Caroga Historical Museum opening reception scheduled

Sculptor Anthony Garner under his work. (Photo submitted)

CAROGA — The Caroga Historical Association and Museum continues its 42nd season with an opening reception on Aug. 1, for an exhibit featuring painter and printer George Dirolf and sculptor Anthony Garner.

The free reception will be held at the museum, 145 London Bridge Road, from 7 to 9 p.m. with light refreshments and beverages available.

The museum complex, which includes the exhibit space, is open every Thursday through Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. No admission is charged, but donations are always welcomed.

The two artists’ work will be on display from Aug. 1 to 25. These rotating art exhibits pay homage to Caroga’s historic connection to the arts and the time when in the first half of the 20th century the town of Caroga and Canada Lake in particular, was the summer retreat for a number of noted artists and writers. Now each year, the museum mounts two exhibits by current artists connected to the region.

Dirolf has pursued a lifelong career in the arts, first as an undergraduate student at Sage College Albany and then at Buffalo State College. There he was introduced to woodcuts and wood engraving by Frank Eckmair. Relief printing became a lifelong passion.

He taught art for 27 years at Bethlehem High School, all the while pursuing and showing his own art, often with the Oakroom Artists, a membership-by-invitation artist association in the Albany area.

Dirolf is also a member of the Wood Engravers Network and has won awards for his prints and drawings in local and national shows. He draws his inspiration from New York’s natural beauty. He has completed hikes of the 46 ADK high peaks, the New York fire tower mountains and the Northville-Lake Placid trail. Currently his is working on the Catskill 35s.

Garner is a sculptor and architect living in Troy. Mr. Garner was raised on a dairy farm near Cobleskill, grew up hiking and camping throughout the Adirondacks and has longtime family camp connections in the Caroga Lake area. The Adirondacks and other upstate natural areas have been a source for both materials and for artistic inspiration in his work. Material sources range from dying Elm trees and purpose-harvested Cherry to odd and interesting cutoffs from defunct logging staging sites to salvaged beams and other building components. Some of Garner’s sculptured images are quite literal, as with the guide boat; while others are more figurative, or evocative, as with Flight. All are open to interpretation by the viewer.

By Josh Bovee

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