The Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown will celebration the relationship between artists and landscape with "A Taste of the Sublime." This inagural event will premier from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9 on the museum's back lawn, offering one of the most spectacular views of Otsego Lake, presenters said. It will celebrate the history of plein-air painting by offering entertainment and educational programming spotlighting the relationship between artists and nature, exhibits by local artists and samplings of the best of New York state foods and beverages, presenters said.

"A Taste of the Sublime" is a juried art competition, featuring 13 artists that frequent this region to produce inspirational landscape works. The artists, chosen in May, and their media, are: Robert Blanton, acrylic; Marc Connor, oil; Jessica Dalrymple, oil; Denise Dolge, pastel; Grant Dolge, pastel; Lois Holz, watercolor; Ed Johnson, acrylic; Sabine Krummel, watercolor; Bill Mowson, watercolor; Carolyn Neidlinger, watercolor; Marian Simpson, oil, watercolor and acrylic; Jean Tyson, oil; and Evelyn Dankovich, oil, watercolor and arylic, who recently received the grand prize award at the Cooperstown Art Association's 73rd Annual National art show with the painting "River View." A panel of judges will determine Best of Show as well as Excellence in the various media, and there will be spectator voting for the Audience Favorite until 3 p.m., followed by the award announcement at 4 p.m.

In addition to the art, throughout the day there will be children's activities, including lawn games, afternoon tea, postcard making, complimentary foods such as smoked brown trout, honey apple chicken and Caribbean blueberry bread pudding, beer and wine tastings for the adults, museum "spotlight" tours and a curator's talk, titled "Cooper and Otsego Lake _ Landscapes of Central New York" beginning at 2 p.m.

Admission to the event is free with paid admission to the Fenimore Art Museum. Members of NYSHA, children younger than 7, as well as active and retired career military are admitted free.

The event is sponsored in part by McCadam Cheese, Golden Artist Colors, Williamsburg Oils and the State University College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill.

The Fenimore Art Museum is at 798 State Highway 80, Lake Road, in Cooperstown. Museum admission is $11 for adults, $9.50 for visitors age 65 and older, and $5 for children age 7 to 12; children 6 and under and NYSHA members are admitted free.

For information, call (888) 547-1450 or visit

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