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. It was in the Adirondacks that this furniture became incorporated into the decor 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.
View, the Center for Arts and Culture in Old Forge, has announced “A Select Rustic Show” is set to open to the public on Saturday, May 29th. Entering its second year, this exhibition 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.
“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.
An online reception will be held on Wednesday, June 2nd, starting at 5 pm. The online 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. Registration is required and can be completed online.
View is located at 3273 State Route 28 in Old Forge, and is open 10 am to 4 pm Monday-Saturday and noon to 4 pm Sunday. Gallery Admission is free for View Members and $10 for guests. For more information, visit the View website or call (315) 369-6411.
Photo of Beer Nuts Chair by Barry Gregson provided.