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Tramp Art: The Art of Folk Wood Carving

Tramp Art: The Art of Folk Wood Carving

Hagerstown, MD- The exhibition, Tramp Art: The Art of Folk Wood Carving will be on view in the Museum's Fulton Decorative Arts Gallery from September 8 through November 18, 2007. Drawing from the collections of Lewis Allen and Doug Bast, the exhibition will highlight an art form only recently garnering the attention it deserves.
Tramp art can be found in many forms, from ornate frames to notch carved boxes and even full-size furniture pieces. Many of the items that will be displayed are frames of various sizes with levels of detail. Also included in the exhibition, will be intricately notched boxes and a beautiful example of small-scale furniture.
Tramp art has its roots in Eastern and Northern European folk art traditions. Immigrants brought these traditions to America in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries where techniques were refined and new materials led to the development of new styles. Tramp Art was a whittling craft whose form was dictated by the materials available to the artist. The most readily available materials were cigar boxes and crate wood. These materials could be obtained for free, therefore making this an accessible art practice to many people.
Though little is known about the many artists who produced Tramp Art, their amazing abilities to create beauty out of discarded wood lives on through the large body of work still existing today. As scholars increasingly look to Folk Art as a means of examining the evolution of American culture, this exhibit plays an important role in highlighting Tramp Art within this context. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, September 9, 2007 from 2:30pm to 4pm.
Thanks to the generosity of William and Anna Singer, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts opened on September 16, 1931 as the focal point of Hagerstown's beautiful City Park. The Museum specializes in 19th and 20th century American art and holds over 6,000 pieces in its permanent collection. This "crown jewel of Washington County" has been recognized as one of the finest small museums in the United States. The Museum is celebrating its 75th anniversary and offers complimentary studio art courses, lectures, concerts and exhibitions from its permanent collection and traveling shows to the people of Washington County and visitors to the quad-state (MD, PA, VA, WV) region. For more information on the Museum, please phone 301-739-5727 or visit www.wcmfa.org. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9am to 5pm, Saturday from 9am to 4pm and Sunday from 1pm to 5pm.

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