Painter and snow sculptor Jerry Merrill and woodcarver Eric Scott are highlighted in our latest feature exhibit “Olde World and New World,” which exhibit opens Friday, April 28, 2017, and is on display from April 25 through May 20, 2017.
Jerry (New World) has been involved with the NCAC/North Country Artists Guild for over 40 years, as well as the Arts Association of Northern New York (AANNY) in Sackets Harbor art gallery since its beginning. Painting and drawing provide him challenges and relaxation, and snow sculpting around the world for 28 years has expanded his art.
He was also featured in a snow scuplting NNY Living article in 2015 along with his collaborator Klaus Ebeling.
One of Jerry’s many observations from his decades of traveling, “Artists around the world, whatever their medium, are interesting people and fun to be around.”
Army veteran Eric began woodcarving as both a hobby as well as a way to help with wartime post-traumatic stress disorder. The inspirations for his carvings and carving brand, Yggdrasil Carvings, are Norse and Viking in nature, reflecting his Scandinavian ancestry. In Norse mythology, Yggdrasil is the tree of life, a sacred ash tree that resides in Asgard, the home of Norse gods and goddesses.
All of his figures are hand-carved, using a knife, as opposed to a saw, and use a variety of stains and finishes. Eric is also a member of the Arts On The Square artists’ co-op.
Light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served at the opening. The event is free and open to the public with a $5 suggested donation.