2012 Year in Review 6-min Slide show VIDEO -also TLC Brochure
Craig Brashear and Rebecca Kelly, dance artists from New York City, as well as homeowners on Silver Lake Road, are leading a project to transform the historic Masons' Lodge, an anchor building in the business district of the hamlet of Au Sable Forks in the Town of Jay, NY, into a new center of creative activity.
Built in 1911 by the Masons, it rises three storeys, located on Route 9N, one of the gateways to the high peaks region of the Adirondacks from the north. The town lies across the fork of the Au Sable River, known for great trout fishing. Now owned by not-for-profit cultural organization, Appleby Foundation, the plan is to renovate and repurpose the building into a center that links the activities of artists, artisans, musicians, actors and dancers, with local businesses for the enrichment of visitors and residents year round.
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Since acquisition in July 2009, a Steering Committee of leaders from upstate and downstate, and a corps of volunteers was formed to support TLC. Local contributions from individuals and area businesses such as Cold Spring Granite, Community Bank, Stewart's,Casella's Waste Systems, and a NYSCA grant, and municipal support have been key. As one of the eligible businesses the Town of Jay awarded TLC a matching grant of $60,000 in 2010 for building improvement, allocated for asbestos abatement (including the removal of 25 windows!) and restoring the glass store front facade. Both tasks were accomplished by December 2010.
“Enlightened entrepreneurs are transforming a former Masons lodge in Au Sable Forks into a multi-use building and activity center containing cultural, community, and ·commercial uses. The project is a superb example of historic building reuse.” Hamlets 3, (2010) Roger Trancik, Fasla, Urban Design Consultants, Ithaca, New York. Hamlets 3 is a public document written for local communities and regional decision-makers to plan for the sustainable growth of hamlets in the Adirondack Park.
The attractive new store front and showroom gallery and gathering place made a dramatic change on Main Street. In 2013 Tea Time Antiques now occupies the ground floor, and the Windows Gallery moved to the renovated 2nd floor for activities in art and education. The basement floor, currently a workshop, is eventually to become available for lease for commercial opportunity, (ideas including artisan workshop, light manufacturing, eatery, or sporting goods are welcome), while the third floor continues renovation for dance and fitness activities, rehearsals, and gatherings. Progress occurs at the rate of funding.
The first cultural activities began in January 2011. The TLC Windows Gallery presented its inaugural solo exhibit by photographer Mark Hobson. Exhibits of works by Arto Monaco, Rockwell Kent, photographer Todd Bissonette, a show of Detroit artists curated by William Dilworth, "Mohawk of the Adirondacks," "and Here Come the Trains, have continued to feature works by local, historical, and visiting artists, and delight visitors and residents. More recently TLC mounted a retrospective photography exhibit of the works of Jeri Wright. Visit the What's Next page and the Windows Gallery page for details. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A note on the Appleby Foundation: Incorporated as a 501(C)3 non-profit in 1979, its mission is to strengthen communities through participation in the arts and to inspire reflection and imagination. A major activity is the Rebecca Kelly Ballet, a contemporary ballet company based in New York City, focused on the creation and professional performances of original ballet, with original programs for youth such as ONSTAGE CAMPS in Lake Placid and Potsdam, and KIDS CO-MOTION. It has brought a variety of programs into many communities in the Adirondacks yearly since 1987.
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