Caroga Historical Museum presents grandmother, granddaughter art exhibit

MaryJean Cleland and Maria Simone, grandmother and granddaughter, will begin showing their work on Aug. 2 at the Caroga Historical Museum. (Photo submitted)

CAROGA — The Caroga Historical Museum continues its 41st gallery series with a joint exhibition of painters, MaryJean Cleland and Maria Simone, grandmother and granddaughter respectively, with a free 7 to 9 p.m. welcome reception on Aug. 2, at CHM, 145 London Bridge Road.

The show, “Organic Divergence,” is a representative sample of the artists’ shared origins and experiences.

Cleland and Simone have had many opportunities to work together, both in painting and sculpture and agree that while their common roots carry a theme throughout their work individually, it is clear that their diverse experiences have played an equally influential role, according to a news release. With their last show together being in 2010, they are delighted to be exhibiting together again.

Cleland continues to be strongly influenced by her organic surroundings, affected by the natural Adirondack spirits, the seasons and colors. While Simone began her painting in Caroga Lake, her artwork continues to explore the intersection of her local surroundings with those of urban influences.

Cleland, a native of South Glens Falls, was educated at the State University at Plattsburgh and the College of St. Rose and is a retired art teacher from Gloversville School District. She has lived in Caroga Lake for the past 40 years.

Many of her works can be found in collections throughout the United States. Her most recent exhibit was a one-woman show with the Sacandaga Valley Arts Network Artists Gallery in Northville. She has exhibited throughout the region as well as in Ireland.

Simone, born in Seattle, Wash., and raised in Caroga Lake, is a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. She has shown her work locally and in various shows throughout New England.

She lives in Gloversville with three rescue dogs and two rescue cats. An ardent animal lover, Simone’s commissioned pet portraiture can be found in collections throughout the country.

The August exhibition runs through Aug. 26. The museum is open Thursday through Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free with donations accepted.

For more information, call Caroga Historical Museum at (518)835-4400 or visit or its Facebook page.