Fenimore Art Museum Exhibit Highlights Refugee Souls & Immigrant Culture

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The Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown is currently hosting an exhibit of two artists that capture refugee souls and immigrant culture. The work of Patrick Fiore and Halycon Westmass is currently on display as part of an exhibit to highlight refugees, immigrants, and the work of the Refugee Center. The Fenimore Art Museum worked with the Refugee Center to curate artists that would represent our work and the migrant experience. There are several informational signs in the exhibit highlighting our mission, who refugees are, and how individuals can get involved with our organization.

There will be an opening reception for the exhibit Thursday November 8th from 5:30pm-7:00pm at the Fenimore Art Museum located at 5798 STATE HIGHWAY 80, Cooperstown, NY 13326. The reception is free and open to the public. All are encouraged to attend. The artists will be present at the opening reception. More information an be found here. The exhibit is on display from November 2-25, 2018.

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Halycon Westmaas is a multimedia artist who practices painting and fashion design. Art holds deep connections to a culture’s appetite and history. One aspect of the artwork is representative of the preservation of Guyanese cultural history and another is representative of pop culture. The native of Guyana also enjoys a life-long love connection with textile threads, which she deploys and constructs with the merge of different mediums and techniques to create amazing mixed media art and unique clothing. Halycon has a BA in Fine Arts with a Major in Painting and a Minor in textiles (University of Guyana); MA in Pan-African Studies, arts culture and literature with a focus on gender studies (Syracuse University)
The pieces on dispaly in the exhibit depict some of the main national buildings in Guyana (the artist’s homeland) and it’s distinctive historical architecture. In essence, these paintings serve the additional function of memorializing the building heritage of Guyana.

Patrick Fiore received his BFA from Syracuse University and his MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Mr. Fiore is Faculty Emeritus, Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, Florida where he taught for 29 years. Patrick has been awarded for his illustrations which have been published nationally, including; The Washington Post, New York Times, Viking Penguin and Dell Books. His art exists in site-specific installations in New York, Utah, and Florida and his paintings have been exhibited throughout the U.S. Presenting historical and contemporary human rights issues challenges our assumptions about equality. Examining American history through the experiences of indigenous people, immigrants and refugees, Patrick states, “We continue to weave a resilient community that has proven, caring yields growth, adding new fibers creates strength and preserving our long-treasured heritage ensures our longevity as quality is passed down from our ancestral families to a new generation.”

The Fenimore Art Museum and the Refugee Center are considering an exhibit for 2019. If you are a refugee or migrant artist, or you know an artist who is a former refugee, an immigrant, or a migrant ally who would like to be considered for future exhibits please contact MVRCR info@mvrcr.org or the Fenimore Art Museum INFO@FENIMOREART.ORG.

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