ArtBeat: Maxfield Parrish @ the Fenimore Art Museum [Get Visual]

July 29th, 2015, 11:00 am by Sara
Maxfield Parrish - Masquerade oil on board 1922

Maxfield Parrish – Masquerade oil on board 1922

Review by David Brickman

If you think an exhibition of work by an early-20th-century illustrator with broad commercial appeal is not to be taken seriously, think again. “Maxfield Parrish: Art of Light and Illusion,” on view at Cooperstown’s Fenimore Art Museum through September 7, is a knockout.

Maxfield Parrish was the most popular and highest paid commercial artist of his time and, judging from the art, artifacts and facts on display here, he earned it. While skill alone never makes great art, it can’t hurt – and Parrish had enough skill for 10 great artists. Initially educated through his artist father’s tutelage and a seminal two-year European sojourn as a teen, Parrish first took an architecture degree, then went to study under Howard Pyle, himself a memorable illustrator of the day, before embarking on a career that revolutionized the field of commercial art reproduction.

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Big Concert at Cooperstown’s Doubleday Field

April 23rd, 2013, 12:00 pm by Greg

There’s more to historic Doubleday Field than just baseball.

The intimate baseball park just down the Thruway in Cooperstown has also played host to some top-flight concerts in recent years, and it looks like this summer will be no different.

Furthur – featuring both Bob Weir and Phil Lesh carrying on the musical traditions of the Grateful Dead – is slated to make a tour stop at the historic ball park at 7pm on Sunday, July 14. The concert will take place rain or shine.

All tickets are general admission, priced at $53 and on sale now.

Jazz Up Your Weekend

August 10th, 2012, 11:00 am by Greg

There are an awful lot of festivals stacked up this weekend, including moe.down at Snow Ridge Ski Resort in Turin; WordXWord Festival in Pittsfield; and the Hudson Music Festival, the Basilica Music Festival and Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival, all in Hudson.

And if you’re a jazz fan, you can put together your own festival this weekend, but you’d better gas up before you head out ’cause there’s some driving involved.

Here are some of your A-list jazz destinations for the weekend:

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Festival Fever: Iroquois Cultural Festival @ Fenimore Art Museum, 5/26-27/12

May 22nd, 2012, 10:00 am by Greg
The Iroquois Cultural Festival @ Fenimore Art Museum, 5/26-27/12

The Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown is hosting the Iroquois Cultural Festival this weekend in conjunction with its current exhibition, “To Great Acclaim.”

The festival will run from 10am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday (May 26 & 27), featuring artisans, story tellers, singers, dancers, interpreters and talks, including performances by the Haudenosaunee Singers & Dancers, as well as storytellers Perry Ground and Kay Olan.

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ArtBeat: Three exhibitions at the Fenimore Art Museum [Get Visual]

August 31st, 2011, 1:00 pm by Sara
Maurice Prendergast: Landscape with Figures

Maurice Prendergast: Landscape with Figures

Hurricanes notwithstanding, it’s a nice time of year for a drive to Cooperstown – and with three special exhibitions all ending soon at the Fenimore Art Museum, there’s plenty of reason to make the trip now.

Fans of the Mexican proto-feminist painter Frida Kahlo will be entranced by a traveling show titled Frida Kahlo: through the lens of Nickolas Muray, which centers on pictures of the enigmatic artist taken throughout her 10-year love affair with the Hungarian-born, New York City-based photographer.

Augmented by inkjet prints of titillating ephemera such as lipstick-kissed letters, the show is not much more than an illustrated soap opera, strangely cool yet passionate, though Muray’s estimable skills with both classic black-and-white and early color technique are brilliantly on display. It’s easy to see from this collection why people such as Salma Hayek and Madonna find Frida so irresistible, though I was equally repelled by the degree of self-indulgence in evidence. If you’re intrigued, you must hurry: The show ends on Sept. 5.

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Things We Like: Annie Oakley Waffle Maker

July 15th, 2011, 12:00 pm by Greg

Annie Oakley waffle iron

We love waffles. All kinds of waffles. Heck, we used to literally live at the late, much-lamented Cathy’s Waffle Store when it was on Lark Street in Albany.

Milwaukee artist-sculptor Alisa Toninato must like waffles, too. One of her works is a cast iron Annie Oakley waffle maker. It makes 10-inch waffles with Oakley’s image on one side and her name on the other side.

The cost? $950 plus shipping. Hey, it’s art!

We’re hoping that the folks at Glimmerglass Opera in Cooperstown bought one and to serve up some yummy, steaming waffles during intermission of their upcoming production of “Annie Get Your Gun” with Deborah Voigt in the title role. The production premieres on Saturday.

It’s just an idea…

PS: Toninato is no one-trick pony, either. She’s also created a Jesus waffle maker.

Five Firsts: Terry Gordon of the Terry Gordon Quintet…

July 5th, 2011, 11:00 am by Greg
Terry Gordon

Terry Gordon

NAME: Terry Gordon
BAND AFFILIATION: Terry Gordon Quintet, Alex Torres y Su Orquesta, Arch Stanton Quartet, Keith Pray’s Big Soul Ensemble, Empire Jazz Orchestra, Brass-O-Mania
INSTRUMENT: trumpet, flugelhorn

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Chuck Mangione’s “Alive!”

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Be Here Now: David Daniels Recital @ Glimmerglass Opera, 7/30/10

July 27th, 2010, 4:01 pm by Sara

Renowned countertenor David Daniels will perform a recital to benefit Glimmerglass Opera on July 30 at 3:30pm in the company’s Alice Busch Opera Theater in Cooperstown.

Countertenors are men who sing in the alto to soprano range, a style of singing that has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity over the past twenty years. Yes, it’s a little disconcerting at first to hear such angelic sounds coming out of the mouth of a bearded man, but Daniels, widely acknowledged as one of the leading countertenors in the world, makes it work, combining a warm and powerful voice with a charismatic presence.

Daniels made his Glimmerglass debut in 1994 at the start of his career as Nero in L’Incoronazione di Poppea and returned for leading roles in Tamerlano in 1995 and Partenope in 1998. For this program, he’s chosen music by Reynaldo Hahn, Charles Gounod, George Frideric Handel, Hector Berlioz and Steven Kohn. He will be accompanied by pianist Kevin Miller. Tickets for the 3:30pm concert are $50, $75, $100 and are fully tax deductible.

Here he performs two 16th century Spanish songs, “Con Amores, La Mi Madre” by Juan de Anchieta and “A La Caza” by Gabriel Mena:

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