The Thaw Collection of American Indian Art

Start date: April 1, 2022
End date: December 31, 2022
All-day event
Location: Fenimore Art Museum, 5798 State Highway 80 (P.O.BOX 800) Cooperstown, NY 13326
Organizer: Fenimore Art Museum
Email address: INFO@FENIMOREART.ORG
Phone: 607-547-1400
Fenimore Art Museum

Through December 31, 2022 • Free museum admission for ages 19 and under at the Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, NY

In 1995, the Fenimore Art Museum embarked upon a new era with the addition of a spectacular new American Indian Wing designed to house the extraordinary gift from Eugene and Clare Thaw of their collection of American Indian art. The collection has continued to grow as new objects are added by the Thaws and other donors, and today numbers almost 850 objects. Each new object reaffirms the Thaws’ commitment to the beauty and artistry of American Indian art, and thus strengthens the philosophical foundation of the collection: that the aesthetic power of American Indian art is equivalent to that from any culture.

The collection can be seen in changing galleries and in the Study Center, an open storage space. Since acquiring the Thaw collection, the Fenimore Art Museum has reached new audiences by touring exhibitions, hosting symposiums, publishing new research, and collaborating with American Indian curators and specialists for museum programs and exhibitions.

About Fenimore Art Museum
Fenimore Art Museum, located on the shores of Otsego Lake—James Fenimore Cooper’s “Glimmerglass”—in historic Cooperstown, New York, features a wide-ranging collection of American art including folk art; important American 18th- and 19th-century landscape, genre, and portrait paintings; more than 125,000 historic photographs representing the technical developments made in photography and providing extensive visual documentation of the region’s unique history; and the renowned Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art comprised of nearly 900 art objects representative of a broad geographic range of North American Indian cultures, from the Northwest Coast, Eastern Woodlands, Plains, Southwest, Great Lakes, and Prairie regions. Visit FenimoreArt.org

Duckbill, 2022, painted wood, 14” x 32” x 22.5”

Jonathan Kirk – Abstract Sculpture: Fables, Foibles, and other Machinations

Start date: October 1, 2022
End date: December 31, 2022
All-day event
Location: Fenimore Art Museum, 5798 State Highway 80 (P.O.BOX 800) Cooperstown, NY 13326
Organizer: Fenimore Art Museum
Email address: INFO@FENIMOREART.ORG
Phone: 607-547-1400
Fenimore Art Museum

Opening October 1, 2022 • Free museum admission for ages 19 and under at the Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, NY

Jonathan Kirk's sculptures, while abstract, are evocative of a wide range of sources, from the natural and organic world, to forms of industrial and naval architecture.

The work illuminates the ways in which the forms of the artist as well as the engineer still embody the mysterious intelligence of their natural models and points to the idea that making is, in a sense, the invention of what might be called ‘cultural machinery.’

Museum Admission: Adults (20-64) $15.00; Seniors (65+) $12.50. FREE for ages 19 and under, museum members, and active military and retired career military personnel. FREE museum admission is also available for those receiving SNAP benefits (up to 4 people) with the presentation of a SNAP Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card.  Discounted two-way tickets are available if you’d also like to visit The Farmers’ Museum across the street. For more information on our “Free Admission” offerings, visit FenimoreArtMuseum.org/free.

Fenimore Art Museum, nestled on the shore of picturesque Otsego Lake, offers visitors to the village of Cooperstown an opportunity to experience a wide variety of world-class art in an idyllic, small-town setting.

About Fenimore Art Museum
Fenimore Art Museum, located on the shores of Otsego Lake—James Fenimore Cooper’s “Glimmerglass”—in historic Cooperstown, New York, features a wide-ranging collection of American art including folk art; important American 18th- and 19th-century landscape, genre, and portrait paintings; more than 125,000 historic photographs representing the technical developments made in photography and providing extensive visual documentation of the region’s unique history; and the renowned Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art comprised of nearly 900 art objects representative of a broad geographic range of North American Indian cultures, from the Northwest Coast, Eastern Woodlands, Plains, Southwest, Great Lakes, and Prairie regions. Visit FenimoreArt.org

The exhibition was organized by Photographic Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA. 

