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Contemporary Folk at The Society of Arts and Crafts
February 15 - April 13, 2013
Reception: Friday, February 15th 6-8pm
"Folk art is, indeed, the oldest of all the aristocracies of thought, and because it refuses what is passing and trivial, the merely clever and pretty, as certainly as the vulgar and insincere, and because it has gathered itself into the simplest and most unforgettable thoughts of the generations, it is the soil where all great art is rooted."
W. B. Yeats
Folk art draws its power from its directness, honesty and ingenuity. This exhibition brings together six contemporary American makers whose work has variously been described as folk art, outsider art, or visionary art. Half of this talented group includes individuals with no formal art training and half hold graduate degrees in the field of art. What binds them is that they are compelled to use their hands, hearts and minds to make work of great spirit and visceral interest.
Exhibiting artists include:
More About Society of Arts and Crafts
The Society of Arts and Crafts is the country's oldest non-profit arts and crafts organization. Its work tends to focus on handmade items usually made of wood, glass or ceramics. There is a "retail" gallery on the first floor (items available for sale) and an exhibition gallery on the second floor.
There are four exhibitions scheduled throughout the year, although not all focused specifically on arts and crafts. The retail gallery hosts the work of more than 300 artists and includes scarves, earrings, ceramics, bowls, gift items and exhibition-related artwork. In-store discounts are given to those who join the Society as members. Additionally, the Society hosts an off-site Crafts Boston festival each December, featuring the work of many contemporary craft artists.