Magazine honors Linda Lefko

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
Linda Lefko

Linda Carter Lefko of Penn Yan won the highest award as a traditional artisan in this year’s Directory of Traditional American Crafts, and her work is showcased in the latest issue of Early American Life magazine.

She ranks top in her field, according to a panel of national experts convened by the magazine. The experts—curators from such prestigious institutions as the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Hancock Shaker Village, Kent State University, National Council on History Education, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Old Sturbridge Village, Southern Highland Craft Guild, Strawbery Banke Museum, and Winterthur Museum as well as antiques dealers, independent scholars, and professional instructors—selected the top craftspeople working with traditional tools and techniques for the magazine’s 26th annual Directory of Traditional American Crafts. Lefko’s handcrafted framed art shows mastery of the art form, heritage techniques, and workmanship, according to the judges.

The Directory of Traditional American Crafts is a special listing that appears in the August 2011 issue of Early American Life, a national magazine focusing on architecture, decorative arts, period style, and social history from colonial times through the mid-19th Century. The Directory has been used for the past two decades by curators at living history museums, owners of traditional homes, and motion picture producers for finding artisans to make period-appropriate furnishings and accessories for displays, collections, and use.

To hold book signing

Lefko has co-authored a book on the folk art murals of Rufus Porter and his followers.  She will be signing copies of the book from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 25 at Longs’ Cards &?Books on Main Street in Penn Yan.

Enjoy over 250 pages of folk art murals of Rufus Porter and his followers.  Folk Art Murals of the Rufus Porter School: New England Landscapes, 1825-1845 provides information on identification, preservation and creation of historic murals and will be a treasure for anyone who enjoys New England landscape mural paintings.

Here is the long awaited update of research on the Rufus Porter Landscape Mural School, greatly expanding the knowledge and understanding of this uniquely American folk art field of the 1820s to 1840s. The text provides detailed documentation never seen before in print. The book takes the reader on a virtual tour of Porter School murals in the New England states, presenting and analyzing more than 400 colorful images, which will provide inspiration for historians, researchers, designers, and painters alike.

Lefko is  known for her research, classes and lectures on various topics such as historic watercolors, school girl arts, love tokens, wall murals, and theorem painting. She is co-author of The Art of Theorem Painting, and serves as an advisor to the Rufus Porter Museum in Bridgton, Maine and continues her research into painted walls in New Hampshire. Lefko’s work can be seen at

Cover artwork from Linda Lefko's book