Birds and Spirit Birds, The World Begins Anew. Mary Shelley. Painted woodcarving.

Mary Michael Shelley – Art of the Everyday

Start date: September 21, 2022
End date: December 31, 2022
All-day event
Location: Fenimore Art Museum, 5798 State Highway 80 (P.O.BOX 800) Cooperstown, NY 13326
Organizer: Fenimore Art Museum
Email address: INFO@FENIMOREART.ORG
Phone: 607-547-1400
Fenimore Art Museum

Opening September 21, 2022 • Free museum admission for ages 19 and under at the Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, NY

Mary Michael Shelley’s artwork has been described as primitive, traditional, untrained, Americana, whimsical, naïve, eccentric, outsider, visionary, or carved craft.

The carved wooden reliefs featured in this exhibition by this Ithaca based artist are a sort of “picture diary” or “picture story” in which Shelley documents life events, emotions, and places important to her life.

Museum Admission: Adults (20-64) $15.00; Seniors (65+) $12.50. FREE for ages 19 and under, museum members, and active military and retired career military personnel. FREE museum admission is also available for those receiving SNAP benefits (up to 4 people) with the presentation of a SNAP Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card.  Discounted two-way tickets are available if you’d also like to visit The Farmers’ Museum across the street. For more information on our “Free Admission” offerings, visit FenimoreArtMuseum.org/free.

Fenimore Art Museum, nestled on the shore of picturesque Otsego Lake, offers visitors to the village of Cooperstown an opportunity to experience a wide variety of world-class art in an idyllic, small-town setting.

About Fenimore Art Museum
Fenimore Art Museum, located on the shores of Otsego Lake—James Fenimore Cooper’s “Glimmerglass”—in historic Cooperstown, New York, features a wide-ranging collection of American art including folk art; important American 18th- and 19th-century landscape, genre, and portrait paintings; more than 125,000 historic photographs representing the technical developments made in photography and providing extensive visual documentation of the region’s unique history; and the renowned Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art comprised of nearly 900 art objects representative of a broad geographic range of North American Indian cultures, from the Northwest Coast, Eastern Woodlands, Plains, Southwest, Great Lakes, and Prairie regions. Visit FenimoreArt.org

Mary Shelley: Art of the Everyday

September 21 – December 31, 2022

Painting by D. Michael Price.

Tales from the Rockabout Hills: Paintings by D. Michael Price

Start date: September 17, 2022
End date: December 31, 2022
All-day event
Location: Fenimore Art Museum, 5798 State Highway 80 (P.O.BOX 800) Cooperstown, NY 13326
Organizer: Fenimore Art Museum
Email address: INFO@FENIMOREART.ORG
Phone: 607-547-1400
Fenimore Art Museum

Opening September 17, 2022

D. Michael Price is a fantasy artist whose work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally.

Well-respected as a successful fine artist as well as a published children's book author/illustrator, Price's works of fantasy art are created in acrylic and oil mediums on canvas. His love of the magical beauty to be found in the hills, valleys, forests, and streams of his Upstate New York home in the “Rockabout Hills” provides him with constant inspiration. The exhibition includes artwork from four of his books, which transport the viewer through magical settings with humor and originality.

Fenimore Art Museum presents its new fall exhibitions alongside its world-renowned collections of fine art, folk art, and Native American art, which includes The Thaw Collection of American Indian Art. Visit FenimoreArt.org for a complete list of current and upcoming exhibitions.

Museum Admission: Adults (20-64) $15.00; Seniors (65+) $12.50. FREE for ages 19 and under, museum members, and active military and retired career military personnel. FREE museum admission is also available for those receiving SNAP benefits (up to 4 people) with the presentation of a SNAP Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card.  Discounted two-way tickets are available if you’d also like to visit The Farmers’ Museum across the street. For more information on our “Free Admission” offerings, visit FenimoreArtMuseum.org/free.

