About New Berlin Art Forum

A Message from the New Berlin Art Forum President

Thank you to all our current and past members who have helped shape the New Berlin Art Forum into the successful organization it is today. It is hard to believe that it has been 42 years since our humble beginnings. In that time we have offered a variety of programs in an effort to broaden the artistic and cultural appreciation of our community. Thomas Merton is quoted as saying “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” It is the New Berlin Art Forum’s hope that attending our performances allows you to escape your hectic life even if only for a little while and find yourself recharged and ready to tackle the world once again. “A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul,” Johan Wolfgang von Goethe.

This year's Member’s Only Reception will be held Thursday, May 11th, 2017 at 6:00 PM at St. Andrew's Church so mark your calendars know. This year will we have dessert and coffee.

We thank you for supporting the New Berlin Art Forum and our goal to bring a variety of quality performances to our community. We hope you enjoy the upcoming performances.

Lynn Flaig, President

Board of Directors

Lynn Flaig
President & Treasurer

Inky Nielsen
Vice President

Carlotta Iannello

Renie Brown
Julie Iannello
Marilyn King
Carol Sacks
Mary Schneider

Margaret M. Murray
Independent Consultant

Dedication to Linda & Roger Foote

The New Berlin Art Forum has chosen to honor Linda and Roger Foote as each are outstanding artists in their own right, albeit in different areas of the spectrum.

Forty years ago Roger began his love of carving birds making 1000 of them in the first year alone. He has developed his art by attending seminars with famous carvers such as Roger Westgate of Binghamton, Bob Guge of Atlanta, Georgia, Rosalind Daisy of Newark, Delaware and Al Jordan of Rochester who is noted to be the World’s expert in the art. He is a member of the Chenango County Bird Club which meets at the Roger’s Conservation Center in Sherburne and where they hold fund raisers for the park. Roger uses a high speed drill with his carving technique on basswood and occasionally butternut wood and lets his birds fly to new homes including Europe. He has shared his hobby through talks at the Otsego Audubon Society and Brookfield Historical Society and also taught wood carving classes at the Country Cottage.

Linda Kratz Foote is a regionally known fabric artist who specializes in quilts and other art objects made from material, fiber, and other media. She has spent over 20 years sharing both traditional and modern fabric art techniques and artworks with audiences in Chenango, Otsego, and surrounding counties. Linda has organized annual quilt shows since 2002 in the Village of New Berlin, and instructs novices and other artists in quilting traditions. As she engages visitors, she also shares the stories and social history that is delicately woven into fabric arts culture.

Roger, a graduate of Morris High School, received his Associated Degree in Landscape Design from Cobleskill Community College, both his B.S. Degree in Elementary Education and his Master’s Degree in Education for Secondary Science and Math from SUCO with a two year interruption to serve in the United States Army. He taught elementary education for 34 years with 30 of those years in New Berlin Central School. He is currently serving on the New Berlin Town Board since 1988 under four different supervisors and enjoys the challenges of local government. Roger spends his summers painting and wallpapering local homes and commented during his interview about walking the streets of New Berlin and admiring his work.

Linda has held numerous workshops for both adults and children through the years, teaching both hand- and machine-sewing techniques. She uses the platform of traditional quilts as a springboard for more interpretative work, and has a flair for combining bright colors, interesting shapes, and varied textures to expand the public's understandings of how fabric may be used in creative expression. Since 2011, Linda has operated Country Cottage Arts, her studio and shop, in New Berlin, as a way to offer workshops and sustain a welcoming environment that supports art students and craftspeople.

In 2014, Linda retired as a Teacher at the Munson Williams Proctor Art School, Utica, where she taught various classes since 1997. Prior to teaching at MWPAS, she focused her teaching energies in a unique pre-school program, Little Foote's Pre-school, which operated at Unadilla Valley Central School, New Berlin, from 2002 to 2012. This program not only helped prepare very young students for kindergarten, but it also provided hands-on arts instruction, which is key to developing confidence and critical thinking skills. Linda attended the Munson Williams Proctor Art School, with a focus in Studio Arts from 1995 to 1997, and received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Art through Utica College of Syracuse University in 1997.

The Foote’s lead busy lives right here in New Berlin and still find the time to enjoy their children and grandchildren, while continually sharing their love of the arts with the whole community. Linda and Roger are artists extraordinaire, and this is why the New Berlin Art Forum has chosen to recognize them in such a way.


Ruso & Jean - 50th Wedding Anniversary

Linda & Roger Foote

Community Spotlight - 2016

For this 42nd season, the New Berlin Art Forum has chosen to honor Chobani and the company’s founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya for all that has been done for our local community.  Chobani is also one of the New Berlin Art Forum’s generous sponsors helping to bring us all quality entertainment.

After moving to New York from his native Turkey, Chobani’s founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya found that in America, yogurt  just wasn’t as delicious and widely available as it was back home. He believed everyone deserved better options, so he set about making delicious, nutritious, natural and accessible Greek yogurt right here in the United States.

“Better food for more people.” It’s a simple precept, but one that drives Chobani forward every day. From that first revived yogurt factory in New Berlin to a state-of-the-art facility in Twin Falls, Idaho, to an international foothold in Australia and beyond – in the few short years since its debut, Chobani has climbed to the top of the yogurt category and turned Greek yogurt into a household staple.

With a growing team of thousands, Chobani strives to stay true to and honor Hamdi’s vision and goals for our company: To develop and foster meaningful relationships with those around us, to give back to our local and global communities, and to create one perfect cup of yogurt at a time.

Since its earliest days, Chobani has proudly supported its hometowns in New York and Idaho through monetary grants, product donations and employee volunteerism. Through its charitable arm, the Chobani Foundation, the company built a state-of-the-art youth baseball field and a community center, giving 10 percent of its profits to charities and organizations both here and around the world.

Whether it’s feeding the malnourished at a homeless shelter or helping athletes shine at the Special Olympics, Chobani is always striving to make a lasting and memorable impact on friends and neighbors.


Frank & Rosario

Hamdi Ulukaya, Chobani founder and CEO