Helene K. Manzo & Mike Reynolds
Helene k. manzo
"The Color of Light", Helene K. Manzo's paintings and monotypes in her solo exhibit move freely between the figurative and the abstract, capturing the movement of water, reflections of light, and colors as a counterpoint to the still forest around it. Manzo has a deep fascination with water, a recurring theme in her artwork which she sees as a powerful life force that is ever changing yet constant. This exhibit illustrates over 30 years of her life as an artist.
Helene K. Manzo is a founder and member of the artist co-operative Longyear Gallery in Margaretville, New York. She is also a member of the Monotype Guild of New England and the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk, Connecticut. In the summer of 2008 she was awarded an artists residency at Platte Clove, a nature preserve located in upstate New York. Founded on 208 acres of wild, old growth forest, and an ancient gorge with staggering multi-tiered waterfalls, it was an ideal setting for Manzo to explore further her deep fascination with nature and the beauty it offers to her work. She has had an extensive teaching career in fine arts and is proud to be one of the highlighted artists in 100 New York Painters by Cynthia Dantzic. Helene was awarded this opportunity to display a solo show at the Cooperstown Art Association by winning the grand prize of the 29th Annual Regional Art Show in 2020.
“Waiting on Dawn” by Mike Reynolds, in Gallery B, is a photographic collection of the animals in our region that are most easily observed in the hours just after sunrise. Some of the animals featured in this collection, such as the North American River Otter and Fisher are sometimes very difficult to locate, photograph, and/or observe. All photographs were taken in the Otsego county region of New York State, but many of these animals can be observed throughout the northeast and North America. All photographs are of wild animals that inhabit our region of NY and none have been bated or harmed in any way. These images were chosen because the animals featured are sometimes less visible to the casual observer. This collection is meant to show what anyone can see if they slow down a bit, wake before dawn, and enjoy the silence of early morning in the forest.
Mike Reynolds is an amateur wildlife photographer and Cooperstown, NY native, residing locally with his wife Marcie Foster and daughter Adelaide Reynolds. Mike began to find his love of photography after graduating college in 2009 and working at Historic Hyde Hall. Part of his weekly tasks were photographing artifacts, collections, and historic structures. Most recently, he has found a passion for wildlife photography, the peacefulness of the forest and reconnection to nature he enjoyed so much as a child. When not in the woods and tracking down animals, Mike can be found riding bikes and running his bicycle shop (Woodland Cycles in Milford, NY) that he has owned and operated since 2014.