For more information about the exhibit, "Folk Art in Wood", visit Catskills Folk Connection's FaceBook page and for free reservations (required) call Hanford Mills Museum 607-2785744.
Friday, August 21, 2020
Tuesday, August 11, 2020
If clicking the link does not work, try selecting it and copying it into a new search window for your browser - where URLs usually go. Hit enter and you should go to Youtube directly to the video.
If you still can't see it or encounter any other problems, please notify Ginny Scheer, at email@example.com or 607-326-4206. Also, let us know what you think of folklore interviews like this one.
Thursday, August 6, 2020
RESOURCES ABOUT THE 1921 GREENWOOD MASSACRE IN TULSA
WEBSITES AND LINKS:
1.Greenwood Cultural Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma
2. John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation, Tulsa, Oklahoma
3. June, 2020, 60 Minutes Program about the Greenwood Massacre
Article and link to video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yA8t8PW-OkAÂ 60 minutes episode
4. What a White-Supremacist Coup Looks Like by Caleb Crain
April 27 2020 New Yorker Article about 1898 Wilmington, NC race riot:
5. "Tulsa Race Riot: A Report by the Oklahoma Commission to Study the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921”
The report on the Tulsa race riot to the Oklahoma legislature, ordered in 1997. 200 pages with photos. Can be obtained from Wikipedia, in footnote 2 under Tulsa Reparations Coalition
6. Oral History accounts by survivors and their descendants.
Easiest access to examples can be found at the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation (jhfcenter.org) under Curriculum Resources.
7. Scott Ellsworth, 1982, Death in a Promised Land: The Tulsa Race Riot of 1921.
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
In his own words, Chris Carey describes his life in music, how he got started, his development as a musician, and what it is like to play for Catskills square dances. Click the link below. It will go to DropBox then without further clicking to the video until you see and click the "play" arrow in the center of the screen..
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If the link does not work after a few tries, please inform Catskills Folk Connection by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, or call Ginny Scheer at 607-3326-4206.
Enjoy getting to know Chris Carey. Later there will be an on-line demonstration of Chris and his banjos.
Sunday, June 21, 2020
Tuesday, June 2, 2020
Ken's contribution to the exhibit "Folk Art in Wood", to take place in September, is neither metal nor bondo. By chance, I had my cell phone when I encountered Chub at the convenience store and somehow the conversation came around to the whistle stick. He quickly retrieved one from his truck and demonstrated it for me. [Please forgive my un-huhs and clucks during the recording!] The wood carving - notches taken out of edges of a square "dowel"- is a technique that characterizes some folk creations called "tramp art" that are often included in exhibitions of Outsider Art. In the whistle stick the notches are more functional than artistic. Watch the video and see if you can detect what makes the propeller turn. Then watch again to see what makes it reverse direction. Can you hear the whistle that happens at the same time?
The folk process is usually assumed to be oral transmission from one generation to the next. But in the case of the whistle stick it seems to be from one adult male to another. Perhaps this is just a happen-so, because another wood skill Freddy Hammond knew - making a whistle from striped maple bark - Joe had already learned as a child from Ralph Felter Sr., a carpenter who was working at Joe's Dad's farm. And still in the generational pattern, Joe remembers showing his kids how to make striped maple whistles. He realizes now that he needs to show his grandchildren how to make and use whistle sticks, passing on both the creation and mystery.
Ginny Scheer, Folklorist, Catskills Folk Connection
Monday, June 1, 2020
A new bi-weekly feature
Creator of Pictures in Wood
Kira makes pictures in wood using a woodburner. The varying textures and wood tones look like layers of different wood, but instead come from choices of tips for the woodburner. “There is no layering... if you touch one of the pictures you will feel the indentations – some of them deeper than others - [of] the pen – it’s not really a pen but the woodburner – burning itself into the wood.”
She uses color on a few of her works, but most of them are in the colors of the wood itself. For the natural colored ones she uses "... different tips ... it looks almost like a pen, and the tip is different. And the one I use has different wires on it and some of them make better .. curves, some may shade better. … I have a tendency to use the same one that I like over and over again ..."
Kira is inspired by her mother who was an accomplished artist in pencil and watercolor. As she found her creative spirit grow Kira tried many different media, settling on wood-burned pictures, supported by her husband who clear coats the pictures, builds frames and encourages her with select tools. Kira is clear that doing art is her time for herself, for her self-expression. Nevertheless, she participates in a few craft shows each year where she sells her work.
You will be able to view some of Kira's creations this September at Catskills Folk Connection's exhibit, "Folk Art in Wood" at Hanford Mills Museum. It will run through September and end with the Museum's Woodsmen's Festival in early October. Should we not be able to present the exhibit for in-person viewing, there will be an on-line exhibit at Catskills Folk Connection's new website, now being designed.