TAUNY (Traditional Arts in Upstate New York) has announced the next Personal Collection Series display, “Guideboat Paddles and More from the Personal Collection of Ted Comstock, Saranac Lake,” opening Saturday, July 8, 2017. The display will be on view at The TAUNY Center through August 19, 2017.
Ted Comstock has been interested in the Adirondack region for most of his life. He was a curator at the former Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake in the 1970s. Comstock is a lifelong student of the region’s history, artifacts, and publications. He established and operated Wildwood Enterprises in Old Forge, NY from 1979 to 1991, a shop where he specialized in regional books, prints, paintings, early photographs, vintage wooden boats, and antiques.
For this display, Comstock will exhibit a collection of full-size vintage guideboat and canoe paddles made in the Adirondacks at different times and places, as well as related items, such as a souvenir paddle blank from Parsons Brothers in Old Forge. The display will also feature supporting illustrative materials.
The TAUNY Center is located at 53 Main Street, Downtown Canton, NY. For more information, visit TAUNY’s website.
Photo: Catalogue from Ted Comstock’s collection, courtesy TAUNY.