September First Friday: Exploring Slate as Craft
The Slate Valley Museum welcomes the public to explore how slate is used creatively in craft at its Free First Friday on September 5 from 7-9 pm. Hilltop Slate, Etched in Stone and the Mohawk Hudson Bonsai Society are slated to participate in the event with displays that highlight their own artistic slate applications.
The Mohawk Hudson Bonsai Society will share an array of Bonsai trees planted on slate slabs that were found on the Mettowee River near the Slate Valley Museum. Visitors can enjoy the display on the museum’s covered outdoor patio, which overlooks the Mettowee.
Hilltop Slate will also provide display that will lead visitors through the process of creating slate fans. These fans are made through a meticulous process of splitting and carving by hand. The practice is a traditional Welsh craft and a specialty of slate workers in Northern Wales. They are typically used as a decorative pieces above fireplace mantles and window sills.
This First Friday is held in conjunction with the museum’s current art exhibition, Slate as Muse, which also highlights how artists throughout the country used slate to inspire their own creative process. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will also be available throughout the evening.
The Mohawk Hudson Bonsai Society was created to allow bonsai enthusiasts from the Capitol region to come together to share their love of bonsai. The club offers instruction for beginners to advanced students and hosts frequent guest Bonsai masters conducting workshops and demonstrations. More information can be found at http://mohawkhudsonbonsai.org/.
Hilltop Slate is located in Granville, NY and is a quarrier and producer of slate for roofing and architectural applications. Those interested can learn more on their website at http://www.hilltopslate.com/.
Etched in stone is located in Granville, NY and is a company that specializes in personalized slate items.