Cooperstown galleries to offer new exhibits

COOPERSTOWN — A reception for two new exhibits will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Cooperstown Art Association Galleries, 22 Main St., according to a news release.

The exhibits — “Off Your Walls: A Tribute to Lisa Rodewald” in Gallery A and “The Fabric of Life: Textiles From Around the World” in Gallery B — will be displayed from April 13 to May 17.

Before coming to Cooperstown in 1975, Lisa Rodewald was born and raised in Germany at the turn of the century, where she worked and studied under Otto Mueller and other Die Brucke artists. She became known for her watercolors and dynamic stitchery, or “Needle Paintings.” The definite nature of her imagery creates a sanctuary from an increasingly loud and overstimulated modern environment, a news release said.

Sam and Hilda Wilcox, Marc and Christine Heller, and others have provided works from their own collections as a tribute to Rodewald as an artist and friend, the news release said. The Wilcoxes and Hellers will host a Gallery Tea and Talk at the CAA on May 7 at 3 p.m., providing some history and context about the artist and artwork.

“Fabric of Life” will display textiles and fabrics from the personal collection of Dr. Chris Kjolhede. While traveling abroad, Kjolhede enjoys exploring the methods and materials of local textile production. His collection exemplifies the diversity and craftsmanship within the world of fiber arts.

The CAA is located in the village hall on the corner of Main and Fair Streets.

Gallery hours are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily except Tuesdays, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays.

Call (607) 547-9777 for more information or visit www.cooperstownart.com.

By Patricia Older

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