Sunday, August 2, 2009

Chaim in a bottle?

"Remembering the Shtetl" is an exhibit of original works by Chaim Goldberg currently on view at the National Bottle Museum in Ballston Spa. It will be there through the end of August. Click on the Art Gallery link on their web site for information and to see more examples of the art.
Most of the thirty or so works are for sale, at prices ranging from $600 to $4500.

Our visit to the Bottle Museum yesterday was my first. The upstairs gallery is a pleasant space and the Goldberg exhibit was moving, especially when explained by the charming and knowledgeable
executive director, Jan Rutland.
Downstairs, many of the pieces in the glass bottle collections are beautiful or culturally revealing. I liked the charm of the antique glass candy containers, all designed to appeal to children. That collection shows a myriad of diminutive animal shapes and doll-sized household items like telephones and irons. (Would children today pine for a toy iron?)
The museum is not large and can easily be "done" in 30 to 40 minutes. If you come to Ballston Spa, stop for excellent tea and more at The Whistling Kettle or browse in the antique shops or at Genevieve's .