We're in transition! That means we are coming to YOU this summer. All of this is made possible with thanks to you and our partners including John Brown Lives!, The Deers Head Inn, Keene Arts, Wild Work Farm, Birds & Muses, North Country Community College, and many, many friends and neighbors. We'll be in Keene, Elizabethtown, Lake Placid, Saranac Lake and even Sicily!
JULY 11 - AUGUST 3
GALLERY OPENING CELEBRATION THURSDAY, JULY 11TH // 6 pm
Curated by Mary Barringer
Gathering is a month-long exhibit and interactive events series in celebration of Craigardan's first two years, and in support of its future.
Held in partnership with Keene Arts, the gallery will feature select works from more than twenty artists who are associated with, or influenced by their time at Craigardan. Live music, hands-on pottery lessons, and art yard sales will take place throughout the month. Join us each Thursday evening at 6pm for free food and pottery pairings to sample small bites of local flavors served up on functional art. Find dates, times, and more specifics online.
Gathering will run from July 11th through August 4th at Keene Arts, 10881 Rt 73 // Keene, NY 12942. The Gallery is open Thursdays 4-8, Fridays 12-6, Saturdays and Sundays 10-5.
Farming While Black
THURSDAY, JULY 27TH // 6 pm
BOOK TALK + FARM TO TABLE DINNER
With Leah Penniman
Join John Brown Lives! and Craigardan as we explore issues of food justice with Leah Penniman, founding co-director of Soul Fire Farm and author of Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land.
This benefit event will be held at the historic John Brown Farm in Lake Placid, NY. Guests are invited to visit the farm and concurrent Dreaming of Timbuctoo exhibition, and engage in rich conversation while enjoying a delicious seasonally inspired meal prepared with local ingredients by Craigardan’s chef, Luke Ayres.
A limited number of scholarship and farmer tickets are available.
Saturday, September 7 // 4-9pm
DINNER IN THE FIELD
(Location to be announced!)
On Saturday, September 7th guests will gather for a two-part culinary and artistic celebration plusthe unveiling of Craigardan's new campus and future plans.
Join us for a two-hour community cocktail, followed by four courses of exceptional farm food, outstanding art and fabulous company. Tickets can be purchased for the cocktail portion only, or for the entire event.
The evening also includes a gallery exhibition featuring artist-in-residence Hedy Yang, and a silent auction of art and fine craft. Post-feast, guests will take home the handmade tableware made by this year's Harvest Plate artist-in-residence, Kathy Irwin.
This year's event will honor Janelle Schwartz, a Craigardan board member, active community member and the founder of Hamilton College’s Adirondack Program. Janelle serves as the program's director, teaching and working to build a vibrant and cooperative living-learning community between students and faculty, the High Peaks region and the Adirondacks at large.
We hope you'll join us! All proceeds from the annual benefit event support artist residencies and educational programming. Craigardan is a community-supported nonprofit organization.
Writers Workshops with Craigardan + Birds and Muses
BOOKGARDAN: GROW YOUR BOOK
October 21-28, plus a year's sustenance for writers
WRITING THE SENSES
Both week-long workshops will take place at a luxury estate in Elizabethtown. Staffed, supported and catered by Craigardan and facilitated by Kate Moses, these refined, expert retreats will reinvigorate your writing process and cater to your creative needs.
Bookgardan. Grow your book project to its fullest flowering in Bookgardan's year-long program of intense one-on-one literary mentorship and online group workshops, bracketed by two fall workshops with an intimate community of fellow writers at Craigardan.
Writing the Senses. Vivid sensory details are the universal currency of all forms of creative writing, and yet we can be surprisingly unaware of the impact of our senses in our daily experience, let alone in our creative lives. This week-long workshop’s goal is to reignite our sensory awareness through an in-depth, hands-on exploration of each of the five senses.
CRAIGARDAN IN SICILY?
YES! October 7-21
Save the date! We are partnering with James Beard Award winner Giovanna Tornabene of Gangivecchio and TaraMarie Perri of the Perri Institute to bring you a gastronomic and artistic retreat that explores agricultural, cultural, and spiritual connections at a 14th century monastery nestled in the mountains of Sicily. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to express immediate interest and keep an eye out for future announcements.