Second Annual A Taste of the Sublime to take place August 8th at Fenimore Art Museum

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Second Annual A Taste of the Sublime to take place August 8th at Fenimore Art Museum

Cooperstown, NY - The Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown announces its second annual celebration of the relationship between artists and landscape called A Taste of the Sublime.  This event will take place on Saturday, August 8, 2009 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the museum's expansive back lawn, offering one of the most spectacular views of Otsego Lake - truly the perfect spot to experience landscape art in the context in which it was created.  The event will celebrate the history of plein-air painting in this prestigious setting by offering entertainment and educational programming spotlighting the relationship between artists and nature, exhibits by local artists and samplings of the best of New York State foods and beverages.

A Taste of the Sublime provides a multi-sensory experience including wine and beer tastings from several regional wineries and Brewery Ommegang (12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.); samplings of regional foods created from farm-fresh produce and prepared by the Culinary Arts Program at SUNY Cobleskill; plein-air painting demonstrations and exhibits of works by contemporary landscape painters; entertainment and art activities – all in a sumptuous setting overlooking Otsego Lake.

A Taste of the Sublime is a juried art competition, featuring 15 artists that frequent this region to produce inspirational landscape works. These artists, chosen this past May, include Jessica Dalrymple (oil), Evelyn Dankovich (Oil, Watercolor, Acrylic), Denise Dolge (Pastel), Grant Dolge (Pastel), Deborah Geurtze (oil, colored etching), Lois Holz (Watercolor), Tom Hussey (oil), Sabine Krummel (Watercolor), Bill Mowson (Watercolor), Lorraine Mulligan (watercolor), Mary Nolan (oil), Marilyn A. Roveland (watercolor), Marian Simpson (Oil, Watercolor, Acrylic), Kate Stamps (oil and watercolor) and Elaine Wentworth (watercolor, acrylic).  A panel of judges will determine awards for categories such as “Best Interpretation of a New York Landscape,” Most Outstanding Use of Color,” and others. There will be spectator voting for the “Audience Favorite” until 3:00 p.m. 

In addition to the spectacular art, throughout the day there will be children's activities from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. including lawn games such as bocce, badminton, quoits and croquet.  Kids can also create a landscape postcard or mural of Otsego Lake.

The Museum will also offer tours of the exhibitions America’s Rome: Artists in the Eternal City, 1800 – 1900 and Walker Evans: Carbon and Silver  - highlighted by a talk from Dr. William L. Vance presenting insight into the research and exploration of Italy that led to his book, America’s Rome – the inspiration of our current exhibition (2:00 p.m.).  There will also be tours of the Native American Bark House and Interpretive Trail at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Admission to the event is free with paid admission to the Fenimore Art Museum - which is home to several examples of Otsego Lake plein-air paintings.  Museum admission during A Taste of the Sublime: Adults (13-64): $11.00; Seniors (65+): $9.50; and College Students (with ID): $5.00. Members of NYSHA, children under 12, as well as active and retired career military (must present card at admissions) are free.

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A Taste of the Sublime 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 Wilber Bank Trust & Investment Center, McCadam Cheese and Golden Artist Colors.

About the 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


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:

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Publication Date: 
July 2009