House, the Museum’s historic building and former home of the founders Louis and Charlotte Hyde. She has organized thirty-eight exhibitions, authored over a dozen publications, and she has juried several regional and national exhibitions.
Coe was the curator of the critically acclaimed exhibition Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George organized by The Hyde Collection in association with the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in 2013. After premiering at The Hyde, the exhibition traveled to the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, and then to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the De Young Museum, where the exhibition closed in 2014. She is the co-author of the exhibition catalogue, which was honored with an Award of Excellence by the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC), and was rated as “one of the best book discoveries of 2013” by The Boston Globe.
Coe serves on the board of the Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Forum for Executive Women of the Capital Region, and on the Advisory Board of American Women Artists. She holds an MA from the University at Albany (SUNY), and has worked on her doctorate in the history of art and architecture at Boston University, where she is currently ABD, PhD. She lives in Glens Falls with her husband, Douglas Cramer, an architect.