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Rural Resonance, Art Garage winter show -Now through March 31, 2018.

The Art Garage is ending its current show, Rural Resonance, with a closing party & reception Saturday March 31, 4-6PM. "For much of February and March, the show was inaccessible due to huge mounds of snow in front of the door," noted Sydney Waller, Art Garage founder and director. "The Closing Party provides another chance to see the show."The exhibition features three established artists: Tracy Helgeson, Alice Hudson and Lavern Kelley, all with works in museums as well as in many private collections. Helgeson, who was also featured in Homeland, offers paintings new to The Art Garage and the area, that celebrate rural sights: a girl decked out for her prom, chickens and sheep, barns and fields. Hudson exhibits small, shadow-box-like constructions, stories without words—created in Norwich. Oneonta self-taught artist Kelley is showing multiple mediums; drawings created in the mid-20th century that record farm life of the era; a selection of carved trucks and remarkable composed photographs; and even a painting. The new book, Lavern Kelley: Farmer Artist, will be available, also matted original Lavern Kelley photographs, and note cards of his iconic drawings.

Visitors may see the show any day by appointment, seven days a week through March 31.
Please contact The Art Garage, telephone 607-547-5327, text 315-941-9607 or email The gallery can usually open within 10 minutes.
Selected images can be seen on FacebookLeArtGarage/Cooperstown

TRACY HELGESON's luminous work was most recently seen at Fenimore Art Museum in the 2017 solo exhibition, Between Observation and Imagination: Paintings by Tracy Helgeson. Born in Rochester, Minnesota, she grew up in America's heartland, where everything was "simple and basic," she noted. Helgeson moved Upstate in 2003, where she has been "greatly inspired by the landscape, as well as the barns, structures, roads and farm scenes that surround my home...." Her art changed dramatically. " I never really painted anything green before," she noted in a recent review. Trained as an illustrator, she has gone through several phases, including detailed illustration and portraiture. Helgeson attended the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the Philadelphia College of Art (now University of the Arts). Helgeson honed her distinctive processes in Philadelphia: her under painting and glazing techniques that to this day evolve--and distinguish her work. In the end her work, reviewed most recently by art critic Katherine Rushworth in Central New York Magazine, is about simplifying and reducing. "She pares the compositions down to the very essence of shape, color and texture," Rushworth noted, "-- down to the basics." Rushworth finds elements of Edward Hopper, Richard Diebenkorn and Mark Rothko in Helgeson's work." In some, she echoes the Hopper's work. In others, it's the balance between figuration and abstraction in Diebenkorn's paintings....and] in yet others, it's the color field style of Rothko's work." Her work is represented by galleries across the country, including in California, Minnesota and Massachusetts.

ALICE HUDSON (1922-2013) grew up near Buffalo, NY. As a young artist, Ms Hudson moved to Long Island where she taught at The Museums of Stony Brook and exhibited her work in galleries including Gallery North. She became known for her diminutive creatures made with bits of fabric and found objects —whether hilarious, charming or scary, they always had an elaborate narrative, a distinct character and personality. She made puppets. Eventually she moved Upstate to be near her sister and daughter in Norwich NY. She continued to make art pretty much non-stop over the last 20 years of her life. She made-work obsessively – her daughter, Elizabeth Bronson, remarked that she was consumed with what Elizabeth dubbed "CCD" – Compulsive Creative Disorder. The Mingei International Museum, San Diego bought her masterpiece A Palace for Wednesday, years ago and it is much beloved and on permanent display. Her other monumental piece, Procession, depicts dozens of fanciful creatures, from insect walkers to robber families, and now also belongs to the Mingei, through a purchase managed by The Art Garage. Hudson's work is in many private collections and, in addition to The Mingei, in public collections that include The Museum of the City of New York and the Louvre. The Art Garage represents her estate.

LAVERN KELLEY (1928-1998) grew up in Otsego County on his family farm. He began to carve at age 7, initially to make crude toys. In time his carvings became so accomplished that by 1998 they seemed exact replicas. Kelley also drew, after chores, through the early 1950s. In the mid-1950s he began to stage and photograph his finished work outdoors, to make the trucks look 'real'. Over the last 12 years of his life Kelley became a sensation in the folk art world. The New York State Council on the Arts designated him a Master Folk Artist. His work was featured in The New York Times, Art and Auction and Kaatskill Life. Many public entities now own his work, including The Smithsonian, The Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, The Wellin Museum, Hamilton College, the National Baseball Hall of Fame Museum and Fenimore Art Museum, the museum with the largest holding of Kelley works. His work continues to be featured in shows, most recently at the Catskill Center for the Arts, Livingston Manor, NY and the Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle. A new book, Lavern Kelley Farmer Artist, is devoted to his story, much in his own words, and is available at The Green Toad bookstore and Artware, Oneonta and The Art Garage.

The Art Garage in Cooperstown represents his estate.

Closing Party, Sat. March 31, 2018 - 4:00PM - 6:00PM.  

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Rural Resonance, Art Garage winter show -Now through March 31, 2018.
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