An art show featuring the life of trapper and treasure-hunter, Johnny Thorpe (1933-2015), will take place on Saturday, July 9 at the Stony Creek Free Library from 4:30-7:30 p.m. A memorial gathering will precede the show from 3:00-4:30 at the Stony Creek Inn.
The art show will feature the photographic works of Thorpe’s personal photographer, Sue Clark. Also on display will be many artifacts and pieces from Thorpe’s personal collection.
Thorpe was well-known to generations of outdoor enthusiasts. He trapped and lived off the land. He was a staff writer for many national outdoor magazines. His articles first appeared in Fur, Fish, and Game in 1956, and continued to appear in magazines as he neared his 8th decade. He also was the first chainsaw carver in the Adirondacks. Many of his exquisite hand carved and stained totem poles can be found throughout the Adirondacks and other parts of the USA. “The Rifleman,” Chuck Connors, was one of his customers.
Johnny was also a legendary treasure hunter, locating gold and other treasures from the caves in the Adirondacks to the Superstition Mountains of the Southwest. His legend only grows bigger since his passing, and many in the community have waited for this day to pay their respects to their beloved friend, Mr. Johnny Thorpe.
The show will feature the collective works of professional photographer, Sue Clark (SuePhotography.com), who specializes in rustic character portraits and western scenes that capture the simplistic beauty of real life. Her award-winning photographs have been featured in magazines, books, and galleries.
A feature black-and-white portrait of Thorpe will be raffled and proceeds will be donated to the Stony Creek Free Library.
The public is invited to attend this free event. Hors d’oeuvres, wine, amd refreshments are welcome! For more information, contact the Stony Creek Free Library at 696-5911.