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Film, Theatre, Literature… The Smithy Covers All the Bases This Week!

September 28, 2011


I can hardly believe how quickly the summer season flew by! From exhibits to concerts to theatre to storytelling to film to classes, there was truly never a day that wasn’t a flurry of activity and excitement. Thank you to all who participated– every filled seat is a vote for more wonderful programs! The gallery closes on Sunday with a member artist only reception at 4, but the pace doesn’t slow down a bit. Read on to learn about everything we have scheduled for this week.

Congratulations to Susan O’Handley and the wonderful staff and volunteers from the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce- PumpkinFest was a genuine success this past weekend!


Danielle Newell
Executive Director

The Smithy Pioneer Gallery, Inc.
Under Our Feet Documentary Film Series
split estateLaunches Wednesday with Split Estate

This new film series at The Smithy features films on current envioronmental justice issues. First up is Split Estate, directed by Debra Anderson and narrated by Ali MacGraw. This compelling Emmy Award winning documentary shows the dirty side of hydraulic fracturing and natural gas, an energy source the industry touts as a clean alternative to fossil fuels. Split Estate cracks the sugarcoating and poignantly drives home the need for real alternatives. Refreshments served. Free By Donation.


Discussion & Book-Signing with Local Author

Lona Smith
Author Lona Smith

Author of Dynamite Mike McGee, Lona Smith, joins us Saturday, Oct 1st at 3 PM

Dynamite Mike McGee is the inspirational biography of the author’s cousin, Mike McGee, a man who overcame physical and societal challenges to make a life for himself, not once, but twice.

Lona Smith spent many years in scientific research in microbiology and molecular biology. It was in 1970, while working at UCLA and taking creative writing under Robert Kirsch– book review editor for the Los Angeles Times for 25 years– that her love of writing began. In her novel Morning Walk, Smith uses her experiences to address ethnic, economic, social, and moral issues in our lives. Her biography, Dynamite Mike, won first place in the unpublished biography category at the 2009 Florida Writer’s Conference, and her novel, The Promise, is a finalist in the unpublished mainstream fiction category, 2011. More recently she has three short stories: The Ice Cream Cone, Finding My Father, and Samaritan Girl, in the 2010 Anthology, Slice of Life, published by the Florida Writer’s Association.

Lona Smith will discuss her work as well as the writing and publishing process. Wonderful for writers looking to break into the field. Refreshments served. Free.

NOTE: Writer’s Circle is normally held Sundays at 4. This week only, it will be held after this event.

Catskill Poetry Theatre Performs Sunday at 2 PM
waterOne Wild & Precious Life
scripted and directed by Susan Melchior.

Water is essential, and these poems drive that point home with clarity and humor.

Featuring: Scottie Baker, Susan Melchior, Mary-Jo Merk, Joanne Telfer, and a few special new additions to the show… men! You’ll have to join us to find out who will be gracing the stage with these fabulously talented, wonderful women.
Finger foods and wine will be served. Free by donation.

The Smithy Pioneer Gallery, Inc.
55 Pioneer Street
Cooperstown, New York 13326

*Please note: our voicemail has not been working since the hurricane and we are still waiting to have it fixed. If you wish to call, please do so during regular business hours. Tuesday- Sunday 12-7 pm. Thank you!


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