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Fultonville artist Bethany Gessinger is shown with one of her two pieces selected for display in the Arkell Museum at Canajoharie's annual Juried Art show, for which a reception, featuring many of the artists, was held Friday night.
Gessinger's two mixed media pieces were created with recycled materials such as newspapers and aluminum foil. The recycled materials are used to form sculptural, fungus-like, three-dimensional shapes, which aim to convey organic elements that are recycled from the earth -- "live matter that grows from dead matter", said Gessinger. 
This piece, titled "Chytrids" took about two, 30-hour weeks to create, the process beginning with a flat canvas, to which glue-dipped pieces of paper are added. Once the piece takes shape, it's sealed with primer and glazed with paints. "First, it's building a cake and then I get to put the frosting on," explained Gessinger of her process.

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Don Cooper, of Amsterdam, displayed two digital illustrations in the Arkell Museum at Canajoharie's annual Juried Art Show. An opening reception was held Friday night, giving attendees the opportunity to view this year's selections, created in a variety of mediums, and speak with many of the artists.
This image, part of a larger series, was inspired by a Mother Theresa quote, "Burn myself completely for him and souls." Cooper created four pieces devoted to Mother Theresa's life and work. In preparing to create each digital collage, Cooper said he read biographies about each subject, which also included Desmond Tutu, Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandela and St. Augustine, also researching their original writings to "get a feel for what they experienced in their lifetime."

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Travis Button, of Sharon Springs, views some of the pieces selected for display during the Arkell Museum and Canajoharie Library's Juried Art Show.

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A detail of Bethany Gessinger's three-dimensional, sculptural piece titled "Pathogen"


Regional artists display work at Juried Art Show

Thursday, December 12, 2013 - Updated: 4:53 AM

CANAJOHARIE -- On Friday night, the public was invited to a juried exhibition of regional artists' work at the Canajoharie Library and Arkell Museum. 

This is the most diverse show we have had in recent memory” said Library Director Leah LaFera. “From sculptures made with forks to paintings of plastic “army men,” this show, filled with whimsy and beauty, features some of the most talented artists in our region.”

Awards were awarded in four categories -- Painting, Graphics, Mixed Media/Sculpture, and Best in Show -- during Friday's show. The art is displayed in three of the museum and library's community gallery spaces. It will remain on display through January 31, 2014.


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