Fenimore Art Museum, nestled on the shore of picturesque Otsego Lake, offers visitors to the village of Cooperstown an opportunity to experience a wide variety of world-class art in an idyllic, small-town setting.

About Fenimore Art Museum
Fenimore Art Museum, located on the shores of Otsego Lake—James Fenimore Cooper’s “Glimmerglass”—in historic Cooperstown, New York, features a wide-ranging collection of American art including folk art; important American 18th- and 19th-century landscape, genre, and portrait paintings; more than 125,000 historic photographs representing the technical developments made in photography and providing extensive visual documentation of the region’s unique history; and the renowned Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art comprised of nearly 900 art objects representative of a broad geographic range of North American Indian cultures, from the Northwest Coast, Eastern Woodlands, Plains, Southwest, Great Lakes, and Prairie regions. Visit FenimoreArt.org

The exhibition was organized by Photographic Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA. 

Elliott Erwitt (American, Born 1928); France, Paris, 1989; Gelatin Silver Print.

The Art of Observation: The Best of Photographer Elliott Erwitt

Start date: September 17, 2022
End date: December 31, 2022
All-day event
Location: Fenimore Art Museum, 5798 State Highway 80 (P.O.BOX 800) Cooperstown, NY 13326
Organizer: Fenimore Art Museum
Email address: INFO@FENIMOREART.ORG
Phone: 607-547-1400
Fenimore Art Museum

September 17 – December 31, 2022 • Free museum admission for ages 19 and under at the Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, NY

Cooperstown, New York – Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York, presents a new exhibition, The Art of Observation: The Best of Photographer Elliott Erwitt, on view September 17 – December 31, 2022.  This exhibition offers an enticing window into Erwitt’s collection of work. It showcases the impressive results of a remarkable career that coincides with two of the most significant developments in photography in the second half of the twentieth century: the rise of mass-circulation picture magazines; and the occasionally contentious relationship between personal work and commercial photography. This exhibition shows both the miracle of Erwitt’s balance between commercial and personal photography, and the memorable flavor that he brings to his work. Museum admission is free for visitors 19 and under.

The exhibition was organized by Photographic Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA. 

Also opening September 17: Tales from the Rockabout Hills: Paintings by D. Michael Price. D. Michael Price is a fantasy artist whose work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. Well-respected as a successful fine artist as well as a published children's book author/illustrator, Price's works of fantasy art are created in acrylic and oil mediums on canvas. His love of the magical beauty to be found in the hills, valleys, forests, and streams of his Upstate New York home in the “Rockabout Hills” provides him with constant inspiration. The exhibition includes artwork from four of his books, which transport the viewer through magical settings with humor and originality.

Other upcoming exhibitions include Mary Michael Shelley – Art of the Everyday, opening September 21, and Jonathan Kirk – Abstract Sculpture: Fables, Foibles, and other Machinations, opening October 1.

Mary Michael Shelley’s artwork has been described as primitive, traditional, untrained, Americana, whimsical, naïve, eccentric, outsider, visionary, or carved craft. The carved wooden reliefs featured in this exhibition by this Ithaca based artist are a sort of “picture diary” or “picture story” in which Shelley documents life events, emotions, and places important to her life. Jonathan Kirk's sculptures, while abstract, are evocative of a wide range of sources, from the natural and organic world, to forms of industrial and naval architecture. The work illuminates the ways in which the forms of the artist as well as the engineer still embody the mysterious intelligence of their natural models and points to the idea that making is, in a sense, the invention of what might be called ‘cultural machinery.’

Fenimore Art Museum presents its new fall exhibitions alongside its world-renowned collections of fine art, folk art, and Native American art, which includes The Thaw Collection of American Indian Art. Visit FenimoreArt.org for a complete list of current and upcoming exhibitions.

