1957 Clothlesline Festival

In 1957, 101 exhibitors and 2,000 bargain hunters braved the wind and rain of Hurricane Audrey at the Memorial Art Gallery's first Clothesline Festival. From these inauspicious beginnings, Clothesline has grown into a major community happening.

In the early days, paintings really did hang on clotheslines, but over the years, the show has grown dramatically, spilling over the grounds of the Gallery and showcasing artists from across New York state.

The early careers of such notables as Wendell Castle, Peter Berg and Kathy Calderwood have all been linked to the Clothesline Festival. And the possibility of finding future luminaries who will go on to command greater fame and higher prices has always been part of the excitement.


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