LeAnne Marquis Jewelry Designs

LeAnne Marquis and I sorta kinda crossed paths twice this week. I had a meeting with one of her studio mates who mentioned her. And she just purchased a Rochester Artisans decal. I don’t think those two events were related but I decided it was enough of a sign for me to check out her Marquis Jewelry website.

Hello! You had me at fire painted copper.

And I learned the term shoulder dusters!

And I learned the term shoulder dusters!

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Shop Local, Sponsor Local

Click image for details of available sponsorship levels.

Click image for details of available sponsorship levels.

The deadline for artists to apply to the fall Mayday! Underground Crafts + Art Show is next Tuesday, September 1. Whether you are an artist or not, you might be interested in helping sponsor this 12th semi-annual, very popular & successful indie show. There are sponsorship opportunities galore, some free, some paid.

Click image to go to the show's Facebook event page, which will be filled with photos of participating artists once they have been announced on September 10.

Click image to go to the show’s Facebook event page, which will be filled with photos of participating artists once they have been announced on September 10.

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Susan B Anthony Festival is Today!


In this day and age when elections become news years (literally!) before the actual voting date, it’s weird to think there was a time when women weren’t allowed to vote. That is something I definitely take for granted. I have not consistently voted in all elections, but I’ve never missed a presidential election. As soon as my son was eligible to vote, I made sure he voted. It happened to be the first time Barack Obama was elected and I actually got a little verklempt driving home from my polling place. I remember the civil rights movement. I remember when I was 7 years old seeing a sign on a laundromat when we lived in Chamblee, Georgia that said “Whites Only”. (Yes, I thought it meant you could only wash white clothes there and boy, that’s gotta be inconvenient for adults.)

Now I’ve had the opportunity to vote for an African American (twice!) and my Korean-born US citizen son voted in his first election. So yeah, I got a little misty-eyed. Yes, I’m a sap. And I celebrate my sappy-ness!

Um, where was I?


Art! Of course!

Join us as we celebrate the 95th anniversary of the 19th Amendment!

Susan B Anthony Festival
Susan B Anthony Museum & House
17 Madison Street
Rochester, NY 14608

Family fun in Susan B. Anthony Square Park with music, artists, and other entertainment, 1pm – 4pm

Tours of the Anthony House, 11am – 5pm


Rochester Artisan Kim Pandina will be there with her Panda Wear hand crafted jewelry.

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Arts at the Gardens

Arts at the Gardens (Sonnenberg) Poster

Click the image above to go to the show’s website – then click the Artists tab to see the high caliber of artistic work you’ll see at this show. The setting is beautiful too!

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August 13, 2015 · 3:51 pm

A Garden of Quilts

Garden of Quilts 2015

Caledonia Quilt Guild presents!

Caledonia-Mumford Central School
99 North Street Caledonia, NY 14423

Saturday, 9:00 – 5:00
Sunday, 11:00 – 4:00
$5 Admission

This is a judged quilt show, including a member boutique and member challenge too. There are also sections of Veterans Quilts, Vintage Quilts, Quilted Clothing and Home Decor pieces.

New this year – classes!

The quilts are beautifully displayed in two gyms, which is where you will also find 15 artists/vendors, all related to quilting and sewing, including jewelry made of paper, wood and buttons!

Pine Tree Designs, hand stitched paper art; cards, Sticky Notes, jewelry & origami Hymnal Flowers
Washington Landing Creations, button jewelry
Wood Quilter, inlaid wood jewelry & other wood accessories, in all sorts of familiar quilt patterns.
Christie’s Creations, fabric bags & accessories
Wayne Marks, lathe turned sewing tools & other wood items
Auntie’s Attic
Barefoot Quilter
BC Woolery
Cafe Sewciety
Delightful Quiltng & Sewing
G Quiltz
J Quilter
Jackie Lynn’s
The Woolery

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Tent Week: The Brainery Spectacular

Brainer Tent Week 2015

Join us for the 2nd annual Brainery Spectacular sponsored by Yelp Rochester from 5-9pm on Monday, August 3rd! This event is free and open to all ages. #TentWeek2015 #BrainerySpectacular

No need to stop home after work! Stingray Sushi Fusion Food Truck, New York Wine & Culinary Center are bringing their food trucks and Ugly Duck Coffee and Eat Me will be parked under the tent too!

We’ll have music from Ruckus Juice Jug Stompers and Tyler Pearce Project, a braid bar by Erica Stoy Hair, a henna station by Henna Rising, and lawn games to keep you entertained!

We’ll also have FREE classes all night long! Walk-ins will be welcome but pre-registration is appreciated:

6pm-6:45pm, Wilson Soule Hour tour: http://bit.ly/1KEUDwS
7pm-8pm, Detox with Yoga: http://bit.ly/1Mj2JhO
7pm-7:45pm, Wilson Soule Hour tour: http://bit.ly/1OES12O

Check into the event on Yelp that evening for your chance to win a great gift basket full of prizes!

