'Paintings in Words and Wool' reception scheduled for Friday

HOOSICK FALLS — On Friday, March 9, CiviCure welcomes the community to a reception for the art exhibition and oral history project "Celebrating Our Stories: Paintings in Words and Wool, Honoring Grandma Moses." The reception takes place from 5-7 p.m. in the 5 Main Gallery on the first floor of the historic Wood Block Building for refreshments and to see the creations of participants in three grant-funded workshops held in 2017.

Children, teens, elders and everyone in between made "paintings in wool," which is what Eagle Bridge resident and internationally renowned folk artist Anna Mary Robertson "Grandma" Moses (1860-1961) called her very first artworks, which were sewn with worsted yarn.

The exhibition is the culmination of three public workshops held in May at the Historic Barns of Nipmoose in West Hoosick, and in August at the Hoosick Falls Senior Services Center on Church Street and the Wood Park apartments. The program was led by Hoosick Falls artist and art educator Deb Alter in collaboration with Alexander Ney and contributions made by Aaron Buzzinski and Christine Puza. The oral history aspect was managed by local historian Ken Gottry, a member of the extended family of the internationally renowned folk artist Grandma Moses

CiviCure (Civic and Cultural Restoration) will show these pieces in the 5 Main Gallery, which has recently been renovated following the 2017 purchase of the Wood Block Building at 1-5 Main Street, Hoosick Falls by the community non-profit.

The exhibition will remain on view until March 30. The gallery is accessible from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

This program is made possible by a grant from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by The Arts Council of the Capital Region.


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