(L-R) Jeannie Ridgeway, Unique Woodworks; David M. Kahn, Adirondack Museum Executive Director; Wayne Ignatuk, Swallowtail Studio.Blue Mountain Lake, N.Y.  Over fifty-five talented rustic artisans from across the United States gathered at the Adirondack Museum on September 9, 10 and 11 for the 24th Annual Rustic Furniture Fair. Each year artisans are honored with the Maker's and People's Choice awards. The awards are determined by ballot: the rustic artisans select outstanding work by a peer; Rustic Furniture Fair visitors choose the winner of the People's Choice award. Jeannie Ridgeway, Unique Woodworks, Cleveland, N.Y. received the Maker's Choice Award. Jeannie has been making rustic furniture for fourteen years, and has been exhibiting at the Fair for nine years. For more information about Jeannie's work, visit http://www.uniquewoodworks.net/. Wayne Ignatuk, Swallowtail Studio, Jay, N.Y. received the People's Choice Award. Wayne has been building rustic furniture full time since 1998, and began showing at the Rustic Furniture Fair that year as well. To view Wayne's work, visit http://www.swallowtailstudio.com/. The Adirondack Museum, accredited by the American Association of Museums, tells stories of the people - past and present -- who have lived, worked, and played in the unique place that is the Adirondack Park. Your Adirondack Experience Starts Here. 32 acres of engaging exhibits, interactive discovery centers and hands-on activities make it a great place to explore, play and learn. The museum is supported in part by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency. For information about all that the museum has to offer, please call (518) 352-7311, or visit http://www.adirondackmuseum.org/

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Photo caption: (L-R) Jeannie Ridgeway, Unique Woodworks; David M. Kahn, Adirondack Museum Executive Director; Wayne Ignatuk, Swallowtail Studio. Contact: Kate Moore Blue Mountain Lake, N.Y., 12812 Marketing Manager September 22, 2011 (518) 352-7311, ext. 109             kmoore@adkmuseum.org