Call for Artists: Third Friday Dates @ Rochester MakerSpace

Call to Artists Sept Oct Dec

Details & online application are here.

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Call for Artists with Disabilities

Disability Rights NY

This sounds like a really exciting opportunity! It warms my heart when anyone is interested in local art. And they are willing to pay! Honestly, I was expecting the benefit to the artists to be “exposure”. I can’t type or say “exposure” without written or air quotes around that word. As my friend Kelly said to me the other day, “You can die from exposure.”

Thank you for speaking with me earlier. Per your request, I am e-mailing you some specifics of what we are looking for.

DRNY (Disability Rights New York) is a Protection and Advocacy System and Client Assistance Program (P&A/CAP) for persons with both physical and mental disabilities in New York State. We recently opened up a new office in Rochester, New York on 44 Exchange Blvd. and we are looking for about 8-10 pieces of artwork and/or paintings or drawings done by individuals with disabilities that we can display inside our lobby, office space and Board Room.

As mentioned before, our Executive Director would like to reimburse the artists directly for their artwork. Our office walls are neutral (beige and taupe) so vibrant colors shouldn’t be an issue. In thinking of how to work the logistics of this, perhaps it would be beneficial if pictures of available artwork could first be e-mailed to me, as our Executive Director is located in Albany and I would like to share them with him as well. Once we have selected some pieces, we would let the artists know and we could figure out the procedure for obtaining the artworks and paying them.

Interested artists can email me questions and images at

Jennifer Wilson
Administrative Assistant

44 Exchange Blvd., Ste 110
Rochester, New York 14614

(518)432-7861 Phone
(585)746-4596 Cellular
(800)993-8982 Toll Free
(518)512-3448 TTY
(585)348-9823 Fax

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1st Annual Eco-Art Challenge

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Do you have a creative spirit and see new uses for old things? If so, then we invite you to participate in our 1st Annual Eco-Art Challenge: a community art show focusing on repurposed materials.

This year’s concept: The K-Cup (or any single use coffee cup).

While these pre-packaged coffee pods were designed to provide a more convenient home-brewing experience, the environmental impact of these products is concerning to say the least. As more families invest in single-serve brewing systems, the number of discarded coffee pods has been building up at an alarming rate.

For our 2015 Eco-Art Challenge, we are challenging artists of all ages to create a masterpiece that utilizes K-Cups in a creative way. These pieces will be on display at Spectrum Creative Arts, and three cash prizes will be awarded based on creativity.

Details and online application are found on the Spectrum Creative Arts website.

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Local Artisans, Authors and Food Makers in Fairport on May 16

Buzz Bee

May 16
10:00 – 1:00
What’s the Buzz?

3rd Saturday at Fairport Village Landing
Fairport, NY

Fairport Pharmacy & Gift Shop features over 60 local artisans & authors, with many goods on sale during this event (prescriptions exluded).

There will also be a soap making demonstration at 11:00 with Christine Murrer of Koala’s Boutique.

Red Bird Market invites you to sample Pittsford’s Popcorn Charlie‘s delicious Kettle Corn and Caramel Popcorn. Also enjoy ice tea made from Naples favorite, Arbor Hill Winery & Grapery‘s liquid ice tea concentrate.

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Extraordinary Enamels: May 7 – June 5


Glass on Metal – Extraordinary Enamels by Jackie Bailey, Leslie Bowers, Len (Lenaria) Brondum, Yvonne Cupolo, A. R. Magaletta McClure, Dan McClure and Patricia Zachman.

(I’m happy to say the McClures and Patty Zachman are Rochester Artisan members!)

May 7 through June 5, 2015.

Wayne County Council for the Arts
108 W. Miller Street
Newark, NY

An opening reception, which is free to the public, with the artists will be held Saturday, May 9 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.

Wayne Art Gallery hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 12:00 to 3:00 pm and by appointment.

For more information, call (315) 331-4593, email us at or check out our website.

Jackie Bailey: Enameling has been a passion since living in Cleveland, Ohio, a center for the art of enameling. Jackie majored in art at Rochester Institute of Technology and has exhibited widely. He also displayed work on the internet and was employed as a decorator consultant for many years. Jackie also had a painting done in acrylics published in a book.

Leslie Bowers: Leslie lives with her family in Phelps, NY. After retiring from the Rochester School for the Deaf in 2003, she pursued her desire to design, hand craft and sell jewelry. Although she had become a silver smith years before, she decided to include some kind of art in her designs. Having become fascinated with enamels she had seen in Williamstown, MA, Leslie decided to learn this technique. She took classes in enameling at the Memorial Art Gallery, studying with Yvonne Cupolo. After learning what she could do, Leslie produced a number of enamels, which she sold at area shows such as the Clothesline and Arts in the Gardens at Sonnenberg. In addition to jewelry making, she is also working on her painting skills and has
show in several area galleries.

