The Smithy is pleased to announce the first Opening Reception of the season titled and themed Relatable, will be on display in The Smithy Gallery from May 13 - June 9, 2019.
The artwork and artists involved in our Relatable exhibition will interpret the meanings and importance of relationships, both familial and material.
The first floor will feature a tribute to a remarkable artist and pillar of the Smithy Clay Studio, Sandee Alpern. Her ceramic style is still instantly recognizable to many locals, and this exhibit of her ceramics aims to celebrate her life, work and years of the generous support of the Smithy Clay Studio and community. Her husband, Harlan Alpern, will be presenting a selection of his oil paintings to complement his wife's work and has been a great help in organizing this tribute to Sandee.
Our Member Artists will be providing their responses to this theme in the Member Artists Gallery on the second floor. We would like to welcome Robert Buck to The Smithy, as our newest Member Artist. In room three, Smithy Member Michael Flanagan will have a solo show of his mixed media artwork, exploring the use and juxtaposition of various and sometimes unexpected materials and the way they create visual and metaphorical relationships.
On the third floor, we have invited artist couples, siblings, and partners to present their individual artwork side-by-side, with some choosing to create a collaborative piece as well. Those artists include Ann & Dave Kiehm, Gary & Sarah Price, Mary Nolan & Anne Bishop, Fiona Dejardin & Terry Slade, Margot Farrington & Tony Martin, Sondra Freckelton & Jack Beal, Jon Stein & Madeline Walker, and Ann Geiger & Michael Whaling. The work of Lisbeth Firmin and Chelsea Gibson will also be on display, their work dealing with similar themes of personal relationships and interactions.
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The Smithy galleries are located at 55 Pioneer Street in Cooperstown, NY.
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10-5pm, Sunday 12-5pm.
Please call 607-547-9777 for more information. Visit us on the web at www.smithyarts.org.