---- — The Cooperstown Art Association will host an opening reception for two new exhibits on Friday, Aug. 23.
Festivities will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. featuring music by the Stoddard Hollow String Band. Gallery A will be showcasing the 22nd annual “Made in New York: The Art of Wood” fine craft invitational show. “The Art of Wood” is entirely devoted to creations made in a variety of local and exotic woods. Featuring work by 24 talented local and regional craftspeople, this year’s show will highlight an array of functional and nonfunctional work including furniture, jewelry, lighting, vessels, musical instruments, turned and carved items and sculptures that are sure to delight, according to a media release.
In Gallery B, Robert Glisson of Syracuse will be exhibiting his original oil and acrylic paintings that depict soft, atmospheric landscapes. As a landscape painter, Robert is continuously trying to express a feeling or mood in nature. He paints in plein air to best understand the land, atmosphere and spatial relationships. Work is often finished in the studio, drawn out from the experience outdoors.
“I am not so concerned with a literal copy of a site but an emotional response. My use of color is sometimes exaggerated in order to elicit this emotion. Design decisions are made about what to leave in and what to take out of the picture. In the end, I want someone to look at my paintings and take a little journey through them … and a little pleasure,” Robert said in the release.
Both exhibits are sponsored by Brewery Ommegang and will run through Sept. 20. The CAA galleries are located at 22 Main St. in Cooperstown in the village building on the corner of Main and Fair streets. Special Gallery Hours for Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day Weekend will be held daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular gallery hours are Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. CAA will be closed for Labor Day and Tuesdays thereafter. For more information, call 547-9777 or visit www.cooperstownart.com.