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June 7, 2013

Poetry and portraits exhibit to open

Main View Gallery & Studio’s summer exhibit, “Anthology: Poetry and Portraits,” which opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. today at 73 Main St. in Oneonta, features a collection of portraits created over the past year. 

Main View Gallery artists worked with well-known local artists Doug Jamieson and Dana Matthews, as well as Main View Gallery & Studio staff, to create portraits in a variety of styles and media, including drawing, watercolor, enhanced portrait photographs, small face drawings and cardboard self-portraits. The exhibit also features Main View Gallery & Studio artist Monica Maraglio’s collection of keenly observed portraits of celebrities, presidents and their wives.

According to Main View Gallery & Studio curator Zena Gurbo, the exhibit was inspired by the upcoming publication of Main View Gallery & Studio’s book “Suddenly There Were Leaves,” which offers a collection of artwork from the past eight years along with poems written over the past five years during creative writing workshops led by Bertha Rogers of Bright Hill Press. 

The nine artist-poets featured in the book have been working with Carmela Marner, executive director/artistic director of Franklin Stage Co., to prepare a poetry reading, which will begin at 6 p.m. at the opening reception.

“Suddenly There Were Leaves” is edited by Rogers and published by Bright Hill Press. Guests may place advance orders for the book.

“Anthology: Poetry and Portraits” will run through Aug. 23. Hours for the gallery are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and Friday; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, and by appointment. For more information, visit or call 432-1890. 

Main View Gallery & Studio is a program of The Arc Otsego. The Arc Otsego, a private, not-for-profit organization, is a chapter of NYSARC Inc., and a member of The Arc of The United States.

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