Madison County Historical Society offers stencil workshop

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ONEIDA — The public is invited to learn to stencil their own early American style Placemat with the artist Charlie Gruman at the Madison County Historical Society’s Heritage Handicrafts Stencil Workshop on Saturday, July 24, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The art of stenciling in America gained popularity in the 1700s and 1800s. Stencils were used to brighten the walls, doors, floors, and furniture throughout the home. Participants will learn and practice skills using stencils and acrylic paints, gaining a life-long art skill to create stencil artwork beyond the workshop setting.

Madison County Historical Society’s Heritage Handicrafts Stencil Workshop is part of a series of leisure arts workshops designed to engage and involve participants in Fine Arts and Crafts activities common in the 19th century, with a focus on making cultural connections to creative pastimes, which are still relevant today.

The Madison County Historical Society is collaborating with the Historical Society of Early American Decoration member artists who will be leading a series of workshops at the Madison County Historical Society. HSEAD is a not-for-profit national organization whose mission is to perpetuate and expand the unique skills and knowledge of Early American Decoration through educational workshops, research, publishing, and exhibitions.

Charlie Gruman is an associate member of the Historical Society of Early American Decoration and promises to make this workshop fun and interesting. Gruman lives in Ithaca and has been painting floor cloths for many years using these stenciling techniques.

The Stencil workshop will be held at the Madison County Historical Society located at 435 Main St. The cost for the workshop is $30, $25 for Madison County Historical Society members. All materials will be provided. This workshop is for adults and children aged 13 years and up. Space is limited to 15 participants and registration is required.

To register for the workshop, contact the Madison County Historical Society at 315-363-4136, or history@mchs1900.org, or www.mchs1900.org.

This workshop will be presented in accordance with applicable public health requirements as of the date of the event, affecting capacity, attendance prerequisites, procedures, and other preventative measures.

Prepackaged, single-serve, light refreshments will be offered. The Madison County Historical Society is a nonprofit organization that operates both a museum and the Mary King Research Library located at 435 Main St. The society continues to preserve, collect, promote, and exhibit the history of Madison County and its fifteen towns and one city through the development of programs that enhance Madison County’s heritage.

The historical society’s headquarters are housed in an 1849 Gothic Revival Villa that is listed on the State and National Registry of Historic Places. To learn more about the Historical Society of Early American Decoration, visit their website at www.hsead.org.

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