COOPERSTOWN — The Art Garage will launch its summer season Friday, May 31, with an opening reception for “Post Nature: our natural world at risk,” a two-person show at 689 Beaver Meadow Road.
The featured artists, Sarah Draney of the Hudson Valley and James Gregg Herman of Hartwick, use elements collected from their local environments — bark, twigs, thorns, seedpods and more — repurposed into works of art. The theme, a conceptual framework, is lightly suggested, presenters said in a media release, and viewers will reach their own conclusions. The opening reception is free and open to the public. The show will continue through Saturday, June 29, and will offer artists’ talks on June 13 and June 29, as well as a workshop led by Dzeli.
Dzeli (AKA performance artist Angelica Palmer of Hartwick) will make a guest appearance at the opening, and will address the theme with what she terms “healing grief rituals,” the release said. She will invite gallery visitors to participate in a mini interactive performance outdoors. She will conduct an extended workshop the evening of June 15.
The show and season are dedicated to the memory of arts educator Amy Brooks Snider, Pratt Institute professor emerita, and a supporter of the Art Garage. A part-time resident of Schenevus, she died unexpectedly this winter, according the release. She particularly advocated that Sarah Draney’s work be exhibited at The Art Garage.
Draney’s patinated, nature-based works present narrow ladder constructions and small structures made of plant stems, tendrils, grapevine sections and twigs. She gathers the materials from her hidden garden of stones and ferrous objects, many coated with mosses and lichens. She also uses bark-like bits of thick and crusty handcast paper, the whole work coated with black paint, often with a shimmering metallic sheen. After she left the art scenes of San Francisco and New York for the Hudson Valley, she created her garden world, the release said. She will be present at the opening and give an artist’s talk on Saturday, June 29.
Herman is a visual artist whose practice encompasses fine art and design. His work is in numerous private and corporate collections. He has exhibited his paintings and sculpture in New York City and Europe. Born in Wichita, Kansas, he grew up in Saint Joseph, Missouri. He studied at the San Francisco Art Institute and earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in painting at the University of Oregon. After teaching, Herman moved to Tribeca in 1974, where he maintained his art studio until he moved upstate in 2010, with his wife, painter Lillian Voorhees. Before his permanent move, he became involved in local issues, including fracking awareness, and he helped found Sustainable Otsego. His ongoing research and educational outreach about fracking earned him the Otsego County Conservation Association “Conservationist of the Year” award in 2010.
The gallery is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays and other times by appointment, by calling or texting 315-941-9607, calling 607-547-5327 or email email@example.com. Images of selected works can be seen at www.facebook.com/TheArtGarageCooperstown.