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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Watercolor Society Opening Reception 10-01-21

Watercolor Society Opening Reception


OPENING RECEPTION – 5 – 7 p.m. Celebrate opening of The Central New York Watercolor Society’s Annual Members-Only Juried Exhibition accompanied by and a new exhibit from wood artist Emilie Rigby. Both showing through 10/29. Cooperstown Art Association, 22 Main St., Cooperstown. 607-547-9777 or visit

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: ‘Made in New York: The Art of Wood’ exhibit opens at the Art Association 08-20-21

‘Made in New York: The Art of Wood’
exhibit opens at the Art Association


OPENING RECEPTION – 5 – 7 p.m. Celebrate opening of ‘Made in New York: The Art of Wood’ a fine craft invitational exhibit. Also opening is the ‘Daily Draw: Revisited.’ On show 8/20 thru 9/24. Cooperstown Art Association. 607-547-9777 or visit

Village delays action on site, licensing fees after more pushback

Village delays action on site,
licensing fees after more pushback

By GREG KLEIN  • Special to

Cooperstown Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh, center, speaks with the Board of Trustees before the meeting Monday, July 26. From left are, Richard Sternberg, Deputy Mayor Cindy Falk, Tillapaugh, Hanna Bergene, Joe Membrino and MacGuire Benton. (Greg Klein/

COOPERSTOWN — The village Board of Trustees tabled a proposed law to charge license and site fees for village property and the use of village icons in commercial endeavors.

There were two public hearings on the docket Monday, July 26, but four of the five members of the public at the meeting at 22 Chestnut Street spoke against charging local artists who paint, photograph or otherwise use local Cooperstown icons, such as Doubleday Field or the Sandlot Kid statue, in their work. The speakers included two store owners who sell artwork, an artist and Cooperstown Art Association President Cheryl Wright.

Cooperstown Art Association to host preview party for 86th Annual National Juried Art Show

Cooperstown Art Association to host preview party for 86th Annual National Juried Art Show

STAFF REPORT • Special to

After a year hiatus, the Cooperstown Art Association (CAA) is hosting a reception starting with a preview party at 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, July 9.

An award ceremony will also take place during this event.

The preview will be at the CAA gallery on 22 Main Street in Cooperstown.

Go to for more information.


Cooperstown & Around: May 6, 2021

Cooperstown & Around

Closed for abatement

An asbestos abatement project will be taking place in The Cooperstown Art Association’s Gallery A and as a result the Village Hall, including all CAA galleries and their gallery shop and The Village Library of Cooperstown, will be closed Saturday, May 8.

CAA and the library are normally closed Sundays and Mondays. Both institutions will reopen and resume normal activities Tuesday, May, 11.

Mental health month helpers

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. User-friendly accurate information on mental illness and helpful resources can be found at

People with ongoing mental health challenges can find support by calling upon peers at The Warm Line at 607-433-0661. Information about regular support meetings for families and friends can be obtained by emailing Crisis?: MCAT 844-732-6228 (24 hr) or the National Suicide Prevention Helpline: 800 273-8255/ text TALK to 741741.

Student News: April 29, 2021

Student News

Applications Open For Annual
Art Scholarships From CAA

Graduating seniors from any Clark Scholarship-eligible high schools are encouraged to apply for the Cooperstown Art Association’s annual Art Scholarship, for students looking to study art at the college level.

CAA will providing up to $1,400 in awards through this scholarship.

The schools eligible are: Cherry Valley-Springfield, Cooperstown, Edmeston, Gilbertsville-Mt. Upton, Laurens, Milford, Milford BOCES, Morris, Mt. Markham, Owen D. Young, Richfield Springs, Schenevus and Worcester.

Home-schooled students living within those school districts are also eligible for the scholarship.

Applications will be submitted online this year. Students can access the form on the CAA’s website,

There is no application fee.

Each student will be asked to provide a portfolio of five pieces that best represent their work and artistic abilities. Images can be uploaded directly in the form. Students will also be asked to upload a document that includes the titles and mediums for each piece entered.

All submissions must be submitted prior to the deadline at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 12.

All portfolios will be juried by a local artist /art professional, to be determined by the CAA.

Funding for this scholarship is provided in part through CAA’s annual Adorn-a-Door Fundraiser and through donations from CAA members and patrons.

Student Awards

Melinda Tyler of Cooperstown was inducted to Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society at Cazenovia College in Cazenovia.
Membership requires maintaining a grade point average of 3.0 or above, leadership excellence, participation in service projects, and an annual membership fee. Tyler was one of the inaugural members of the induction class.

Heidi Edmonds of Cooperstown was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest all-discipline collegiate honor society.
Edmonds was initiated at United States Air Force Academy.

Elmira College recently announced its Dean’s List for academic achievement for winter 2021.
The list recognizes full-time undergraduate students who were registered for at least 12 computable credit hours and who earned a term grade point average of 3.6 or higher. Local students recognized include: Hailey Erway of Cherry Valley; Willow Tompkins of Worcester; and Mason Weir of Oneonta.

Thomas Leahy of Otego was one of six students from SUNY Oneonta’s School of Economics and Business who were inducted into Omicron Delta Epsilon, the college’s honorary society in economics for the 2020-21 academic year.

Amethyst Gardner of Oneonta was one of 13 students inducted into SUNY Oneonta’s Edward K. Griesmer chapter of National Residence Hall Honorary.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Collection For Spring Cleaning Art Bazaar 02-15-21

CAA Seeks Art Donations



DONATIONS – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Weekdays. Check your closets for gently used artworks to donate to the CAA Spring Cleaning Bazaar. Support the local art association, clear some space at home. Drop off weekdays through March 5. Cooperstown Art Association, 22 Main St., Cooperstown. 607-547-9777 or visit

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: ‘Diversity In The Dugout’ With Baseball HoF 02-11-21

‘Diversity In The Dugout’

With Baseball HoF


VIRTUAL FIELD TRIP – 1:30 p.m. ‘Cultural Diversity: Diversity In The Dugout’ presentation on how the national pastime has brought together players and fans from all walks of life for the love of the sport. Free, registration required. Presented by Baseball Hall of Fame. 607-547-7200 or visit

Pumpkins Aglow On Village Hall’s Porch


Pumpkins Aglow On

Village Hall’s Porch

Siblings Eva Gibson, 12, and brother Patrick, 10, spent part of today carving pumpkins for the Pumpkin Glow, underway until 7 p.m. on the front porch of Cooperstown Village Hall.  Then, the two began examining the competition.  Pumpkins are being brought to the event throughout the hour, so there’s time to get over there and take a look.  Of course, COVID precautions are being followed, including masks and social distancing, and only a certain number of the curious get in the gate at any one time.  Inset is Janet Erway, executive director of the Cooperstown Art Association, which has been staging the Halloween event for a decade now. (Jim Kevlin/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Luck Of The Draw Fundraiser, 2 Exhibits Open At Art Association 10-02-20

Luck Of The Draw Fundraiser,

2 Exhibits Open At Art Association


EXHIBIT OPENINGS – 11 a.m. 3 art exhibit open, no reception planned. Stop by to enjoy ‘Essential Art: The 29th Annual Regional Juried Art Show’ thru 10/30, ‘The Luck of the Draw Exhibit & Fundraiser’ thru 10/17, & ‘Leatherstocking Brush & Palette Club Fine Arts Exhibition’ thru 10/30. Cooperstown Art Association. 607-547-9777 or visit

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