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May 16, 2013

The Cooperstown Art Association is expanded

Classes to be held at new location

The Cooperstown Art Association has been given the opportunity to expand its classes.

The CAA has opened a second facility, the CAA Big Red Annex Art School, at 5 Railroad Ave. The opportunity was made possible through the generosity of Butch and Mary Welch of Middlefield, according to a media release. 

The release said the collaboration was inspired by the couple’s history with the CAA: Being members, taking classes and the longtime devotion of Butch’s mother, Olga Welch, as director of the CAA.

The Welch’s space provides 2,000 square feet that will be used to host a variety of classes and events at a reduced rental rate. Their generosity has been enhanced with a donation by the New York Susquehanna & Western Railway Corporation, which will be providing parking spaces across the street. Butch and Mary hope to inspire others to give back to their community, said the release.

The CAA is encouraging community members to help strengthen offerings at the new venue by making a pledge of support in any amount. Organizers are compiling a wish list of items needed for the space and welcome input and help.

This new classroom space will be put to use beginning Monday, May 20 and it is not too late to sign up.

Doug Jamison will be leading two classes on Mondays from May 20 to July 15. Between 10 a.m. and noon he will teach “Water Soluble Oils.” Participants will be able to explore the unique characteristics of oil painting by using water soluble oils without the messy cleanup and toxic smells of turpentine, while learning a procedural approach to the medium including color mixing, glazing, wet-on-wet, underpainting and direct and indirect painting. The instructor will give demonstrations each session and offer hands-on help. The class will be working from photos. The course fee is $135 for members and $140 for non-members.

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