Traditional Arts in Upstate New York. Traditional Arts of Upstate New York
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Canton, NY 13617
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Wool and Water
New exhibit in the upper level gallery, September 8 - 25, 2021
Brought to us by Scientist Michale Glennon, Wool and Water is a data art project that blends fiber art with scientific data to create visual representations of changing water quality conditions in the Adirondacks.

In association with the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, the Paul Smith’s College Adirondack Watershed Institute has embarked on a collaborative fiber arts project supported by the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership to showcase the legacy of protecting clean water in the Lake Champlain Basin and beyond. 

Michale Glennon serves as the Science Director for AWI. She has conducted ecological research in the Adirondack Park for more than two decades and has been knitting for almost four decades. This exhibit will open on September 8 and close on September 25, 2021. 
Photo caption: Dissolved Oxygen Mat, a representation of the dissolved oxygen profile from June – November 2017 in the South Basin of Upper Saranac Lake, made by Michale Glennon.

Data from Laxson et al. 2018, State of the Lake Report, Upper Saranac Lake, see here.
Improvised pattern by using the free online resource Stitch Fiddle, see here, to convert the bottom right image in Figure 5 to a stitch pattern. It was then knitted and felted by hand.
Email Michale at, find her on Ravelry and Instagram at mjglenno, and watch AWI on social media for information about the project!

2022 Exhibition - Hornbeck Boats
In 1971, Peter Hornbeck, Olmstedville, NY, started making small boats in his shop when he was on break from his job as an elementary school teacher. Inspired by Canton's 19th century boatmaker J. Henry Rushton, Peter aimed to make small, light boats that would allow paddlers to explore the small ponds, streams, and backwaters of the Adirondacks. In the 1990s, with the partnership of his wife Ann, that interest in boats became a full-time occupation. Hornbeck Boats became the epicenter of a vital and growing community of recreational paddlers, assuring Hornbeck's place in the history of small craft.

Peter died in December 2020, leaving the company he founded in the capable hands of his son-in-law. To honor Peter's work and his influence on recreation in the Adirondacks, TAUNY Executive Director Jill Breit and boat historian Hallie Bond are teaming up to develop an exhibit that will open at The TAUNY Center in 2022. We'd love to hear from people who have and love Hornbeck boats and hear stories of your adventures in them. Please contact Jill,, with photos and any stories you have to share.

Photo Caption: Peter's friend and former neighbor Dan Berggren spends most of his time in his Hornbeck boat on a chain of small quiet ponds near his home.

TAUNY turns 35 this year! In honor of this occasion, we’ll bring you our 35@35 series, featuring highlights from TAUNY’s history.

From the very beginning, we’ve loved developing exhibits at TAUNY. Through exhibits, we’ve been able to share so many wonderful people and places in our North Country. Here’s our list of 35 favorite exhibits from the past!

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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