COOPERSTOWN – Two exhibits are set to open with a porch reception from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, April 8 at the Cooperstown Art Association at 22 Main St. in Cooperstown.
According to a press release, “The Color of Light” by Helene K. Manzo will debut in Gallery A and “Waiting on Dawn: First Light Animals of New York State” by Mike Reynolds will be unveiled in Gallery B. two will remain on display until May 11.
Manzo’s paintings and monotypes in this solo exhibition are said to move freely between the figurative and the abstract, capturing the movement of water, the reflections of light and the colors in counterpoint to the still forest that surrounds him. surrounded.
Manzo is described as having a deep fascination with water, a recurring theme in her artwork which she sees as a powerful, ever-changing yet constant life force. This exhibition illustrates more than 30 years of his life as an artist.
Manzo is a founder and member of the Longyear Gallery artists’ cooperative in Margaretville. She is also a member of the Monotype Guild of New England and the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk, Connecticut. In the summer of 2008, she was granted an artist residency at Platte Clove, a Catskills nature preserve in Elka Park. She taught fine art and was one of the featured artists in Cynthia Dantzic’s “100 New York Painters.”
Manzo had the opportunity to present a solo exhibition at the CAA by winning the grand prize at the 29th annual regional art exhibition in 2020.
The Reynolds exhibit is a photographic collection of wildlife most easily seen in the hours just after sunrise. Some of the animals featured, such as the North American river otter and fisherman, would at times be very difficult to locate, photograph, and/or observe. All of the animals pictured were found in Otsego County, but many animals can be seen throughout Northeast and North America. The images were chosen because the animals depicted are sometimes less visible to the casual observer. The collection is meant to show what anyone can see if they slow down a bit, wake up before dawn and enjoy the early morning silence in the forest.
The Cooperstown native and amateur wildlife photographer resides locally with his wife, Marcie Foster and daughter, Adelaide Reynolds.
He began to find his love of photography after graduating from university in 2009 and working at Hyde Hall. Part of her weekly duties was photographing artifacts, collections and historic structures.
More recently, as mentioned later in the press release, he discovered a passion for wildlife photography, the calm of the forest and the reconnection to nature that he enjoyed so much as a child.
Reynolds also enjoys cycling and running his bike shop, Woodland Cycles in Milford, which he has owned since 2014.
CAA Gallery hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Call 607-547-9777 or visit www.cooperstownart.com for more information.