Georgia O’Keeffe Week

Before Yaddo was founded in Saratoga Springs, Katrina and Spencer Trask built their first artists’ retreat at Amitola – an Adirondack lodge known as Wakonda where students from the Art Students League of New York held their first retreat. Georgia O’Keeffe (pictured at Wiawaka to the right) was a registered guest-artist in 1908. In honor of her stay we have put together a week filled with programs all about Georgia. Be sure to register early and book you stay, last year we sold out every program!



Wiawaka Tours
July 8, 2019  2 & 4 pm

Tours offer visitors the opportunity to learn more about Wiawaka’s cherished history and present programs and services. Come view the beautiful gardens, historic buildings, secluded woodland pathways and beautiful Lake George. Tours are free and open the public Guests who wish to stay on site following the tour must purchase a day pass at the front desk in Fuller House.

Movie Night w/ Georgia
July 8th, 2019
7pm – 8:30 pm
Wiawaka Program Tent
Come enjoy the 2009 Georgia O’Keeffe film in which Joan Allen stars as acclaimed artist Georgia O’Keefe. Smitten with photographer Alfred Stieglitz (Jeremy Irons), O’Keefe is devastated to discover her beloved husband has strayed. A retreat to Taos, New Mexico, however, provided the painter with the inspiration for “The Lawrence Tree,” one of her most famous works. Ed Begley, Jr. and Tyne Daly co-star.
It is free to come enjoy the movie for overnight and day pass guests. Chairs will be available.


Georgia and Ida O’Keeffe
An evening with storyteller, Kate Dudding
July 9th, 2019
7 pm – 8pm
Did you ever wonder why Georgia O’Keeffe painted those huge flowers and the bones in the desert?
Award winning storyteller Kate Dudding will show 25 photographs of Georgia’s paintings while sharing Georgia’s own words about them – a virtual tour by the artist herself.

Then Kate will give a preview of a summer exhibit at The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA – “Ida O’Keeffe: Escaping Georgia’s Shadow.” While Georgia once called her younger sister Ida “the nicest girl I have ever know”, Georgia later grew distant after Ida began exhibiting her paintings. Kate will show some of Ida’s paintings, watercolor, monotypes, and prints in this exhibit.

From Clifton Park, NY, Kate Dudding specializes in true stories about people who made a difference. She has told stories at many venues in the Northeastern US. Many of her five CDS have received national storytelling awards. In 2010, she won the story slam (competition) at the National Storytelling Conference in Los Angeles.

Visit her web site to watch her tell some of her stories.

Tickets are $20 and include dinner. The lecture is $10 without dinner. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling or clicking here. Guests may join us for dinner at 6pm while seats remain. Dinner is $20. Reservations can be made by calling 518-668-9690.

Lake George Reflections, 1923
July 10th, 2019 – 9:30-11:30am or 1:30-4pm
Instructor: Patti Ferrara
New this summer, a different colorful study from Georgia to create!  In her early artists’ career, O’Keeffe painted with watercolors while here at Wiawaka. So, special for the Georgia O’Keeffe week , students will create a watercolor “study” after” Lake George, 1923″. A few simple watercolor brush  techniques will be shown and handling of the brush will be taught. Each student will have fun while learning and will go home with a 9×12″ matted watercolor study of their own. All materials and supplies are provided, so just bring an apron and think Georgia!

Cost to attend: $35 program fee for the class and payable to the instructor.  You must register with the Front Desk in advance. Limited class size, so sign up soon! Purchase a day pass and stay all day. Click here to register. 

Georgia O’Keeffe Impersonation w/ Claire Nolan
July 10th, 2019
7 pm – 8pm

Claire Nolan, a member of the Story Circle of the Capital District a story tellers’ guild located in Upstate NY will return to Wiawaka to present her popular Georgia O’Keeffe presentation. Claire will impersonate Ms. O’Keeffe and take you on a journey into the artist’s life through stories and pictures.

Tickets are $10 and must be purchased in advance by calling 518-668-9690. Guests may join us for dinner at 6pm while seats remain. Dinner is $20.


Victorian Fan Language!
July 11th, 2019 10:00-12:00 noon
Instructor: Pam and Catherine Golden 

Victorian Fan
In this hands-on workshop we will experience the joy of working with fans and what they mean! We will be inspired by the beautiful flower paintings of Georgia O’Keeffe and create our own fan. No experience necessary!

Cost to attend: $10 program fee for class only. Or purchase a day pass and lass for $20.  Click here to register.

July 11th, 2019  9:30-11:30am or 1:30- 3:30pm
Instructor: Patti Ferrara

FlowerIn this workshop, students will create a study of O’Keeffe’s ‘Flower”,  had special meaning to her while living at Lake George. Using watercolors and learning a few brush techniques, students will paint their own study and go home with their  9×12″ matted finished watercolor . All materials and supplies are provided, so bring your hidden talent and think Georgia!

Cost to attend: $35 program fee for class to be paid directly to the instructor. Purchase a day pass and stay all day. You must register with the Front Desk to confirm availability. Overnight guests and Platinum Pass holders may attend for free. To register call 518-668-9690 or click here.

 A Presentation by Lake George Historical Society
July 11th, 2019
7:00 – 8:00 pm
The Lake George Historical Society’s Lisa Adamson will present a presentation on Teri Gay’s research and the book the Historical Society published about O’Keeffe and Stieglitz in Lake George… “Spirit of Presence and Place”. The book “is an overview of our area and how the geography of place impacted the artists, and how their” presence” impacted our history,” said Adamson.

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Fire Works Party – Georgia Style!
July 11th 2019 – 7:30-10pm
Guests will enjoy an evening on the lake celebrating the Georgia O’Keeffe week. The evening will end with a perfect viewing of the Lake George Village fireworks. Guests may join us for dinner at 6pm while seats remain. Dinner is $20. Reservations can be made by calling 518-668-9690 or click here.