PHOTOGRAPHY – 6:30 p.m. Visit the museum’s historic village with your camera at the ‘golden’ hour just before sunset. Staff member Kevin Gray will walk you through the ground and provide tips on photo composition, more to send you home with fantastic photos. Cost, $17/non-member. The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1450 or visit www.farmersmuseum.org/event/sunset-on-the-farm-photography-excursions-2/
MOZART CONCERT – 7 p.m. The Catskill Choral Society returns to the stage after a 2 year pandemic silence to celebrate 50 years of making music with their spring concert titled ‘How Can We Keep From Singing.’ The concert will feature the beloved Mozart Requiem accompanied by a full Orchestra. The program will begin with light choral pieces by such composers as Bernstein, Alice Parker, Samuel Barber, and Gwyneth Walker. Tickets, $25/adult. Available at The Green Earth, Oneonta, and Cooperstown Natural Foods. Hosted at The First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Visit catskillchoralsociety.com
MEDICATION TAKE-BACK-DAY – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Got unused medication? Avoid the risk of having dangerous unused medications in the house and take them to a DEA take-back-location. Otsego County location is The Otsego County Sheriff’s Office, 172 Co. Hwy. 33W, Cooperstown. 607-547-4271 or visit www.facebook.com/OtsegoSheriff/?view_public_for=1219166834832301
PHOTOGRAPHY – 6 p.m. Photographer Dmitri Kasterine presents ‘Photographs and Encounters’ featuring pictures he’s taken in his 60 years of photography, from Queen Elizabeth II to Mick Jagger, and more. Village Library of Cooperstown. 607-547-8344 or visit www.facebook.com/VillageLibraryOfCooperstown/
OPENING RECEPTION – 5 – 8 p.m. Celebrate the Annual Community Arts Network of Oneonta Member Show as it returns from a 2 year hiatus. Come see what local artists have been working on. On view through 3/19. CANO, Wilber Mansion, 11 Ford Ave., Oneonta. 607-432-2070 or visit www.canoneonta.org/annual-members-show
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.
PHOTOGRAPHY EXCURSION – 4:15 – 6:15 p.m. Visit the historic village in the golden hour before sunset, after the people have left with a camera (all types accepted, lense and tripod recommended) and a guide. Staff member Kevin Gray will provide tips on composition, light & shadow, techniques, photogenic locations, and more. Registration required. Cost, $17/non-member. Farmers Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1400 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org
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.
NOBLE EAGLE – 2 p.m. Cooperstown Senior Community Center presents Joshua Ives sharing his story of his military experience in Afghanistan through photography. Brick building behind St. Mary’s Church, 31 Elm St., Cooperstown. firstname.lastname@example.org
EXHIBIT DISCUSSION – 2 – 3 p.m. Discuss photographs & career of Ansel Adams with his son Michael Adams. Presentation will focus on current exhibit ‘Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams’ and will be followed by Q&A session. Registration required for online meeting. Cost, $10/non-member. Presented by Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1400 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org
VIRTUAL TOUR – 2 – 3 p.m. Join live tour of exhibit ‘Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams’ which features photographs documenting the Japanese internment camp in California in 1943. Free, suggested donation $10. Presented by The Fenimore Art Museum. 607-547-1400 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org
I heard about Lady Ostapeck about 20 years ago at my friend Buddy Crist’s house on Angel Hill outside of Schuyler Lake.
There was a picture hanging on his living room wall. It was of a man dressed in a Tolstoy-like shirt standing in the doorway of a weathered cabin.
When I took a closer look I realized it was Buddy, appearing very authentic in clothes I never saw him wear before. “Who took the picture?” I asked.
“Her name is Lady Ostapeck,” Buddy answered. “I was gassing up in Richfield Springs. She was filling her tank on the other side of the pump and kept looking at me. I mean really looking – for a long time. Finally she comes around the pump and says, ‘Are you finish?’”
“I’m still pumping,” I answered.
“No, are you Finnish – from Scandinavia?” she asked.
“I don’t think so.”
“That may be, but I’d like to take your picture.”
It turned out that the woman who was then in her seventies was a famous photographer of Finnish descent. She wanted Buddy, who had the “right look,” to pose for pictures she planned to use for Independence Day in Finland.
They made an appointment, and a week later my friend spent an entire day trying on clothes in a costume – and prop-cluttered house while talking with Lady Ostapeck as she tried to bring to the surface a certain spirit she saw in him.
VIRTUAL TOUR – 2 p.m. Zoom meeting featuring walk through of exhibit ‘Pete Souza: Two Presidents, One Photographer’ with photographer Kevin Gray featuring in-depth discussion and Q&A session. Free, registration required. Suggested donation $5. Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1400 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org
PHOTOGRAPHY – 6:45 a.m. Take a camera to explore Otsego Lake at sunrise with photographer Kevin Gray providing tips on composition, lighting, more. Registration required. Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1400 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org
PHOTO EXCURSION – 5 p.m. Join photographer Kevin Gray for a walk through the historic village during the Golden Hour at sunset, after the museum is closed to take gorgeous photos. Gray will provide tips on composition, lighting, camera techniques, more. Cost, $17/non-member. Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1450 or visit www.facebook.com/farmersmuseum/