Mexico Point Park’s Severin Bischof Art Show

Severin's paintingsFriends of Mexico Point Park are hosting an art show featuring Severin Bischof’s watercolors and wood cuts. Friday, August 9, at 7 PM will be opening night with a wine and dessert gala. Admission is $20. The show will continue on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 10 & 11, 1-4 PM for a $ 5 admission price. This is a fund raiser for the maintenance and restoration of Casey’s Cottage. For reservations and/or more information call 315-963-7657 or email Betty at bj2green@aol.com.
Severin Bischof, a master painter, was born in 1893 in Germany where he apprenticed and began is art career. He learned to restore religious paintings and worked in the great cathedrals in Europe.  He also learned the art of cutting glass and was a decorative painter of furniture.
In 1928 Bischof was an art student at Syracuse University, and later worked for Syroco, an ornamental woodworking company.  While at Syracuse University he met Dr. William Casey and began what became a lifelong friendship.   Dr. Casey, a sociology professor at Columbia University, summered at Mexico Point Park. The unused carriage house at Mexico Point was transformed into Casey’s Cottage by the two close friends. Dr. William C. Casey provided the means and Severin Bischof provided the designs.
The art show will feature the artwork of Bischof including his woodcuts and pastels of his vision for transforming the carriage house into Casey’s Cottage. According to John Bischof, the artist’s son, “The cottage was a work of love, a place of beauty, friends, companionship and good conversation only.” Join Friends of Mexico Point Park on Friday, August 9, at 7 PM for a delectable art-filled evening of “companionship and good conversation.”