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Art on the lake

Fenimore Exhibit Brings Mary Nolan’s Art Indoors
TRIPTYCH ANCHORS PLEIN AIR SHOW

Fenimore Exhibit Brings
Mary Nolan’s Art Indoors

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Artist Mary Nolan at the Railroad Avenue studio she shares with May-Britt Joyce and Maria Tripp. The dominant painting is “River Bend, Low Tide.” (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Some 25 years ago, when she was Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce executive director, Polly Renckens held a meeting of people with space to spare in their homes.

“We have tourists,” Polly told the gathering. “We need some place to put them. If you have space for a B&B, consider it.”

Mary Nolan, who had been doing art as long as she can remember, received a call from a friend whose mother had a farm in the countryside around Fly Creek. “Would you like to manage a B&B?”

Nolan, who had vacationed in Cooperstown and liked it here, said yes.

In B&Bs, there are busy times and less busy times, and in the less busy times Mary took her paints and easel behind the house and began to paint the nature she saw – plein air, out of doors.

“Around here, it’s beautiful,” she said in an interview after The Fenimore Art Museum announced that “Water As Muse: Paintings by Mary Nolan,” will be this summer’s local exhibition.

Nolan’s works will appear among that of such notables as photographer Ansel Adams and the featured show, “Keith Haring: Radiant Vision,” containing more than 100 works of the celebrated
pop artist.

Art On Lake Viewers Vote ‘Hard Working Man’ As #1

Art On Lake Viewers Vote

‘Hard Working Man’ As #1

“A Hard Working Man” by Daniel Tennant
“Winter Light” by  Tatiana Rhinevault

COOPERSTOWN – A photo, “A Hard Working Man,” by Daniel K. Tennant of New Woodstock, won first place in the Viewers Choice Awards at The Fenimore Art Museum’s 13th annual Art By the Lake last weekend.

The virtual event offered online visitors the opportunity to vote on their favorite artwork, which determines the winners of the 2020 Viewer’s Choice Awards. Almost 4oo votes were cast.

Artists Galore At Art On The Lake

PLEIN AIR WORKS FEATURED

Edmeston Carver Shines

At Annual Art On The Lake

It was colors, colors everywhere as art lovers flocked to the annual Art On The Lake, featuring plein air art (painted out of doors) this afternoon on the lawn behind The Fenimore Art Museum.  Above, David “R.C.” Oster, a pen-and-ink artist from Utica, shows a piece he is working on to Tariq and Rafat Hussain, Norwich, and Becky Gretton, Richfield Springs. At right, artist Chris Wakefield, who operates Wildwood Woodworking Edmeston, showed for the time and won the Audience Choice Award for his wood carvings. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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