2013 Year in Review 3-min Slide show VIDEO - also TLC Brochure
Craig Brashear and Rebecca Kelly, dance artists from New York City, and homeowners on Silver Lake Road, envision a vibrant cultural and education center in Au Sable Forks in the Town of Jay, NY.
Built in 1911 by the Masons, the Tahawus Center rises three storeys, on Route 9N, one of the routes leading the high peaks region of the Adirondacks from the north. The town lies across the fork of the Ausable River, known for great trout fishing. Now owned by the not-for-profit cultural organization, Appleby Foundation, the plan is to create a center that links the activities of artists, artisans, educators and entrepreneurs with local businesses for the enrichment of visitors and residents.
Since acquisition in July 2009, a Steering Committee was formed of leaders from upstate and downstate, and a corps of volunteers. Local contributions from individuals and area businesses such as Ausable Dental Group, Cold Spring Granite, Community Bank, Stewart's, Casella's Waste Systems, and a NYSCA grant, and municipal support have been key. In 2010 the Town of Jay awarded Tahawus a matching grant of $60,000 for building improvement, allocated for asbestos abatement (including the removal of 25 windows!) and restoring the glass store front facade..
“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.
Today the attractive store front and showroom gallery and gathering place made a dramatic change on Main Street. Tea Time Antiques was the first tenant, 2013-2015. The Windows Gallery moved to the 2nd floor for activities in art and education, the Cloudsplitter Dance Studio opened on the 3rd floor in 2014. The basement floor, currently a workshop, is eventually to become available for commercial lease, (ideas including artisan workshop, light manufacturing, eatery, or sporting goods are welcome),
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, continued to feature works by local, historical, and visiting artists, and to delight visitors and residents. In 2013,TLC mounted a retrospective photography exhibit of the works of Jeri Wright.
Visit the What's Next and Windows Gallery and Wish List pages. email@example.com.
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, based in New York City, focused on the creation and professional performances of original ballet, with dynamic programs for youth such as ONSTAGE CAMPS in Lake Placid (since 1987), and KIDS CO-MOTION.
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