The Art Garage is opening two shows Saturday, July 10, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
According to a media release, the first show is “Dissonance,” focusing on social and environmental justice, and the other is “Roots,” featuring artists from Roseboom and Cherry Valley, as well as renowned farmer artist, Lavern Kelley.
One artist being featured in the “Dissonance” show is Christina Hunt Wood, a multimedia artist who explores her “rural, predominantly white community’s relationship with race and everyday expressions of power,” according to the media release.
Some of her works includes video art and presentations of collected photographic art.
Wood, who has been featured in shows at places like the Fenimore, Collar Works in Troy and the Painting Center in New York City, will be giving a talk at the gallery at 4 p.m., Friday, Aug. 6. Reservations are highly recommended.
For “Roots,” Mark Pelletier will be showcasing abstract art and “his lifelong obsession with a triad of concerns,” said the media release. Pelletier, who was born in Maine, will be giving a talk at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 11, on the last day of the show.
Another artist featured in “Roots” is Nora Ashwood, who weaves materials found at her home and in her garden in order to create artwork.
The home-schooled daughter of Mary Ashwood and Tom Lane, Ashwood was born into a family of artists. She is the founder of The Old School Student Gallery in Cherry Valley, and wrote a monthly column for The Cooperstown Crier on arts events in the area, with the hope of exposing the richness of the local art community to a larger audience. Now a third year student at Cooper Union School of Art, she focuses on sculpture, drawing, painting and pedagogy.
Ashwood will be having a show from noon to 2 p.m., Saturday, July 17.
The Art Garage is at 689 Beaver Meadow Road in the town of Middlefield. Admission is free. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Growing up on Long Island, Danielle Henrici said she knew she wanted to be an actor when she saw a performance of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)”.
“I loved it so much I went back and I saw it five more times,” she said, “including taking all my girlfriends back at my birthday party.”
Flash forward to a decade ago, Henrici — then known by her maiden name, Newell — had moved to Cooperstown and established The Glimmer Globe Theatre while working at The Smithy. She was teaching acting classes and had staged a Shakespeare workshop when a Cooperstown native with acting chops and training, Michael Henrici, signed up.
“Michael signed up for the Shakespeare workshop, not because he needed it, but because he wanted to meet me,” she said.
The rest was not just personal history, but dramatic history, too. Finding a local actor who already knew the Bard gave her confidence she could produce the show in Cooperstown, she said. The show became one of the first mainstage Glimmer Globe productions and it proved to be so popular, the company
brought it back for four more seasons.
“Who doesn’t love a show that makes you laugh until you cry,” she said.
Henrici directed that show, but she said she always wondered if she could play one of the characters, too.
Flash forward to the coronavirus pandemic era. As co-artistic directors of Glimmer Globe, now working with Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers’ Museum, the Henricis have been the theater couple in
Cooperstown for a decade.
Their troop has grown into a community of friends who they have trained, directed and gathered several times of year for big-cast professional theater that doesn’t exist in many places. Since they are both classically trained, their productions are summer stock level shows, including summer performances at the Fenimore’s Lucy B. Hamilton Amphitheater.
ONEONTA — The Hometown 4th Festival will return to Oneonta’s Neahwa Park to celebrate the July Fourth holiday next weekend, with a theme of honoring essential workers.
The goal is to honor the workers, including grocery store staff, teachers, police officers, firefighters and healthcare workers, who took risks for the community good during the coronavirus pandemic, according to festival officials.
“We wanted to do everything we could to let them know that the First Night Board and the whole community appreciates them,” First Night Board Chair Carol Mandigo said.
The celebration will kick off at 7:30 p.m., Friday, July 2, in Neahwa Park, with a free concert by country artist Michael Christopher.
At noon, Sunday, July 4, the parade will line up at Foothills Performing Arts Center on Market Street.
Two Cooperstown area museums are offering discounts to celebrate the end of LGBTQ Pride Month.
