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Speedy Arnold to be featured at Keeseville art show

KEESEVILLE A well-known Keeseville man will be headlining the first art show hes ever done in his hometown. George Speedy Arnold III has lived in Keeseville for his entire life. His art show, opening at the Keeseville Free Library 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 10, will be a rare public showing of his sketches and paintings. Arnolds show, entitled Sketching Time, will feature between 20 and 30 of his works, most of which are realistic ink sketches of buildings and scenery. The title comes from the fact that, as Arnold explains, a lot of this is on lost time. One wonders how he could have spare time, however, in between the various other endeavors in which hes involved. In addition to being a talented visual artist, Arnold plays guitar in the local three-piece bluegrass band Three Doug Knight, with friends Doug and Alice Knight. They have been playing together since 1979 and perform frequently in and around the AuSable River valley. Hes also widely known for running his family business in Keeseville, Arnolds Grocery and Likker Lokker, which he has been a part of from a young age. His artwork is always on display there. As if that were not enough, Arnold devotes much of his time to being a school bus driver for AuSable Valley Central School District; something hes done for the past 25 years. Every job Ive ever had, Ive still got. I cant get rid of them, said Arnold, who also serves as tax assessor for the town of AuSable. Despite all this, he still finds time to put into his artwork. Arnold will often carry a sketchbook along with him to sketch his surroundings when theres time to kill. He has filled several thousand pages with drawings in this way, many of which depict local people, places and things. Though sketching and painting has always been, more or less, a hobby for Arnold, hes been able to sell numerous commissioned and non-commissioned works over the past three decades. His artwork has diversified over the years to include illustrations for a childrens book, album covers for his band, and surreal drawings meant to act as visual puns. The art show continues through July 30 at the library and is open to the public. In addition to Arnolds drawings, the exhibit will also feature works from members of the North Country Pottery Guild. For more information, contact the Keeseville Free Library at 834-9054.

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