PHOTOGRAPHY—6:30 p.m. Explore the beauty and craft of black and white photography in three sessions hosted through Zoom on March 14, 21 and 28. Presented by the Huntington Memorial Library, Oneonta. (607) 432-1980 or visit facebook.com/hmloneonta/
TAX PREP—6-8 p.m. Get ready for tax season with the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. Hartwick college accounting students certified by the IRS, with their professor, will be available to provide one-on-one assistance in preparing individual tax returns. Either in person or online. Held at the Golisago Hall, 2nd Floor, Hartwick College, Oneonta. (607) 431-4338 or visit facebook.com/ofoinc/
CLUB NIGHT—7 p.m. Teens are invited for a fun night of live music featuring the Lily Soleil Band, Waiver, Plaid Jackets and Cole Fortier. Enjoy a safe night with friends and fun music. Free. Club Odyssey, 4 Academy Street, Oneonta. (607) 353-7143 or visit https://www.facebook.com/ClubOdysseyOneonta/
CANCELLED – SNOMMEGANG—2-6 p.m. Enjoy this winter beer festival featuring all your favorite, and your soon-to-be-favorite, craft breweries and a live performance from the Mountain Jam Band. Tickets, $55/person. Presented by Brewery Ommegang at Muller Plaza, Oneonta. – CANCELLED
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DAVENPORT—Jeffrey Syman passed away on February 11, 2023 at the age of 68, with his family by his side. Jeff was born May 17, 1954 in New York. He was raised in Bronxville, New York before his family moved to Connecticut in the early 1960s. He graduated from Danbury High School, where he was captain of the tennis team. He went on to study at the University of Miami until his junior year, prior to moving to Schenevus, New York, in the early ‘70s.
Known to many as “the man behind the art,” Jeff founded SymanArts, where he built frames and stretchers with unique hardware to stretch the frame, along with many other styles. Two of his mentors, Richard Artschwager, and Ivan Carp, former owner of the OK Harris Gallery, encouraged Jeff to open the business.
COOPERSTOWN – On Tuesday, November 29, author Pamela McColl presented at Fenimore Art Museum on the insights and experiences she had gained in the 10 years it took to research and write her volume, “Twas the Night—The Art and History Behind the Classic Christmas Poem.” The lecture was particularly relevant this year, since it is the bicentennial of the poem’s first reading and since part of the imagery contained in it parallels imagery James Fenimore Cooper incorporated into his work, “The Pioneers,” published about the same time.
The Fenimore Art Museum hosted its 15th annual Art by the Lake juried art invitational on Saturday, August 13. Eight awards were presented including the prestigious Fenimore Award which represents “best of show”, won by artist David (R.C.) Oster, of Utica.
Art by the Lake 2022 award winners Fenimore Award (best in show) —David (R.C.) Oster (Utica)
COOPERSTOWN – Patricia Emily Mollach was born to Kathryn and Francis Mollach in Syracuse, New York. As a child of the sixties and seventies, she had the freedom to move and explore the city. It was here she first started her artistic explorations of place. After graduating from Nottingham High School, she obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts from SUNY New Paltz.
Pat lived in NYC for many years working in the magazine and fashion industry. She spent several years at YM and Parents Magazine, and then at Calvin Klein as a photographic stylist. She ultimately decided to pursue photography and moved to New Orleans where she earned her Master of Fine Arts degree from Louisiana State University. She enjoyed a rich life of friends, music, art, and the spirit of Mardi Gras. She renovated and lived in a double shotgun house in New Orleans and adopted her beloved Catahoula hound, Gil. She taught photography at LSU until Hurricane Katrina. Pat returned to NYC where she continued to pursue photography through teaching as an Instructor at Parsons School of Design-The New School.
EDMESTON – A man who was a lover of life: passionate, devoted, creative, articulate, genuine, an inquisitive intellectual who pursued all his endeavors with great zeal.
Tim was born in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; a graduated from Marcellus High School, NY where he had been a proud member of the wrestling team. He received his BA from SUNY Geneseo.
Tim’s professional career included employment by the Syracuse DSO for over 20 years and Madison Cty. ARC. He also worked as a real estate agent. His greatest love was nature photography. He was proud to be the sole proprietor of “The Image Makers Photography Gallery and Frame Shop. Tim’s artistic capabilities in Photography have been exhibited in numerous galleries and exhibitions in Central New York: including The Cazenovia Artisans, and Gallery 54 in Skaneateles, NY.
The Cooperstown Concert Series was awarded $10,000 through a state grant to support live music or theater performances. Other groups that got $10,000 include the Glimmerglass Festival, Chenango River Theatre, Franklin Stage Company and the Catskill Symphony Orchestra.
CAA invites artists to submit for ‘Fine Arts on the Lawn’
Artists are invited to participate in the Cooperstown Art Associations’ Fine Arts on the Lawn event Labor Day weekend in Cooperstown. Artists are allowed to display up to five works or apply for and maintain a 10′ x 10′ tent. Go to www.cooperstownart.com for more information.
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.
COOPERSTOWN – Barbara R. Oles, 95, formerly of Gladstone Hollow, Andes, died Saturday June 19, 2021, in Cooperstown, surrounded by her daughters.
Barb was born April 23, 1926 at the family home in Franklin, Meadowdale Farm, a daughter of Edwin C. and Mildred E. (Payne) Rowell. On April 6, 1947, she married Franklin G. Oles of Delhi.
Barb attended the Delaware Literary Institute in Franklin where she excelled in art, graduating in 1944. She was accepted into the art program at Alfred, but shortly before classes were to begin a returning WWII soldier was awarded her spot. She then elected to attend the home economics program at Delhi Tech.
Barb and Frank owned and operated the F.G. Oles IGA Store (later the F.G. Oles General Store) in Andes for 20 years, with Barb tending to the bookwork and clerking. In 1966 she began a career with the Delaware County Department of Social Services, in addition to continuing her commitments to family, home and the store. She successfully completed every civil service test that was available and rose through the ranks from typist in the Child Welfare Unit to Director of the Food Stamp Division at the time of her retirement in 1988. She then began yet another career as a receptionist/transcriptionist in the Radiology Department at Delhi Hospital.