Monday, March 19, 2012

Calling all Artists!!!



Contact:  Janet G. Erway

Cooperstown Art Association

22 Main Street

Cooperstown, N.Y.  13326

(607) 547-9777                                                                                              


March 19, 2012


Calling all Artists!!!  Upcoming Juried Shows!


Attention Artists! The CAA announces two upcoming juried shows, the 21st Annual Regional Art Exhibition, “Essential Art” and the 77th Annual National Art Exhibition.  Both prospectuses can be downloaded from our website at:  To request a prospectus by mail please send a self addressed stamped envelope to National and/or Regional Exhibition Cooperstown Art Association 22 Main Street Cooperstown, NY 13326.


Our 21st Annual Regional Art Show, “Essential Art,” is being juried by Leila Durkin and Susan Benedict Hand. 


Leila Durkin began pursuing photography in her 30's. She had studied painting, sculpture & photography but it was kismet that gave her the final push into photography. Through grants from The NY State Council on the Arts, she created 3 photographic installations depicting the local community, architecture & character. She recently collaborated on the book, The Garden Wall at Beekman Farm. She holds an AA of Liberal Arts & a Bachelor's of Visual Arts. She is the publisher & editor of The Chatter, a local Sharon Springs newspaper. Leila & her husband, Philip, purchased the old Village Hall & Library building (ca. 1850) in Sharon Springs, and the Village Hall Gallery opened its doors in 2008 supporting “Contemporary Art in a (rural) Historical Setting.”


Susan Benedict Hand is a graduate of both Cazenovia College & Syracuse University Lowe School of Art, graduating in 1964 with a B.A. in Illustration and Design. She has illustrated several books including The Essence Book of Days by Daanan Parry & The Earth Stewards Handbook by Daanan Parry. Susan taught Special Education Art at Canajoharie Central School focusing on weaving, mural painting, mask building, & nature drawing. She also taught figure drawing & studio drawing & gave workshops in Papier Mache, large head and body size mask building at Canajoharie Library & Art Gallery. Since 1985, she has successfully run an illustration & greeting card business, Susan Hand Illustrations. She has recently been involved in one on-one teaching drawing, painting & mono-printing with artists of all ages in her home studio. Susan states, "My Abstract Expressionist paintings are currently inspired by my love of nature and the dance of shifting light."


The Regional Show is open to artists 18 years of age and older who reside in New York State and now offers $2000 in prizes. The works of art themselves will be juried; no slides will be accepted for this show. The delivery dates are Friday and Saturday, April 27 & 28, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. The show runs May 4 through June 1 with an opening reception on Friday, May 4 from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.


Summer would not be the same at the CAA without the National Juried Exhibition! This year will mark our 77th!  This year’s juror is Tony Reinemann.  Tony Reinemann has been creating snapshots of New York City and the world all around him through his unique talents as a fine arts painter and digital arts professional for more than 30 years. By combining elements of both art forms, Reinemann is able to create vivid portraits of New York City and all of its eccentricities. Reinemann sees Manhattan as a place where everything is exaggerated and magnified – the beautiful and the opulent; the unseemly and unrefined. His work captures the essence of New York City – especially at night. “When the sun goes down and darkness takes over, there is no other place as mysterious and theatrical as Manhattan – it’s simply the perfect allegorical backdrop,” Reinemann says. Over the years, Reinemann’s works have been exhibited at the Museum of the National Academy of

Design in New York and the Whitney Museum of Art as well as other notable galleries in the United States.

His paintings are represented in private collections throughout the United States and internationally.

Reinemann began his art studies at Sage College in his hometown of Albany, New York. Later, he earned

his BFA at the School of Visual Arts in New York, where he received the Rhodes Family Award for

Excellence in Arts, one of the school’s top honors. In addition to his career in fine arts, Reinemann has worked for many years in the field of illustration and digital imagery in the advertising industry. His creativity can be seen in prominent advertising campaigns for some of the world’s leading consumer product companies.

“When you boil it all down,” says Reinemann, “my work is really autobiographical and spiritual, and the

images I create portray my own world of observation and contemplation. New York City offers an ideal

backdrop for someone like me who enjoys the color, the darkness, the shadows, the architecture and

most of all – the people – we find in such incredible abundance in Manhattan.”


The National Exhibition accepts original work in all fine art mediums; no commercial reproductions or crafts will be accepted. To enter this show, artists must send slides/CDs of their work. The slide/CD deadline is May 15.  Possible $3500 in prizes will be awarded. The show runs July 13 – August 17 with a Preview Party on Friday, July 13 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m with awards being presented at 6pm.



We would appreciate your help in spreading the word. Please share this with every artist you know!


If you have any questions please call 607-547-9777 or visit




--  Janet G. Erway, Director Cory Anne Sharer, Assistant Director Cooperstown Art Association 22 Main Street Cooperstown, NY 13326 (607) 547-9777 (607)547-1187 fax

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