The Film Days companion exhibition Journeys/En Route is on view at The Smithy in Cooperstown. The exhibition features videos and props by Yeon Jin Kim and architectural sculptures by Ted Lott. Curated by artist Megan A. Irving and gallerist/curator Sydney Waller, Journeys/En Route complements the Glimmerglass Film Days theme “Passages.” Irving and Waller both serve on the Steering Committee of Film Days.
Yeon Jin Kim constructs miniature models and characters from cardboard, paper, and other materials, as props for narrative videos. Four of her video animations as well as samples of her props will be included in the show. About her vision Kim noted, “The creation of otherworldly realms and unusual situations can often shed light on our real lives more effectively than a direct consideration of them might. The distance created and the skewed perspective that results can provide the opportunity to view the familiar in new ways. In my work, regardless how fantastical the setting or events, the underlying thematics always refer back to contemporary life.”
In Ted Lott's Migration Series, structures are built into and around suitcases and trunks. He says this series reflects on how North Americans have migrated from all corners of the globe to make this place home, often arriving with nothing more than what they can carry, and hopeful to make new and better lives for themselves and their family. Lott, who lives in Cooperstown, has exhibited extensively in the US. Solo exhibitions at venues such as Storrs Gallery, University of North Carolina, Charlotte College of Art & Architecture, Charlotte, NC and at the Gould Academy in Bethel, Maine complement his activity in group exhibitions at locations as diverse as the Museum of Art & Design, New York City, NY; the Cooperstown Art Association; and Landmark Arts Gallery, Lubbock TX.
Journeys/En Route will be on view with free admission Friday, November 9 and Saturday, November 10 from 11 am to 4 pm, and Sunday, November 11 from 1 pm to 4 pm, and by appointment through November 18 by calling curator Sydney Waller at 607/547-5327 - if unavailable call 607/547-9777.
RIP DVD: Emerging Millennial Video Art at The Henry March Gallery
Cooperstown’s newest art gallery and vintage clothing shop features video works by emerging artists from around the region. Stop by the gallery (83 Main Street, Cooperstown) between 10 am-4 pm any day of the festival to view works of video art for sale.
Community Exhibition: Patrick Fiore and Halycon Westmaas, Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees at the Fenimore Art Museum
Open to the public November 2-25, this exhibit was organized with the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees, and features works by Halycon Westmaas, a multimedia artist who practices painting and fashion design, and Patrick Fiore. Examining American history through the experiences of indigenous people, immigrants and refugees, Patrick states, “We continue to weave a resilient community that has proven, caring yields growth, adding new fibers creates strength and preserving our long-treasured heritage ensures our longevity as quality is passed down from our ancestral families to a new generation.” Westmaas’ works are part of a series depicting some of the main national buildings in Guyana (the artist’s homeland) and its distinctive historical architecture.
Holiday Member Show and Sale at the Cooperstown Art Association
This popular show will have an opening reception on November 9 from 5-7 pm, and then be open daily 10-4, Sunday 1-4 pm at 22 Main Street. Works in the show include cards, ornaments, glass, sculpture, jewelry, apparel, woodwork, pottery, and more.
American Folk Art Buildings: Architecture, Imagination, and Storied Places: The Collection of Steven Burke and Randy Campbell
Steven Burke, whose extraordinary collection of folk-art buildings is featured in the Film Days film Rendered Small, will discuss how the structures reveal architectural history as well as craft, problem solving, values, and imagination. The talk, which is free for Film Days ticket holders or with admission to the Fenimore Art Museum, will be held on Saturday, November 10 at noon at the Fenimore.
The Gift Of Nature at the Old Blacksmith Shop Gallery
This exhibition of paintings by Robert Coppen and Maureen Meyerhoff opens on Saturday, November 10 from 2 to 4 pm. The Gallery is located at 7347 NY State Route 28 in Schuyler Lake. The Gallery is open 2-6 pm Thursday through Saturday and by appointment, 315/858-6086.