Cloth, Clay, Cows, and the American Dream at the Earlville Galleries

On May 16, three women artists will fill the Earlville Galleries with fascinating artwork that will make you look at everyday things in a new light from cloth to clay to cows and castles in the sky.

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Ann Cofer from a previous exhibit: Hollow Spaces will show her new work in the EOH West Gallery.

Anne Cofer explores the unique relationship between clay and cloth. When combined, the slabs of clay and sheets of cloth form a reciprocal relationship, each material wholly reliant on the other to create form. Rooted in the home and a female past, the cloth redefines the clay within a domestic context, revealing an emotional quality that speaks of everyday experience.

Cofer received her BA in Fine Art from the University of West England in Bristol, England, and her MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from Syracuse University. She has been an instructor and adjunct faculty member at Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts since 2002. Her work has been exhibited regionally and nationally, as well as in England and the Netherlands.

Painting her figures in abstract and incongruous settings, and often using cows as a metaphor, Sheila Smith’s paintings depict the societal, psychological, and cultural pressures on women.
After earning her MS in Chemistry, Smith went to live in New York City where her art education began at the MOMA and the Guggenheim. For the last fifteen years Smith has found her voice on canvas, and her work has been shown throughout the Northeast. She lives in New Hartford and works in her Utica studio.

Tina Dillman uses multiple forms of art to produce situations and memories through installations that question the “American Dream” depicted through media and entertainment versus the harsh realities that exist within our own surroundings. Her current work uses recycled shopping bags.

Currently based in Buffalo, NY, after relocating from the SF Bay Area, Dillman received her MFA in New Genres at the San Francisco Art Institute and her BFA from the University of Iowa. She was a Visiting Artist at École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, in Tours, France, and completed artist residencies in Berlin, Germany, and Scotland. Dillman has performed at the Berkeley Art Museum and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (SF), and her work has been exhibited in Berlin, Los Angeles, Providence, RI, North Adams and Boston, MA, and the SF Bay Area.

A reception for the artists will be held on May 16 from 6-8 pm. The exhibits will run through July 3. Gallery hours are 10-5 Tuesday-Friday and 12-3 on Saturdays. Admission is free, and the Galleries are wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift. For more information, call 315-691-3550 or visit http://www.earlvilleoperahouse.com. The Earlville Galleries are located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY.

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