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Spotlight Artist: Virginia Burnett

Virginia has always been “irresistibly drawn to textiles and to things that sparkle.” As a young girl, she developed an appreciation of handcrafts from watching both of her grandmothers create a variety of beautiful textile art. She took weaving as an independent study in her senior year in college, but ultimately became fascinated with beadwork. Beadwork led to silk dying, and then to Shibori, quilting, embroidery, felting, crocheting and yarn dyeing. 

The TAUNY Folkstore’s collection of Virginia’s work represents both her textile art and bead jewelry. Her “Garden Companion” necklace won first place in Interweave’s Bead Embroidery category for 2023.

Changing Places

Now on Display

The Fiberistas 2024 group slice features two pieces from each artist, called “Changing Places”. Each participating member will be making 1 slice and then a second with a reversal of fabrics as a juxtaposition or a mirror image. The ‘switch’ creates interesting contrast and gives the viewer a new perspective on how a fabric or other material changes the way we view an object or scene. There were no restrictions on size or content so each member has created their own interpretation. This will be the first time anyone has seen this group of quilts as TAUNY always gets to exhibit Fiberista’s exhibits first.

The Fiberistas are a North Country group who explore and expand the boundaries of fiber arts by creating textiles made with both traditional and innovative skills and fibers.

The Fiberistas: Kathy Burns, Donna Hastings, Ann Heidenreich, Sonja Jensen, Melanie Kimbler, Susan McAvoy, Rebecca Muir MacKellar, Adele Lunan Vandenburgh, Leah Zelkowitz




Drank the Gold - March 8th, 7pm

Oona Grady and James Gascoyne play and sing North Atlantic dance tunes and folk songs. Both steeped in music from an early age, they have been performing together since 2015. Their album, Sipped The Silver, simultaneously features Oona's deep Irish fiddle roots; James' compositional talents; and their shared passion for digging deep into traditional music and finding something new to say.

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Jamcrackers - April 12th, 7pm

The dynamic trio, named after river drivers who freed log jams, blends humor, history, and musical spirit in their performances. Dan Berggren, a renowned songwriter, has received prestigious awards and released six recordings.

Peggy Lynn, recognized for her heartfelt singing and songwriting, has been honored as “Adirondack Woman Of The Year” and has released six recordings as well as a book about Adirondack women. Dan Duggan, known for his skill on Hammered Dulcimer and Flat Picking Guitar, has recorded six albums of original compositions and three albums of traditional holiday music. The trio, known for their harmonies and arrangements, has released three CDs of original and traditional songs and tunes.

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Atkinson Family Band

The Atkinsons, a traditional bluegrass band with a unique family vocal dynamic, bring a high-energy stage show and a refreshing mountain sound from the Adirondack foothills. Led by banjo player Dick Atkinson, the band's leader, the group's sound combines bluegrass, Americana, and original material.

Shelene Atkinson on rhythm guitar, Liza Atkinson on vocals, mandolin, and guitar, and Sara Atkinson on bass contribute to the band's rich sound, while the well-known 2003 National Dobro Champion, Dave Bevins, adds his tasteful and inventive dobro playing.

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Upcoming Events with CRNY TAUNY Staff artist Dan Duggan

Nancy Wilder Palmateer Memorial Children’s Workshop: Building a Lap Dulcimer, February 17, 21 and April 12, The TAUNY Center

Intermediate Hammered Dulcimer Workshop with Dan Duggan: Saturday February 17th, 10 am, The TAUNY Center

Hammered Dulcimer I: Beginners Workshop with Dan Duggan: Saturday March 2nd, 10 am, The TAUNY Center

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