News in Cortland NY

Art Work Donated to Cortland County Historical Society

Friday September 28, local artist Margery Weston will present her watercolor, “The Day the Clock Stopped” to the Cortland County Historical Society. Mrs. Weston’s work was on display at the Beard Building Gallery, 9 Main Street, during the “Faces Facades and Festivals Art Show” this summer. It will now become part of the Cortland County Historical Society’s collection.

“Faces, Facades and Festivals was a first for downtown,” said Lloyd Purdy, Director of the Cortland Downtown Partnership. “The first time downtown’s hosted a juried show, the first time we’ve given awards to artists and the first time a piece of work that was on display has been gifted to the Cortland County Historical Society.”

Faces, Facades and Festivals encouraged local artists to celebrate the people, places and events that make historic Downtown Cortland a unique asset to the greater Cortland community. A jury of community members selected 13 pieces for this thematic show. Those thirteen pieces were grouped into thee categories. During eight weeks the show was on exhibit more than 250 votes were cast by the public for their favorite piece of work from each category.

The winning artwork from each category:

Faces: David Beale watercolor “News with a Smile”
Facades: Kathie Beale collage “Layers of Time”
Festivals: Marry Heider paper cutting “Arts in the Park”
Best Overall: Kathie Beale “Layers of Time”

As a juried art show, the Cortland Downtown Partnership will be giving a cash prize to the winning artists from each category.

“The real winners from this show are really Margery Weston and the Cortland County Historical Society,” said Lloyd Purdy, Director of the Cortland Downtown Partnership. “An artists presenting a piece of their creativity to an organization is a phenomenal gift.”

Margery Weston is a local artist who has been part of the Groton Arts Group for 22 years and has lived in the Finger Lakes area for 23 years. She is a retired nurse who also volunteers with the Red Cross.

The Beard Building Gallery is a collaboration between SUNY Cortland, the Cultural Council of Cortland County and the Cortland Downtown Partnership. It provides space for community and campus artists to display their work.