Farm and Field:The Rural Folk Arts of the Catskill Region
Photography by Benjamin Halpern
A photographic study in black and white, FARM AND FIELD: THE RURAL FOLK ARTS OF THE CATSKILL REGION,will be on display at the New York Folklore Society, 129 Jay Street, Schenectady beginning March 3, 2017.
The photographs of local farms and related subjects by photojournalist Benjamin Halpern is a collaborative initiative among the New York Folklore Society, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County, and Catskill Folk Connection, to document and showcase the rural folk arts rooted in the agricultural heritage of New York State. New York’s dairy industry continues to play a prominent role, but it now shares the spotlight with growers of fine foods and produce to satisfying the palate of local and regional consumers alike. The photographs highlight a variety of interactions between people and their landscape that reflect the ongoing nature of agriculture in rural Upstate New York, and will be on display at the New York Folklore Society through Memorial Day weekend.
An informal “opening reception” and curator’s talk took place Sunday, March 5th, between noon and 2:00, at the New York Folklore Society, 129 Jay Street, Schenectady. Benjamin Halpern, photographer, and curator of the exhibit, discussed the objectives of his photo-documentation and answer any questions. The public is invited and light refreshments will be served.
All programs are free. New York Folklore Society is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. Funding for this project made possible in part by a grant from the Schenectady County Legislature through its County Initiative Program.
The Gallery of New York Artists at the New York Folklore Society is a consignment folk art gallery that provides a sales outlet for folk arts from New York State. Over 65 folk and traditional artists are represented in the gallery. This includes Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) beadworkers and basketmakers, wood carvers, quilters and other fiber artists, stone carvers, and furniture makers.
We also carry hard-to-find books of regional interest and audio recordings of folk and traditional music.
Located in an airy and light-filled storefront on historic Jay Street in Schenectady, we offer a wide variety of woodcarving, quilts, decoys, Iroquois handicrafts, handwoven baskets, historic tinware, Amish furniture and quilted wallhangings, and books and CDs of regional significance among many other items related to New York State.
Please take the time to come visit with us and peruse journals of New York Folklore dating back to its inception in 1945, and our many other publications.
Along with selling affordable traditional art, the gallery also provides educational material about the artists and their artistic traditions, which serve to enlighten the public about various cultural communities around New York State.
Artist Demonstrations are made possible with a grant from the Schenectady County Initiative Program of the Schenectady County Planning Department.
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Many North Country residents have enjoyed a day at the Saratoga racetrack, where the spectacle is the excitement of the race and the fancy dress of the spectators. Folklorist Ellen McHale has spent years behind the scenes at the Saratoga and Belmont racetracks, getting to know the workers who care for the horses, out of the public’s sight. What she found was a tight-knit community, whose love for the animals in their care is the basis for a rich occupational culture. That research is the subject of an exhibit now on display at The TAUNY Center. The exhibit consists of photos, quotes from the workers featured presented in English and Spanish, and artifacts from the backstretch.
The exhibit will remain on display July through early November. Curator and NYFS Director Ellen McHale will be at TAUNY on December 5 to sign books.
21st Annual Kids’ Arts Festival — June 6, 2015
When: Sat, Jun 6, 2015 | 12:00 pm. to 4:00 p.m. Where: Jay Street Outside of Schenectady City Hall, and Jay Street Mall (Rain Location: Inside City Hall) Cost: FREE ADMISSION
The 21st Annual Kids’ Arts Festival on June 6, 2015, included FREE, hands-on arts activities for pre-school and school age children to enjoy!
New York Folklore Society hosted Brooklyn gourd artist Cheryl Thomas, who demonstrated and sold her small rattles, gourd seeds, and small shekeres.
The kids loved the live entertainment, including puppets, music, dancing and wandering street performers throughout the day.
With free admission to this fun-filled kids’ event, it was a great way to introduce the little ones to the arts.
The gallery is made possible with the generous support of the William Gundry Broughton Charitable Foundation
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.”
SEE "Railroad Phaintings! on Schenectady Today with K.O. Wilson
Mr. Wilson’s photographs are taken at remote locations along hundreds of miles of railroad tracks. Unique beyond the generally unseen view of Mr. Wilson’s work is vibrancy that is post-mainstream photography. He employs shooting in low-light conditions, directly into the sun, and upon colorless landscapes.
Gallery of New York Artists at the New York Folklore Society
129 Jay Street Schenectady, NY 12305
A selection of model trains of various scales will also be on display during Mr. Wilson’s exhibit. The model trains are provided by the Mohawk Valley Model Railroad Company, 2037 Hamburg St., Schenectady.
September 27 through October 24, 2015
Meet the Artist:
Sunday October 4, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Free to the Public
The New York Folklore Society’s “Artist in the Gallery” series is supported by Schenectady County Initiative Program
See Executive Director Ellen McHale on Schenectady Today, February 25, 2014.
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.