Arkville — Bluestone walls. Bluestone benches. Bluestone sidewalks, patios, facades. Catskill Mountain Bluestone has been an important resource and export for more than a century. As a functional building resource, there’s nothing like it. As a medium for artists, it’s exquisite.
A new show opened on April 13 and continues through June 7. Rsidents and visitors will get to see the creative response of folk artists to natural resources of the Catskills and see the results in a wide variety of artistic works when Catskills Folk Connection and the Catskill Center team up to open an exhibit of two extraordinary folk carvers in stone.
New York State artists Mark Swanberry of Fulton and Richard McCormack of Schoharie, will exhibit examples of bluestone carving, including works that combine stone with other media such as copper or the artist’s own acrylic landscape paintings.
The exhibit opened in the Erpf Gallery at the Arkville based Catskill Center of Conservation and Development with an artists’ reception on April 13.
“Its a contemporary legend that folk artists are not sophisticated and don’t know the value of what they create,” says Catskills Folk Connection’s folklorist, Ginny Scheer. “These two artists know their bluestone resource. They know how to fabricate items that fulfill their artistic vision and they know how to market their work.” The result is an exhibit that gathers carved stone objects, large and small, where you can see them together, perhaps for the first time, and learn about the stone carving process.
After opening day, the exhibit will run through June 7. More information is available at catskillsfolkconnection. blogspot.com or by contacting Ginny Scheer, Folklorist, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 607.326.4206.