Museum Admission: Adults (20-64) $15.00; Seniors (65+) $12.50. FREE for ages 19 and under, museum members, and active military and retired career military personnel. FREE museum admission is also available for those receiving SNAP benefits (up to 4 people) with the presentation of a SNAP Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card.  Discounted two-way tickets are available if you’d also like to visit The Farmers’ Museum across the street. For more information on our “Free Admission” offerings, visit FenimoreArtMuseum.org/free.

Fenimore Art Museum, nestled on the shore of picturesque Otsego Lake, offers visitors to the village of Cooperstown an opportunity to experience a wide variety of world-class art in an idyllic, small-town setting.

About Fenimore Art Museum
Fenimore Art Museum, located on the shores of Otsego Lake—James Fenimore Cooper’s “Glimmerglass”—in historic Cooperstown, New York, features a wide-ranging collection of American art including folk art; important American 18th- and 19th-century landscape, genre, and portrait paintings; more than 125,000 historic photographs representing the technical developments made in photography and providing extensive visual documentation of the region’s unique history; and the renowned Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art comprised of nearly 900 art objects representative of a broad geographic range of North American Indian cultures, from the Northwest Coast, Eastern Woodlands, Plains, Southwest, Great Lakes, and Prairie regions. Visit FenimoreArt.org

The exhibition was organized by Photographic Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA. 

Play Reading of The Venetians and a Talkback with the Playwright Offered on Two Evenings at Fenimore Art Museum

Start date: August 24, 2022
End date: August 25, 2022
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Fenimore Art Museum • Lucy B. Hamilton Amphitheater, 5798 STATE HIGHWAY 80 (P.O.BOX 800) COOPERSTOWN, NY 13326
Organizer: Fenimore Art Museum
Email address: INFO@FENIMOREART.ORG
Phone: 607-547-1400
Fenimore Art Museum

The Venetians - A Play Reading and Talkback with the Playwright, Matt Barbot
Two nights: Wednesday, August 24 and Thursday, August 25 • 6:30 p.m.
Fenimore Art Museum • Lucy B. Hamilton Amphitheater
Free admission with suggested donation

Included with regular Museum admission.

Cooperstown, New York – Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown presents a play reading of The Venetians and also a talkback with the playwright, Matt Barbot, immediately following. The program is offered on two evenings: Wednesday, August 24 and again on Thursday, August 25—starting at 6:30 p.m. in the museum’s Lucy B. Hamilton Amphitheater overlooking Otsego Lake. Admission to the play reading is free with a suggested donation.

In The Venetians, Othello, the Moorish general, wants to give his beloved Desdemona the beautiful secret wedding she deserves, but that means borrowing money. Unfortunately for him, the Jewish moneylender Shylock has spent too long among the terrible people of Venice to see this marriage as anything but a death sentence for Othello. Unbeknownst to Shylock, however, his own daughter has begun an illicit romance that may bring the whole world crashing down on all their heads. A crossover between Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice and The Tragedy of OthelloThe Venetians uses two classical outsiders to ask questions about immigration, assimilation, national identity, and what acceptance truly means. 

This project is made possible with the generous support of Art Bridges.

Fenimore Art Museum is located at 5798 State Route 80, less than one mile from the center of Cooperstown. For more information visit FenimoreArt.org

About Fenimore Art Museum
Fenimore Art Museum, located on the shores of Otsego Lake—James Fenimore Cooper’s “Glimmerglass”—in historic Cooperstown, New York, features a wide-ranging collection of American art including folk art; important American 18th- and 19th-century landscape, genre, and portrait paintings; more than 125,000 historic photographs representing the technical developments made in photography and providing extensive visual documentation of the region’s unique history; and the renowned Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art comprised of nearly 900 art objects representative of a broad geographic range of North American Indian cultures, from the Northwest Coast, Eastern Woodlands, Plains, Southwest, Great Lakes, and Prairie regions. Visit FenimoreArt.org

