• Exhibition:  Mark Swanberry – Inspiration in Nature – Through June, 2020



May 2020:  20 Folk Artists/20 Days

Where: New York Folklore’s Vimeo page  https://www.facebook.com/New-York-Folklore-76410462500/

“May 2020: 20 Folk Artists/20 Days” amplifies the artistic excellence found within New York’s communities.  This is a program which took place each day in May 2020.  You can see the recorded segments on New York Folklore’s Vimeo Showcase for May 2020.

The initiative showcased the artistic excellence and diversity of traditional arts and culture in New York State. Folk arts and cultural expressions are nurtured and perpetuated within communities. They are shared by those who have common regional affiliations, ethnic heritage, occupations, avocational interests, gender, and many other identifiers of interconnection. Artistic excellence is determined by a shared community aesthetic with innovation occurring within the bounds of the interests and concerns of the shared community.

Coordinating and partnering organizations from throughout New York State included the following:   New York State Fiddlers Hall of Fame, Glow Traditions, Long Island Traditions, Los Pleneros de la 21, Arts Mid-Hudson, Brooklyn Arts Council, Arts Westchester, Center for Traditional Music and Dance, Rochester Institute of Technology, and The Association for Cultural Equity (ACE).  New York Folklore’s programs are made possible through the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The schedule for the series was as follows.  Each show is now archived on New York Folklore’s Vimeo page:

May 1 Jackie Hobbs, Fiddler, North Country
May 4 Leonel Rosario, Mexican Foraged and Seasonal Foods, Western NY
May 5 Bill Crouse, Seneca Allegheny Dance, Western NY
May 6 Veena Chandra, North Indian Sitar, Capital Region
May 7 Chuck Tekula, Fisher Poet and Bayman, Long Island
May 8 Julia del Palacio, Mexican Son Jarocho, NYC
May 11 Leah Koenig, Jewish cooking, NYC
May 12 Julia Gutierrez-Rivera, Bomba & Plena, NYC
May 13 Julia Gutierrez-Rivera, Bomba and Plena, NYC
May 14 Amadou Diallo, Senegalese drumming, Hudson Valley
May 15 Uthpala Eroshan Jayakodi Aarachi, Sri Lankan Dance, NYC
May 18 Sara Milonovich, fiddler, Hudson Valley
May 19 Dmitry Ayurov, Mongolian Horsehead Fiddle, NYC
May 20 Hatice Erbas-Sorkunlu, Turkish Ebru, Finger Lakes
May 21 Tonia Loran and Michael Galban, Haudenosaunee storytelling, Finger Lakes
My 22 Mermaid Garcon and Eddie Jarel Jonesx, ballroom runway artists, Hudson Valley
May 26 Helen Condon, Adirondack Rug Braiding, North Country
May 27 Hadi El Debek, Arabic Music, New York City
May 28 Aziz Peersada and Saboor Aziz, Pakistani Folk Music, NYC
May 29 Johanna Castaneda, Colombian Musician, NYC

2018 Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society

Mark Swanberry

Inspiration in Nature

When: Sunday, January 26, 2020 through early May 31, 2020.

Where: New York Folklore Shop & Gallery, 129 Jay Street, Schenectady NY

Mark Swanberry, a resident of Schoharie County, is a stone mason by trade who creates decorative items from many materials, including stone, copper, and glass.  He draws his inspiration from natural beauty and harmony he sees in the Boreal forest around him and he strives to incorporate the philosophy of Feng Shui in his work.

He has exhibited in the past at the Adirondack Experience at Blue Mountain Lake, Catskills Folk Connection,  and at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. His exhibit in the Gallery of New York Folklore opens on January 26th with a reception from 11:00 – 3:00 and will be on view through May 31, 2020.

New York Folklore is open 10AM to 4PM, Tuesday through Saturday, and 10AM to 2PM Sundays. Please contact us at [email protected], by telephone 518-346-7008, or our contact page.