‘A Select Rustic Show’ virtual opening reception tonight


OLD FORGE — Back by popular demand, “A Select Rustic Show” is on display at View. Entering its second year, this exhibition once again brings in some of the top artists in the field to showcase the various forms the rustic-style can take.

Four artists are returning from last year’s exhibit: Michael Ringer, Paul Lakata, Mark Wood, and Jonathan Swartwout. New artists on display this year include: Gary Casagrain, Russ Gleaves, Barry Gregson, Wayne Ignatuk, and Michael Trivieri. 

There will be an online reception on Wednesday, June 2, at 5 p.m. The reception will feature an online exhibition of all the works on display, a digital magazine, a video featuring a few of the rustic artists and more. To join, go online to ViewArts.org/Exhibitions.

At the turn of the 19th Century, “rustic” craftsmen introduced new levels of attention to detail and refinement of expression to the style, moving away from the generally crude and rough look that came before it. And it was in the Adirondacks that this furniture became incorporated into the decor of Great Camps to heighten the overall rustic ambiance.

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.

Today, artists and photographers, architects and furniture makers continue to make creative, and often ingenious, contributions to rustic architecture, furniture, and the overall aesthetic. “A Select Rustic Show” offers a mix of paintings, furniture, and other items that range from the “classic Adirondack rustic” to more modern takes of the style.

Face masks and social distancing are mandatory to enter View. If proof of vaccination is shown at the main desk, masks and social distancing become optional.

View is open 10 a.m.to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Gallery admission is $10, free for View members. For more information call 315-369-6411. 


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