If that wasn’t enough, we’ll also some have great local vendors joining us:
– Paper White
– Transit Apparel
– Happy Earth Tea
– lucends
– Emerson & Oliver
– Audy M. Design: Handcrafted Soap & Fun Stuff
– Puccoon Raccoon Jewelry
– CM Goodenbury Photography
– Howling Monkey Guitar Picks
– KiraArts
– Kawaii Crafty by Abby Hogg
-Christine & Co. Design
-Rancho Eyes
– Shop Peppermint
– LulaRoe with Asher
– Sunshine on Water
– Dragonfly Jewelry
– Michele Kurpisz Designs
– Circuit Breaker Labs
– Kim Della Porta – Jamberry Independent Consultant
– Tea Witch Tea
– LaurenAmber Art
– Queen Mab Fairy Houses
– tranQuill treasures
– Pudgy Girl Bakery
– At My Whim
– Wicks and Vines
– Red Bridge Custom Gifts

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Just wow.

I saw this on yesterday’s Sunday Secrets at PostSecret. I didn’t really believe this mythical creature existed until now.

I'm glad not everyone feels this way. #localart #shoplocal #enjoylocal

I’m glad not everyone feels this way.
#localart #shoplocal #enjoylocal


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On the Irondequoit Art Trail Again


Lisa Zaccour is an Irondequoit artist who had a dream… to create a way to spotlight Irondequoit artists and showcase her town as an art destination.

When she set out on her voyage to do this, she met then-curator of the Irondequoit I-Gallery, Zanne Brunner. Along with six other artists and their
creative minds, The Irondequoit Art Trail was born, in 2012.

Robin Salsbury 115 Mayfair Drive Rochester, NY 14617 Bird carvings and watercolor & acrylic paintings.

Robin Salsbury
115 Mayfair Drive
Rochester, NY 14617
Bird carvings and watercolor & acrylic paintings.

Since then, the annual event has featured up to 25 artists showing and selling their work. This year The Trail will be held on Friday, July 24th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm and on Saturday, July 25th from 11:00am to 4:00pm.

Brochures that include the Trail map will be available at both branches of the Irondequoit library, the Irondequoit Town Hall, and at The Artists Cave,
a new art gallery and exhibit space located at 4639 Culver Road, right across from Seabreeze.

The owner of The Artists Cave, John Lenhard, one of the founding members of the Irondequoit Art Trail, is hosting an Opening Reception for participating artists on July 17th from 7pm to 9pm. We invite you to stop by, see samples of the artists’ work and then make your plans to join us on The Trail! Watch for the Art Trail signs as you travel The Trail and have fun!

Claudia Quinn Cashman

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Astrid Riedel Teaching at Studio 34 in July

Wig-Wag-11-300x300 by Astrid Riedel

You may have read about glass artist Astrid Riedel in the recent Democrat & Chronicle article. She’s teaching 8 master classes at Rochester’s own local gem Studio 34, located in the Neighborhood of the Arts.

Astrid Riedel D&C

Astrid Riedel’s glass work will take your breath away! And see her glass necklaces here. I can barely take in their beauty all at once, I want to savor each image. I really can’t imagine the level of skill and technique required to create these masterpieces.

Studio 34 Logo

Several of her master classes at Studio 34 are sold out but there are still plenty available.

What: Master classes with South African glass artist Astrid Riedel

Where: Studio 34 Creative Arts Center, 34 Elton St.

When: Tuesday through July 22

More: Contact the studio for open observation times, (585) 737-5858.

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Gourd Basket Workshop

Gourd Basket

Gourd Basket Workshop

When: Sunday June 28th, 1-5pm

77 Rachel Carson Way
Ithaca, NY 14850

Who: You, your buddies, your mom, maybe even your kids…

What: Learn how to make a beautiful and functional gourd basket! We will be staining, waxing, cutting, cleaning, and decorating. This will be a basket you’ll be proud to collect cherries in, or give away full of cookies…

Why: Because it is so much fun to make stuff from gourds!

The fine print: This class involves staining and cleaning the gourd, and cutting it open with hand saws or mini power saws. Generally adults take this class, but I will consider kids 12 and older if accompanied by an adult. Give a call before signing a child up, please. Price includes all materials. Come prepared to get messy and have fun!

Register for the workshop here.

Check out her other classes and gaze upon the gallery

Gourdlandia owner & artist, Graham Ottoson is happy to answer any questions by email or phone, 607.277.0589.

Owner Graham Ottoson’s husband, Otto, right, and a friend working on their building’s gourd weather vane.

Owner Graham Ottoson’s husband, Otto, right, and a friend working on their building’s gourd weather vane.

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