TimeThe gallery opens at 11AM. The talk is at 2PM.
Gallery Open: Also Free Gallery Talk
Open Saturdays, the newest show at the Art Garage is Roots, a three-person show that features Otsego County’s most famous artist, the late Lavern Kelley (1928-1998), emerging artist Nora Ashwood, Roseboom / NYC, and established artist Marc Pelletier, NYC / Cherry Valley area. Free admission. This show is parallel to Christina Hunt Wood: Reflections on Dissonance, in the Middle Bay of the three-bay garage that is embedded in a bucolic setting. Her exhibition is part of a series called High Alert Artists Speak Out. Both shows are always open Saturdays 11-3, including on July 24, as well as daily with a text or call and will be on view through Wednesday August 11.
As a special program, this Saturday, July 24, at 2PM, gallery founding director Sydney L. Waller will discuss Lavern Kelley (1928-1998), the remarkable farmer-artist who is especially well-known for his carved vintage trucks. He also composed photographs of each finished work, carefully arranged so that the truck appeared to be life-size. He made two-sided drawings until the early 1950s that celebrated all the latest farming equipment of the time. The gallery will also offer his catalogue, Lavern Kelley: Farmer Artist, that documents his remarkable artistic output and features excerpts from his compelling essays. The Art Garage represents his estate. Fenimore Art Museum has collected an extensive body of his work – drawings, carved tableaux and trucks and composed photographs. The Smithsonian owns a complete one-room schoolhouse that he carved; his work is also at the Wellin Museum at Hamilton College and the Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe. Fenimore is the museum with the largest number of Kelly artworks. Selected images will be available on FBArtGarageCooperstown.
ABOUT the ROOTS artists: Marc Pelletier presents two bodies of work: large and luscious abstract paintings, that radiate his lifelong obsession with a triad of concerns: painterly gesture, balance of composition and unity of form. Never formulaic, he especially delights in the element of surprise he seeks and encounters in art making. Having spent much of the pandemic cocooned Upstate, he also offers a few gems of representational landscape, painterly abstracted views from his house. He noted, “I want to make paintings that balance technique and the overall composition and retain a record of the painting’s creation in the final image.” Marc Pelletier was born in Lewiston, Maine, received his BFA from the University of Southern Maine and his MFA from Syracuse University. In 1979 he studied at Whitelands College, London, UK then spent a formative summer at the Skowhegan School of Art, where he was awarded the Marguerite Zorach Scholarship in Painting. Pelletier has participated in numerous shows in NYC and the Cooperstown area. He maintains a country studio in the Town of Roseboom. Mr. Pelletier will discuss his art in a free gallery talk on the last day of the show, Wednesday August 11 at 4PM. Reservations recommended.
The youngest artist in ROOTS, Nora Ashwood, is a third-year student at Cooper Union School of Art, NYC, where she studies sculpture, drawing, painting, and pedagogy. She is Administrative Chair and Student Representative on the Art Student Council and an Associate Editor and Columnist at the school’s newspaper The Pioneer. Ashwood’s work is currently on view in The Cooper Union’s annual End of Year Show and Serving the People’s BFA Show. In Roots, she weaves materials she finds in the garden and around her home into striking compositions. These small “’woven-drawings’ stem from a belief in process,” she noted, “a belief that in the act of making, a state of care and responsibility emerges with consequences in the real.” Her woven drawings “become a tool for understanding collective social interaction: a community.” She continued, “I approach each drawing with no preconception other than to be true to the materials and to trust my intuition,” she noted. “I try to become one with the inherent logic embedded…. Drawing three-dimensionally with organic matter and thrown away trash, the weavings become rooted to a site: “like a recording, the process and the product become one”.
For further information please contact the Art Garage: 315-941-9607, 607-547-5327 at 689 Beaver Meadow Road Cooperstown NY. ###