ABOUT
Our mission is to make art accessible, as well as to inspire individuals to discover the artist within.  We envision a community where art has impact; where quality of life is high because people come together in order to communicate, explore, experience, and create.  
Welcome to The Smithy! With a long history of cultivating the growth of the arts in Cooperstown, we offer compelling exhibitions in our gallery, quality educational opportunities in the Clay Studio and community-oriented concerts and events.
 
 
 
Our historic building provides three floors of exhibition space filled with artwork from some of the most talented artists in the region.  We host three gallery opening receptions each summer season that are free and open to the public! 
Several ticketed concerts take place in our beautiful
garden space behind The Smithy featuring many great
local players.  The garden is also the backdrop for our
biggest event of the year, the Annual Fundraiser,
a night filled with music, food, friends and fun!
 
 
Interested in the art of pottery making?  The Clay Studio offers classes and workshops year round, taught by experienced and friendly instructors.  Whether you are a beginner or a pro, you are guaranteed to find a class to meet your creative needs and skill level.  There are plenty of class options for both adults and children, so bring the whole family!
HISTORY
The Smithy Pioneer Gallery is the oldest building in Cooperstown, built in 1786 by the village founder, Judge William Cooper, as a blacksmith’s shop.  Many original features of the shop can still be seen on the first floor, such as the forges, bellows, anvils and various tools of the trade.  The second and third floors of The Smithy served several purposes over the years as a carriage repair workshop, masonic hall, and eventually as art galleries. 
 
Today, The Smithy houses three floors of seasonal exhibition space showcasing a variety of work by talented local and regional fine artists and craftsmen.  The Smithy Clay Studio, located behind the original building, is a state of the art, year-round workspace and offers many affordable pottery classes and workshops for people of all ages and skill levels. 
MEET THE TEAM
STAFF & BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Janet G. Erway
Executive Director
Karl Benner   Gallery Manager
Ann Geiger   Gallery Manager
Lorry O'Brien   Gallery Manager
Jonathan Stein   Clay Studio Manager
FOUNDING MEMBERS
SMITHY OFFICERS
Henry S.F. Cooper, Jr.

Susan F.C. Weil

James F. Cooper

Katherine L.F.C. Cary
 
 
 
Cheryl Wright, President
 
Donald Raddatz, Vice-President
 
Charlie Kieler, Treasurer
 
Lori Solensten, Co-Secretary
 
Catherine Tuttle, Co-Secretary
 
SMITHY / CAA BOARD MEMBERS


Tom Lieber

Bill Schaeffer

Ted Spencer

Jennifer Victory
 
Geri Brose

Ellen Coccoma
 
C.R. Jones
 
Dianne Kull