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The Smithy to present first exhibition of the gallery season
Air is the theme for the first gallery of the season.

The Smithy to present first exhibition of the gallery season

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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.

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Master Carver Lavern Kelley Topic Of Hanford Mills Talk

Master Carver Lavern Kelley

Topic Of Hanford Mills Talk

Sydney Waller, owner of the Art Garage in Cooperstown, holds a selection of photographs from the life of Lavern Kelley, during talk on the famed wood carver this afternoon at the Hanford Mills Museum learning center. “He was my favorite human being and is my favorite subject.” said Waller. The talk discussed his upbringing and the origins of his love for wood carving, which began when her was hospitalized for appendicitis and received a pocket knife as a gift. Kelly went on to create many scale carvings of farm animals, machinery and people which eventually gained him national recognition. His works are now featured in a permanent position at the Smithsonian, with other pieces in The Fenimore Collection and the museum at Hamilton College. The talk was part of a new show at Hanford Mills Museum showcasing the works of several are wood carvers, including pieces by Kelley. (Ian Austin/
Flavors Abound As Chili Bowl Returns

Flavors Abound As

Chili Bowl Returns

Tastes and talents were on parade during the 16th annual Chili Bowl at CANO this afternoon. Art lovers lined up before the doors opened to be the first to browse this year’s selection of artisanal decorated bowls. Inside and outside of CANO, guests enjoyed plenty of chili for all preferences. Above, chef Rhett Mortland, representing the Autumn Cafe, serves Otsego County Representative Danny Lapin, right, a bowl of Montezuma’s Tail and Feather Chili. (Ian Austin/
Artists From Antarctica Meet In Laurens

Artists From Antarctica

Meet At Laurens Retreat

Karen Shaffer invites artists from the National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writers program (Ian Austin/


LAURENS – Musician Henry Kaiser had never met Cheryl Leonard before, but they both knew they had more than music in common.

Both had been part of the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Artist & Writers program, which invites artists to the seventh continent to work with scientists, using what they see, hear and experience
as material in their artwork. “She said she used animal bones and rocks to make music,” said Kaiser.

“I’m recording a composition with Weddell Seal sounds, and I found a skull for her to play on my piece.”

“I love the wilderness and using natural objects as instruments,” said Leonard. “And Antarctica is some of the last wilderness we really have.”

Karen Shafer, owner of Aunt Karen’s Farm in the Laurens hills, knew the Artist and Writer Program from her time in Antarctica and worked with composer Glenn McClure to invite other artists to the retreat, marking the first gathering of its kind in the area.

The retreat, over this past weekend, drew a dozen artists from across the United States and as far away as Germany. “How many people have been to Antarctica?” said Shafer. “We’ve only been going there for a little over 100 years. It’s a small group, but they’ve all shared this adventure.”

And Shafer, who retired as a funding compliance officer at Lincoln Center in 2011, is no stranger to Antarctica. “I knew someone who had worked there, and I thought to myself, ‘One day, I am going to do that.’”

When she retired in 2011, she drove a truck across the ice shelf for two years. “They called me ‘Shuttle Shafer,’” she said. “I drove this big truck, and when it was time to get in, they’d all come out and watch me climb up into it!”

In 1988, she bought a farmhouse here, and over time, bought the houses around it. She eventually turned the campus – it includes four houses – into an artist’s retreat.

She knew Elaine from her time in Antarctica, and they worked with composer Glenn McClure to invite the artists to the retreat, marking the first gathering of its kind.

“The artists were curious about who the other alumni were,” said Shafer. “Since I had been there, I thought my farm would be an appropriate place to host the first gathering.”

The gathering included composers, photographers, sculptors, textile artists and writers. “To get into the program, an artist has to propose an agenda,” said “Ghetto Cowboy” author Greg Neri. “I had a broad agenda, making science accessible to inner city kids, so I was allowed to go around with a couple different teams. The mission is to do the research you need to do your art, without getting killed.”

He said that he adapted quickly to the frigid conditions. “The only time I was cold was when I was out on the snowmobile and I got windburn on my face,” he said. “It was 40, 50 below. Other than that, you can adapt quickly.”

Sculptor Helen Glazer, who photographed icebergs, glaciers and ice caves, 3D prints her imagery and recently finished an exhibit at the Baltimore-Washington International terminal, will give a talk about her work at Colgate University in October. “I was interested in ice, how wind and water shaped the landscape,” she said. “And Antarctica was the best place to see it!”

Shaffer is hoping to make the gathering an annual event. “I didn’t want anyone to produce any new work,” said Shafer. “This was about sharing what they did in Antarctica and to begin to think about how we can expand the conversation.”


Art, Art, Everywhere!

Art, Art, Everywhere!

