2022 Exhibition Schedule

All exhibitions are viewable in-person by appointment. Call the office at (607) 278-5454 or contact

Joan Nelson

May 26 – June 21, 2022
Opening reception: May 29 at 1:30 pm

From the curator: This year leading off the gallery season at the West Kortright Centre, I am extremely happy to say will be Joan Nelson, who is both a local resident, and an artist with significant national and international recognition, whose work is included in the collections of major museums and private collectors. The show will include a series of her masterful, invented landscapes, of a time that never was or has has yet to be, the work she is best known for, painted on panels, in extreme detail, in a variety of media, imagery that harkens to a wide breadth of an art historical past, ranging from the Hudson River School, the back corners of early Italian painting, later Flemish painting, mixed with fantastical visions of an alternate parallel plane, and so much more. 

– Alan Herman

Joan Nelson (b. 1958, California) lives and works in upstate New York. Her work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Minneapolis Museum of Art; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C.; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Annie Hayes

June 23 – July 27, 2022
Opening reception: June 26 at 2:00 pm

From the curator: It is with great pleasure to present some of the more recent work by Annie Hayes, who has lived and worked and raised her daughter not far from the West Kortright Centre for the past 30 plus years. While for an extended time from art school and beyond, her work was focused on printmaking and figurative imagery, in recent years she has made a major stride bringing her fearless, visceral emotionality into painting and abstraction, with dramatically positive results. The exhibit will present several of these more recent paintings on corrugate, as well as some her quite recent pencil drawings, that have likewise evolved in similarly extremely positive ways.

– Alan Herman

Annie Hayes was born in Buffalo, NY and received her BFA from University of Iowa. Thirty years ago, she moved full-time with her family to upstate New York, and now divides her year between upstate, and a loft in SoHo. In recent years, in addition to attending printmaking workshops and a painting intensives at The Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, CO, Annie has been awarded residencies including The Vermont Studio Center, Anderson Ranch in Colorado, and the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation in Rockland, Maine.

Bruce and Rosa Polin
Photographs – An Unspoken Dialog

August 4 – August 31, 2022
Opening reception: TBA

From the Curator: Each year for the past the few gallery seasons, we have presented a two person show, that has focused on the idea of an unspoken dialogue that unconsciously evolve between two working  artists, working independently, but in a close relationship…husband and wife, partners in life, best friends, parent and child, etc.  This year the unspoken conversation is between a father and daughter, both photographers, both recognized, and well respected  for their craft and vision, and both  with  a strong focus on portraiture,  that digs deeply below the surface, to the inner working of their subjects, and often tells us more about their subjects than we feel totally comfortable in knowing.

– Alan Herman

Rosa Polin is a photographer from Brooklyn, New York. She earned her BA in photography from Bard College in 2016 and her MFA in photography from the Yale School of Art in 2022. Her work has been published by Vogue Italia, TIME Magazine and Dazed Magazine. Selected group exhibitions include When Ethics Meets Aesthetics, Leica Galerie, Milan, IT (2018); PhotoVogue/Visions, BASE Milano, Milan, IT (2017), and Labs New Artists, Red Hook Labs, Brooklyn, NY (2017).

Bruce Polin is a Brooklyn based photographer, born in NYC in 1960, who began taking pictures at age 14, known best for his intensely intimate black and white portraits. Polin studied photography at the School of Visual Arts and later received a BFA at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. In addition to making and exhibiting his photographs, Polin has written and lectured on photography, and received many accolades, and significant critical acclaim. The images in this show are a significant sampling of his most recent work, and while seemingly a giant departure from his more familiar large format black and white portraiture, they are distinctly similar in their intimacy and conveyance of sympathy and understanding of the human condition.

Annual Benefit Auction
Small Works

Seoptember 2 – September 26, 2022
Reception and final bid: September 24

Tom Nershi

September 29 – October 29, 2022
Opening reception: October 9

From the Curator: The barn photographs of Tom Nershi that will be on display are a small part of sensitive, documentary project he has now been deeply immersed in for the past number of years, an outgrowth of his original vision to capture for posterity the remaining, great, hand-built grand farm buildings, within the Town of Jefferson NY, that housed the once flourishing local dairy trade. Nershi has lived and worked  within the town of Jefferson for a very long time, and so these are deeply powerful and respectful images, that  formally, and emotionally, harken to a time that once was, has past, and sadly will never be again.

