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The Gallery of New York Folk Art



The Gallery of New York Folk Art

Folk Art Demonstrations

129 Jay Street, Schenectady, NY ♦ 518/346-7008

Gallery Hours: Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and Sunday hours (May-October) 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (in conjunction with the Schenectady Greenmarket outside City Hall); or by Appointment

The Gallery works to present and preserve traditional arts and crafts “made by hand” in New York State. For further information, contact the New York Folklore Society at (518) 346-7008.

December 9, 11:00 a.m.‘8:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 10, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

The new Downtown Schenectady Holiday Bazaar is 2-day outdoor seasonal marketplace featuring an array of vendors and artisans in heated tents offering original art/photography, quality crafts, holiday decorations and gifts, collectibles, homemade food, wine and beer along with local businesses and food vendors.

The New York Folklore Society will have “Artist in the Gallery“ demonstrations on both days. Saturday will feature Ellen LaQue with a hands-on program to make your own ornament. On Sunday, Beverly Cornelius will demonstration her basketmaking techniques.The “Artist in the Gallery” series is supported by a grant from the Schenectady County Initiative Program. Please plan to stop by!

The bazaar will be a new featured attraction to complement the annual crowds of visitors expected to visit Downtown Schenectady’s City Hall-iday, the Chili Chowdown & Craft Brew Trail, and the Schenectady Greenmarket over this holiday season weekend.

Walt Fleming demonstrated traditional and historic tin smithing. We hosted hooked rugs with Diane Burk, wood carving with Carl Borst, and songs of the season with Stanley Ransom. Xrystya Szyika demonstrated pysanky, a Ukranian and Polish Easter tradition involving the elaborate dyeing of eggs; Rita Chrisjohn-Benson demonstrated Iroquois crafts: Beverley Carhart presented her elaborate woodworking skills; Barry Irving showed his West African drum making techniques; Everett Hartman demonstrated his fine skills at Marquetry (a wood inlaying process); Nefisa Khanshab demonstrated the art of mehendi; and stonecarver Mark Swanberry showed his innovative skills with native Catskill bluestone (see below).

READ more about FOLK ARTISTS seen and heard in the Gallery.
Artist in the Gallery: Bob Bernardi Saturday, December 12, 2015, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Come meet and chat with Bob Bernardi

Bob Bernardi, a woodturner/woodworker of Altamont, NY has worked with wood for many years, making bookshelves, carving, and doing some turnings, mostly family items. In 1999, he joined the Northeastern Woodworkers Association and became a member of one of its special interest groups, the Adirondack Woodturners Association. He is also a member of the Old Country Guild of Woodturners and a member of the national American Association of Woodturners. Bob turns a variety of items: tops, ornaments, key fobs, shawl pins, food stirrers, jewelry dishes, and bowls. He uses local woods for the most part and relishes the fact that New York State has a great selection of “hardwoods.”

Mark SwanberryStone and Copper Artist Mark Swanberry
Featured in the Gallery of New York Folk Artists

The New York Folklore Society featured stone and copper artist, Mark Swanberry. Mark Swanberry is a stone mason and stone carver from West Fulton, Schoharie County who has most recently begun to incorporate copper into his work. Mark has been carving bluestone for at least twenty years and his work is known throughout the Mohawk Valley. He has taught stone carving for the Lake Placid Center for the Arts and has conducted workshops for both children and adults throughout the region. In 2010, he presented his work at the Albany Institute for History and Art as part of a collaborative folk arts program with the New York Folklore Society and the Albany Institute for History and Art. His work, including bird baths, carved bas relief, stone lanterns, and other small pieces, is featured in the New York Folklore Society Gallery.


The New York Folklore Society is pleased to announce a presentation by
Carol Lukovich in our Gallery
Sunday, March 29, 2015 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Gallery of New York Folklore and Traditions, 129 Jay Street Schenectady, NY

Ms. Lukovich will be demonstrating the making of baskets and decorations woven from pine needles, as part of the New York Folklore Society’s “Artist in the Gallery” series.

A tradition from the southern United States originating with Seminoles in Florida, Carol innovates the traditional art through designing and creating pottery inserts for many of her baskets. Carol explains, “Pottery is my addition which would not be in traditional baskets.” Carol has been exhibiting and selling her baskets at the Gallery of New York Artists at the New York Folklore Society since 2013. Also available is the Gallery is the book Pine Needles to Baskets and Other Things, edited by Ms. Lukovich, which includes instructions, suggestions and examples for creating beautiful and durable baskets and other items.Ms. Lukovich resides in Vestal, New York.

New York Folklore Society’s “Artist in the Gallery” series is supported by Schenectady County Initiative Program.

Bernardo Domingo and son Ben
Bernard Domingo and his son, Ben, demonstrated the technique of creating beaded creatures at the 19th Annual Kids’ Arts Festival on the Jay Street pedestrian mall.

SEE PHOTOS from the Kids ArtsFest in Schenectady


Barry Irving demonstrates his African drum making skills
Artist and musician Barry Irving demonstrating his skills at making and playing West African drums at the New York Folklore Society’s Gallery of New York Traditions.

Blacksmith Sarah Crowther demonstrating her folk art
Blacksmith Sarah Crowther, whose husband Dan is also a metalworker, demonstrated as a husband and wife team their unique skills at the Gallery of New York Traditions to a sizeable crowd.

Everett Hartmann explains the art of marquetry.
Edward Hartman explains the art of marquetry to Beverly Johnson.

Brooklyn gourd artist Cheryl Thomas demonstrated and sold her small rattles, gourd seeds, and small shekeres at the June 2015 Kids’ Art Fest in Schenectady, outside of the NYFS Gallery.

The gallery is made possible with the generous support of the William Gundry Broughton Charitable Foundation.

The New York Folklore Society and its Gallery of New York Traditions hosts folk art demonstrations at the Gallery at 129 Jay Street, with support in part by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and the Schenectady County Initiative Program of the Schenectady Planning Department.


NEW YORK FOLKLORE SOCIETY ♦ 129 Jay Street ♦ Schenectady, NY 12305 ♦ 518.346.7008 ♦ Fax 518.346.6617 ♦ nyfs@nyfolklore.org