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Veteran Cabinet Maker Works With Wood – But Creations Flow

CANO DISPLAYS MUEHL WORK

Veteran Cabinet Maker

Works With Wood –

But Creations Flow

Cabinet maker Joe Muehl of Schenevus discusses “Who’s the Fairest?”, a Snow-White inspired mirror on display at CANO through Dec. 22.It took first place at the Northeastern Woodworkers Association “Showcase” last March in Saratoga Springs.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – One afternoon, Joe Muehl got the urge to build a model airplane.

“I hadn’t done one in 40 years,” he said. “And when I finished, I thought, well now what do I do with it? So I built a table around it.”

Muehl’s sidetable,  “The Only Good War,” substitutes cucumbers for bombs.

 

Titled “The Only Good War,” the glass and wood table depicts the model airplane dropping plastic cucumbers that dangle below the table.

After at Friday, Dec. 6, opening, it’s on display through Sunday, Dec. 22, at CANO, Oneonta’s arts council at 11 Ford Ave., part of Muehl’s show of handcrafted tables, mirrors, cabinets and lamp at CANO.

“I grew up in a farm family, so I’ve always been about the practical, rather than the sculptural,” he said. “I wanted to make stuff you could use.”

With a SUNY Oneonta degree in art and art history, Muehl built his first desk in 1971. “It worked,” he said. “It was very basic and simple, I used it at home.”

He honed his craft, working for 20 years as a cabinet maker, including making cabinets for his and wife Christine’s Schenevus home. “I like cabinetry because of the way things fit together,” he said. “I like doors and drawers.”

He went back to school for a master’s in social work, working for 19 years at an outpatient substance abuse program in Delaware County, retiring in 2015.

And in retirement, he’s found time to return to his passion for woodworking, including building his own woodworking bench.

“I always do original designs, never reproductions,” he said. “In a lot of ways, I’m self-taught, and now I have the luxury of time to play with different designs.”

He is especially influenced by Art Deco and Art Nouveau. “I like the geometry of Art Deco, but the fluidity of Art Nouveau,” he said. “I like to work with them together. And I use a lot of asymmetry to prevent them from being too boring! It causes the eye to move around more, creates something different.”

And in addition to the plane and cucumber “bombs” of “The Only Good War,” he has incorporated miniatures into other projects, including a commissioned mirror. “I made it look like someone was putting up a billboard,” he said. “I made little pulleys and scaffolding, and I used an old advertisement in the top upper left corner, above the frame.”

He called the piece “Quitting Time,” complete with tiny abandoned tools in the lift baskets.

An average piece takes three and four weeks to make, primarily with domestic hardwoods. “I’ve always been concerned about the environment,” he said. “I’ll use hardwood veneers sometimes, but I try to stay away from rainforest wood.”

In addition to CANO’s current show, he has shown in nearly a dozen exhibitions, including taking first place at this year’s Northeastern Woodworkers Association “Showcase” last March in Saratoga Springs, for his Snow-White inspired mirror, “Who’s The Fairest?” and second place for “Turkey Feathers” lamp, both on display at CANO.

“Building is a wonderful discipline,” he said. “There’s a satisfaction of working towards a goal. I feel sorry for people who don’t work with their hands – they’re missing out on something.”

Sobriety Celebrated at LEAF Poetry & Art Show

Sobriety Celebrated at

LEAF Poetry & Art Show

Sam Judd, Oneonta, shows some personal photographs before singing the poem he wrote for LEAF’s 2019 Art & Poetry Contest on the theme, “Home Is Where The Heart Is,” at CANO’s headquarters in the Wilber Mansion Friday evening.   The poem, which took third place in the Adult category, celebrates an adventure he went on with his wife and new dog, Jasper.  Attendees packed the venue, examining art that filled and walls of four rooms, and packing the main room to hear poet read their original works.  (Jennifer Hill/ AllOTSEGO.com)
Study D&H Yards More, Citizens Ask

Study D&H Yards

More, Citizens Ask

CANO President Jim Maloney presents Lynn Bailey with second place award in the Fireman’s Choice category for her homemade Texas chili at the annual Chili Bowl Sunday, Feb. 3 at the Wilber Mansion

ONEONTA – Environmental advocates criticized the Generic Environmental Statement (GEIS) for the D&H yards detailed by Delaware Engineering at Oneonta Common Council on Tuesday, Feb. 5.
Complaints were the GEIS failed to sufficiently consider renewable-energy options and failed to show how a gas decompressor proposed for the Town of Oneonta might fit into the city project.
Full story appears on www.AllOTSEGO.com.

400 CAST VOTES IN BIGGEST CANO CHILI BOWL EVER

400 CAST VOTES

IN BIGGEST CANO

CHILI BOWL EVER

Heather Pikul, owner of 221 Bakery in Oneonta, hands bowls of her smoky turkey chili to SUNY Delhi culinary students Carly Yezzo and Jessica Shultis during the annual CANO Chili Bowl at the Wilber Mansion on Sunday, Feb. 3. 400 chili fans cast their votes, finally selecting a Caribbean-inspired dish from SUNY Delhi Escoffier Club as their top favorite.