– Alan Herman

Tom Nershi in 1975, already having a fondness for dairy farms, and having majored in architecture in college, bought a piece land in Jefferson, NY, where he hand-built a house, raised a family, and worked as a carpenter, cabinet maker, frame builder, stained glass artist, and began to pursue a deepening interest in photography. In addition to  photography, Tom is an avid music enthusiast, and has for many years combined both passions, regularly documenting live performances in wide ranging venues, including countless performances at the West Kortright Centre, pretty much since the doors first opened.

Past Exhibitions

2021 Benefit Art Auction
Through September 27, 2021
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Flora/Fauna Group Photography Show
August 2-August 31, 2021
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Featuring works by

Amy Helfand
Maxine Henryson
Alan Herman
José Picayo
Sohail Zandi

Chris Martin + Tamara Gonzales: A Dialogue

May 28-June 27, 2021
Curated by Alan Herman

Our first gallery show of 2021 featured new works by Brooklyn/Bovina-based abstract painters Chris Martin and Tamara Gonzales. Click here for exhibition details.

Chris Martin + Tamara Gonzales: A Dialogue

Kevin Larmon: 17 Seconds

Curated by Alan Herman

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Kevin Larmon: 17 Seconds

(above) colors of music by Charlie Bremer; (header image) untitled by Joan Nelson

2020 WKC Benefit Art Auction
through Sept 28, 2020

Featuring works generously donated by

Temma Bell • Charlie Bremer • Caitlyn Davey • Leonard Dufresne • Harriet Dunne • Lisbeth Firmin • Anne Gohorel • Bobbi Goldman • Lanny Harrison • Annie Hayes • Alan Herman • Michael Herstand • Liz Hoheusle • Richard Kathmann • Kevin Larmon • Editha Mesina • Joan Nelson • Vera Powley • Werner Rentsch • Alexander Michael Sader • David Sundberg • Kamilla Talbot

2019 Exhibitions

Fiber Show

Featuring the work of Clara van Beek, Bobbi Goldman, Elana Herzog, Marianne Neuber
Exhibit runs May 13 through June 4
Reception: May 26, 5:30-7PM

Jim Sullivan

Fire Paintings and House Dresses
Exhibit runs June 7 through July 1
Reception: June 8, 5:30-7PM

Kamilla Talbot and Michael Herstand

Watercolors and Ink Drawings: A Dialogue
Exhibit runs July 5 through July 30
Reception: July 6, 5:30-7PM

Photography Group Show – “White House”

Featuring the work of Sue Daley & Steve Gross, Wenda Habenicht, Alan Herman, Perri Hoffman,David La Spina, Tess Mayer, Editha Mesina, Bruce Polin, Rosa Polin, David Sundberg.
Exhibit runs August 6 through August 27
Reception: August 10, 5:30-7PM

2019 Small Works Benefit Exhibit

Closing reception: September 22, 4-7PM.

This year’s benefit exhibit featured exceptional works by

Temma Bell • Gary Bower • Charlie Bremer • Karin Bremer • Gayle Brown • Ursula B. Carr-Bower • Caitlyn Davey • Wijnanda Deroo • Jehed Diamond • Leonard Dufresne • Cindy Dunne • Bobbi Goldman • Richard Friedberg • Wenda Habenicht • Lanny Harrison • Kirsten Hassenfeld • Annie Hayes • Alan Herman • Michael Herstand • Liz Hoheusle • Tracy Jacknow • John Jackson • Richard Kathmann • Marilynn Gelfman Karp • Abby Kinsley • Rose Mackiewicz • Sarah Meredith • Joanna Murphy • Joan Nelson • Barb Palmer • Gerry Gomez Pearlberg • Alexander Sader • Rod Sauquillo • Jim Sullivan • Kamilla Talbot • Trevor Wilson

Images: (from left) Bobbi Goldman, Charlie Bremer, Richard Kathmann, Richard Friedberg