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Iterations 2008 Premiers in Downtown Cortland

100 local artists, 14 pieces of art, and a whole lot of creativity.

The public is welcome to join the artists involved with Iterations for an opening reception on Friday May 2nd, from 5:00 -7:30 pm at the Beard Building Gallery, 9 Main Street, in historic Downtown Cortland.

Iterations is back for a 2008 exhibit with fresh new concepts to keep this original arts initiative of Cortland vibrant and relevant. Fourteen completed works will be on display at the Beard Building Gallery at 9 Main Street in historic Downtown Cortland from May 1st through May 30th.

This year, seven works of art on canvas, and seven works of art on paper of varying sizes from 4’ x 2’ to 8” x 28” have been circulating to area artists age 2-93. Seven of the pieces began with children painting from their memory and imaginations. The other seven pieces are a photomontage of Cortland County contemporary and historical photographs thanks to local photographers and the Cortland County Historical Society.

“Each of the 14 works of art included in Iterations has been worked on by at least 5 Cortland artists,” said Lloyd Purdy, Director of the Cortland Downtown Partnership. “Each work of art was inspired by an original photograph, each other’s work and their own creativity. This is a great way to celebrate the creative energy of Cortland.”

Conceiver of the project, Reagen Troutman, decided to use this year’s compositions to generate local folklore as a unique approach to Iterations 2008. Each piece of art has a story to tell that brings together different parts of Cortland’s richness and history to life.

Several public collaborations have taken place during the month of April, making it possible for Iterations to become a truly community centered art project. These painting events occurred at the YMCA, Center for the Arts, The Beard Building, the Homer Senior Center Paint Group, the Groton Paint Group, and the Art League.

“At the first event, children who had never painted before, were painting on canvases larger then they were,” said Reagen Troutman, the project creator and coordinator. “In contrast to that event, I brought these same canvases to local professional artists and challenged them to leave what the kids had painted, but to add to the painting.”

The 14 completed pieces are all mixed media and are composed of oil paint, acrylic paint, watercolor paint, colored pencil, polymer clay, collage, fabric, and other media. Accompanying the paintings are journals where artists documented their ideas from the experience and shared some of the personal stories about the project and their lives. These narratives of newly generated Cortland county folklore will accompany the artwork at the opening.

Iterations 2008 is made possible by sponsorship from the Cortland County Convention and Visitors Bureau, The Cultural Council of Cortland County, The Downtown Partnership, Pinstriped Pokadots, YWCA of Cortland, with partial funding by a NYSCA DEC Grant, and the creative talent of Cortland County!

All 14 works of art will be auctioned off online at: The online auction begins on May 2 and concludes on May 31. Bids start at $45 dollars per piece of artwork. All works of art have between 5-8 artists collaborating on them and over 20 hours of work into each piece. Last year’s Iterations project was a complete sell out. Proceeds for the sale of Iterations 2008 will go to fund next year’s project.