Return to Roots


“Return to Roots” John Elwood Cook dinner & Kari Zelson Robertson

Guest Artist Element

Opening Reception SATURDAY, JULY 3

3 PM EDT – 7 PM

Refreshments served and dwell amusement

Show on display until finally August 31, 2021

The converse of the town this July 3rd will be “Return to Roots” and the Clayton Fireworks display screen. All are invited to be a part of us for “Return to Roots” a posthumous retrospective of John Elwood Cook’s various watercolor, mixed-media assemblages, collage and pen & ink artworks. This joint function will also highlight the enormously talented, modernist clay master Kari Robert Zelson.

John’s Son Jesse and close friends and household will accomplish John’s songs at the opening reception.

Refreshments will be served.

Thank you to party sponsors Jake Johnson Houses, Focal Stage Tailor made Framing, Reinman’s Office Shop and Orion Gallery and Studio.

Artist Bios –

John Elwood Cook:

A guy with a sharp brain, a sardonic humor and a deep comforting voice. His adore for the mighty St. Lawrence River ran deep and real and obvious in so a lot of what he did. Fishing, artwork, music, household, the day to day. All for the appreciate of the River. John was a respected art teacher, prolific songwriter, musician and artist with a exclusive relationship to the St. Lawrence River. As a fourth-technology resident of the 1,000 Islands, he captured the essence of the river through his artwork and new music.

John discovered a niche in combining his visual artwork with tunes. Lots of tunes that ended up made and impressed with his artwork in head can be discovered on his YouTube channel jjcook72.

His successful artwork career was recognized on both equally the local and nationwide degree. His prize-profitable artwork ranges from non-traditional watercolors to abstract reduction assemblages with lifted canvas. Prepare dinner was juried into additional than thirty countrywide displays such as Artwork of the Northeast, Watercolor United states of america, Cambridge Countrywide, Chautauqua Countrywide Exhibition, Adirondack American Watercolors and the Frederic Remington Artwork Museum, exactly where he was awarded “Best in Show” a number of instances. His operate appeared in quite a few juried displays at the Thousand Islands Artwork Center and the Frederic Remington Museum. Other noteworthy achievements involve taking part in the Adirondack Watercolor National Exhibition at The View in Outdated Forge, NY. He was a life time member of the Silvermine Guild and experienced a one particular-person show there early in his profession.

John passed away Wednesday March 20, 2019 at Smilow Cancer Heart in New Haven. He was the husband of Judith (White) Cook. John was born September 12, 1946, in Herkimer, NY, the son of the late John J. and Camilla (Krisher) Cook. He was an art teacher in Wallingford for his entire career, most lately at Sheehan Superior College until his retirement in 2002. His learners were extremely crucial to him and he entertained them with his humor as perfectly as educating artwork. Apart from his spouse of 51 several years, John is survived by his son Jesse of Greenfield Middle, NY his daughter Allison Latcheran and her husband Jeffrey of Pittsburgh, PA his grandchildren Connor, Courtney and William as properly as his pet dog Asta.

Kari Zelson Robertson:

Is a ceramic artist living and operating in her household studio/gallery in Ithaca, NY. See her do the job at the neighborhood artists’ cooperative, Handwork on The Commons, Ithaca, NY, and/or The Potters’ Gallery, in Penn Yan, NY.

A member of the Larger Ithaca Artwork Path, Kari participates in all open up studios, 1st Saturdays of the month, as well as the open path weekends, typically in the middle of Oct.

A previous K-12 Artwork Educator, Kari loved educating at the Clay College, a neighborhood ceramics instruction studio in Ithaca. The studio is quickly closed, thanks to the pandemic.

Kari began doing work in clay in university, even though pursuing her diploma in Art Education. She continued her clay training with some graduate work in ceramics with John Gill and Wayne Higby at Alfred University. In 2014 She was a partial scholarship scholar at Penland School of Craft in Penland, NC. where She analyzed with David Eichelberger.

Kari’s sorts are encouraged by drinking water environments and summary geometric minimalist structure. These vessels are to be liked as sculpture and made use of functionally in the household. They functionality as serving bowls, platters, cups, appetizer trays, planters.

Media Get in touch with: Hope Marshall, Email

River Muse Art Gallery & Studio: 315-285-5162

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