The Smithy will have its first opening reception of the season from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, May 13. This first exhibit, titled and themed “Relatable,” will be on display in the gallery through June 9.

The artwork and artists involved in the exhibit “interpret the meanings and importance of relationships, both familial and material,” presenters said in a media release.

The first floor will feature a tribute to a artist and “pillar” of the Smithy Clay Studio, Sandee Alpern, the release said. Her ceramic style is still recognizable to many locals, and this exhibit of her ceramics aims to celebrate her life, work and years of support of the Smithy Clay Studio and community. Her husband, Harlan Alpern, will present a selection of his oil paintings to complement his wife’s work.

Smithy member artists will provide their responses to this theme in the Member Artists Gallery on the second floor. It will serve to welcome Robert Buck as the newest member artist.

In room three, member Michael Flanagan will have a solo show of his mixed media artwork, exploring the “use and juxtaposition of various and sometimes unexpected materials and the way they create visual and metaphorical relationships,” the release said. 

On the third floor, The Smithy has invited artist couples, siblings and partners to present their individual artwork side-by-side, with some choosing to create a collaborative piece as well. Thee artists include Ann and Dave Kiehm, Gary and Sarah Price, Mary Nolan and Anne Bishop, Fiona Dejardin and Terry Slade, Margot Farrington and Tony Martin, Sondra Freckelton and Jack Beal, Jon Stein and Madeline Walker and Ann Geiger and Michael Whaling, the release said. The work of Lisbeth Firmin and Chelsea Gibson will also be on display, their work dealing with similar themes of personal relationships and interactions.

The Smithy galleries are at 55 Pioneer St. in Cooperstown. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call  607-547-9777 or visit