Winter Show 2019: New Featured Artist on Winter Wall at The Art Garage / Reception Sat. Feb. 16, 4-6PM
The Art Garage Winter Show includes a "Winter Wall" with a different Featured Artist every three weeks. Hartwick's Michael Binder is the new Featured Artist. His work will be on view at a public reception Saturday February 16m, 4-6PM. The reception is in part made possible with support from Pail Shop Vineyards. In the winter the gallery is open daily by appointment, between the hours of 10am and 6pm, weather-permitting. Simply call 607-547-5327, text 315-941-9607 or email email@example.com.
ABOUT New Featured Artist on Winter Wall:
The new Featured Artist on the Winter Wall is Michael Binder, who has lived for long periods of time on three different continents. He has exhibited internationally, in Paraguay, Germany, and Switzerland. Locally he has exhibited at the Cooperstown Art Association in the Regional and National Shows.
Born in the Black Forest in Riedlingen, Germany during WWII, he was a baby when his family fled on a bicycle to Switzerland. His father, a renowned doctor, soon moved the family to South America where he set up a hospital in Pulculpa, Peru. Michael spent his early years in Peru and became fluent in Spanish as well as German. Binder returned to Europe to study at Abitur Herman Lietz Schule, Bieberstein, Germany, then at Ecole d'Humanite, a progressive international boarding school in Hasliberg Goldern, Switzerland, in the Berner Oberland.
He immigrated to the United States for a five-year undergraduate-through-graduate program at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA. He taught at the Museum of Fine Arts night school for a year before accepting a position at the Hermann Lietz Schule Schloss, Bieberstein, Germany. Eventually, he returned to Central and South America where he spent five years in Mexico, Peru, and Brazil, particularly in Paraguay. Wherever he was, he assisted artisans of various cultures to bring their art to markets and to help them get "the best price possible for their work." A life-long gifted art teacher, he left South America to teach ceramics/painting/drawing/sculpture at the Ecole d'Humanite in Switzerland for two decades.
Binder moved to Upstate New York in 2003 and married artist Shari Adams, whom he first met at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in the late 1960s. They live in the town of Hartwick on an old farm and have adjoining studios in the barn. Binder has built an outdoor kiln for his ceramic work. When not making art he made artists' oil paint, offsite, first for Williamsburg Art Materials, East Meredith, then for twelve years at Golden Artist Colors, Columbus, NY, the internationally recognized artists' paint company in Chenango County -- that employs a number of artists.
Binder was a paint-maker for their Williamsburg oils line until 2016 when he tragically suffered a stroke. In steady recovery from that trauma, he continues to pursue abstract experiments with color, a subject that has always been important to him. While he no longer makes precise, detailed, often surreal drawings like those on display at the Art Garage, his artwork is evolving in new and fascinating directions.
Binder will be in attendance at the reception on Saturday, February 16.
The five artists permanently on view during the Winter Show until its April closing include Alice Hudson (Norwich) and Lavern Kelley (Oneonta), whose estates the Art Garage represents; Louis Sherry, a newly discovered self-taught artist near Ithaca; South Worcester's Gail Peachin, and Robert Ginder (CA & Nevada).
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The Winter Show 2019 also presents Robert Ginder, elusive 'poetica obscuram'; Lavern Kelley, vintage drawings (1940's) and hand-carved trucks (1960s and 1990s); Alice Hudson, fantastical creatures; Gail Peachin, haunting photo collage; Louis Sherry, exuberant assemblage through April.
The gallery will be closed on Valentine's Day.