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Folk art exhibit at Bay School gallery

The exhibit “Contemporary Folk Art” is on display through April 26 in the Art Speaks Gallery at the Bay School Community Arts Center on Main Street in Mathews.

The concept for the show revolves around folk art that has been recently created by participating artists, said a press release. A total of 14 artists are exhibiting, with their work consisting of hanging pieces, wood and metal sculpture, jewelry, pottery, furniture, and paper-mache.

Folk art can include a wide range of subject matter and styles, said the release. Unlike other genres that can be easily identified by a particular style or time period, folk art is very broad and can be difficult to define. The term “folk art” typically refers to textiles made in 17th century North America, but can include art that has been created by native cultures.

Traditional folk art from the past that is now considered antique includes such pieces as weathervanes, carved figurines, painted game boards, quilts, and other whimsical ob...

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