December 5, 2021

Art league displays latest exhibit at Trinity Valley store

Country-inspired creations

Katie Keyser/Living and Leisure Editor

Leslie Cobb, president of the Cortland Art League, takes a break from hanging paintings Thursday at Trinity Valley Dairy Store in Truxton. The Cortland Art League is hosting a “Country Moments” show through September at the store.

Leslie Cobb got snagged when she saw a photo of a grumpy cow made by Sheryl Small.

Cobb, an artist, made it into an acrylic painting for the Cortland Art League’s “Country Moments” exhibit.

“I’ve had it my head for a while,” said the Pitcher woman, president of the Cortland Art League. “She looks like the grouchiest cow.”

“Sweet Maria” is one of some 30 paintings, as wells as a plethora of art cards, on display through September at the league’s latest show, at Trinity Valley Dairy Store on Route 13, Truxton.

“We meet once a month,” Cobb said of the Cortland Art League. “We put on several shows and sales for artists. When we get together, we do demonstrations, do topics, critique each other. We like to do workshops in different techniques and mediums.”

The group will host a challenge to artists on Facebook, where people will submit their work on a theme of their choosing, once a week for 50 weeks.

An artist can focus on people, watercolor — whatever they want to explore.

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Richard Simister of Homer started painting again in his retirement six years ago. His “Aldi Mill” landscape above can be seen at Trinity Valley in Truxton.

It will start in October. Called “50 Ways to Tweak Your Talent,” there will be a show at the end of next year on a selection of the works. People can look up the Cortland Art League on Facebook to take part.

“It will be good,” said Lolita White of Marathon, an Americana painter. “We are growing, not only in numbers but in repertoire. We are branching out into different techniques (and) media.”

This is the league’s third year at Trinity Valley.

“The library was booked that year (its first at Trinity) because the Beard Building closed,” Cobb said.

“This is an awesome venue,” said White. “There is a lot of traffic here.”

Richard Simister of Homer put in decades of food service work, the last job as a supervisor at Loretto. About five years ago, he retired and took up oil painting.

“I have followed his work forever and I will tell you, he wasn’t bad to start with,” said White, a retired art teacher. “He’s gotten so much better.”

Simister has two paintings in the New York State Fair exhibit. Both got a third place ribbon. “Which I am pleased with,” said the oil painter.

Last year, he got an honorable mention for a piece he entered.

At Trinity Valley, Simister has a landscape of the Pavilion Theater in Little York and another of the Aldi Mill in Virginia. “I have done a whole series on mills,” he said.

“I love it,” he said of painting. “It’s relaxing. I just love the creativity.”