The Cooperstown Art Association’s 2012 National exhibition which represents 21 states has been touted as “one of the best,” “of exceptional quality” and “delightful” by locals and visitors alike, according to a media release from the association.

The National Show is a must-see and we encourage everyone to come visit and view this exceptional exhibition before it closes on August 17,” said CAA Director Janet Erway in the release. “From Michael Bignell’s striking New York City streetscape, ‘5th Avenue’ to Chris Kroup’s moveable sculpture, ‘Granddaddy’s Tired Legs’ the works are distinct and remarkable. This inspiring show is overflowing with diversity and talent and every entry deserves to be seen.”

The Cooperstown Art Association’s 77th Annual National Juried Art Exhibition kicked off with a very successful Preview Party on Friday, July 13, where this year’s award winners were announced.

Twenty-one awards were presented, with the Grand Prize awarded to Mark Larsen of Norwich, for his two photographs, “Flooded Field, Oxford, NY” and “House and Valley, Plymouth, NY.”

Traditional photographic tools and techniques are important to his work and consistent with his subject matter which is nostalgic glimpses and remnants of a simpler past, the release stated.

The second largest prize was awarded to Wilfred Loring of Lindsborg, Kansas, for his oil painting, “May Clothesline II.” According to the release, Loring’s subjects come from wherever he happens to be and he looks for strong light sources, dynamic compositions and movement of the subject.

The Cooperstown Art Association is located in the library building, at 22 Main Street, diagonally across from the Baseball Hall of Fame. Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 547-9777. Gallery hours: Daily 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 4 p.m.

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