COOPERSTOWN — ‘The Art of Observation: The Best of Photographer Elliott Erwitt’ exhibit opened September 17 and will run through December 31 at the Fenimore Art Museum.

According to a press release, the exhibition provides a window into Erwitt’s collection of works. It presents the results of a career that coincided with two developments in photography that occurred in the second half of the 20th century: the rise of mass-circulation picture magazines and the sometimes contentious relationship between personal work and commercial photography.

The exhibition shows Erwitt’s balance between commercial and personal photography, and the flavor he brings to his work.

The exhibition was organized by Traveling Photographic Exhibitions of Los Angeles, California.

“Tales from the Rockabout Hills: Paintings by D. Michael Price” also opened on September 17.

A fantastic artist, Price’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Highly respected as a best-selling artist as well as author/illustrator of published children’s books, Price’s fantastical artwork is created in acrylic and oil on canvas.

Her love of the magical beauty found in the hills, valleys, forests and streams of her upstate New York home in the “Rockabout Hills” provides her with constant inspiration.

The exhibition includes illustrations from four of his books, which transport the viewer through magical settings with humor and originality.

Other upcoming exhibitions include ‘Mary Michael Shelley – Art of the Everyday’, opening Wednesday, September 21, and ‘Jonathan Kirk – Abstract Sculpture: Fables, Foibles, and other Machinations, opening Saturday, October 1.

Shelley’s work has been described as primitive, traditional, unformed, American, whimsical, naive, eccentric, alien, visionary, or sculptural. The carved wooden reliefs featured in this exhibition by this Ithaca-based artist are a kind of “picture diary” or “picture story” in which Shelley documents life events, emotions, and important places in her life.

Kirk’s sculptures, while abstract, evoke a wide range of sources, from the natural and organic world to the forms of industrial and naval architecture. The work sheds light on the way in which the forms of both the artist and the engineer still embody the mysterious intelligence of their natural models and points to the idea that manufacturing is, in a sense, the invention of what we might call “cultural machines”. ‘

The Fenimore Art Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission to the museum is free for visitors 19 and under.

Visit FenimoreArt.org for more information.

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