December 23, 2004
Bassett hosts Lady Ostapeck exhibit
Cooperstown — Hundreds of employees enjoyed the extraordinary artistry of Lady Ostapeck during Bassett Healthcare’s Annual Holiday Tea held December 16. Ostapeck chose the occasion for a special photo exhibit of approximately 20 portraits, her first exhibit in about five years. Bassett will display Ostapeck’s work, “The Faces of Bassett,” as it includes portraits of Bassett employees, physicians, and administrators, from January 2 through 11 in their fieldstone lobby on Atwell Road. The exhibit is free and open to everyone.
“We are honored that Lady Ostapeck chose to share her remarkable talents with us and are happy to be able to exhibit them for the community,” said Mike Stein, Vice President of External Affairs at Bassett and an Ostapeck portrait subject. “Lady Ostapeck is one of our local treasures.”
Lady Ostapeck is a well-known photo portrait artist from Fly Creek. Born in Brooklyn, she began her photography career as a negative retoucher working for many of the best studios in New York City. Tired of city life, she moved to Otsego County in 1960. Ostapeck found an antique Corona 4 x 5 camera in a Salvation Army thrift store and began to make whimsical portraits and narratives. Believing that the photographs tell their sitters something about themselves that they did not already know, the photographer poses them in props and costumes from her large personal collection. Ostapeck's studio is the creative home to portraits where local residents dress up as if from another time period. She enjoys creating portraits of people in the attire of the 1920s.
Ostapeck has exhibited at the Grosvenor Gallery, Cobleskill; Spiratone and Modernage, New York; Rochester Institute of Technology and the Light Source Gallery, Baltimore, as well as in Finland and Great Britain. Her work has been featured in such periodicals as Modern Photography and Popular Photography.
Dr. William Streck, Bassett CEO, congratulates and thanks Lady Ostapeck for her efforts.