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April 18, 2014

LEAF poetry, art opening gala is planned

The LEAF Art and Poetry Opening Gala will be held at the CANO Gallery in the Wilber Mansion from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 25. Work from 50 Otsego County artists and poets will be represented. 

Along with a display of the art, the Gala will feature live readings by the poets and acoustic blues music by Heaven’s Back Door. The winners of the Art and Poetry Contest will be announced at the event with over $2,500 in prize money being awarded.

LEAF’s theme this year is “It’s a Wonderful Life” and the artwork is in black-and-white in honor of the 1946 film classic that illustrated “how one man’s actions could either lead an entire community toward the darkness or toward the light,” according to a media release. 

There will be a second showing of the work at the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown during May, with an opening at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 9.

LEAF Inc. is a prevention agency whose mission is to create healthy communities free from the burden of addictions. The Art and Poetry Contest is one of many events that LEAF organizes during the year that is designed to “bring people together in a fun, safe environment to communicate about ways to overcome life’s challenges,” according to medial release.

For more information go to or contact Carol Mandigo at 432-0090, ext. 106, or 

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