The Upper Jay Art Center (UJAC) was founded by Scott and Byron Renderer in 2005 as a place to enjoy music, theater, and visual art. In 2008, it incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and, with a wink and a nod the brothers, upholsterers by trade, named the performance space the Recovery Lounge. Over the past decade, the Lounge has become an essential gathering place in the Ausable River valley, bringing an eclectic array of professional musicians to this rural corner of the northeast Adirondacks throughout the year and staging plays by classic and contemporary playwrights, acted by an ever expanding troupe of local talent. UJAC also hosts play and poetry readings, performance art, dance, and art exhibits. All events are affordable and many are free. Guests can expect a relaxed environment with warm acoustics, comfortable vintage furniture, and a diverse audience of all ages.

UJAC shares space with Upper Jay Upholstery (and, occasionally, with the East Branch of the Ausable River) in a former Ford assembly plant and showroom on Route 9N at the heart of Upper Jay. Built in 1920, the building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2013.

Board of Directors

Casey Galligan, President
Lisa Bramen-French, Vice President
Frank Pagano, Treasurer
Peter Hahn, Secretary

Eric Klotzko

Tim Robinson

Eliana Godoy

Caitlin Kelly

Susan Doolittle

Brian LaVallee

Chris Radey

Artistic Director

Scott Renderer

Advisory Board

Jim Bernard

Ted Cornell

Elizabeth Davidson

Sam Fisk

Jim Herman

Greg Jeffers

Stephen Longmire

Dan Mason

Dave Mason

Bear Miller

Roger Mitchell

Debbie Rice

Peter Seward

Martha Pritchard Spear

Annie Stoltie

Martha Swan

Chase Twichell

Peg Wilson

Sue Young

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