Traditional ‘basketry’ demonstrations Sat. at the Pakatakan Farmers’ Market

Halcottsville — Martha Bremer, a gallery member of the Catskill Mountain Artisans Guild will demonstrate traditional basket weaving and some caning techniques on Saturday, July 17 from 10 a.m.-noon at the Pakatakan Farmers’ Market on Route 30, Halcottsville as part of “Catskill Arts & Air” an open-air arts festival series.

Bremer, a master basket weaver, studied at the Brookfield Craft Institute in Connecticut but has been mostly self-taught for the past 25 years. Her present focus is on traditional and functional styles. She has exhibited in many galleries, exhibitions and stores in New York City and has been teaching basket weaving in schools and community classes for the past two decades. At her business, Briar Creek Studio, she also does furniture restoration, specializing in cane and rush seat weaving work. Martha lives in Otego, with her husband, Charlie.

Next at the market on Saturday, July 24, meet Donald Bouton, a man who has treasured farming as away of life for more than eight decades. Take a tour to the Halcott Grange Hall to hear stories of growing up on a Halcott Center farm in the 1920s and 30s that inspired Donald’s first book, By the Light of the Kerosene Lantern.

The “Catskill Arts & Air” open-air arts series is presented by the Catskill Mountain Artisans Guild in collaboration with the MARK Project with support from numerous local arts and business organizations. Events are free. For more info, visit www.catsguild.org or call 845 586-3443. Funded in part by the Catskill Watershed Corporation and the O’Connor Foundation.

The Pakatakan Farmers’ Market is held rain or shine. The market is located at the historic Round Barn on Route 30 near the Delaware County hamlet of Halcottsville. For more information about the Pakatakan Farmers’ Market, call 845 586-3326 or visit: www.pfmarket.org.