TimeAlso open Saturdays 11-3 and daily with a call or text.
Art Show Lilian Voorhees & James Herman
Cooperstown NY—The Art Garage will launch its summer season Friday June 11 with two exhibitions. The Main Gallery will present a brilliant two-person show, Lilian Voorhees: Paintings & James Herman: Projects, that will feature highly anticipated new work by two established artists who will be familiar to Art Garage afficionnados.
Following the openings at 689 Beaver Meadow Road, Cooperstown, the gallery will be open Saturdays starting June 12, 11am-3pm, through July 8, and other days with an appointment.
Visitors should not miss the remarkable Middle Bay show in the adjacent bay, David Wilson: Assemblages, or the wild suspended sculptures– birdhouses– in the informal MG Third Bay. “It feels great to be able to offer full-blown shows again! ” noted Art Garage founder/director, Sydney Waller. In the Main Gallery – the size of one bay in a garage– James Herman will be sharing three distinct projects that have absorbed his attention: color and nature. “I tend to work on projects or themes where the similarities emerge after many years,” he noted “exploration and discovery are my main motivation.” In 2018, for example, he worked with bark, thorns and wood he found on his farm. In his current Projects, he continues to drill down on nature: including the bark of trees, nature’s skin, that he has referred to as “shards.” Now he offers elegant two-dimensional interpretations of bark – ethereal, strong watercolors. He also offers brilliantly colored paintings on hardwood squares, presenting a grid-like tableau with stunning variations in gesture and color. His work was most recently seen at the Art Garage in Nature, where his work was featured alongside that of Hudson Valley artist Sarah Draney. Herman, who lives in a rural landscape, continues to be very much nature-focused though never with a traditional approach. Lilian Voorhees’ exceptionally beautiful nuanced paintings were first presented to an Upstate public in in a stunning two-person show with New Jersey artist Tom Nussbaum, in 2015, and again in 2018, in ClayGlassPainting, a three person show, both at The Art Garage. Her searching, ambitious and luminous work has continued to evolve in intriguing and exciting ways as can be seen in the new paintings in the show. Previously, Voorhees’ abstracted yet expressive oil on canvas paintings clearly referenced woodlands, wetlands and gardens, using varied brushwork, organic forms and an arresting use of “sgraffito.” In the time since, her work has evolved dramatically. Both Herman and Voorhees, who are married, chose to build their studios in rural Hartwick NY which they now call home. They left the city for good in 2010. Images of their work can be found at FBArtGarageCooperstown.
To make a reservation to see the show on days other than Saturdays, call 607-547-5327, or text 315-941-9607. Or simply stop by, text, and, ‘if we’re in, we’ll come out!’