You may have heard of Carnival Glass, but did you know it earned its name as cheaply made pieces given away at carnivals and promotions? Compotes, like those shown above, were serving dishes originally created for a culinary dish of that name. This mixture of fruits, syrup and nuts was an inexpensive and popular meal item, and so was the glassware meant to serve it.
You’ll also see Overshot Glass; Sandwich Glass; bread platters bearing the words “Our Daily Bread,” other slogans and sheaves of wheat; an unusual fish-shaped fish platter; and highly colored, iridescent glass.
NEW EXHIBIT “NIAGARA FOLK ART” – Folk art is a creation of the common people as self-taught artists. Our exhibit features 19th and early 2oth century folk art made here in Niagara County. See Tuscarora ceremonial moccasins; hand-carved figurines by artist Tom Diamond, using friends and neighbors as inspiration; Verre Eglomise tinsel painting on foil; an embroidered nine-patch crazy quilt made by members of the Ladies’ Guild of Grace Episcopal Church; oval needlepoint portraits, and more.