“Forces of Nature” Opens at Cooperative Gallery 213

River Watcher
River Watcher: oil on canvas, 30 x 40 in.

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein

On Thursday, April 6, and First Friday, April 7, 2017, Cooperative Gallery 213 will open “Forces of Nature,” a dual exhibit by Glenda Blake and Chuck Haupt. The exhibit, running through April 30, includes photos of nature across two continents by Chuck Haupt, and paintings / drawings by Glenda Blake of allegorical figures in natural settings. An opening reception at the gallery, public welcome, is planned for Thursday, April 6, 6-9:00 p.m.

Blake says: “My part of this exhibit is made up largely of pieces from my ongoing “Watchers” series. It’s a concept I picked up somewhere in my youthful reading — ancient religious or allegorical symbols or minor deities, observing us as we pass unknowing along their hidden paths. Humanoid objects in incongruous settings often strike me as dispassionate observers of the joys and disasters of our world. There is something in them that is positive — neither hopeful nor despairing, but also not clinging to outcomes, and open to whatever comes. I don’t normally explain my work. I can only let whatever is in me manifest itself, with little or no conscious input from me. After many years as a rational planner and designer of publications, I find this a difficult but rewarding lesson. I’m dedicating this show to the memory of my mother, Beatrice Knoeller Blake, who died on February 22, at the age of 88.” Blake is an award-winning and juried artist who has shown her work throughout the Northeast and the Mid-Atlantic regions. She also shows her work at the Circle Gallery in Annapolis, MD.

Haupt says: “Photographing nature has become my passion after spending 36 years as a photojournalist, telling people’s stories visually. Photography is just an extension of my personality. I look for moments happening in front of me that resonate for me. Photography freezes moments in time, forever. The camera alone does not make the picture; I make it, using my eyes, emotions and heart.”

On photographing in black and white: “I like being able to strip away the colors, which I feel enables the viewer to more easily get to the heart of the image — to not be distracted by the colors we all see in everyday life.”

Haupt and Blake have both been exhibiting members of Cooperative Gallery 213 since 2015

Cooperative Gallery 213, a popular stop on the First Friday Art Walk, is located on ArtistsRow / State of the Art, at 213 State Street in Binghamton. The gallery is open on First Fridays 3-9:00 p.m. and regularly on Fridays 3-6:00 p.m., and Saturdays noon – 4:00 p.m. Sign up for our weekly e-newsletter on our website at www.cooperativegallery.com or on our Facebook page, Cooperative Gallery 213.


A quick summary of the pre-holiday art season

Profile: graphite pencil on paper, 5.5 x 8.0" unframed - Glenda Blake
“Profile”: graphite pencil on paper, 5.5 x 8.0″ unframed – accepted for the National Small Works Competition

Life is not dull. In the past two or three weeks I’ve:

Hurricane Sandy, Alexandria VA
Hurricane Sandy, Alexandria VA
  • had what seems to have been whooping cough (pertussis), while sitting out Hurricane Sandy in Alexandria, VA. Thrilling combination. Still have the leftover hacking cough.
  • set up and sat at the American Civic Association’s Holiday Arts and Crafts Bazaar, which suffered mightily from lack of publicity.
  • taken on publicity duties, official and unofficial, for the December 2012 Members Exhibit of the Fine Arts Society of the Southern Tier and the Windsor Whip Works Art Center’s weekly life drawing session.
  • Kindred Spirits contradance
    Kindred Spirits contradance
  • photographed Binghamton Community Dance’s Kindred Spirits Day of Dance (contra and English Country) for Unlikely Dance, and culled through the resulting 2700-plus photos, reducing them to 500 or so.
  • posted a couple of hundred dance photos on Picasa.com and shared them with the respective dance organizations (not public due to privacy concerns).
  • had a piece accepted into the National Small Works Competition at the Windsor Whip Works Gallery (about which I’m thrilled!)…

Busy times!

Now preparing work for group holiday shows with the Fine Arts Society of the Southern Tier, Cooperative Gallery 213, Broome County Arts Council, The Art Mission and Theater… and Old Barn Hollow Food and Artisan Market, where I’ll be selling the earrings I make.

Earrings by GreenBoat Gallery
Earrings by GreenBoat Gallery

Will blog separately about some of these items when/if I get the chance!