Until the late 19th century, Americans decorated their homes with paintings, furniture and decorative pieces by regional artists, most of whom were largely untrained. Communities like the Pennsylvania Germans celebrated their European roots with boldly colorful folk art produced by farmer craftspeople and characterized by elaborate motifs of birds and flowers. A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America, the final major exhibition of the year at the Hyde Museum in Glens Falls, running from Oct. 8 to Dec. 31, celebrates the nation’s folk art traditions in the era before the rise of the professionally trained artist. The exhibit features more than 60 colorful and creative works made by self-taught artists and artisans, including still lifes, landscapes, portraits, sculptures and distinctive examples of decorative art.
The Hyde Collection is open on Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Closed Monday. General admission is $12, $10 for seniors. Free for members, children under 12, students and active military. For more information, visit hydecollection.org or call (518) 792-1761.