Cooperstown, NY - May 10, 2013- Smithy Center for the Arts (SCA) is delighted to announce the start of the season for The Smithy Pioneer Gallery on Monday, May 20th, marked by an opening reception from 5 - 7 PM. The first show honors the many Smithy Member Artists in our creative Cooperstown community and outlying Central New York region. In addition to the artwork, the local and well-loved Stoddard Hollow String Band will perform live in the courtyard and, of course, there will be hor d'oeuvres, wine, and beer courtesy of Brewery Ommegang.
Titled Person, Place, Thing
, the exhibit celebrates Member & Guest Member Artists by expanding the annual member show beyond the second floor to include all three floors of the
gallery. SCA's Pioneer Gallery legacy has been shaped by the work of its members. With this show, the artists explore the crux of who they are: the people, places and things that inspire them to create. By expanding the exhibit to the entire gallery, the member artists gain not only additional space for their work, but additional exposure as well.
On the first floor, Place
will be the main feature and the exhibit will be curated by acclaimed local landscape painter and Smithy Member Susan Jones Kenyon. The second floor will tackle Person
and be curated by another Member Artist and one of our
community's treasures, landscape and portrait painter Tracy Helgeson. Thing
is the third floor theme and accomplished photographer Edward Garbarino (also an SCA Writers' Circle and Art Committee member and new Member Artist) will curate. Throughout the gallery, the beautiful and extraordinary work of SCA's pottery students and teachers will be highlighted.
The artwork is the reason to come to the gallery, but there are some wonderful new renovations that everyone will be delighted to see. First, several walls built in the last few decades to create a storage room on the second floor have been knocked down to expose the original brick and wood walls and the floors and joists have been restored, replaced, and refinished. Second, the gallery now boasts a real and lovely-to-use restroom so that our guests may have the best experience possible. Third, our courtyard is now outfitted with bistro tables and chairs so that visitors may enjoin a leisurely afternoon reading, lunching, or chatting with friends.
The May 20th gallery opening kicks off what promises to be an incredibly exciting summer at SCA. In addition to a plethora of beautiful and provoking exhibits, there will be a concert series running every Monday night in July and August, a full slate of high quality theatrical productions (including The Compleat Works of William Shakespeare Abridged, The Heidi Chronicles, and Flowers for Algernon), theatre and pottery camps, regular pottery and painting classes, a community play festival and more.
SCA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit multi-arts organization whose mission it is to make art accessible, as well as to inspire individuals to discover the artist within. To learn all about SCA's various programs, to donate or to find out how you can get in on the action, visit SmithyArts.org. SCA is located at 55 Pioneer Street, Cooperstown, NY. Call 607.547.8671
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information, ticketing, or to register for classes. Whatever your passion, come collaborate!