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M-W-P to open new show Saturday about fashion creations made of paper
‘Le Cheval de Mer’ (Seahorse) 2010 (Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute)

M-W-P to open new show Saturday
about fashion creations made of paper

STAFF REPORT • Special to

Full-scale masterpieces, representing more than 500 years of fashion, history and artifice, expressed in paper by celebrated contemporary Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave, will be showcased in “Fashioning Art from Paper,” opening Saturday, Oct. 17, in the Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute in Utica.

Through her manipulation of paper and paint, de Borchgrave fashions meticulously detailed reinterpretations of historic garments found in early European paintings and collections from around the world. Her work includes representations of the Renaissance finery of the Medici family, gowns worn by Queen Elizabeth I and creations of the grand courtiers of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Fenimore announces Art by Lake winners, virtual ‘Arthur’ series, Haring sendoff

Fenimore announces Art by Lake winners,
virtual ‘Arthur’ series, Haring sendoff

STAFF REPORT • Special to

The Fenimore Art Museum hosted its 14th annual Art by the Lake juried art invitational Saturday, Oct. 2.

Eight awards were presented including the prestigious Fenimore Award, which represents “best of show” and was won by artist Tatiana Rhinevault of Hyde Park.

Art by the Lake winners:

Editor’s Notebook by Greg Klein: Film COOP spreads love of region to women’s group

From left, Elizabeth Zephyrine McDonough, Lauren Sowa, Cheyenne Phillips, Ellie Pink and Skye Bailey ride the Leatherstocking Trolley on Saturday, Oct. 2, to see film locations as part of Film COOP’s first women in film event and location tour. (Greg Klein/

Editor’s Notebook by Greg Klein:
Film COOP spreads love of region to women’s group

Last weekend my film commission office, Film COOP, hosted a bunch of female filmmakers for a destination weekend location tour and networking event.

As with our too long and klutzy legal name, the Cooperstown, Oneonta, Otsego County Film Partnership, Inc., the name Film COOP presents the Women in Film Peak Leaf Weekend Location Tour and Networking Event soon fell by the wayside. The shorthand Women in Film Weekend, or even shorterhand WIF, became the usual references.

We had five official customers who signed up for the four-day event, plus three industry-connected board members who went on parts of the tour, a Delaware County union location scout who did one day of touring with us and our college intern, Ellie Pink, who is studying film at Boston University.

New Cherry Valley business focuses on art, crafts

New Cherry Valley business focuses on art, crafts

By PATRICK DEWEY • Special to

Coco & Cordelia, on Main Street in Cherry Valley, offers one of a kind goods, including handmade jewelry, heirloom-quality rag dolls, origami-style handbags and other locally made and curated artistic goods.

The store is owned by Diana Stiles, a self-taught fiber artist and jewelry maker whose creations comprise much of the inventory. According to the Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore, fiber art is fine art made from fabric, yarns, and other textiles.

Burlington artist to give talk

Burlington artist to give talk

Local artist Tom Nussbaum will present an Artist’s Talk at the Art Garage at 5:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 3, at 689 Beaver Meadow Road near Cooperstown.

Nussbaum’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the country and internationally.
Nussbaum has worked creatively since childhood. This show represents six decades of his work, beginning with the toys he invented in 1962 at age nine, and continues with a variety of colorful figurative and abstract work to his current series of inventive sculptures.

Calendar September 2, 2021

►Thursday, Sept. 2
New York STATE FAIR – From 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. A 13-day showcase of agriculture, entertainment, education and technology. At the Great New York State Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Blvd. in Syracuse. For info: 315-487-7711 or visit

Otsego County back to over 100 active COVID cases

Otsego County tops 100
active COVID cases

Staff Report • Special to

As of Tuesday, Aug. 31, active COVID cases in Otsego County have reached 121 with five hospitalizations, according to the Otsego County Department of Health.

The county’s DOH reported 22 new cases Tuesday, which brought Otsego County over 100.

The DOH continued to encourage people who have not gotten the vaccine yet to do so as it reduces risk of hospitalization and death.