Anyone who shows a piece of rainbow flare, be it a clothing item, a keychain or anything else at the admission kiosk for both The Farmers’ Museum and Fenimore Art Museum, will receive $2 off a regular adult admission, Wednesday, June 30. People 19 and younger are admitted free to the Fenimore through Sept. 6.
Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be a mini-meet-and-greet at 4 p.m. on the Fenimore Art Museum’s lawn.
The Pride Month discount includes admission to the Keith Haring exhibition at Fenimore Art Museum:
The exhibit features an extensive collection of more than 100 works from a private collection including lithographs, silkscreens, drawings on paper, and posters, representing the full arc of Haring’s short but prolific career. The exhibit serves as “a tribute to this iconic artist and his dedication to social justice and the betterment of youth worldwide.”
An icon of the LGBTQ community, Haring’s work reflects his fervent activism and democratic beliefs. He spent his career making posters, public art, and charitable commissions in support of nuclear de-escalation, civil rights, child welfare and AIDS aware-ness, among other vital efforts.
UTICA — In honor of Saturday’s Juneteenth celebration, Utica’s Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute opened two exhibits dealing with the Black experience, “Emma Amos: Color Odyssey,” and “Call & Response: Collecting African American Art, according to a media release.
“Emma Amos: Color Odyssey,” which will be on view through Sunday, Sept. 12, is a major retrospective of the artist’s distinguished six-decade career. The exhibition features more than 60 artworks Amos created from 1958 to 2015.
“Call & Response: Collecting African American Art” which will be on display through Sunday, Nov. 28, showcases the MWP’s 30-plus years of collecting and displaying Black art.
Historically, works by Black artists have been marginalized, neglected, or ignored, said Mary Murray, curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. “Call & Response” will reveal the extraordinary depth and richness the works have brought to the collection through early and sustained efforts to diversify its holdings, she said.
By MICHAEL FORSTER ROTHBART • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
ONEONTA — It has been a dark time for theater in Otsego County.
In 2020, the Glimmerglass Festival and Fenimore Art Museum each canceled its summer performance seasons because of the coronavirus pandemic.
In Oneonta, Foothills Performing Arts Center went 14 months without a live show, according to Operations Manager Geoff Doyle.
High schools and both Oneonta colleges experimented with streaming virtual theater, performed live without an audience. Local troupes such as the Catskill Puppet Theater and Orpheus Theatre cancelled shows, while Stuff of Dreams Productions pre-recorded performances for later broadcast.
This summer, stage by stage, the lights are back on and theaters are reopening — albeit with some modifications for COVID safety. Theaters have been operating at 33% capacity, with mask requirements in place, but that will change going forward, with an easing of most pandemic requirements from the state.
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210 YEARS AGO
Gallantry of an American Youth – In the late conflict between the United States frigate President and the British ship of war Little Belt, a gunner’s boy on board the frigate who had his arm broken by a shot, while under the hands of the surgeon in the cockpit, requested that he would make haste in dressing his wound, that he might get on deck again. On the surgeon’s asking what he would do on deck, wounded as he was, the little American replied, “If I can’t do more, I can at least be shot at!” It is known that the heroism of this lad has attracted the earnest attention of the secretary of the navy.
The Smithy art gallery at 55 Pioneer Street in Cooperstown is opening for its first showing, running through July 27.
The exhibition, entitled ‘Air’, will feature artwork by both members and guests of the Smithy.
The theme of ‘Air’, as the title suggests, is all about capturing the “invisible force in our daily lives” the Smithy wrote in an email. “Apart from its literal importance, our artists have been able to take inspiration from the many things we have come to associate with AIR.”
Some of the artists featured include Joyce Cabral, Willie Marlowe, Colleen O’Hara, Kathy Van Loan and more.
The gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday.
