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Rural Landscapes Featuring Wolf Kahn Opens at The Smithy August 5th

August 2, 2011

Rural Landscapes Featuring Wolf Kahn Opens August 5th

Please be our guest on August 5th at 5 PM for the opening of "Rural Landscapes" featuring Wolf Kahn, as well as the work of our brilliant regional and local artists. I can’t wait to see how beautiful The Smithy walls will look and I hope you’ll join me in "oohing" and "aahing"! For more on Wolf Kahn & our next opening, see below.

In other news, I want to thank all those who joined us for the first annual "Forging A Future For the Arts" Auction at The Smithy. Now more than ever, the arts need special care and attention. It’s easy to say that art is not a necessity when economic times are tough but, in truth, that’s when we need it the most. After all, it is through art that we heal, share, empathize, challenge, and celebrate all that’s wonderful in the world. So thank you for getting "Smitten with The Smithy!"

Danielle Newell
Executive Director

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August 19th & 20th!
When you attend, you support a festival of films you can’t see anywhere else in our region!
Upcoming Events
Rural Landscapes Exhibit Opens Friday, 5-7 PM
Melinda Hall
Midsummer Madness
August 12-14

Schedule of Workshops & Performances Revolving Around Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Friday:
3-5pm – Actors under 20
6-8pm – Actors ages 21+


9-10am – warm up, games, voice

10am-1pm – Midsummer play read thru – company (everyone takes turns for all parts)
2-4:30pm – PYRAMUS & THISBY – Scene work
4:30-5:30pm LEARN THE LINES – Techniques to getting off book quickly – running lines with partners
7-9pm – SHAKESPEARE COMMUNITY CLASS (Open to all ages, cold reading monos/ scenes from Midsummer)

11am – 2pm -experiment, rehearse, blocking

3-4pm Dress Rehearsal

4-5:30pm – open public performance of monologues & Pyramus & Thisby scene followed by reception

(keeping it low so all can enjoy this spectacular opportunity to work with the great coach, Melinda Hall, up from Manhattan!)

Whole Package: $100
Friday classes: $20 each

Saturday 9-5:30 and all Sunday: $75
Community Class: $10

Storytelling Series Continues

The Smithy will be bustling in August. Next up, our Storytelling Series continues with "Travelers’ Tales" on August 6th at 7 PM in our lovely courtyard. Four professional storytellers will regale audiences of all ages. Free for the community with refreshments. A lovelier evening you won’t find!

Faye Lane
2010 Fringe Festival Award Winning Musical

Now Running
August 27th Only!

Remember, the only way we can bring spectacular shows like this to our community is if you show your support by purchasing a ticket…

or two or three!

$15 Adults, $12 Students/Seniors

Exciting News Bears Repeating… An Exhibit Featuring
Wolf Kahn & A Cast of Incredible Local Artists Opens Friday at 5 PM!

Wolf Kahn

The Smithy is thrilled to announce an exciting new exhibit entitled "Rural Landscapes" that features twenty-six stunning pastels on paper by world-famous artist Wolf Kahn. Opening August 5th at 5 p.m. and curated by Smithy Executive Director, Danielle Newell, the show marks a definitive moment: Kahn is one of the most influential and widely-known artists to grace the gallery walls since its inception.

Kahn, a German-born American immigrant who came to the US in 1940, has received various awards and honors in art, including a Fulbright Scholarship, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and an Award in Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He recently completed an appointment to the New York City Art Commission.

A graduate of the High School of Music and Art, Kahn holds a BA from the University of Chicago and studied for several years under the well-known abstract expressionist and teacher Hans Hofmann, eventually becoming Hofmann’s studio assistant. With several other students of Hofmann, he established The Hansa, a cooperative gallery which featured Kahn’s first one-man show.

Kahn has painted landscapes in diverse locales, including Mexico, Hawaii, Egypt, Kenya, and Italy. His art has been described as a blend of Realism and Color Field painting. It has hung in a wide variety of locations, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts. He has both written and been written about in countless books, journals, and publications.

Other noteworthy local artists featured include oil painter Tracy Helgeson and multi-media artist Nancy Samstein. The second floor Member Artist Gallery will also have a "Rural Landscapes" theme with a solo show by watercolorist Michael Whaling. In the pottery studio, local ceramicist and Smithy instructor, Normandy Alden, will be featured with her show "Tableware in Atmosphere."

"Rural Landscapes" will be on view with work available for purchase in the gallery from August 5th to September 4th. A reception to celebrate the opening runs from 5 to 7 p.m. on August 5th. With beer courtesy of the ever generous Brewery Ommegang & Cooperstown Brewing Company, wine, hors d’oeuvres, puppeteers, music, and portrait drawing in the courtyard, it’s the kind of evening you can only have at The Smithy!

Event Info
55 Pioneer Street
Cooperstown, New York 13326
August 5, 2011
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