Art in the Dark tours scheduled at Fenimore Art Museum

Art in the Dark tours scheduled at Fenimore Art Museum

Staff Report • Special to

The Fenimore Art Museum is hosting a spooky way to have fun with art at their Art in the Dark tours.

The tours will be Wednesdays and Thursdays Oct. 21, Oct. 22, Oct. 27 and Oct. 28.

They will involve visiting folk and fine art paintings with a tour guide by candlelight, who will explain some of the history behind them. Tours are 45 minutes long and can be done at either 6:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. each evening.

Tours are limited to 10 guests each.

Prices are $12.50 for members and $15 for non-members.

Go to for more details.


B Side to reopen for live music, with Nashville singer, Sheehan, on Sept. 5

B Side to reopen for live music, with Nashville singer, Sheehan, on Sept. 5

By PATRICK DEWEY • Special to

After being closed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, the B Side Ballroom in Oneonta’s Clinton Plaza will offer live music again starting at 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 5.

The first show will be by acoustic singer-songwriter Trae Sheehan.

Sheehan is touring in support of his new album “Hello from the End of the World,” which will be released Aug. 27.

“It’s very much a look into my mind,” Sheehan said.

Best Bets: August 5, 2021

Best Bets

August 5, 2021

The Otsego County Fair features
tractor pull, demolition derby

The Otsego County Fair has opened. Stop by for rides, games, food, livestock shows and more. Events include the demolition derby, tractor pulls (antique and NYTPA), horse shows, karaoke and more. Check the website for the full list and schedule. At the Otsego County Fairground, 469 Mill St. in Morris. From 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 5 to Sunday, Aug. 8. Call 607-263-5289 or visit

Art Garage to host artist talk on ‘Roots’

Art Garage to host
artist talk on ‘Roots’

Untitled, c 14” x 12” oil on canvas by Marc Pelletier is part of the ‘Roots’ show at The Art Garage in Middlefield.

Artist Marc Pelletier of Brooklyn and Pleasant Brook will informally discuss his paintings featured in the three-person show “Roots” at the Art Garage at 689 Beaver Meadow Road in the town of Middlefield at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 11.

The talk marks the finale of the show, which closes that evening.

Pelletier’s work can be seen in advance from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday Aug. 7, and daily with a text or phone call at 315-941-9607 or 607-547-5327.

Pelletier’s paintings are featured alongside vintage carved trucks by the late Lavern Kelley, and woven drawings by Nora Ashwood, of Roseboom and NYC.

The show runs parallel to “Christina Hunt Wood: Reflections on Dissonance,” in the adjacent Middle Bay, which also concludes on Aug. 11.

Selected images can be found on ArtGarageCooperstown on Facebook.

Best Bets: July 29, 2021

Best Bets

July 29, 2021

Art in the park, car show,
more planetarium shows!

Come down to the park and make art with (mostly) natural materials. These items will be left in the park for others to find and enjoy. Pre-registration required, children must be accompanied by an adult. Come prepared to get messy. Presented by the Oneonta World of Learning. At Fortin Park, 167 Youngs Rd. in Oneonta at 10 and 11:30 a.m., Saturday, July 31. Call 607-431-8543 or visit Oneonta World of Learning on Facebook.

Art Garage to open new shows over weekend

Art Garage to open new shows over weekend

STAFF REPORT • Special to

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 for more information.

A local favorite returns to the Globe mainstage
From left, Jason Francey, Michael Henrici and Danielle Henrici star in The Glimmer Globe Theatre and Fenimore Art Museum’s production of ‘The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)’ which opens at the Fenimore’s Lucy B. Hamilton Amphitheater on Wednesday, July 14. (contributed)

A local favorite returns to the Globe mainstage

By GREG KLEIN • Special to

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.

Cooperstown Art Association to host preview party for 86th Annual National Juried Art Show

Cooperstown Art Association to host preview party for 86th Annual National Juried Art Show

STAFF REPORT • Special to

After a year hiatus, the Cooperstown Art Association (CAA) is hosting a reception starting with a preview party at 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, July 9.

An award ceremony will also take place during this event.

The preview will be at the CAA gallery on 22 Main Street in Cooperstown.

Go to for more information.


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