Cooperstown becomes somewhat of a “ghost town” during the winter months, with several businesses and area attractions closed for the season. However, now is that time of year again when things begin to liven up.
The Fenimore Art Museum opened its doors to visitors on Saturday, and although The Farmers’ Museum has limited offerings, that too is now open.
Todd Kenyon, public relations manager for the museums, said although most programs will not kick off at The Farmers’ Museum until May, this is a good time of year to make a visit because baby animals are being born. “The Pickup Truck, America’s Driving Force” exhibit will open on Memorial Day Weekend and run through October 31, Kenyon added.
According to a media release, the exhibition follows the route of the pickup truck from its beginnings.
The Fenimore Art Museum’s season will build on the strengths of the museum’s collections of American fine art, folk art and American Indian art. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays from Saturday to May 12, when it will be open daily.
Exhibits that are open include:
• “American Masters: Thomas Cole to Grandma Moses,” running through June 2 and Oct. 19 to Dec. 29. The display will present a wide range of works from the museum’s permanent collection.
• “Splendidly Dressed: American Indian Robes and Regalia,” on display through Dec. 29, will feature examples of dress, footwear, hairstyles, headgear, jewelry and accessories from the Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art.
• “Native Roots: The Ninth Contemporary Iroquois Art Biennial,” through July 21, showcasing the best of Iroquois artists in New York state.
• “Forging Perfection: Masterworks from The Farmers’ Museum Blacksmith Shop,” running through Dec. 29, showing pieces created at the shop for the past 20 years.
• “Places in Passing: Contemporary Landscapes by Susan Jones Kenyon,” on display through Dec. 29, featuring atmospheric paintings of Cooperstown’s Otsego Lake and the surrounding region by the contemporary landscape artist.