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Past Exhibits

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July - Sept, 2021

Lifetime Achievement Exhibit

Cortland Arts Connect established the Lifetime Achievement Award for Visual Art in 2009.  A committee appointed by the Cultural Council chooses the recipient.  The intent is to recognize and honor outstanding artists for their contribution to the cultural fabric of our community and to build a permanent visual record of an important aspect of our artistic heritage.

Cortland Arts Connect periodically displays this ever-growing collection in exhibits around the community and is currently exhibiting the collection at the McNeil Gallery. The recipient for the 2021 Visual Art awards is Lolita White.

This year, Cortland Arts Connect has decided to broaden our scope and include a Lifetime Achievement Award for Music.  A committee appointed by CAC chooses the recipient.  The intent is to recognize and honor outstanding musicians for their contribution to the cultural fabric of our community and to build a permanent record of some of the individuals who have expanded our musical heritage.  An honoree has been chosen for the first time, the Lifetime Achievement Award for Music recipient is Paulette Fry.

Oct - Nov, 2021

Plein Air: Cortland & Beyond

Artist Statement: 

Rain and oil paint don’t mix well, I discovered as I created my first works in plein air, set up around Dingle Ireland in 2007. After moving to Cortland in 2010, I picked up watercolor - a medium I had abandoned in college.

I spent the next few years painting plein air watercolors around Cortland County. In 2014, David Beale and I started leading plein air workshops around the country and internationally, with a favorite regular trip to Ireland. In 2020 I started a project called Plein Air Cortland, creating plein air works in different parts of the county.

 

This show is a collection of 14 years painting plein air (painting outdoors). There are works from Cortland, Finger Lakes, Sedona Arizona, Ireland (Dingle, Cork, Galway) and Barcelona Spain. The pieces are painted in watercolor, oil and casein.

 

Plein Air Cortland is a continuing project. I am still looking for suggestions on places to paint!

Shoot me a message and visit my blog at pleinaircortland.com 

 

This exhibit is dedicated to two fine painters and teachers, George Dugan and David Beale.

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