Native American Music and Dance Performances at Fenimore Art Museum on August 20

Date: August 20, 2022
Time: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: Fenimore Art Museum • Lucy B. Hamilton Amphitheater, 5798 STATE HIGHWAY 80 (P.O.BOX 800) COOPERSTOWN, NY 13326
Organizer: Fenimore Art Museum
Email address: INFO@FENIMOREART.ORG
Phone: 607-547-1400
Fenimore Art Museum

Native American Music and Dance Performances
featuring Bear Fox and the Allegany River Dancers
Saturday, August 20 • 3:00–5:00 p.m.
Fenimore Art Museum • Lucy B. Hamilton Amphitheater 

Included with regular Museum admission.

Cooperstown, New York – Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown invites you to its Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) interpretive area, Otsego: A Meeting Place, for a vibrant afternoon of Native American song and dance. The family-friendly event features two performances featuring the acclaimed singer-songwriter Bear Fox (Mohawk) and the celebrated Allegany River Dancers (Seneca). The event takes place on Saturday, August 20 from 3:00–5:00 p.m. in Fenimore’s lakeside Lucy B. Hamilton Amphitheater. Lawn chairs and picnic blankets are welcome. Come early and tour the Mohawk Bark House and Seneca Log House at 2:00 p.m. The performances and tour are included with Museum admission and are suitable for all ages.

Museum Admission: Adults (20-64) $15.00; Seniors (65+) $12.50. FREE for ages 19 and under, museum members, and active military and retired career military personnel. FREE museum admission is also available for those receiving SNAP benefits (up to 4 people) with the presentation of a SNAP Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card.  Discounted two-way tickets are available if you’d also like to visit The Farmers’ Museum across the street. For more information on our “Free Admission” offerings, visit FenimoreArtMuseum.org/free.

Schedule:
2:00 p.m.: Tour of Mohawk Bark House and Seneca Log House with Jessica Farmer (Oneida), Cultural Coordinator from the Oneida Nation
3:00 p.m.:  Performance by Bear Fox
4:00 p.m.: Performance by the Allegany River Dancers

Allegany River Dancers

Founded in 1979, the Allegany River Dancers have become one of the best-known Native dance groups in North America. Their performances often encourage audience participation and feature intertribal “Pow wow” style dances, such as a dance that uses 30 hoops to form designs found in nature.

Bear Fox

Theresa Bear Fox is a Native American from the Mohawk Nation and grew up on a reservation called Akwesasne, located in upstate New York and Canada. She has been making music in both Mohawk and English for twenty years and feels called to share her music to uplift her community and encourage more people to learn Mohawk. She has released four CDs and also writes songs for a Mohawk women's singing group, Kontiwennenhawi, which means “Carriers of the Words.” 

About Fenimore Art Museum
Fenimore Art Museum, located on the shores of Otsego Lake—James Fenimore Cooper’s “Glimmerglass”—in historic Cooperstown, New York, features a wide-ranging collection of American art including folk art; important American 18th- and 19th-century landscape, genre, and portrait paintings; more than 125,000 historic photographs representing the technical developments made in photography and providing extensive visual documentation of the region’s unique history; and the renowned Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art comprised of nearly 900 art objects representative of a broad geographic range of North American Indian cultures, from the Northwest Coast, Eastern Woodlands, Plains, Southwest, Great Lakes, and Prairie regions. Visit FenimoreArt.org

Fenimore Art Museum Offers Three-Day Landscape Painting Workshop for Kids Ages 8-12

Start date: August 23, 2022
End date: August 25, 2022
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: 5798 STATE HIGHWAY 80 (P.O.BOX 800) COOPERSTOWN, NY 13326
Organizer: Fenimore Art Museum
Email address: INFO@FENIMOREART.ORG
Phone: 607-547-1400
Fenimore Art Museum

Three-Day Landscape Painting Workshop for Kids (ages 8-12)
Tuesday, August 23–Thursday, August 25, 2022
10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. each day
Fenimore Art Museum
$100 Members; $115 Non-Members. Find link to register at FenimoreArt.org.

