Closing Day/George Hymas Solo Art Show
Last Day to See George Hymas Solo Art Show at the Art Garage 8/20/20
Cooperstown, NY – The Art Garage will close George Hymas: Spontaneous & Deliberate, a Solo Pop-Up Summer Show, on Thursday August 20 at 4PM. Installed in the airy Middle Bay gallery, 689 Beaver Meadow Road, Cooperstown, on Thursday the gallery will be open from noon to 4PM.
Self-taught Pierstown artist, George Hymas, creates visionary colorful sculpture from things others throw out, like construction-site debris, twisted brush, spent bullets and discarded shoes. He re-purposes these objects, sometimes painting with a Q-tip to make patterns that may reflect his interest in early man. His delightful works on paper include drawings on coffee-filters and tea bags. A creative polymath, “In a world awash with [our] castoff consumer items, I seek to re-purpose them to bring a bit of joy and laughter, especially to our presently self-distanced, quarantined Covid-19 way of life, ” he noted. He is also known for marionettes he created and manipulated from 13-feet above stage for Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Franklin Stage Theater several years ago.
Hymas grew up on Staten Island, surrounded by family artisans and artists, boat builders, sculptors and ‘wood smiths.’ A self-proclaimed “proud New Yorker,” early in his professional career he was a technical illustrator and architectural model builder. Then he spent twenty-five years as a professional firefighter, mostly for the City of South Orange, NJ, near Newark. Following retirement from firefighting, Hymas moved to Otsego County and restored an much-damaged 1802 farmhouse in Pierstown on cleared land deep in the woods. A tree at the end of his driveway is encircled by a large yellow spider-like creature made of yellow dots – painted golf balls. In addition to making art, Hymas writes and reads poetry and conducts research on his wide-ranging interests that include paleontology and entomology. He studied geology and early man at SUNY Oneonta. He has been known to help out with occasional carpentry work. He also enjoys baking bread. Images of the artist’s work can be seen on FacebookArtGarageCooperstown.
Additionally, the enclosed Main Gallery features work by seven area artists – Tracy Helgeson, Robert Seward, Vicki Whicker, Louis Sherry, Alice Hudson, Lavern Kelley and Ada Yonenaka. Visitors numbers are limited and they must wear a mask. Sanitizer is always on hand at the Art Garage. In the time of Covid-19, visitors may contact the gallery seven days a week, 9AM-5PM, to schedule a safe visit at a mutually practicable time. Visits can generally occur the same day. To schedule a visit, please text 315-941-9607 or telephone 607-547-5327.