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The Times
  • ‘Atmosphere and Resonance’

  • About 12 years ago, Lutz Scherneck said he shared his thoughts with his wife about the quality of an art exhibit he had attended.



    “I felt a little more confident. I said ‘This show is really terrible. I can see myself doing so much better then these people.’ My wife said to me ‘Then do it,’” he said.

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  • About 12 years ago, Lutz Scherneck said he shared his thoughts with his wife about the quality of an art exhibit he had attended.
    “I felt a little more confident. I said ‘This show is really terrible. I can see myself doing so much better then these people.’ My wife said to me ‘Then do it,’” he said.
    Scherneck, of Dolgeville, earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Syracuse University in 1976, and had put his career as an artist on hold while raising a family. Since then, he has had several group and solo exhibits and has been recognized with awards from the Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts in Little Falls, the Woodstock School of Art, the Art Center in Old Forge and the New York State Fair.
    His most recent exhibit — titled “Atmosphere and Resonance” — includes 14 paintings from Scherneck’s repertoire. The exhibit opened on July 21 at the Cogar Gallery on the Herkimer County Community College campus, and will close Sept. 21. A reception was held there Friday.
    Scherneck, born in Germany, said in his biography that he originally had no intention of pursuing a career in fine art.
    “After one semester of studio drawing and painting, fine arts became my obsession,” he said in his bio. “I fell in love with the work of French Impressionists and contemporary American artists, Pollock, Rothko, Hofmann and Avery.”
    Scherneck, also in his biography, described his paintings.
    “My paintings seem to resemble organic patterns and relationships I observe in nature. The forms are organized in a particular manner on the canvas to reflect these experiences,” he said.
    Some of the group exhibitions he has taken part in over the past nine years have been with the Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn, the Stanley Theater for the Arts in Utica, the Cooperstown Arts Association, formerly the Art Center in Old Forge, the Woodstock School of Art and the Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts.
    His solo exhibitions have also been on display at the East Canada Valley Development Center, the Masonic Temple in Dolgeville, the Dolgeville Mill, the Rome Art and Community Center, the Arkell Museum/Canajoharie Library Community Galleries, and the Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts.
    “You have to do it relentlessly....especially when you are doing work that is non-representational,” said Scherneck, about those interested in pursuing the fine arts.
    Normal business hours for Cogar Gallery are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. when the college campus is open. The gallery’s website can be found online at www.herkimer.edu/cogar.
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