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.
Georgia O’Keeffe Inspired Fussed Quilt Project
Stop in the House of Trix any day Monday to Friday this week 9am-12pm
A small kit of Georgia O’Keeffe flower artwork designed by Pat Bayard. Project is a fussed project with no sewing. Directions included so you can do it at home or come to the House of Trix and do it there. Limited supply available. First come – first served. Only $2.00 per project!
Music at Wakonda with Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius & friends
July 24, 2017 7pm
For this event, composer/pianist Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius will be featuring works from her chamber jazz repertoire with a new group called “Red Canna Trio.” The group features Kasius, bassist Bobby Kendall and violinist Mitsuko Suzuki of the Albany Symphony Orchestra. The performance will be held outdoors in front of Wakonda Lodge, where O’Keeffe stayed as a guest over 100 years ago. Red Canna Trio is excited to debut a new piece written by Woodbury-Kasius, inspired by the art and life of O’Keeffe. Lemonade, ice tea and light snacks served. 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)
Georgia O’Keefe Reenactment with Claire Nolan
July 25, 2017 6pm Dinner, 7pm Performance
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!
This event is SOLD OUT
“Lake George Landscape” creating a “study” after Georgia O”Keeffe landscape paintings
Wednesday, July 26, 9am-noon or 2-5pm
Thursday, July 27, 2017 9am-12 noon or 2-5pm
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.
This event is SOLD OUT
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.