For more information or images, please contact:
Todd Kenyon, Public Relations
New York State Historical Association
Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers’ Museum
Phone: (607) 547-1472 / E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cooperstown, N.Y.—The Fenimore Art Museum is pleased to offer Art Explorers Spring Art Programs beginning April 1 and continuing every other Wednesday from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm through May 27, 2009.
Art Explorers is a special series of classes designed for parents and their children ages 3 to 5. Both will participate in the classes together where they will be able to explore the museum’s fascinating collections and learn about art through a variety of interactive projects.
Art Explorers is an opportunity for our youngest museum visitors to enjoy the collections at The Fenimore Art Museum and take part in a project they can bring home.
Shape Search: Wednesday, April 1 (3 – 4 pm)
Touch and Learn: Wednesday, April 15 (3 – 4 pm)
Playing with Paper: Wednesday, April 29 (3 – 4 pm)
Pleasing Patterns: Wednesday, May 13 (3 – 4 pm)
Everyday Art: Wednesday, May 27 (3 – 4 pm)
This program is free for NYSHA members and $3.00 per child for non-members or $5.00 for the entire family. Reservations are recommended. For more information or to register for a class, please call (607) 547-1410.
About Fenimore Art Museum
One of the nation’s premier art institutions, the Fenimore Art Museum is home to an exceptionally rich collection of American folk art and American Indian art as well as important holdings in American decorative arts, photography, and twentieth-century art. Founded in 1945 in Cooperstown, New York, the museum is part of the New York State Historical Association (NYSHA), founded in 1899. The museum’s renowned Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection, housed in the American Indian Wing, is a masterpiece collection of more than 800 art objects, representing a broad scope of North American cultures. The collections of American folk and fine art include seminal works by Grandma Moses, Gilbert Stuart, Thomas Cole, William Sidney Mount, and Benjamin West. The museum offers a range of interactive educational programming for children, families, and adults, including lectures and workshops for museum visitors and distance learning instruction for classrooms nationwide. The museum further explores and examines our cultural history by organizing and hosting nationally touring art and history exhibitions, including Grandma Moses: Grandmother to the Nation; Treasures from Olana: The Landscapes of Frederic Edwin Church; A Deaf Artist in Early America: The Worlds of John Brewster, Jr.; and Ralph Fasanella’s America.
The Fenimore Art Museum is located on 5798 State Hwy. 80, Lake Road, in Cooperstown. The museum’s Fenimore Café, overlooking beautiful Otsego Lake, features wonderful views and a tranquil setting amid the terraced gardens. The Museum Shop offers fine jewelry, art reproductions, and a wide selection of publications on folk art, history, and Native American art. Museum admission is $11 for adults, $9.50 for visitors age 65 and over, and $5 for children age 7 to 12; children 6 and under and NYSHA members are admitted free. Reduced price combination admission tickets that include The Farmers’ Museum and The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum are also available. The museum is open from April 1 through December 31; closed January through March, except for special events and school groups. For museum hours or general information, please call 1-888-547-1450 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org.