Cooperstown, New York – There is still plenty to do this summer at Fenimore Art Museum. Kids ages 8-12 can learn the basics of landscape painting in a special three-day workshop which features a variety of fun art projects. Participants learn about color, perspective, horizon line, and techniques for painting sky, land, and water. The group will spend time on the expansive lawn behind the museum to paint Otsego Lake en plein airand also explore the many landscape paintings on view inside the museum.

The workshop takes place Tuesday, August 23–Thursday, August 25, 2022 from 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. each day. Find a link to register at FenimoreArt.org or visit Fenimore’s page at Eventbrite.com.  $100 Members; $115 Non-Members.

About Fenimore Art Museum
Fenimore Art Museum, located on the shores of Otsego Lake—James Fenimore Cooper’s “Glimmerglass”—in historic Cooperstown, New York, features a wide-ranging collection of American art including folk art; important American 18th- and 19th-century landscape, genre, and portrait paintings; more than 125,000 historic photographs representing the technical developments made in photography and providing extensive visual documentation of the region’s unique history; and the renowned Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art comprised of nearly 900 art objects representative of a broad geographic range of North American Indian cultures, from the Northwest Coast, Eastern Woodlands, Plains, Southwest, Great Lakes, and Prairie regions. Visit FenimoreArt.org

Fenimore Art Museum Presents a Family-Friendly Storytelling Performance of Talking Turtle Stories by Perry Ground

Date: August 13, 2022
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Fenimore Art Museum, 5798 NY-80, Cooperstown, NY 13326
Organizer: Fenimore Art Museum
Email address: INFO@FENIMOREART.ORG
Phone: 607-547-1400
Fenimore Art Museum

Talking Turtle Stories 

Storytelling performance by Perry Ground (Onondaga, Turtle Clan)
Saturday, August 13, 2022 • 2:00 p.m.
Fenimore Art Museum • Lucy B. Hamilton Amphitheater 

Included with regular Museum admission.

Cooperstown, New York – Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown invites you to enjoy an engaging, family-friendly storytelling performance by Perry Ground (Onondaga, Turtle Clan). The event takes place on Saturday, August 13 at 2:00 p.m. at Fenimore Art Museum’s lakeside Lucy B. Hamilton Amphitheater.  Perry’s Talking Turtle Stories features traditional Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) stories shared in a memorable, participatory performance. The program is suitable for all ages and is included with regular museum admission. Visitors can also enjoy Fenimore’s Art by the Lake taking place on the same day.

Museum Admission: Adults (20-64) $15.00; Seniors (65+) $12.50. FREE for ages 19 and under, museum members, and active military and retired career military personnel. FREE museum admission is also available for those receiving SNAP benefits (up to 4 people) with the presentation of a SNAP Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card.  Discounted two-way tickets are available if you’d also like to visit The Farmers’ Museum across the street. For more information on our “Free Admission” offerings, visit FenimoreArtMuseum.org/free.

About Perry Ground
Perry Ground is a Turtle Clan member of the Onondaga Nation and has been telling stories for more than 25 years as a way of educating people about the culture, beliefs and history of the Haudenosaunee (sometimes known as Iroquois) Confederacy. Perry shares his stories in a very energetic, fun, and engaging style and makes the audience part of the story experience. Also an accomplished Educator, Perry has worked with students from Pre-K through college. The classroom programs that Perry offers are taught in the same engaging style and enhance each student’s study of Native Peoples. Perry is available to visit schools, museums, libraries, festivals, and more to share stories and programs that will educate and entertain audiences of all ages.

