Eighteen months after the fire that destroyed their studios, the tools of their crafts, much of their work, and many other possessions, artists Dexter and Faith Benedict were all smiles as they welcomed the public to their open house celebration of their grand reopening.
They were also celebrating the completion of Dexter’s life sized Harriet Tubman and William Seward sculpture. The sculptures have now travelled to the Schenectady Public Library entrance for the unveiling May 17.
Speaking of the fire in a later interview, Dexter said, “That day, and the days after, were devastating. Right away, we decided to rebuild. With the help of our Mennonite neighbors, the Keuka College community, and the Arts Center of Yates County, we rebuilt our studio better than ever.”