Sunday, April 1, 2012

Silhouette Portrait Reservations for Sittings on June 9 & 10, 9AM - 5PM

The Historical Society of the Town of Warwick is taking reservations for sittings for handmade silhouette portraits by artist Jean Comerford. Sittings will take place 9AM -3PM, Saturday and Sunday, June 9 and 10, at the A.W. Buckbee Center (the former Albert Wisner Public Library), 2 Colonial Avenue, Warwick, NY.

Portraits in Silhouette, based in Hardwick, MA, is a mother-daughter business featuring portraits of famous New Englanders in Yankee magazine each month. Comerford is one of a handful of artists nationwide who continue the folk art tradition popular in the United States and Europe from the late 18th to the mid-19th century.

Dr. Robert Schmick, Executive Director, said “the silhouette portraits done by Ms. Comerford involve a set of very sharp and precise cutting scissors which she uses to snip out a profile of her subject from black paper which is then mounted on white card. What seems most amazing to watch is that through her skill she achieves a likeness in a matter of minutes.”

The cost is $30 per portrait, $10 for copies. For an additional fee, framing is available on site. To schedule silhouette sittings or to obtain information, call (845) 986-3236 or Part of the proceeds from the portraits will benefit the Historical Society and its current Shingle House Restoration Project.

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