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Personal Collection Column
 Meaningful Mementoes: Tourist Art from the Collection
of Varick & Judy Chittenden
June 26 - July 24, 2021
TAUNY's Personal Collection series features all kinds of objects that people in the North Country collect. The next exhibit in the series will feature folk art from the collection of TAUNY founder Varick Chittenden and his wife Judy. Meaningful Mementoes: Tourist Art from the Collection of Varick & Judy Chittenden will be on display in the upper level gallery of The TAUNY Center June 26 - July 24. The exhibit will feature dozens of pieces that the Chittendens have acquired as reminders of their travels.
Photo Caption: Carving of a shepherd and his flock by Louise Ortega. Photo courtesy of Varick Chittenden.

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.




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.

If you are not able to visit us in person just yet, watch the videos below to enjoy the exhibition and the stories behind some of the pieces.
Walk through Folk Arts All Around Us Exhibition with Curator Todd DeGarmo
A Walk through the Folk Arts All Around Us Exhibition
Folk Arts All Around Us Exhibition Virtual Event: A Discussion with Curator Todd DeGarmo
Folk Arts All Around Us Exhibition Virtual Event: A Discussion with Curator Todd DeGarmo


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.

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.


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