Adirondack Museum launches "Rustic Tomorrow"

BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE If a maker of Adirondack rustic collaborated with a contemporary world-class architect, what would the final product be? A blend of the past and the future, certainly. A fusion of the traditional and cutting-edge perhaps. The Adirondack Museum at Blue Mountain Lake, will introduce a very special exhibit this season called Rustic Tomorrow. Six modernist and post modernist architects or designers have been paired with prominent Adirondack rustic furniture makers. The results of these collaborations areone-of-a-kind pieces, distinctly futuristic in design, but constructed using traditional time-honored techniques. The goal of the project is to demonstrate the relevance of Adirondack rustic traditions to contemporary life and design. Rustic Tomorrow will be on exhibit at the Adirondack Museum from May 23 through October 19. The exhibition will travel to the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Lake Placid, for a November 7 through December 13 showing, and to the Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute in Utica, from February 14 to April 19, 2009. The six unique pieces that are Rustic Tomorrow will be disayed at D. Wigmore Fine Art, Inc. Gallery in New York City in April 2009. They will be sold at auction to benefit the Adirondack Museum. The Adirondack Museum has the finest collection of historic Adirondack rustic furniture and furnishings, not in private hands, in the country. The museum hosts an annual Rustic Fair in the fall. The fair attracts more than 60 highly skilled rustic craftsmen from all parts of the United States and Canada, and is the largest rustic show in the eastern part of the country. The 21st Annual Rustic Fair is planned for September 5, 6, and 7.

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