Georgia O’Keeffe Week

Our Georgia O’Keeffe Week is Back! Join us as we celebrate Georgia’s time as a young artist here at Wiawaka. We are a unique and honored location here on Lake George that can provide proof of her early days on Lake George.  This week will be held from July 12th – 16th, 2021.

Stop by the Front Desk if you are interested in seeing Wakonda where Georgia stayed,  the historical marker, signage and the sitting room dedicated to Georgia’s stay here at Wiawaka. Prior Reservations will need to be made as we follow Covid safety protocols.

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!


Movie Night w/ Georgia
July 12, 2021
7:00 pm – 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, season pass and day pass guests. Chairs under the tent will be available.

Georgia Inspired Painting with Patrice
July 13th, 2021
2:00 – 4:00 pm


Patrice Jarvis-Weber is presently coordinator and leader of paint classes for children, families, and adults to help enrich their lives through art. She is a art teacher at World Awareness Childrens Museum. Freelance paint class instructor in multiple area venues.  She has been a Program Planner for the Stony Creek Youth Program and the Stony Creek Free Library Program Coordinator. A Program Coordinator, Gallery Assistant, and Shop Manager at Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council.  She has taught calligraphy, drawing classes, jewelry and clay classes across Warren and Saratoga Counties. Served as a Board of Director for Lake George Arts. For several years Patrice planned art shows, photography contests, Plein Air events and gallery openings for the community. She also gave opportunity for children and adults in her hometown to learn art skills and enjoy hands on crafts. Along with that she has worked in and for local art and educational facilities for over 20 years, leading artistic workshops for adults and children in art centers, libraries, senior centers, and schools. Among them are Saratoga Arts, World Awareness Childrens Museum, Glens Falls YMCA, Lake George Land Conservancy, SUNY Adirondack, BOCES, Double H Ranch, and Girl Scouts of Northeastern NY.

Cost of the workshop is $25
Make it a day pass for $35
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Georgia O’Keeffe Her Art, Her Home
Kate Dudding
July 13th, 2021
7:00pm – 8:00pm

PowerPoint Presentation

Visit Kate’s web site to watch her tell some of her stories.

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Falling Inside Flowers/Intimate Florals Inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe
July 14th, 2021
Natalie Boburka

10:00-12:00 pm ( morning session)
3:00pm -5:00 pm (afternoon session) 
Falling into Flowers picture

Create smooth blended intimate paintings through a combination of  Inspiration, observation, and learning some basic new skills.  Georgia O’Keefe knew how to become intimate with flowers enough to pull us inside them in her paintings.  We’ll follow her lead, and examine her abstract floral paintings for inspiration.  Then we’ll be examining and sketching and photographing flowers close up.  We’ll then use our photos and sketches to create small tempera paintings that focus on composition, intense color contrast, and value changes that pull the viewer in.  Go home with a better understanding of Georgia O’Keefe’s floral pieces, and a collection of sketches, and at least one small painting of your own to treasure.

Natalie Boburka is a recently retired, NYS Certified K-12 Art Teacher with 30 years of teaching experience in the Schenectady City School District teaching all levels, including students with special needs, and Teachers through leading and teaching Professional Developments courses in integrating the Arts into other areas of the Curriculum.  She became certified as an International Baccalaureate Visual Art Teacher and spent her last 5 years successfully and consistently assisting students in achieving credit in this college level two year course.  She has a minor in Art Therapy and is adept at being flexible, adapting materials for individuals, and targeted curriculum development.  She has taught adults of all ages, from preschool to Senior Citizens, in a variety of settings.  She has worked with an enormous variety of materials, due to the differing settings she has worked in and populations she has worked with, from clay to recycled plastic and from colored soap bubbles to oil paint sticks.  She is adept at giving clear instructions that relate to the audience she is addressing.  She integrates strong skill based goals for participants within an engaging and interactive class structure.  She believes in using art history and examples from professional artists as inspiration and connection.  She is excellent at establishing a rapport with students, and making them feel comfortable and valued with confidence to grow.  She also establishes a format for critiques that is safe, comforting, and absolutely constructive for all.

Natalie is currently in her third year as the Education Coordinator for the Athens Cultural Center in Athens, NY. She continues to teach there as well, continuing in her 10th year.  She and her husband, musician Ted Boburka, run Boburka Studios, located in the barn complex of their 1826 brick farmhouse housing art and music workshops, and their private working studios for music and art, as well as gallery space.  They are in the process of completing renovations on two more rooms for more space.

She is a regular exhibitor of her own artwork, currently, primarily in New York.  She has exhibited in galleries from Florida to New York City.  She is a member of the Arts Society of Kingston, Greene County Council of the Arts, Albany Center Art Gallery, The Arts Center of the Capital Region, Saratoga Arts Center, and the Arts School of Columbia County.

Cost for course and materials: $50
Cost for course, materials and day pass: $60

Once upon a Tree

July 15th, 2021
9:30 am – 11:30 am
Instructor: Pam Golden and Deborah Ogden

Once upon a Tree revision

All are welcome! No experience is necessary.

Pam Golden- Artist Bio  
Pam is a professional artist/educator. She works with clay and mixed media. Her sculptures have been exhibeted nationally including First Night/Boston, Artsplosure/Raleigh, the Fuller Museum of Art and South Shore Art Center. Pam’s artwork is included in two books: ART.RAGE.US – The Art and Writing of Women with Breast Cancer and ART and HEALING – Using Expressive Therapies to Heal Your Mind, Body and Spirit by Barbara Ganim.
Her three Birch Women sculptures are permanently installed at Wiawaka Center for Women [] in Lake George, NY.
Pam teaches residencies at schools through Young Audiences of Massachusetts [] creating large-scale community  FRIENDSHIP TREE sculptures.
Deb Ogden -Artist Bio
Deborah Ogden is a graduate of The Art Institute of Boston, Fine Arts Program.
She is  an accomplished visual artist with 35 plus years in the field of Arts and Antiques, Marine Repair and Restoration, and her  Custom Decorative Design Painting Business, Laughing Water Designs.
 Deb has  maintained her own art production as well, using paper collage, mixed media,    graphic design, words, ritual objects and sound.
 Eastern Philosophy,  and Native American Spirituality have informed and inspired much of her work.
She has taught many different art and spiritually based workshops and seminars; hosts drumming and meditation groups, and collaborates with yoga practitioners and musicians with Sacred Sound practices and performances. Her studio is located in Rockland Ma, at the Sandpaper Factory Building.

Cost: $25 includes material fee
Cost: $35 includes workshop, material fee and day pass
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Georgia O’Keeffe Impersonation
Claire Nolan
July 15th, 2021
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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