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Free Discussion: Three-Artist Panel

Date

Jul 05 2023

Time

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Cost

Free admission.

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Art Garage
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607-547-5327
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ART GARAGE

Location

ART GARAGE
689 Beaver Meadow Rd, Cooperstown, NY 13326

Date

Jul 05 2023

Time

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Cost

Free admission.

Free Discussion: Three-Artist Panel

Matson to Moderate Three Star Power Artists in Panel Discussion July 5

Cooperstown NY—The public will have the opportunity to enjoy a panel discussion at the Art Garage, Wednesday July 5 at 5PM, moderated by James Matson, Fenimore Art Museum assistant curator of exhibitions. Featured participants in the discussion are all three artists, Deborah Geurtze, Tracy Helgeson and Lilian Voorhees, whose work is featured in the current exhibition, Star Power Painting.

The galleries will open at 4:30PM for early browsing and light refreshment. Admission is free, though registration is recommended: call/text 315-941-9607 or email leartgarage@gmail.com. Limited seating.

The Panel is the last program in the series that included a book launch by writer Paula DiPerna. Each established artist’s truly distinctive work is familiar to area art-lovers — who will also see their latest works on display. Each has an individualistic, distinctive vocabulary, richly evolved over decades. Deborah Geurtze, who divides her time between the Adirondacks, the Capital Region and Boston’s North Shore, features magnificent, richly-textured landscapes layered with loose brushstrokes, in the Middle Bay. Tracy Helgeson, originally from Minnesota but now settled on a farm near Springfield, NY, offers radiant iconic rural tableaux, a kind of soft-focus magic realism, her brushwork all but invisible. Lilian Voorhees, whose work is perhaps the least often shared with the public, presents new work comprising stunning richly-abstract compositions, devoid of the natural world influences subtly discernible in her previous work. Voorhees and Helgeson share the Main Gallery bay.

Moderator James Matson holds a Masters in Museum Studies, Cooperstown Graduate Program. When not working at Fenimore Art Museum, he plays trombone with the band Hanzolo. He has also organized several pop-up exhibitions within the community in last few years.

A bevy of colorful birdhouse sculptures by self-taught artist, Louis Sherry, populates the MG Bay, that also includes an atypical Lilian Voorhees in which nature plays a role.

The gallery is open Saturdays 11am-3pm and daily with a text or call to 315-941-9607. The Finale Day of the show is Saturday July 15. As always, guests are reminded to park on the gallery lawns, not on the town road.

MORE ABOUT THE ARTISTS

DEBORAH GEURTZE: In addition to revered local landmarks in the exhibition – Shadow Brook and Leatherstocking Falls– Ms Geurtze also references wilderness landscape in the Adirondacks. Early in her career, through her art she helped memorialize sensitive viewsheds and rare wild habitats for the Adirondack Park Agency. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Art and Design, SUNY Potsdam and Albany, Ms Geurtze made art in a Toddsville studio for 25 years before leaving the state for the Gloucester MA area. She is perhaps best known for her hand-colored etchings and monotypes which have garnered numerous awards in national and international shows. (Some of these will be available in a portfolio stand.) Her work is in public, corporate and private collections. Besides the Art Garage, museums and galleries that have showcased Ms Geurtze’s work include the Everson Museum, the Yager Museum, Hartwick College, the Garrison Art Center and Old Forge Art Center. A renaissance person, Geurtze co-founded the reinvented Danny’s Main Street Market in Cooperstown that involved the restoration of the historic cast iron Bogardus building. She was on the board of the Cooperstown Art Association for many years and served as co-president.

TRACY HELGESON attended the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the Philadelphia College of Art (now University of the Arts). Her luminous work is regularly exhibited in galleries in the Hudson Valley and the Berkshires. Fenimore Art Museum featured her work in 2017 in a solo exhibition. When with her young family she moved Upstate from Minnesota, she was “greatly inspired by the landscape….barns, structures, roads and farm scenes….” Trained as an illustrator, her art changed dramatically following the move: “I never really painted anything green before,” she noted. She honed her distinctive underpainting and glazing techniques that continue to evolve. Her work, per art critic Katherine Rushworth (Central New York Magazine), simplifies and reduces, “[pared down to ] the very essence of shape, color and texture. ” Rushworth noted elements of Edward Hopper, Richard Diebenkorn and Mark Rothko in her work: “In some, she echoes the isolation…in Hopper’s work. In others, it’s the balance between figuration and abstraction [of] Diebenkorn’s paintings….and in yet others, it’s the color field style of Rothko’s work.”

LILIAN VOORHEES grew up outside Philadelphia and earned her BFA at the Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, in the early 1970s, a formative time of art-making in the US and internationally. She moved to TriBeCa in Manhattan, then an industrial area where artists could afford to live before it was “discovered.” She exhibited exclusively at the Andre Zarre Gallery in New York’s Chelsea district until she permanently moved to the hills of Hartwick, NY, with artist husband, James Herman. Though rooted in abstraction, her oil paintings began to reflect the lay of the land on their Hartwick farm, that she thematically divided into ‘woodlands’, ‘wetlands’ and ‘gardens’. Today they are unabashedly abstract, endlessly inventive patterns created by the tension between “intuition, intention, control and its loss…. [witness to the] turns, exits, and entrances of the unexpected…..the dialogue between me, the painter, and my painting.” Like Helgeson, she regularly exhibits her ambitious and very beautiful work at the Art Garage, as it continues to evolve in intriguing and exciting ways.

The Art Gallery is open Saturdays 11am-3pm and always daily seven days a week with a text or call to 315-941-9607 or email leartgarage@gmail.com. (During Saturday gallery hours, please call 607-547-5327.) Please see FB / Instagram ArtGarageCooperstown for images and more information.

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ART GARAGE
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