TWO LAUDED: Nicole Harmer and Shane Miller, both of Oneonta, were named to the Fall 2018 Dean’s List at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

FOTI ON TOP: George Foti, a senior at Lasell College, was named to the Fall 2018 Dean’s List. He is majoring in Elementary Education.

GILLETTE ACHIEVES: Kinsey Gillette, Otego, was named to the Dean’s List at Emmanuel College for the Fall 2018 semester.

 

Delhi Culinary Earns Top Honors At Chili Bowl

Delhi Culinary Earns

Top Chili Bowl Honors

More people voted in this year’s 15th annual Chili Bowl in Oneonta than at any other in the history of the event. Guests and chefs waited in suspense for over an hour as CANO volunteers and staff sorted through more than 400 ballots, then announced a Caribbean-inspired dish from SUNY Delhi Escoffier Club members Jessica Shultis, Peter Blayne, John Gougoutris and Carly Yezzo, in top photo with CANO President Jim Maloney.  Maloney took both the Fireman’s Award and the People’s Choice Awards for Best Chili. Second place went to the Tulip & Rose of Franklin with The B-Side taking third place.  At right, Kirsten Gargash and daughter Skylar stir up their beef and venison chili before the first guests arrive. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Happening Otsego Jan 30 2019

CANO Chili Bowl,
Hanford Ice Fest,
Winter Staples Here

Representing the Oneonta Bagel Co., SUNY students Ali Szymanski, left, and Melissa Roberts ladle up cups of Thanksgiving Dinner White Bean Chili at the 2018 Chili Bowl.

 

It’s the most delicious day of the year as CANO hosts the annual Chili Bowl fundraiser. Buy a one-of-a-kind bowl decorated by a local artist and fill it up with tasty chili from local restaurants and organizations. Vote for your favorite to take the top prize! Noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, Wilber Mansion, Community Arts Network of Oneonta, 11 Ford Ave., Oneonta. (607) 432-2070.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7

House & Home Opening Reception

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ANGEL TREE PROGRAM – Give the Gift of Christmas this holiday season. Adopt a family in need. Visit www.allotsego.com/angel-tree-program/ to learn how.

HOUSE & HOME EXHIBIT – 5 p.m. 2D, 3D work depicting, derived from dwellings showing conjunction, distinction between house & home. Curated by Jason Kates van Staveren with works by many artists. Community Arts Network of Oneonta, Wilber Mansion, 11 Ford Ave., Oneonta. 607-432-2070 or visit www.canoneonta.org/event/art-exhibit-house-and-home/?instance_id=1063

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16

GOHS Benefit Auction Arrives

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BENEFIT AUCTION – 5:30 p.m. Annual benefit for Greater Oneonta Historical Society features hundreds of items up for live, silent, bucket auctions. Kevin Herrick of Lettis Auction will be auctioneer. Quality Inn, 141 Courtyard Dr., Oneonta. 607-432-0960 or visit www.oneontahistory.org/upcomingevents.htm

UPSTAIR/DOWNSTAIRS TOUR – 10:30 a.m. 95 minute look into both sides of English Country Manor House through 5 generations of family, staff. Hyde Hall, 267 Glimmerglass State Park Road, Cooperstown. 607-547-5098 or visit hydehall.org/event/upstairs-downstairs-special-tours-nov-16-2018/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15

Remembering The First

World War In Otsego County

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PRESENTATION – 6:30 p.m. “Remembering World War 1” with Mark Simonson discussing impact on our area. Followed by open discussion with audience. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. 607-432-1980 or visit hmloneonta.org/calendar/

TURKEY DINNER – 5 – 8 p.m. Senior Citizen Turkey Dinner. Free, open to all senior citizens. Take-out/delivery available. Cafeteria, Cooperstown High School. 607-547-8181 or visit www.cooperstowncs.org

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11

Theatrical Performance

‘A Raisin In The Sun’

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THEATER – 7:30 p.m. Performance of “A Raisin In The Sun” following the Youngers, a black family in a Chicago apartment, as matriarch awaits an insurance check and family debates what to do with it. General admission, $5. Hamblin Theater, SUNY Oneonta. Visit oneonta.campuslabs.com/engage/event/2805226

WORD THURSDAY – 7 – 10 p.m. Writers are invited to share works at open mic followed by refreshments & featured author Kelly Bean, whose work discusses how we arrive at conclusions about literature, the world, what is knowledge; and Lisa Wujnovich, author of 2 poetry books ‘Fieldwork,’ ‘This Place Called Us.’ Bright Hill Press and Literary Center, 94 Church St., Treadwell. 607-829-5055 or visit www.facebook.com/brighthp/

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