Open house will celebrate Folk Art Guild's 50 years

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
A view of the Guild from the farmhouse rooftop, looking southeast. All of these buildings have been worked on since 1967

The Rochester Folk Art Guild attains a milestone accomplishment this year, as the group celebrates 50 years as a vibrant and creative crafts community.

The first seven members put down roots on East Hill, Middlesex in 1967. Since that time, hundreds of people have spent time at East Hill Farm, helping the Guild grow and develop into an exceptional school for crafts, and one of the most successful and long-lasting intentional communities in the country.

The Guild’s fine pottery, woodworking, weaving, and other handcrafts have found their way around the world — into museums, galleries, and private collections, even appearing on the table at the White House on different occasions.

The half-century marks a special point in the Guild’s history, and the members are extending a warm welcome to all in the local communities to come share in a day of celebration, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 10.

There will be tours of the studios and East Hill Gallery, chamber music by Ensemble Resonance, and free, light refreshments for all.

Ensemble Resonance is flute, bassoon, and piano, and the three will play Mozart, Nino Rota, and Taylor-Coleridge at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m.

“We are thankful to have great supporters, as well as wonderful neighbors in Middlesex and the surrounding Finger Lakes communities,” says Guild spokesperson David Barnet.