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.
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.
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.
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.
►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 nysfair.ny.gov.
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.
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 otsegocountyfair.org.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.