‘A Select Rustic Show’ on display at View

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OLD FORGE — Heading into its third year, ‘A Select Rustic Show’ is now open and will be on display through July 10 at View.

Artists, photographers, architects, and furniture makers continue to make creative and often ingenious contributions to rustic architecture, furniture, and the rustic aesthetic.

This year’s participating rustic artists include Steve Bowers, Wayne Ignutuk, Paul Lakata, Chris Mays and Tracie Doerner, Rick and Denise Pratt, Michael Ringer, Jeannie Ridgeway, Jonathan Swartwout, and Mark Wood.

Adirondack rustic furniture marked a change in the way rustic furniture was made and looked in the last decades of the 19th century. Before it, rustic furniture was generally crude and rough, meant only for a short life in the outdoors. Adirondack craftsmen between the 1870s and the 1920s introduced new levels of attention to detail and refinement of expression. And, it was in the Adirondacks, that the furniture was incorporated into furnishings of Great Camps to heighten the overall rustic ambience.

Tables and cabinets were clad with sheets of white birch bark or with elaborate and inventive geometric patterns of twigs or sticks. Beds and chairs were made of peeled or unpeeled spruce or cedar, or white or yellow birch with the bark still attached.

Root, trunk, branch, twig, bark, pinecone, and leaf were all used singly or in combination to create and adorn this furniture. The best rustic furniture was one of a kind, and according to the few experts in the field, the best of that was made in the Adirondacks.

View is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free for View members and $10 for guests.

View is located at 3273 Route 28. To learn more about View programming, visit ViewArts.org, or call 315-369-6411.

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