Thursday, April 10, 2008

Got art, folks?

I love the "Got milk?" ads. Milk, too. It's refreshing and enjoyable. Good for you, too.

Same thing with art. That's why I'm an Art:AskForMore Official Partner. (You can be one, too.)

Which brings me to this weekend. From today through Sunday, collections, collections, and collections of arts professionals and aficionados will congregate in the upper regions of New York State and of New York City.

Upstate today, in Cooperstown (home of the Baseball Hall of Fame), NYSCA is hosting the opening events for the annual New York Folk Arts Roundtable. The New York State Folklore Society describes the event below:

Sponsored by The Middle Atlantic Folklife Association, the New York Folk Arts Roundtable and Cooperstown Graduate Program
April 10-13, 2008
Cooperstown, NY

Our colleagues from throughout the region will join with us in a convening devoted to the topic of collections. It will utilize the exceptional resources of the Cooperstown Graduate Program (CGP), New York State Historical Association and Farmers Museum. This annual meeting of the Middle Atlantic Folklife Association, held this year jointly with the New York Folk Arts Roundtable, marks the largest gathering of folklorists in Cooperstown since the days of the American Folk Culture Program, and we are greatly excited by the opportunities to be brought about to connect more closely to our Cooperstown colleagues and the students at CGP. The meeting will occur during the glorious days of early Spring, in the Cooperstown museums and Cooperstown Graduate Program facilities by the shores of “Glimmerglass,” Otsego Lake, as well as other locations in the village.Download Conference Schedule and Registration Form here.

Then this Sunday, while the folk arts folks are munching and meeting at a Sunday pancakes-with-homemade-maple-syrup brunch (yummy!), there'll be other doings downstate. Averlyn Archer, owner/curator of the Canvas, Paper and Stone Gallery, informed me about "ArtCrawl Harlem," an afternoon guided bus tour of Harlem's fine art galleries including Heath Gallery, Canvas Paper and Stone Gallery, Essie Green Galleries, Tribal Spears Gallery, Hamilton Landmark Galleries, and Gallery M. Participants in that artfully sumptuous event will end the day eating, too, at a catered reception at the Schomburg Research Library. Afterward, sated on fine art, food and company, each guest will receive another treat: a tote bag filled with goodies.

Get details about ArtCrawl Harlem here. Tickets are $45.