The Cooperstown Summer Music festival announced in a press release Tuesday, June 15, that the summer concert series would be returning in August and September for live chamber music, after being on hiatus for more than a year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
A free outdoor concert will be given at the Fenimore Art Museum Lawn by the CSMF Musical Kaleidoscope on Tuesday, Aug. 10, which will be led by Kyle Price of the Caroga Arts Ensemble, going through different types of music, including jazz and bluegrass.
“CSMF is thrilled to be partnering with the Caroga Arts Ensemble for our return to the stage,” Linda Chesis, festival founder and artistic director, said in a press release. “We wanted our first concert to be a gift to the community so that everyone can experience the joy of live music after such a difficult year.”
Other performances will include a Sunday, Aug. 15, concert from Imani Winds at the Otesaga Resort Hotel; the Verona Quartet at 4 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 22, at the Farmer’s Museum, Brazilian jazz group Trio de Paz, Monday, Aug. 30, at the Otesaga Resort Hotel and the final event in the concert series will be violinist Danbi Um and guitarist Jiji at 4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 19, at the Otesaga Resort Hotel.
Limited capacity will be available and restrictions on masks and social distancing will be enforced.
Go to cooperstownmusicfest.org for more information and tickets.
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courtesy of The Fenimore Art Museum Research Library
210 YEARS AGO
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By KATHARINE J. WRIGHT • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
Artist Keith Haring died more than 30 years ago, but his work appears as hip as ever.
“Keith Haring: Radiant Visions,” an exhibition devoted to the artist’s brief but productive career, opened at the Fenimore Art Museum last weekend to acclaim. Even those born after his untimely death from AIDS in 1990, recognized Haring’s iconic linear drawings from recent product collaborations with Converse or Uniqlo; visitors who were actually alive in the 1980s smiled as they recalled spotting Haring’s characteristic “Radiant Baby” motif on the streets of downtown Manhattan, on murals for public buildings across the country, or in his products for sale in Haring’s own “Pop Shop” store.
COOPERSTOWN – Film COOP announced Thursday, May 27, that it will produce a destination weekend event to bring female film producers, directors and location scouts to the region in the fall to tour locations and meet local officials.
The Women in Film Peak Leaf Weekend Location Tour and Networking Event will take place from Thursday, Sept. 30 to Sunday, Oct. 3, according to a media release from
Film COOP is the official film commission office for Otsego County, the village of Cooperstown, and the town and city of Oneonta. It is the pioneer, and so far only, film commission office in what the state calls the Mohawk Valley Economic Development District.
The filmmakers will stay in Cooperstown for the weekend and tour sites throughout Otsego County, as well as The Stanley Theater in Utica, which is one of the qualified production facilities on the tour. The other is Foothills Performing Arts and Convention Center in Oneonta.
According to Film COOP Board Chair Greg Klein, the details of the tour are still being worked out, but it will include sites in Cooperstown, Oneonta, Springfield, Middlefield, Maryland, Gilbertsville, Edmeston, Cherry Valley, Richfield Springs and more.
In an email sent Tuesday, May 25, the Franklin Stage Company announced that it is following “the lead of our friends at Glimmerglass and have decided to build an outdoor stage on our lawn — and with it a whole outdoor theater environment with lights and sound and hopefully cool breezes.”
The email said the theater will follow guidance from state and local authorities as well as the Actors’ Equity Union.
“In December we wrote that when fear, uncertainty and scarcity threaten, we will lead with hope,” the email said. “We are indeed hopeful for the future, and can’t wait to see you all again.”
Some of the planned events at the Franklin Stage Company include an art show Saturday, July 3, and Sunday, July 4, the drums of Kwaku Kwaakye Obeng on Friday, July 9, and Saturday, July 10, “Doktor Kaboom” on Friday, July 16, through Sunday, July 18, and “A Doll’s House, Part 2” from Friday, July 23 to Sunday, Aug. 15.
Go to www.franklinstagecompany.org for more information.