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November 30, 2012

Exhibit brings artisans of Nepal, India to area

Steve Clorfeine — a poet, potter, world traveler, teacher and Cooperstown High School visiting artist — will exhibit crafts by artisans from Nepal and India in a three-day exhibit. “From Nepal & India to the Taj Garage” will open with a reception from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at 689 Beaver Meadow Road near Cooperstown in the garage gallery. The show continues from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9.

The exhibit will include handcrafted pottery, jewelry, household fabrics and apparel. Items such as brocade bags and jewelry come from tiny shops in Kathmandu, Nepal; meditation objects and shawls from Kashmir; pottery and cloth animal dolls from Jaipur, Rajasthan; and silk and cashmere scarves from Varanasi, India.

A media release said many of the pieces reflect traditions going back millennia, and “All works are selected on site from people I’ve been working with for many years as artists, designers and merchants,” Clorfeine said in the release.

Based in the Hudson Valley, Clorfeine first became interested in the artisans of Nepal and India during a six-month visit to Southeast Asia in the mid-1990s.

The artist’s connection to Cooperstown goes back to the 1980s when he was a designated New York Foundation for the Arts Visiting Artist fellow. Clorfeine, in his role, developed interactive programs for a broad range of backgrounds and ages. He also teaches creative writing workshops in the area, as well as in Switzerland, Germany and India.

The show is free and open to the public. For more information, call (845) 626-3096 or email Clorfeine at goldsun1@earthlink.net.

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