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May 23 in Andover: The Lost Art of Sentimental Hairwork


Presentation at the Allegany Historical Society in Andover on May 23rd at 6:30 pm

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Join Susan Doran on her journey as an artist in the 2024 Rural and Traditional Arts Fellowship. Susan will be holding presentations titled “The Lost Art of Sentimental Hairwork,” where you can learn more about this art form. Crafted meticulously from human hair, Victorian Hair Wreaths showcase elaborate designs, intricately twisted or braided to evoke the beauty of floral arrangements (photo shown is from the Wellsville Historical Society donated by the Mather Homestead).

Working from the historic Belvidere Cornerstone, a Carpenter Gothic structure dating back to 1860 and proudly listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Susan will be immersed in the craftsmanship of the Victorian era. This iconic structure provides an inspiring backdrop for fostering community involvement through the creation of this artwork, which will be titled “Community Unity Wreath.”

After the presentation in Andover, if you wish, you’ll have the opportunity to contribute to the project by donating a lock of hair. Each lock symbolizes an individual, but when interwoven together, they will form a showpiece representing the community.

The presentation will be held at the Allegany County Historical Society, 11 East Greenwood Street, Andover, NY on Thursday, May 23rd at 6:30 pm. For more information and a schedule of future presentations, please visit the website, or follow the Belvidere Cornerstone on Facebook and Instagram.

Funding for this project is made possible with support from the New York State Council on the Arts with support from the Governor’s Office and the New York State Legislature, and is administered by the Arts Council for Wyoming County.

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