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A barnful of arts and crafts

DIAMOND POINT A group of artists is putting on an end of summer event in an old barn in Diamond Point.

Ruth and Mark Ward have spent the last three years restoring their two 19th century barns, one of which was a carriage house, and are now ready to use one for art exhibits. On Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 25 and 26, Ruth Ward, Betsy Krebs, Stephanie Taylor, Charlene Leary, Helga Grobel, Jacqueline Touba, and Debi Tong Gray will show their work inside the Wards barn from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Mark Ward said the property has been in his family since the 1940s, and the barns date back to around 1820.

A lot of places around here were given to veterans of the War of 1812, he said. We believe the barns were built around then. He said that one of the buildings had been in such bad shape that it almost blew over, and that was almost 40 years ago.

Ruth Ward described her art as taking normal objects and transforming them into art.

Everything is potential raw material for Ruth, Mark said. She has several pairs of shoes mounted on a log at the entrance of the property, and has several paintings on birch bark.

Taylor, who lives in Bethesda, Md., is a jeweler. She and her husband spent three years in South Africa in the mid 1990s while he was the Southern Africa Bureau Chief for The Washington Post. She apprenticed in jewelry making while there and began doing it professionally when she returned. She met Ruth Ward when they both exhibited their work in the same gallery in the Washington, D.C., area. The Wards live in near the capital, and spend their summers in Diamond Point.

Leary creates wearable art, doing weaving, painting on her cloth and other work with textiles. She met Ruth last summer at a Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council (LARAC) event.

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