Artist’s Talk: Marilynn Gelfman Karp
Wild / Not Wild Artist’s Talk: Marilynn Karp, Aug 29 Cooperstown NY—
Established artist, Marilynn Gelfman Karp, Charlotteville, NY and New York City, will discuss her stunning body of work Thursday August 29 at 6PM, interviewed by moderator Gary Bower. Bower, an established artist, has exhibited at the Art Garage in previous shows and lives in Charlotteville, NY.
The Artist’s Talk is part of the show, Wild / Not Wild, at the Art Garage through Saturday September 21, 689 Beaver Meadow Road.
Treadwell artist, Bertha Rogers, also in the exhibition, will present her program September 18. Both artists are longtime observers of the natural world and incorporate elements in their mixed media pieces, which inform and inspire their aesthetic. Ms Karp’s new works, Birdseye Maps and Nest Riffs,often begin with a repurposed bird or paper wasp nest.
Seating for programs is limited. Guests are encouraged to make reservations, although not required.
As always on Beaver Meadow Road, guests are invited to park on the gallery lawn or the road shoulder, entirely off the pavement.
The galleries will open at 5:30, when visitors can also browse materials at the front desk – rural life notecards and catalogues—by Otsego County’s famous home-grown self-taught artist, Lavern Kelley (1928-1998.) Light refreshment provided. Admission is free.
Ms Karp spends her summers in Charlotteville, NY where she and her late husband, the art world titan Ivan Karp– founder of the legendary OK Harris gallery in SoHo– have created a rural oasis far from their busy New York City life. Upstate she is the director of the Museum of the History of Charlotteville, that presents the history of the town and its families in exquisitely researched detail. She also directs the Anonymous Arts Museum that shares the same building. An art historian as well as an artist, Ms Karp taught at New York University for 42 years; she is a Professor Emeritus. She is best known for a body of work that is based on accretion/accumulation of small manufactured objects. The new work reflects this practice although the materials may be gleaned from her pastoral walks rather than an industrialized milieu. “I’ve taken poetic license with forsaken nests and pounced upon their ready adaptability to my inclusions loosely following animal kingdom rules to make harmonious unities of the unexpected,” she noted. “My most cherished finds have been nests in which the birds or insects have made use of manmade objects as either foundational support for their seasonal habitats or have plucked and employed discarded manufactured bits with which to attract a responsive mate.” The precision in her elegant work parallels that practiced by wasp and bird in their species-dictated shelter-building. The Art Garage will present a second program, an Artist’s Talk & Reading, featuring visual artist and poet, Bertha Rogers, on Wednesday September 18 at 6PM. Free admission. The galleries are open Saturdays 10am-1pm, and daily by appointment or chance. Telephone, 607-547-5327, email firstname.lastname@example.org text 315-941-9607. Admission is free. Follow FBArtGarageCooperstown for images and further information. ###