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Labor Day Trunk Show: Nepal & India Crafts
For immediate release Contact Sydney Waller firstname.lastname@example.org Aug. 31, 2020 Labor Day ‘Taj Garage’ Trunk Show: Finery & Crafts from Nepal & India
Cooperstown — The Art Garage will present a new version of the holiday ‘Taj Garage’ event on Labor Day Weekend, Sunday September 6 and Monday Sept 7, 11am-5pm. World traveler/teacher and Visiting Artist, Steve Clorfeine, and his wife, pianist Jenny Bates, will bring in crafts by artisans from Nepal and India to 689 Beaver Meadow Road, Cooperstown. Admission is free. Browsers will find a rich array of handcrafted items, many reflecting traditions going back millennia, including pottery, jewelry, household fabrics and shawls from hand-blocked cottons to lavish silks and wool-silk blends as well as Buddhist objects.
“All works were selected on site from people I’ve been working with for many years as artists, designers, or merchants, noted Clorfeine, who selected the offerings for this annual show: jewelry from tiny shops in Kathmandu; Buddhist objects; scarves and ‘paisley’ shawls made in Kashmir; the famous Neerja blue pottery made cottage-industry style in villages in Jaipur, Rajasthan; and “the incredible colors of weavers’ silk and cashmere scarves from the famous covered bazaar in Varanasi, India.”
Clorfeine will also be unveiling items from his last pilgrimage to Nepal since its horrific earthquakes, and will informally share those experiences throughout the event. He first became interested in the rich array of artisans’ creations following a six-month stay in Southeast Asia in the mid-1990s. Through 2018, he returned annually with his wife Jenny Bates as part of their Buddhist journey of faith. They regularly visit artists and vendors, who have become good friends, in Boudha and Patan, Kathmandu, and in India. “Because this is not a retail business, the mark-ups on our goods are between wholesale and retail prices,” Clorfeine explained. Clorfeine’s connection to Cooperstown started in the 1980s when he was a New York Foundation for the Arts Visiting Artist Fellow. Eager to bring Clorfeine to Cooperstown, Sydney Waller, then a co-founding director of the non-profit art space, Gallery 53 Artworks, established a community-wide cultural collaboration, supported in part by UCCCA’s Arts in Education program (Oneonta). During the weeklong community residency, Clorfeine developed interactive programs for a broad range of ages: from high school to preschools (Art Farm and Head Start). He established a friendship with drama teacher, Mary Jo Merk, high school English teacher Nick Alicino, enrichment program coordinator, Mary Marx — and arts advocate, Sydney Waller. He returns annually — almost ever since — to teach his acclaimed creative-writing workshops, now working closely with English teacher, Rebecca Burk-Sciallo. To this day Clorfeine also teaches in Switzerland, Germany, Morocco and India — as well as Cooperstown.
For further information please contact Sydney Waller at FB/LeArtGarageCooperstown, text 315-941-9607 or call 607-547-5327.