The Lake George Arts Project was established in 1977 to offer comprehensive programs in the arts. Its mission is to provide exposure and income opportunities to professional and emerging artists, and to provide quality arts programming for the residents and visitors of the Lake George region.
Most of our concerts, programs, and gallery shows are FREE and OPEN TO ALL thanks to the generous support of our members, sponsors and partners. We also couldn’t exist without the help of our many volunteers. Please join the LGAP family.
Tanya Tobias-Tomis, Executive Director
Tanya is the newest member of the team, but has close to two decades of non-profit experience, including 5 years at the Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, and 12 years at Saratoga Arts. She sits on a number of Boards, including The Adirondack Folk School, The Hudson River Mill Museum, and the steering committee for the Saratoga County EOC’s Latino Advocacy Program’s Estamos Aqui fundraiser. Tanya lives in Hadley with her husband, their three year old daughter, a feisty Akita mix, Odin, and the sweetest cat in the blueline, Meepers. Before she had a toddler, Tanya enjoyed doing doing yard work, woodworking and gardening. When she has time again, she would love to take up furniture making as a hobby and plans on asking Laura for gardening advice.
Laura Von Rosk, Gallery Director
Laura has been with LGAP for 20 years, overseeing and curating exhibitions at the Courthouse Gallery, and assisting with LGAP’s many fundraising events. Her efforts to increase the visibility of LGAP’s visual art programing has lead to strong partnerships and unique collaborations with regional nonprofits, as well as increased state, foundation and businesses support. Laura is also a practicing artist (www.lauravonrosk.com). Her awards include a NYFA Painting Fellowship; a Pollack-Krasner Grant; and artist residencies throughout the country, including Yaddo, Millay and VCCA. She currently lives in Schroon Lake with her husband and their two dogs, a chihuahua and a border collie mix rescue. When not at LGAP, or in the studio, she is busy keeping bees and striving to be a better gardener.
Kara Massie, Marketing Manager
Kara joined Lake George Arts Project in the spring of 2019, when she was on the hunt for like minded folks in the region. She is passionate about multiplying the efforts of the amazing LGAP team with her promotional and marketing work. She has a varied career, including Lead Producer for several AAA video games, owner of a UK-based graphic design agency, and a secret past in the financial industry, which she only talks about over wine. She has lived in 3 countries, and names her pets after vegetables.
John Strong, Executive Director (retired Jan 2020)
John Strong served as Executive Director from 1981-2020. He’s a member of the (in)famous Stony Creek Band www.stonycreekband.com and has a day (Dec 16) named in honor of him in Lake George Village. John was instrumental in starting the Courthouse Gallery Exhibition Series; curating the Summer Concert Series in Shepard Park; and co-founding the Lake George Jazz Weekend. He was also a ring-leader with many of the Arts Project’s notable fundraisers, including Bands ‘n Beans, Solstice Cruise, and the Black Velvet Art Party.
Our Board of Directors
President, Todd Rehm
Vice President, Jeff Garry
Treasurer, William Green
Secretary, Sandra Culver
Bob Flacke, Jr.
A Bit of History
Originally a Comprehensive Employment Training Act project, the Arts Project’s early years produced the Prospect Mountain Sculpture Show (1979), a major exhibition that attracted national media acclaim; the Summer Concert Series (which continues in Shepard Park during July and August); and numerous community arts workshops, presentations, school programs, and fairs. The end of CETA in 1981 (and the consequent loss of six of the then seven employees) heralded a period of rethinking and rebuilding of programs. A second major outdoor visual arts exhibition, Ice and Air Show, was held in 1983.
In 1984, the Arts Project produced its first annual Jazz Weekend, and moved to a location capable of housing a gallery. The Courthouse Gallery opened in 1985, and marked the Arts Project’s return to year-round arts programming. In 1986, the Arts Project recommenced literary programming with an annual three-month writer-in-residence. Special visual art events have included Riverrun Yes (1988, Dan George); Cross-Wind Tunnel (1991, George Peters), and Birdwatching in Lake George (1999, Jane Ingram Allen). A new Shepard Park stage, with input and fundraising by LGAP was commemorated in 1990. Off-season jazz concerts held at the Hyde Collection’s new facility began in 1991.
The Collectors’ Club subscription to limited edition works of art began in 1992, as did a yearly residency for young visual artists. The Arts Project’s biannual literary review, The Lake George Arts Project Literary Review, was published in late 1993; the second volume came out in the fall of 1995, and a third in 1997. From 1997 Through 2008, jazz patrons John and Marilyn Breyo donated over $200,000 toward performance fees for the Lake George Jazz Weekend. Beginning in 2009 Kenneth and Susan Gruskin have become major supporters of the Jazz Weekend.