The Daily Star
The air inside the old Judd Foundry building at 44 Main St. is a bit cool. But who needs to spend money on heating an old building, when money for the arts is in such short supply and your mission is to produce exciting exhibits and public events that each year draw throngs of people to this wind-swept northern Otsego County village?
“The amount of stuff we’re doing is amazing for the amount of money we have,” said Jane Sapinsky, director of Cherry Valley Artworks.
The eight-year-old nonprofit community organization is housed in an old limestone building constructed in the early 19th century, which previously had been the village hall, and a century ago had been the Judd Foundry.
The group has another ambitious schedule on tap for 2012, starting with a May 19 exhibit called “The Farm in Art — The Art of Farming,” which will be wrapped into Artworks’ annual spring gala, featuring an auction of locally produced goods and services. On June 9, Artworks will join other community groups in celebrating the 200th anniversary of the village of Cherry Valley.
On July 14, the group will hold the Cherry Valley Summer Sculpture Trail for the fourth time. This year, the latter event will be curated by Chris Duncan, a Union College art professor and local resident.
On August 5, 12 and 19, Artworks will stage its summer concert series in The Star Theater, directly behind its home at 44 Main St., featuring a cadre of musicians from the Glimmerglass Festival, who will be performing what Sapinsky billed as eclectic selections that are favorites of the performers.
The theater has its own berth on the register of Historic American Theatres.
As summer rolls into fall, Artworks will again host its Cherry Valley Kite Festival on Sept. 22. The event has become Cherry Valley’s singlebiggest attraction, last year drawing an estimated 1,200 people.
Sapinsky, a former New York City-based photographer who now lives in Cherry Valley fulltime, said having such local community groups as Artworks helps to connect those who appreciate the creative experience and those possessing artistic talents.
“Cherry Valley has a long, rich history of a connection with the arts,” she said, noting the community has been home to the Pulitzer Prizewinning novelist Willa Cather and beat poet Allen Ginsberg.
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