Opening for WILD not WILD
Join us this Friday August 16, 5-7PM for the opening of the new show, Wild / Not Wild that features Marilyn Gelfman Karp: Birdseye Maps & Nest Riffs, and selections from Bertha Rogers’ Natural Catskills series, complete with poems.
689 Beaver Meadow Road Please park on the lawn, not the road. More information Cooperstown NY—The Art Garage announces the last show of the summer season, Wild / Not Wild, that features the work of established artists, Marilynn Gelfman Karp, Charlotteville, NY and Bertha Rogers, Treadwell, NY.
The public is invited to the opening reception Friday August 16, 5-7PM at 689 Beaver Meadow Road, Cooperstown. Pail Shop Vineyards is a sponsor.
Both artists are longtime observers of the natural world and incorporate elements in their mixed media pieces, which inform or inspire their aesthetic. Ms Karp’s new works, Birdseye Maps and Nest Riffs, often begin with a repurposed bird or paper wasp nest. Ms Rogers’ selections from her Natural Catskills series tease out the all-but-invisible wild animals that haunt the woods which surround her mountain farm.
Ms Karp spends her summers in Charlotteville, NY where she and her late husband, the art world titan Ivan Karp, have created a rural oasis, far from their busy New York City life. 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 the precision the wasp and bird enact in their initial shelter-building.
“These works are about changes—in individual lives and in the environment we inhabit,” Bertha Rogers stated. “I am deeply interested in the relationship of the human self to nature and beyond; I believe that humans must learn to relate to other species, that those relationships could be our salvation in a terrifying world.” Ms Rogers encourages people to look at “things” in new ways, “presenting a new outlook on everything from insects to widows. The concrete is interesting, but what is also interesting is what is not seen, only implied—perceptions of the imperceptible.” Text is inherent to Ms Rogers’s mixed media pieces, who is a poet. A child of the flat Iowa landscape, she is awed at the Upstate Catskills mountains and wildlife, which she often celebrates in her poems. Her poetry has been included in numerous anthologies. Her translation of Beowulf was published in 2000, and her translation with illuminations of the Anglo-Saxon Riddle-Poems from the Exeter Book, Uncommon Creatures, was published in 2019. Rogers’s paintings, illuminations, and artist’s books have been shown throughout the US and abroad. In 2007 the Association of Teaching Artists conferred the Distinguished Service to the Arts in Education Field Award to her. Ms Rogers founded, with her husband the late Ernest M. Fishman, the Bright Hill Press & Literary Center of the Catskills in Treadwell, NY.
Wild Not Wild will be on view through Saturday September 21. As part of the show the Art Garage will present two public programs: Artist’s Talk: Marilynn Gelfman Karp with moderator Gary Bower, August 29; and Artist’s Talk & a Reading: Bertha Rogers, September 18.Both at 6PM. Free. Reservations highly recommended. The gallery will be open Saturdays 10am-1pm, and daily by appointment or chance. Call 607-547-5327, email firstname.lastname@example.org or text 315-941-9607. Admission is free. Follow FBArtGarageCooperstown for images and further information.