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On the Bright Side

June 30, 2014

Stagecoach Run to highlight artists' work

Fine art and crafts, including a 22-foot scale replica of the Eiffel Tower, will be on display Saturday and Sunday in the Treadwell area during the 19th annual Stagecoach Run Art Festival.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, the public is invited to tour more than 55 artists’ studios and galleries, presenting a mixture of fine art and crafts. The tour is free; maps are available, and participants are marked with bright yellow sandwich boards. 

The Stagecoach Run Art Festival gets its name from a time when stagecoaches were pulled through Treadwell by horses or mules from New York City to Unadilla, and back. The “run” took a couple of days and included stops along the way, with many travelers spending the night in Treadwell.

Today’s “run” offers a glimpse into the studios of professional and internationally known artists. Works on display will include paintings, watercolors, ceramics, frames, jewelry, egg tempera paintings, metal sculpture, lithographs, wood working, installations, and more. 

Artist and musician John Morton will display his Eiffel Tower replica, along with photographs, giclee prints, drawings and gouaches, at his studio at 410 East Jackson Hill Road. 

“The Eiffel Tower has always impressed me,” said Morton, who sports a tattoo of the famous tower on his arm. “I’ve studied the tower’s history and traveled to Paris to see it a few times.” 

Morton’s tower is built from bamboo, cleaned with chlorine, covered with clear paint and held together with copper lash. A similar replica built by Morton stands in the Artpark in Lewiston. 

Sculptor Stefanie Rocknak, who was awarded monies to sculpt a life-sized figure of Benjamin Franklin to be placed in a park in Boston, will display her work at Bear Hill Farm on Platner Brook Road. The work of Elizabeth Nields, and Marcus Villagran will also be on display, including wood, stoneware, clay sculpture, pottery and Majolica ceramics. 

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