Len (Lenaria) Brondum: Len is best known for her vibrant silk canvases which have been published in various books and magazines. After achieving Master Silk Painter status , she resumed her interest in enameling. Her enamels were displayed in Newark, New Jersey museum as well as the Glass on Metal Conference in Cape Cod. She was featured on the Grains of Glass website for a month and will be featured in the Glass on Metal magazine this summer.

Yvonne Cupolo: Yvonne has been creating cloisonné and sterling silver jewelry for 35 years. With a BFA degree from Rochester Institute of Technology and MFA from SUNY Brockport, she has taught metalsmithing and enameling at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester NY and The Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY. Her work is colorful and whimsical, a kind of magic realism, celebrating natural subjects. The cloisonné jewelry in this exhibit features images of cats, flowers, and designs set in sterling silver and accented with gemstones. Yvonne Cupolo’s jewelry has been published and exhibited nationally, and is in the collection of The Corning Museum of Glass, and The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog.

Antoinette M. McClure and Dan McClure: Both Antoinette and Dan retired from teaching after sixty collective years in public schools. During her teaching tenure Antoinette owned and operated a small jewelry store with her husband and artistic collaborator, Dan McClure. Dan introduced enameling to Antoinette and they both started to cast jewelry using the lost wax method. As the years have progressed they have combined their work as artists and are now with the ARTISANworks in Rochester, NY. All their work combines three elements: wood, glass and metal. In 2009, Rainmaker Designs (name of their business) received the ‘hottest new product’ award from The Rochester Home and Garden Show in Rochester, NY.

Lacey Cloisonne
Patricia Zachman: Although Patricia has had a life long love of enamel art, especially cloisonné, she has been working in the medium for only a couple of years. Her latest cloisonné pieces reflect her study of calligraphy and Celtic and Medieval manuscripts. Patty currently lives and works in Webster, NY with her husband, Tom (who works in fused and stained glass), and their Australian Shepherd, Lacey. She feels fortunate to be learning the art of cloisonné from enamelist Yvonne Cupolo.

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Springtime in the Vineyard Arts & Crafts Show – Thursday, May 7


May 7
10:00 – 7:00
Spring in the Vineyard

Casa Larga
2287 Turk Hill Road
Fairport, NY 14450

The Bent Utensil
Cherie Carter Designs
Hope in Art Studio
Culinary Designs/Joanne Andrews
Mary Terziani Glass1st Place in Glass, 2014 Brockport Arts Festival
Purple Hippo Crafts

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Paddle & Pour – May 23 in Pittsford

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Enjoy the work of these three Rochester Artisan members!

Ann’s Cool Wood Jewelry
Creations by Jane
Laurie Dirkx Photography

Click the image above to visit the Facebook event page or visit this webpage for more detailed information.

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Try, Just Try . . . Learned Helplessness

This video by Derek Muller of Veritasium doesn’t specifically mention art but that’s where my head always is. One of my favorite things about Rochester Artisans is helping emerging artists, of any age. I share it in hopes that you find the same encouragement that I found in it.

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Typewriter Artist

Paul Smith was born in the 1920s with Cerebral Palsy. He overcame his disability to create some amazing and quite unique pieces of art using only 1 finger and 10 keys on an old style typewriter.

He is an outstanding example of the power of the human spirit to overcome adversity and rise to the highest heights of achievement. You will be amazed at what you are about to view in this inspirational video.

~ Angela White ~

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Nepal Earthquake Fundraiser

Nepal Earthquake Fundraiser

Join Rochester Brainery and Happy Earth Tea this Saturday as they co-host a fundraiser to benefit the victims of the recent earthquake that has devestated Nepal. Entry is $10 and includes a sampling of Nepali tea and traditional Nepali snacks of momos (dumplings) and aloo dum (spicy potatoes). We’ll also have a silent auction with donations from The Red Fern, Joe Bean Coffee & more! Local writer Danielle Preiss will have her photos from Nepal for sale.

All proceeds will be equally divided between Ama Foundation and international relief agency CARE that is currently working in the affected parts of Nepal. Ama Foundation provides housing and education to abandoned children in Nepal and is Happy Earth Tea’s social partner.

Read more about how personal this is for Happy Earth Tea owner Niraj Lama

Niraj Lama, owner of Happy Earth Tea CREDIT HAPPYEARTHTEA.COM

Niraj Lama, owner of Happy Earth Tea

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