Outdoor Summertime Event “Art by the Lake” Set for Saturday, August 4

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Todd Kenyon, Public Relations
New York State Historical Association
Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers’ Museum
Phone: (607) 547-1472 / E-mail: t.kenyon@nysha.org

The Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown announces its fifth annual juried art event celebrating the relationship between artists and the landscape, Art by the Lake, taking place Saturday, August 4 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on the museum's expansive lakefront lawn. The event offers plein-air painting demonstrations, exhibits of works by contemporary landscape artists, music, educational programs, lawn games, and samplings of New York State foods and beverages, all in a lavish setting overlooking Otsego Lake.

Art by the Lake is a juried art competition featuring 14 selected artists. These artists include Deborah Angilletta (oil, acrylic), Celia Clark (watercolor, mixed watermedia), Evelyn Dankovich (oil, watercolor, acrylic), Denise Dolge (pastel), Grant Dolge (pastel,  watercolor), B.A. Eberly (watercolor, acrylic, overglaze on porcelain), Lois Holz (watercolor, oil), Andrea House (oil), Tom Hussey (oil, acrylic), Susan Jones Kenyon (oil), Lorraine Dewey Mulligan (pencil, watercolor), Anne Pascale (watercolor, mixed media), Marilyn A. Roveland (watercolor and paste), and Elaine Wentworth (watercolor, acrylic).

A panel of judges determines awards, and spectator voting for Audience Favorite continues until 2:30 pm.  The award ceremony takes place at 3:00 pm.

In addition to the spectacular art, children's activities from 10:00 am–4:00 pm include lawn games such as bocce and croquet.  Kids can get creative with art activities and partake in an afternoon tea at 2:00 pm. Just a short stroll away is the Native American interpretive site, Otsego: A Meeting Place, which will be staffed throughout the day. Plein air artists will be sketching and painting around the museum’s lawn. Exhibition gallery talks will also be provided, including To Great Acclaim: Homecoming of the Thaw Collection of American Indian Art with curator Eva Fognell, and American Impressionism: Paintings of Light and Life with Director of Exhibitions Michelle Murdock.

Enjoy food and wine tastings provided by the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market, Domhnall Vineyards and Winery, Owera Vineyards, and the Fenimore Café. The Café will also be open throughout the day.

The Fenimore Art Museum Shop hosts a book signing by local photographer Richard Duncan from 11:00 am–3:00 pm.  NYSHA members receive a 10% discount on Duncan’s books and all shop items.

Admission to Art by the Lake is free with paid admission to the Fenimore Art Museum.  Adults (13-64): $12.00 and seniors (65+): $10.50. Members of NYSHA and children 12 and under are free.  Active and retired career military are also free when presenting their card at admissions. Through Labor Day 2012, active-duty military and up to five family members are free, through the Blue Star Museum program.

Please visit our website for more information at FenimoreArtMuseum.org/lake.
Art by the Lake is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.  The event is sponsored in part by Katz Graphics.


About Fenimore Art Museum

The Fenimore Art Museum, located on the shores of Otsego Lake -- James Fenimore Cooper’s “Glimmerglass Lake” -- 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; an extensive collection of domestic artifacts; more than 125,000 historical 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 comprising more than 800 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. Founded in 1945, the Fenimore Art Museum is NYSHA’s showcase museum. FenimoreArtMuseum.org

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Exhibition Press Releases
Publication Date: 
July 2012