06/22/2012 - Saturday, July 7 and Sunday, July 8 mark the 17th year of the Stagecoach Run Art Festival, which offers locals and visitors alike an intimate look at the work of artists in the studios and homes where the works were made.
On view from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days will be art – and also books – for viewers to browse and to buy from. The festival presents a two day opportunity for seasoned collectors, for those who would like to begin art collecting, and for people simply curious about how art is made. For any onlooker, the festival extends a chance to meet artists in person and to gain insight into why artists make art and what drew them to the mediums they work in.
The festival takes place in the hamlets of Treadwell and Franklin, where visitors follow numbered maps, or break the order to go where it pleases them. Each year, the festival
has offered a wealth of works in various mediums, and this year will no exception. On hand will be oil, egg tempera, and watercolor paintings, as well as wood engravings and lino-cuts. Sulpture, collage and assemblage, etchings, photography, and other works will be represented, as well as books by fine local presses, and one-of-a-kind artists' books. The two day event is a rich and affordable feast of original art and books for buyers and viewers in settings abounding in historical interest and charm.
Those touring will want to combine walking and driving. The villages of Treadwell and Franklin are full of architectural gems, and the surrounding foothills and farmland retain the flavor of their long agricultural past. The stunning natural beauty of these places adds to the pleasure and excitement of the hunt for special finds at the festival. Lodging and dining are available in the area, and the friendly atmosphere of the villages and the festival provide people unfamiliar with the area a chance to make new friends and to acquaint themselves better with the county.
Driving time from Manhattan, New York is three hours. From Binghamton, the drive is one hour, and from Albany, an hour and a half. Utica and Syracuse each lie an hour and a half away. For more information about this year's Stagecoach Run Art Festival, call 607-829-2206.