The Cooperstown Art Association is a thriving non-profit art gallery that offers a breathtaking atmosphere for exhibitions, classes and special events. Formed in 1928 by a group of six professional artists, the CAA's primary role is and has always been to serve and maintain interest in the applied and fine arts as well as provide the means to increase the community's awareness and participation. Though many aspects of the organization have changed over the decades, our purpose and dedication to it has not. "Our chief objective has always been to encourage." Cooper said in 1978 as he recounted the CAA's first 50 years, "Our thesis was that the world would be a better place if everybody indulged in some form of creative work...primarily for what it did to them," and because of this, "wherever we found a spark we fanned it into a flame." Now more than ever we wish to nurture the development of both artists and audience in all media and to educate and encourage the youth in the surrounding community. The CAA exhibits approximately 18 shows a year, featuring a cross-section of styles and abilities and bringing in a multitude of artists and patrons. We offer classes, workshops and special events throughout the year along with our ongoing figure drawing class. The key to our success has been a long devoted membership: citizens interested and involved in our current programs who are willing to make valuable suggestions for future projects.
An exciting array of special events occur throughout the year offering engaging seasonal activities for artists, families, and community members. These include Spring Cleaning-Art Bazaar, Fine Arts on the Lawn, The Pumpkin Glow, and The Adorn-A-Door Wreath Festival.
Gallery A: The Augusta Clark Room
Gallery A is named in honor of Augusta Clark and is the CAA's main exhibition space. It is naturally lit by pristine skylights and provides an expansive airy atmosphere for exhibition. Gallery A hosts approximately twenty shows a year including the Annual Fenimore Quilt Show, Artistic Discovery: The Congressional Art Show for area Highschool Students, our Regional and National Exhibitions, and the Holiday Member Show and Sale.
Gallery B: The Henry S.F. Cooper Room
Gallery B, named in honor of Henry S.F. Cooper, provides a more intimate setting for exhibition. This space is the perfect size for solo shows and usually hosts about six a year. It is a wonderful space for installations as well as small group shows. Gallery B also houses pieces from the Annual Fenimore Quilt Show, Our National Exhibition, and the Holiday Member Show and Sale.
Artist Sales Gallery
This gallery features a warm cozy atmosphere, featuring museum grade lighting and hard wood floors - a fantastic venue for our talented member artists and craftspeople. The Sales Gallery and An Artistic Discovery opens every March and closes in November, when we begin the Holiday Member Show & Sale. Products for sale include fine art, fine crafts, paintings, drawings, printmaking, photography, sculpture, fiber arts, wood work, metal, glass, cards, and books.
Gallery C: The Ballroom Gallery
This gallery is appropriately known as the Ballroom Gallery which it served as during the Village building's earlier years. Gallery C is also partially lit by skylights and it offers a luxurious location for special events and exhibitions alike. Gallery C shows around four shows a year including the Cooperstown Central School Exhibition, The Leatherstocking Brush and Palette Club Show, and a portion of our National Exhibition. Many of the CAA's special events also take place in Gallery C, such as Spring Cleaning and the Adorn-A-Door Wreath Festival.