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The Gallery of New York Folk Art



The Gallery of New York Folk Art

Mark Swanberry

Mark Swanberry of West Fulton, Schoharie County, has been carving stone for over seventeen years. Self-taught, Mark began his career as a stone mason by building dry walls and learning the principles of construction through trial and error and observation. It was only after learning to carve stone that Mark discovered that his great-grandfather had also been a stone mason and had crafted the stone retaining wall on Middleburgh’s River Street.

Mark Swanberry
Mark Swanberry, demonstrating dry wall construction and other stonework during an artist’s residency at the Schoharie River Center, Esperance, NY. Photo by Ellen McHale.
Mark is a traditional artist who works primarily with copper and stone, creating art big and small, from copper candlesticks, wall hangings, hand-pounded bowls, to bas-relief stone carvings, birdbaths, and fireplaces. He draws his inspiration from the beauty and harmony that he sees in the boreal forest and strives to incorporate the philosophy of feng shui in his work. Many of his smaller pieces can be purchased in our Gallery at 129 Jay Street, Schenectady, NY, or online.

clockStone and Copper Lantern
Stone clock and stone and copper lantern. At top: Stone book with mirror.

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The gallery is made possible with the generous support of the William Gundry Broughton Charitable Foundation.

Stone Angel
Stone Angel

Copper and Glass Ornament

Copper Candlestick Holder

Birch Vase with Copper Accents

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