is Ralph's dedication of his gallery show at the Folk Art Center in 2000.
It was one of the first major exhibits of Brooms as Art. )
Crossing The Line
line, whether the school yard line scuffed
out by the bully's toe,
the line between countries, or the
often changing line between sanity
there always seems to be repercussions in its
In the case
of the line between craft and
art, the results are always joyful.
With a great
deal of pride and a sense of wonder,
this exhibit escorts the venerable
broommaking into the realm of art.
would not have been possible without Marlow,
my son, partner and
friend. He relieved me of my duties
in our production business,
thus allowing me to bring my mental images
the physical. He also often lent me his
when mine faltered.
I dedicate this exhibit to Marlow Gates
and to the bright future
he brings to old craft and new art.