Turn back the clock and imagine that you've landed in Paris in the late 19th century, amid the city's nightlife of cabaret, theater and opera.
On Saturday, the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown opens an exhibit of works by Toulouse-Lautrec, the famous French painter and illustrator.
“Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec in Bohemian Paris,” on view through Sept. 5, includes rare examples of Lautrec’s large original posters, letters, prints and drawings, which were largely inspired by both everyday life and the entertainment world in late 19th-century Paris in what is known as “La Belle Epoque.”
Toulouse-Lautrec is most famous for his posters depicting the nightlife of Paris, many of which advertised cabarets, theaters, and performers.
In addition to his signature posters, the exhibit includes Toulouse-Lautrec’s sketches and prints of his friends, family, and peers.
You'll also see costumes from many of the Metropolitan Opera’s productions of “La Bohème,” Puccini's tale of love, youth and tragedy during this era.
Glimmerglass Opera Festival in Cooperstown will be presenting “La Boheme” as part of its summer season.
Also opening on Saturday at the Fenimore is “The Perfection of Harmony: The Art of James Abbott McNeill Whistler.”
“Riff on a Riff,” an exhibit by Gail Nadeau and Chris O'Connor, opened Wednesday at Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital in Schenectady.
Paintings, photographs and fiber art by the two artists will be shown through Aug. 1 in the Viewpoint gallery on the first floor of the hospital.
Nadeau teaches Sunnyview’s Studio Arts Program, which offers art classes to adults with communication, cognitive or physical disabilities.
The exhibit is open during regular business hours at the hospital.
“Pictures of Health: Sharing the Art Therapy Experience,” a group show by 12 local artists, opened this week at the Schenectady branch of the Capital District YMCA.
Sponsored by the art organization Stockade Station Inc., the 22 artworks in the exhibit were created as part of therapy to deal with anxiety, depression, grief and self-indentity.
“Many times art can help us process issues and emotions that we cannot put into words,” says Heather Hutchison, a creative arts therapist who assisted the artists.
The exhibit, which runs through June 17, is being held to mark Mental Health Awareness month.
A reception is scheduled from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, June 3 at the YMCA.
Reach Gazette reporter Karen Bjornland at 395-3197, [email protected] or on Twitter @bjorngazette.