About Fenimore Art Museum
Fenimore Art Museum, located on the shores of Otsego Lake—James Fenimore Cooper’s “Glimmerglass”—in historic Cooperstown, New York, features a wide-ranging collection of American art including folk art; important American 18th- and 19th-century landscape, genre, and portrait paintings; more than 125,000 historic photographs representing the technical developments made in photography and providing extensive visual documentation of the region’s unique history; and the renowned Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art comprised of nearly 900 art objects representative of a broad geographic range of North American Indian cultures, from the Northwest Coast, Eastern Woodlands, Plains, Southwest, Great Lakes, and Prairie regions. Visit FenimoreArt.org

Local and Regional Art in the Spotlight at Fenimore’s Art by the Lake Event

Date: August 13, 2022
Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: Fenimore Art Museum, 5798 State Route 80, Cooperstown, NY 13326
Organizer: Fenimore Art Museum
Email address: info@fenimoreart.org
Phone: 607-547-1400
Fenimore Art Museum

Event: Art by the Lake

Saturday, August 13, 2022 • 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, New York

Admission: Adults (20-64) $15.00; Seniors (65+) $12.50; FREE for ages 19 and under, museum members, and active military and retired career military personnel. FREE museum admission is also available for those receiving SNAP benefits (up to 4 people) with the presentation of a SNAP Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. 

Cooperstown, New York — Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown presents its fifteenth annual Art by the Lake celebrating artists who are inspired by the region and its beauty. The event takes place Saturday, August 13 from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. on the museum's expansive lakefront lawn. A wide range of art will be available for visitors to see and purchase including watercolors, acrylics, oils, photographs, prints, ink drawings, sculptures, and more.

In addition to the local and regional art on display, the event features artist demonstrations and great food from the Fenimore Café. The Cooperstown Distillery will be on-site with tastings and bottles for sale. At 2:00 p.m., enjoy an engaging storytelling performance by Perry Ground (Onondaga, Turtle Clan) at the Museum’s lakeside Lucy B. Hamilton Amphitheater.  Perry’s Talking Turtle Stories features traditional Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) stories shared in a memorable, participatory performance. This program is a family favorite and suitable for all ages. You’ll also find children's art activities throughout the day–all with the beautiful backdrop of Otsego Lake.

Art by the Lake is a juried art competition featuring 28 artists from the region.

Artworks will be judged by noted artists Tracy Helgeson and Susan Jones Kenyon.  Six cash prizes will be awarded as well as two additional prizes sponsored by Golden Artist Colors. The awards ceremony takes place at 1:00 p.m. Artists this year include Meg Anderson Argo, Marta Baxter, Karen J.F. Cooper, Maggie Danan, Richard Deon, Kathryn DeZur, Roger Dowse, Louise H. Falling, Rachel Fierman, Robert Fisher, Erin and John Gardner, Sonoka Gozelski, Branden Hurd, Tom Hussey, John Jackson, Megan Joubert, Matthais Kern, Gary Lawrence, Andrea Lawyer, Kevin Mckrell, R.C. Oster, Alex Roediger, Robert Schoenfeld, Amy Silberkleit, Wendy Stevens, Maureen Wallace, Olivia Weaver, and Mauricei Weygant.

While at Art by the Lake, tour the Fenimore’s popular summer exhibitions featuring Unmasking Venice: American Artists and the City of WaterDrawn from Life: Three Generations of Wyeth Figure Studiesand four othersas well as the Museum’s renowned collections. The Museum and Fenimore Gift Shop are open throughout the day.

Admission to Art by the Lake

Adults (20-64) $15.00; Seniors (65+) $12.50; ages 19 and under are FREE. Admission is always FREE for members as well as active military and retired career military personnel. FREE museum admission for those receiving SNAP benefits—up to 4 people (see website for details). Discounted two-way tickets are available if you’d also like to visit The Farmers’ Museum across the street.

Art by the Lake is graciously supported by Mr. and Mrs. Alexander J. Shields. Proceeds from this event benefit Fenimore Art Museum’s education programs.

Fenimore Art Museum is located at 5798 State Route 80, less than one mile from the center of Cooperstown. For more information visit FenimoreArt.org.