From left, the Post Family, L. Post Rustics; David Kahn, Executive Director, Adirondack Museum; Paul Lakata, Rustic Artworks
More than 60 talented rustic artisans from across the United States gathered at the Adirondack Museum on September 8 and 9 for the 25th Annual Rustic Furniture Fair. Each year artisans are honored with the Maker's and People's Choice awards. The awards are determined by ballot: the rustic artisans select outstanding work by a peer; Rustic Furniture Fair visitors choose the winner of the People's Choice award.
The Post Family, of L. Post Rustics, Ausable Forks, New York, received the Maker's Choice Award. Award winning Adirondack rustic artisans, the Larry and Joann Post, along with their children, have a passion for designing and building artistic furniture and cabinetry. Their work includes shaping precision cut joinery, incorporating hand painting and carving, and applying twig and bark veneers. This was the fourth year the Post's exhibited at the Rustic Fair. See some of their rustic furniture by visiting www.lpostrustics.com.
Paul Lakata of Rustic Artworks, Johnstown, N.Y. took home the People's Choice Award. Paul has been painting with oils and creating frames in the rustic style for 12 years. His first rustic show was at the Adirondack Museum nine years ago. Until this year, his main focus was oil painting and handmade frames. The "Steam Launch Wine Cabinet" - a popular item at this year's show - was an idea that Paul had for a few years, and after last year's rustic show the decision was made to build it. The goal was to create something different than anything Paul had seen at the shows. The project started a week after last year's show and was completed one week before this year's show. Even though it is a functional wine cabinet, Paul considers it "a piece of artwork" with furniture incorporated in.
The Adirondack Museum, accredited by the American Association of Museums, shares the history and culture of the Adirondack region in 22 exhibits on a 32-acre campus in the Central Adirondacks. The museum is supported in part by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency.
For additional information, visit www.adirondackmuseum.org or call (518) 352-7311.