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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 “Folk to Table” Call: Share Your Story!

Do you plant a big garden every year? Do you can or preserve food from that garden—or from foraging or swaps with others in the community—that continues to feed you through to the next season? Do you get bulk crops from a CSA or the Farmer’s Market or other source to preserve?

As part of our 2021 collaboration with community farm littleGrasse Foodworks, we’re looking to learn about how the food we grow helps feed our food traditions. From small kitchen gardens to homestead plots and everything in between—we’d love to hear your stories! Drop us a line at or 315-386-4289 to tell us about your own garden and/or the canning and preserving you do!

Photo Captions: Over the years, Dawn Atkinson (Pierrepont, NY)—community song leader, activity organizer, traditional gardener and home cook, and 2003 TAUNY North Country Heritage Award recipient—would regularly preserve hundreds of jars of vegetables, meat, jams, pickles, and more in a season, all from her farm and garden. 

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.

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

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,, 315-386-4289.



Open Call for Folkstore Purchased Artwork


Call for action! When you purchase an artwork and bring it home, there is an unspoken connection that is built between you and the artist. Periodically, artists mention to us how much they would like to see their work as it looks installed in the homes of purchasers. If you have Folkstore-purchased artwork in your home that looks especially nice in installation, we encourage you to share your photos with our Communications Director, Xiuke Wei at: If you have a story to tell, you can send it along with the photo too! This is an opportunity to support your favorite artists in a different way, while strengthening the bonds between the TAUNY community and local artists. 


Metal wall art by James Gonzales, shared by Alan Hersker.


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 with stories about how you’re getting through this unusual and challenging time, your creative responses to it, how it’s affecting your traditions and day-to-day way of life, or anything else you’d like to share.





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TAUNY's Folkstore sells work from over 200 regional artists, artisans, and producers inspired by and reflecting on North Country traditions.

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Saturday, 10:00 am-4:00 pm

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