On Village Hall Lawn

Paintings, sculpture, photography and more are on display Sunday afternoon at the Cooperstown Art Association’s annual Fine Art On The Lawn on the porch and front lawn of Cooperstown’s Village Hall, 22 Main. Above, Kathy Lloyd, Cooperstown, sits and admires art from Susan Jones Kenyon, Mary Nolan and Lisa Booan, while Joseph Kurhajec, right, Treadwell, is seen  at his booth making one of his characteristically strange creatures out of clay. So stop by to mind something to fill those empty walls or mantle!  The show ran through 5 p.m. (Ian Austin/

Artists Galore At Art On The Lake


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/

Family Of Artists Share First Group Show

Otego Family Of Artists

Puts On First Group Show

Charles and Martha Bremer of Otego, center, pause for a family photo with daughters Lara, left, and Karin, right, and granddaughter Alix, after a Q&A following the opening reception of the Bremer Family Show on Sunday. Each artists in their own way, the show marks the first time the family has shown works together, from photography and jewelry, to graphic design and weaving.  The Bremer Family Show is up through Sept. 29 at The Bright Hill Press & Literary Center in Treadwell. (Ian Austin/

Fenimore Hosts Art On The Lake

Fenimore Hosts Art On The Lake

Pat Donnelly, Cooperstown, talks with artist Michael McBane about his colorful paintings at the annual Arts On The Lake this afternoon at The Fenimore Art Museum. Works from 21 artists from around the region were on display, ranging from sculpture, to paintings and photography. At right, Linda Tracz, Roseboom, accept her award from Fenimore President Paul D’Ambrosio for the top award in photography. (Ian Austin/


Artists New and Old On Display At Music And Art Fest

Artists New & Old 

At City Of Hills Fest

It was arts and crafts galore at the annual City Of The Hills Art and Music Festival on Main Street in Oneonta this afternoon as art lovers flocked to enjoy the creations of our area’s creatives. Here, Jozef Rifenbark, Charlotte Valley, Leila Pierro and sister Anika, West Oneonta, Qimane Williams, Oneonta, and Beth Akulin, Oneonta, all paint panes of glass at CANO’s “Paint What You See” tent. Live music, food, and vendors continue until 5pm today. (Ian Austin/
Artists & Art Lovers Meet At 23rd Stagecoach Run

Artists & Art Lovers Meet

At 23rd Stagecoach Run

Richard Birkett, Otego, shows off his unique fantasy clocks to Meaddows Ryan, Ossining, on the first day of the 23rd annual Stagecoach Run Art Art Festival in Treadwell. Over 70 local artists are featured in this self-guided open studio tour at 25 locations throughout Treadwell and Franklin. The event continues today 10am-5pm. (Ian Austin/


Mansion Show Opens, Bids Hallberg Farewell

Mansion Show Opens,

Bids Hallberg Farewell

The opening of CANO’s annual Mansion Show featured regional, national and international artists showcasing their interpretations of this year’s theme “Conceal/ Reveal”. First prize went to Rose Mackiewicz, pictures at right, Jefferson, for her abstract piece “Fragments”. James Nefsey took 2nd place and Carol Segese taking 3rd. Above, CANO President Jim Maloney, right, listens as Doug Hallberg, Oneonta, center, announces that after five and a half years he will be leaving the Carriage House art studio effective June 2nd. CANO will assume control of the space and offer classes and workshops from area artists and authors. Anyone interested in teaching a class can contact CANO for more details.(Ian Austin/



‘The Exterminating Angels’

Streaming At Foothills

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OPERA – 12:55 p.m. See Ades’ “The Exterminating Angels” streaming live from The Met. Tickets, $20/adult. Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. Call 607-431-2080 or visit

CRAFT SHOW – 9 a.m.-5 p.m. See over 100 crafters and artists, find unique gifts for the holiday and win prizes. FoxCare Center, 1 Foxcare Dr., Oneonta.


E-Branding From The Expert


HACKONOMY – 7:30-9 p.m. Bonin Bough, host of TV program ‘Cleveland Hustles’ and author of ‘Txt Me: Your Phone Has Changed Your Life. Let’s Talk About It,” presents “Hackonomy: Lessons from the Largest Brands in the World.” The lecture is free an open to the public. Followed by a book signing. Hartwick College, Oneonta. Info, or call Joanna Cacciola @ (607)431-4013 or


Annual Hunt For Easter Eggs



EASTER EGG HUNT – 10 a.m. Lots of eggs, prizes, raffles, and a visit from the Easter Bunny. Great fun for the kids at Hyde Hall, 267 Glimmerglass State Park Rd, Cooperstown. Info, or call (607) 547-5098

EASTER BUNNY EXPRESS – 1 p.m. Hop aboard the train with the Easter Bunny and friends. Cost, $20 adults, $19 seniors, $17 children, children 3 and under ride free. Free snacks and refreshments for all. Milford Depot, 136 E. Main St., Milford. Info, call (607)432-2429 or visit

BAKE SALE – 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Support the ABC Dream team, members of the Interscholastic Equestrian Association, in their trip to the National Finals to represent the NE in reigning and horsemanship competition in Oklahoma. Outside TJMaxx, Southside Mall, Oneonta. Info,

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