Folklife Center - Gallery

George Van Hook painting of the Battenkill

Battenkill Inspired

January 30 to June 30, 2015

The Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library has mounted Battenkill Inspired, a new exhibition on view January to June 30, 2015 in the Folklife Gallery. A reception will take place on Thursday, March 12, 2015, from 5 to 7 pm, followed by the first Live! Folklife Concert of the season, featuring Hot Club of Saratoga at 7 pm in the community room, just off the gallery.

The waters of the Battenkill, flowing from Vermont through southern Washington County to the Hudson River, are the source of inspiration for the art and artifacts showcased in this exhibition.
Curated by Folklife Center director, Todd DeGarmo, Battenkill Inspired showcases the work of contemporary artists, as well as taking a look at the river’s culture: the covered bridges built to cross, the many industries that once drew power from its flow, the lure of Dionondehowa Falls and its pleasure park and the electricity generated for a trolley system, the world-class trout fishing with its own original fly patterns and personalities, the 1960s-70s decorated rafts for a timed float and competition, and current efforts to preserve this valuable resource.

The works of over 25 artists are featured, including paintings and art prints by Stephen Alcorn, Matt Chinian, Elizabeth Cockey, Adriano Manocchia, Harry Orlyk, Leslie Parke, Christopher Pearce, Mark Susinno, Brain Sweetland, Mark Tougias, George Van Hook, E.R. (Eugene) Witten; photography by Ian Creitz, Herbert Eriksson, Clifford Oliver; magazine cover art by Norman Rockwell, John Atherton, Mead Schaeffer; hand-tied fishing flies, hunting & decorative decoys, and a boat by Marc Francato, C.J. Lyttle, Steven Jay Sanford; jewelry, dolls, sculptures and a bridge model by Bonnie Elizabeth Hoag, Caroline Hooke, Serena Kovalosky, Jack Metzger, A.W. (Bob) Rayman, Anita Witten.

In addition many photos & artifacts are on display, loaned from Greenwich Library’s Gill Room, Washington County Fair’s Museum, Shushan Covered Bridge Museum, and private collections.

Watch for a lecture series coming in April, May, June at 2 sites. The Folklife Center’s exhibition and associated programs are made possible by funding from the New York State Council on the Arts-Folk Arts Program, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature.


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