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Inaugural Arts Festival

Saturday, July 22

Enjoy an imaginative day at the VIC on Saturday July 22! Artists and naturalists have collaborated to create a variety of family-friendly programs and events for the inaugural “Naturally Creative” arts fest. Indoor and outdoor programs are complemented by live music and Adirondack cuisine.

  • Saturday July 22
  • 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, rain or shine
  • All ages
  • We are a non-profit organization supported by students and volunteers. Donations are appreciated!

Workshops and Treks:

  • It’s a Hard-Knock Life for Wildlife:  gain a new perspective on this interpretive naturalist walk. Leader: VIC Certified Interpretive Guide
  • Papermaking for Kids: discover how to transform natural materials from pulp to paper. Instructor: Pat Banker
  • Flower Pounding: learn the simple, traditional technique of transferring flower and leaf pigment to paper or fabric. Experiment with fresh flowers, leaves and grasses, then work on a final nature-inspired design. Your finished project is your workshop souvenir!  Instructor:  Anne Haskell

Self-Guided Activities:

  • Seeing Textures: make your own original rubbing with pencils and crayons.
  • Eco-Pieces: assemble a puzzle of painted wood cookies to depict a painted turtle or great blue heron.
  • Fabulous Fungi: learn how to extract and apply natural dyes, enjoy our Art of Fungi display, and learn about mushrooms! Presenters/Instructors: Adirondack Mycology Club, Tom Huber, Susan Hopkins
  • The Crow’s Nest: make your mark on this unique outdoor art installation. Visitors are encouraged to add to the nest! Artist: Anne Hughes
  • Chimes of Nature: walk the Barnum Brook Trail to focus on nature’s sounds, from the simplicity of rustling leaves to the delicate (and maybe not-so-delicate) notes produced by natural chimes made of native woods. Visitors are encouraged to add to the chimes!
  • Nature’s Loom: contribute to a collaborative artwork that weaves ferns, feathers, birch bark, and other materials into a remarkable textile display.
  • Words of the Woods: experience the VIC trails as never before with poems by Nadine McLaughlin placed in spectacular natural settings.
  • ADK on Film: enjoy videos about the Adirondacks shown in our theater throughout the day.

MUSIC! Ray Agnew and Zane Agnew will be on hand with acoustic guitars in the morning, followed by Joe Dockery and his banjo to keep up the tempo in the afternoon.


Enjoy staff and visitor photos from the PSC VIC!