Summer at the ADKX

What's happening at the ADKX this summer?

Summer is here in the Adirondacks, the lakes are warming up, the campgrounds are open, and summer vacation is beginning. Our favorite ice cream stands are opening, and our favorite attractions are opening bigger and better than last year. 

The Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake opened over Memorial Day weekend. They have an exciting summer planned, but the real excitement is for the grand opening of the new exhibit on July 1! Artists and Inspiration in the Wild is the most comprehensive showing of the museum's art and decorative collections in its history. This permanent exhibit has been 5 years in the making, and the public finally gets to check it out on July 1! 

A sneak peek

Artists & Inspiration in the Wild will feature more than 250 works across four main galleries that illustrate how the four main features of nature in the Adirondacks (water, light, forests, and mountains) impacted the visions of painters, sculptors, and artisans. Throughout the exhibit are interactives such as a ceiling projection, audioscapes, and physical sliders to show day or night and how an artist creates mood, and more. 

During my sneak peek at the museum, I was most intrigued by the studio Barney Bellinger has put together in the exhibit. Visitors can enter the ADKX Art Lab and create their own artwork inspired by the Adirondacks. Barney Bellinger created the space himself, and filled it with objects from his collection. The ADKX Art Lab will also be a great space for workshops and other programs as well. 

An art gallery with glass display cases showcasing ceramics, paintings, and glassware
A museum exhibit with glass cases containing figurines
A workshop with a bench surrounded by stools
Two kids and two adults work on an art project on a wooden work bench

July 1, 2023

Join us for the grand opening celebration of Artists & Inspiration in the Wild on July 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will be a fun-filled day devoted to art and art making, with artists demonstrations, live music, live muralling, sun-printing, and poetry. Don’t miss out - the first 500 visitors will receive a free screen print from the day, available only on July 1! 

Other happenings at the ADKX this summer

This summer, workshops are returning to the ADKX! Glass etching, nail string art, paint programs, and taxidermy training, just to name a few. The Artist-in-Residence program has expanded this season to include the Indigenous Artist-in-Residence program. This will feature 11 Akwesasne Mohawk artists to demonstrate their craft. They will be located in Life in the Adirondacks on select dates through September. The museum will also be hosting Inspired by the Adirondacks Artist-in-Residence program with nine regional artists on campus throughout July and August demonstrating their artistic process. 

A wooden gazebo-style deck on the edge of the water

Outdoor fun

Along with everything new happening at the ADKX, we can’t forget about summer fun outside as well. During your trip to the museum, rent a boat from the ADKX Boathouse and enjoy a paddle on Minnow Pond. Boats range from vintage canoes to traditional guide boats, and rowboats.You can also hike the Minnow Pond Trail, an easy ¾ mile hike for the whole family! If you are looking for a short vigorous hike, check out Blue View Trail for amazing views of Blue Mountain Lake.

Start planning your summer trip to Blue Mountain Lake and the ADKX. The summer season is jam packed at the ADKX with fun events right through into the fall, be sure to check out everything they have going on this season at Find a place to stay, grab a meal, and enjoy your summer vacation!