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Plein air, and just plain fun!

Plein Air Festival

Through Sunday

Just when you thought our region could not get any more beautiful, The Hyde Collection invited professional artists to paint it! Between now and Sunday, seventeen artists will be painting en plein air — a French term for a style of painting that focuses on the effects of atmosphere and light on an outdoor scene — throughout Glens Falls, Queensbury, Hudson Falls, South Glens Falls, and Lake George as part of The Hyde’s Plein Air Festival. If you see artists painting with The Hyde Plein Air Festival sign, please snap a photo and share it on social media, tagging #hydecollection and #hydepleinair.



Family Fridays

10:30 am Friday, August  9

The Hyde this week offers its final Plein Air Pop-Up with Family Fridays of the summer. Meet the education team outside the Museum at 10:30 am Friday, August 9, to learn about how to create an “en plein air” artwork.

During each session of the four-week series, a different technique has been explored in preparation for the Plein Air Festival and Community Day on Sunday.

Family Fridays is a wonderful art-making activity for all ages! The program is free when children attend with a chaperone. Admission rates apply when visiting the galleries and Museum. (Note: This activity will be canceled in the event of inclement weather.)

Family Fridays is funded, in part, by the Touba Family Foundation and Stewart’s Shops.


The Practice of Plein Air

6 pm Friday, August 9

Join guest juror of the Plein Air Festival and professional artist George Van Hook to learn about how an artist creates a plein air work of art at The Practice of Plein Air at 6 pm Friday, August 9.

George will demonstrate the basic concepts by producing a plein air artwork live. Through discussion, learn how artists begin a plein air artwork by highlighting the importance of composition, brushstroke, and color to capture the essence of a scene.

In case of bad weather, the demonstration will take place inside with a portrait demonstration from a model.

This event is perfect for artists of all experience and skill levels, and community members interested in learning how a plein air artwork is made.

ADMISSION is $5 for members and $8 for non-members.

RSVP by contacting Kayla at 518-792-1761, ext. 310, or [email protected], or by clicking here.

Community Day

Noon to 5 pm Sunday, August 11

The Hyde Collection offers a free day of art-making, tours, live music, and family fun at its annual Community Day from noon to 5 pm Sunday, August 11.

Community Day is open to the public and includes tours of historic Hyde House and current exhibitions; a display of artwork created by seventeen professional artists in the Museum’s Plein Air Festival, which started Wednesday (see above); local artists working on site; live music by The Switch from noon to 2 pm; hands-on art activities for all ages, including a family Art Battle; an extensive book sale; and food for purchase.

Artists from Plein Air Adirondack will also paint on the Museum campus and display their art during Community Day. Hands-on art activities will be available for all levels of artists, too, and include a Family Art Battle. Everyone is invited to pick up a basket of supplies, then venture out to create an artwork for the competition; the winning group receives a family membership to the Museum.

Food will be available for purchase from Samantha’s Cafe and CateringStewart’s Shops, and Plaid Pancake.

Community Day is sponsored by LARACEvents Under Tents, Rocksport, and Plein Air Adirondack.

Plein Air Festival awards are provided by Blick Art MaterialsHolbein Artist MaterialsCheap Joe’s Art StuffSoave Faire Inc., Adirondack Film Festival, and Glens Falls Symphony


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