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Connecting the Blue Dots: A Live Event with the Fiberistas
May 19th, at 6:30pm (Eastern Time)
The fabulous Fiberistas have been creative this past winter and they have new quilts to share with us. Their latest slice quilt, Connecting the Blue Dots, will be exhibited in the upper level of The TAUNY Center from May 15 through June 19. The exhibit will also feature other quilts made in recent months by members of the group.
The Fiberistas are North Country artists interested in exploring and expanding the boundaries of fiber arts. Using creative and innovative techniques on and with fiber, this group reaches beyond traditional fiber art methods.
We are pleased the Fiberistas will join us for a live event on May 19th, 2021, at 6:30pm, ET. It is always inspiring to spend time with the Fiberistas, learning more about their outstanding projects. Don't miss it!
Zoom Registration here.
There is a $5 suggested donation for this event. Please donate here.
Maple Syrup Production Focus of New TAUNY Video
A new episode of TAUNY’s Traditions of the Season video series was released on April 14. Yancey’s Sugarbush: First Crop of the Year is a 30-minute documentary that features a family-owned sugaring operation in Croghan, NY, that has been in the Yancy family since 1844. Haskell and Jane Yancey, the fourth generation working in the sugarbush, made the most of a short 2021 season, with the help of their children and other seasonal helpers. The video, filmed and produced by TAUNY Communications Director Xiuke Wei, documents the entire process of sugaring, from tapping the trees, gathering sap with horses and tractors, to boiling and canning. Over the years, the Yanceys have resisted pressures to convert entirely to the use of plastic tubing and vacuum pumps for gathering sap, and continue to gather with buckets and horse-drawn tanks as well. Each sugaring season, the Yanceys receive visitors from all around the North Country and beyond. To them, sugaring is a family tradition, and a connection to the community that they have built over the years.
To watch Yancey’s Sugarbush: First Crop of the Year go to https://youtu.be/R2OetBYCy5E Earlier episodes from the Traditions of the Seasons series are also available on TAUNY’s YouTube channel.
Is there a tradition that you carry on, or love seeing happen around you at this time of year, that you'd like to tell us about or see represented in a future video? We'd love to hear about it! Drop us a line at email@example.com.
Folk Arts All Around Us
New Exhibit Showcases Folk Art from Glens Falls Collection
Bald Eagle woodcarving by Alan Hill (Gansevoort, Saratoga County, NY).
The current exhibition at The TAUNY Center is featuring over 120 items from the folk art collection of the Folklife Center at the Crandall Public Library in Glens Falls, NY. Folk Arts All Around Us is open at The TAUNY Center. Curated by Folklife Center Director Todd DeGarmo, who has had primary vision and responsibility for building the collection during his long tenure at the Center, the exhibition is a colorful and varied display that demonstrates DeGarmo's eclectic approach to collecting. Ranging from exquisitely fine wood carvings to bright Papier-mâché festival masks, the selections include items that reflect the rural context in which DeGarmo works, such as a turkey call and hand-knit mittens. Baskets have been a focus of the collection; visitors to the exhibition will see stunning examples. Dolls have also been a focus, and examples representing different cultural backgrounds are included in the exhibition. Folk Arts All Around Us will be on display through October 23. Due to the pandemic, there will not be an opening reception on February 13, but there are plans to schedule a reception with DeGarmo later in the year.
TAUNY's online Exhibit
North Country knits: 2020 Projects. See here.
These knitting friends found a way to keep their weekly gatherings going last summer. Photo courtesy Karen Johnson-Weiner.
A “Grow and Tell Project” Call: Share Your Story!
A Visit to Jane Desotelle’s Garden
We took an off-season garden tour with herbalist Jane Desotelle, whose plant sanctuary is located in the city of Plattsburgh. Enjoy! And be inspired to plan for your own garden in 2021.
TAUNY's Open Call for Personal Collections
Do you or does someone you know have a collection related to folk art and/or traditional life in the North Country? We’d like to hear about it! In 2021, we’ll showcase collections from around our region in a revival of our popular Personal Collections Series. Contact TAUNY Executive Director Jill Breit, firstname.lastname@example.org, 315-386-4289.
A Note on the "Get the Folk Through It" Pandemic Documentation Project
Thanks so much to all who have contributed to the “Get the Folk Through It” Pandemic Documentation Project over the past months! As we move towards spring, we’re diving into new projects, but we continue to be interested in your experience of this ongoing factor in our lives, and we look forward to sharing further community responses down the road. Meanwhile, you can always fill out the survey here or drop us a line at
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