What: Contemporary Folk
Where: The Society of Arts and Crafts
175 Newbury Street, Boston
When: February 15-April 13, 2013
Opening reception: February 15, 6-8pm
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10am-6pm
Sunday: closed, Monday: by appointment only
The models of Spindleworks artist Tom Ridlon will be on view in Boston at the Society for Arts and Crafts. Exhibition Gallery Director Fabio Fernandez first saw Tom’s work at Dow Studio in Deer Isle, Maine. Gallery owners and good friends Ellen Weiske and Carol Ann Fer have been exhibiting Spindleworks artists each summer for the past 3 years. Fabio saw Tom’s work there the first year we were represented and it stayed with him. As he brought to reality an idea for a folk art exhibit at the Society Of Arts and Crafts, he knew he wanted Tom’s work to be part of it. Six of his models will be on view alongside 5 other contemporary artists from around the country. The following is taken from the show announcement:
“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.
Spindleworks is thrilled by this opportunity for Tom’s work to reach a greater audience. We have hoped for a chance like this since we met him years ago. Tom will be traveling down to Boston on the Downeaster train to attend the opening reception. We hope if you are in Boston, you might join in the celebration!
the postcard for the exhibit can be found here: Contemporary Folk exhibition announcement