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Farm and Field: The Rural Folk Arts of the Catskill Region
An exhibition of rural images, taken by photographer, Benjamin Halpern, was on display at Delaware County Maple Weekends (March 21–23; March 29–30, 2014).

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Farm and Field: The Rural Folk Arts of the Catskill Region
FARM AND FIELD: THE RURAL FOLK ARTS OF THE CATSKILL REGION, will be on display at the Livingston Manor Free Library beginning June 1, 2015. The exhibit, a photographic study in black and white, of local farms and related subjects by Manor native, Benjamin Halpern, will remain up through the end of July 2015.

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Photo by Benjamin Halpern. See Voices 38:1–2: “Sullivan County’s Diehl Homestead Farm
FARM AND FIELD is a collaborative initiative between the New York Folklore Society, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County, and Catskills Folk Connection, to document and showcase the rural folk arts rooted in the agricultural heritage of the Catskill Region of New York State.

The Catskill Region continues to have a strong agricultural identity that has evolved more than three centuries since the arrival of its first pre-Revolutionary settlers. Its dairy industry continues to play a prominent role, but it now shares the spotlight with growers of fine foods and produce to satisfy the palate of local and regional consumers alike. The photographs highlight a variety of interactions between people and their landscape that reflect the ongoing nature of agriculture in Sullivan and Delaware Counties.

The Livingston Manor Free Library is hosting a short program to take place on July 24, beginning at 6:30 p.m., during which Dr. Ellen McHale, Executive Director of the New York Folklore Society and Benjamin Halpern, photographer and curator of the exhibit, will discuss the objectives of their program and answer any questions. The public is invited and light refreshments will be served. Other related programs may also be announced on the Livingston Manor Free Library website

The exhibit will be mounted at the Liberty Public Library from mid-September through late November and will be on display during the Cornell Cooperative Extension Farm Day Event at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, on September 20th. Scheduling, and other information pertaining to the exhibit will be added here when it is available.


The exhibition was previously on display at Delaware County Maple Weekends March 23–23; March 29–30, 2014.

The project has been supported with public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The New York Folklore Society and its programs are funded by the
New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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