Miriam (Mirnie) Kashiwa

Miriam (Mirnie) Kashiwa

Old Forge, NY – View Arts is celebrating its founder and Old Forge legend, Miriam (Mirnie) Kashiwa, during the week of February 25th to March 2nd with free admission to its galleries all week.

Also, on Friday March 1st at 1 PM, naturalist Gary Lee will be at View Arts Center sharing stories about Mirnie. Everyone is invited to come and share a story of their own and enjoy cake and coffee.

Mirnie passed away last February shortly before her birthday, which she always celebrated with cake. In honor of her legacy to the community, View would like to continue that tradition.

In 1952, Mirnie, with the help of some key people, started the Central Adirondack Art Show. They hosted the first show in her front yard with paintings from local artists hung on chicken wire strung up with poles cut from saplings. The show is still thriving today, hosted by View.

In 1965, a group of founding members applied to incorporate as The Arts Guild of Old Forge, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Mirnie’s vision has always included bringing the visual and performing arts to everyone. She hoped that all area residents would come enjoy and take advantage of this opportunity.

Today, the Arts Guild of Old Forge, Inc. is known as “View,” a multi-arts center located in a newly designed green building. View offers a full range of arts programming designed to enrich, educate, and inspire everyone from preschool children to adults, beginners to accomplished artists, and new viewers to seasoned museum-goers.

Currently on display in the galleries are wildlife photographs and paintings, as well as bird sculptures. The Eco Gallery is showing an exhibit of wildlife “homes.” Upstairs in the Member’s Gallery are paintings and photographs. View is currently featuring the artistic works of American contemporary realist Allen Blagden, sculptor Al Jordan, and conservation photographer Larry Master.

For more information, please visit ViewArts.org or call (315) 369-6411 ext. 201. View is located at 3273 State Route 28 in Old Forge, New York.