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Early American Decorative Arts

In direct contrast with the solo exhibit of mostly abstract paintings and photographs by Mary C. Roth on view in the Mindy Ross Gallery, the "Artists of Excellence" series of exhibits starts off 2018 with an exhibit of decorative arts in the glass vitrine cases in the Foyer of the Mindy Ross Gallery. The Central New York Chapter of the Historical Society of Early American Decoration [HSEAD] is represented by four of its members whose works are precise reproductions of early 1800’s techniques in painted tinware in country and pontypool styles, stenciling, theorem, free hand bronze, pen work, and reverse glass. "The Past Comes Alive" exhibit is not only an art viewing; it is also a history experience.

Members of HSEAD honor the legacy of this historical art form by practicing these techniques and sharing them through exhibitions, instruction, and several well-researched books. Early American Decoration art pieces were actually beautiful functional objects that were made by talented people to be used in the households of ordinary people. Works on display in this show

include tin trunks and boxes, coffee pots, trays, glass panels and looking glasses, a bellows, a floor cloth, and a tinsmith peddled cart made by Anne Dimock, Linda Mason, Charlie Gruman, and Mary C. Roth.

"The Past Comes Alive" is on view through March 9, Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., plus during the reception on Last Saturday, Jan. 27 from 3 to 5:30 p.m. The show and reception are free and open to the public.

Free, secure parking is available in Kaplan Hall parking garage entered at 73 First St. Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at (845) 341-4891/9386 or

Information is available through the website at

Event date, time and location.

Dorothy Szefc
Cultural Affairs