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The Smithy Pioneer Gallery Opens Thursday… Reception at 5!

May 17, 2011

The Smithy’s summer season kicks off this week and boy will we be busy! In addition to a gallery jam-packed with artists like Margaret Krug and Wolf Kahn, we’ll have a concert series, film class, film festival, storytelling series, Shakespeare workshop weekend, theatrical performances, pottery, acting, costume and set design, and oh so much more. It would be exhausting if it weren’t so exciting! Please look out for our new email newsletter, coming to your inbox very soon. In the meantime, please check out the events we have this week, read the press release and postcard below on our gallery opening, visit, and join us as we celebrate the arts in Cooperstown. We can’t wait to see you!

Thursday, May 19th at 5 pm. Gallery Opens with a Reception to Celebrate!
Saturday, May 21st at 3 pm. Lecture & Book Signing with Margaret Krug.
Saturday, May 21st at 6 pm. Books We Love to Watch film class- screening The Painted Veil.
Sundays, 4-6 pm. Writers Circle.
Weekdays, 3-5 pm. After-School Arts.
Weekdays & Weeknights. Pottery for Adults.


The Smithy Gallery Opens with "Memory and Presence."

On Thursday, May 19th, at 5 p.m., The Smithy Pioneer Gallery’s summer season will launch with the show Memory & Presence, featuring the oil paintings, drawings, and sketches of artist Margaret Krug. Krug received her MFA from the School of Arts Institute of Chicago and has since exhibited nationally and internationally at prestigious venues such as AIR Gallery and The Whitney Museum of American Art, where she also served as Senior Lecturer. She is the director of painting, drawing and art history at the Spannocchia Foundation in Italy, as well as the Assistant Professor of painting at Parsons The New School for Design. Her book, An Artist’s Handbook: Materials and Techniques, was published by Harry N. Abrams in New York and Laurence King Publishing (distributed worldwide by Thames and Hudson) in London in January 2008 and has been translated into several languages.

Of her work, Krug says, “The paintings maintain evidence of their beginnings throughout the process of their creation, and physically manifest my interest in the vitality of memory and presence. I slowly develop pools and veils of color, and then work, excavate and rework the surface to create an atmospheric pictorial space, that can expose my own emotional state.” Margaret Krug currently lives in New York City and will join The Smithy for a lecture and book signing on May 21st at 3p.m.

Also featured in the gallery will be Karen Rosasco and Edmond Rinnooy Kan. Smithy member artist Rosasco is a highly regarded teacher of abstract painting and has been published in numerous national publications, including the American Artist Watercolor magazine. In 2006, Karen Rosasco was awarded “Best of Show” in the Cooperstown, NY Regional Show “Essentials.”

Edmond Rinnooy Kan was born in The Hague, The Netherlands and attended art school both in the United States (Parson’s School of Design, New York) and the Netherlands (Wackers Academy, Amsterdam), where he has exhibited extensively. For his Smithy show, Lost and Found, Kan will show a series of new, symbolically charged images painted in oil and acrylics. They will be presented as a flow of consciousness with a hidden, underlying narrative. This narrative progresses in leaps and bounds, guarded by Gou-gou’s, the universal gatekeepers of memories and dreams.

The Smithy Pottery Studio will be filled with exhibitions all summer long and, to kick it off, there will be an exciting Teachers Show featuring the work of all of The Smithy ceramics instructors. Among them are Sandee Alpern, Sue Philips Holmes, Marcie Schwartzman, Jeannette Westcott, and Abbey Koutnik. Each with their own unique style, this show will be a conglomerate of talent and experience not to be missed.

The first opening of The Smithy season on May 19th at 5 p.m. promises to be a spectacular one, complete with hor’doeuvres, wine, beer, and the music of Juilliard-trained cellist David Gibson. For additional information, please visit smithypioneer. 55 Pioneer St., Cooperstown, NY. Hours: 12-7 Tues-Sat. 12-5 Sunday. May-October.



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