The Museum – Mind Connection

Photo by Annette Dragon. Pumpkin from Corning Museum of Glass.

Photo by Annette Dragon. Pumpkin from Corning Museum of Glass.

“If you’ve ever been moved by a beautiful piece of art, you’re actually following a natural biological inclination. According to a new field called neuroaesthetics, the human brain appears to be built for art appreciation. Scientists are now exploring the reasons why.”

Photo by Annette Dragon. Pumpkin from Corning Museum of Glass.

Photo by Annette Dragon. Pumpkin from Corning Museum of Glass.

“It’s no wonder the brain gets going on so many levels. Art therapy has been proven effective, for example, in helping with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia because it keeps the mind active – stimulating the senses, triggering memories and inviting connections with others through conversation.”

Photo by Annette Dragon. Pumpkin from Corning Museum of Glass.

Photo by Annette Dragon. Pumpkin from Corning Museum of Glass.

Read more of Robin Flanigan’s article in the October 2014 issue of Rochester Magazine.

The Museum - Mind Connection by Robin Flanigan

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Festival of Trees 2014 to Benefit George Eastman House


Rochester Artisan Barbara Tuttle owns Glimmer Jewels and she is also a docent at The George Eastman House. In 2012 she alerted me to their annual Festival of Trees fundraiser that she thought might be a good fit for us. Community members decorate a 3′ tree provided (with lights) by the Eastman House, and donate it back to the house, to be sold in a silent auction. They also auction wreaths in the same manner, I believe and it’s held along with their wonderful gingerbread house exhibition. Barb was right – this tree thing is right up our alley!

So we did our first tree in 2012.

We participated again in 2013, with even better results! This time we knew what we were doing and we decorated the tree together, which was really fun. There may have been wine involved.

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Major thanks to Lori Prince for taking such fabulous photographs for us.

You see where this is going, don’t you? We’re doing a tree for 2014! We are holding our tree decorating party in the exact same space in The Hungerford Building that we did last year – but under new management. Last year, Rochester Artisan and painter Ann Campbell very generously offered her studio for our tree decorating party. This year, by coincidence, the same suite is now home to Hungerford 318, a partnership of 5 artists, all of whom are Rochester Artisans (Jean Keane, Lori Prince, Stefani Tadio, Mary Terziani and Tom Zachman).

The party is on November 8, which is Second Saturday so other studios and shops will be open as well. Second Saturday runs 10:00 – 3:00 but we’ll define the party as just two hours.

Saturday, November 8
11:00 – 1:00
Hungerford 318 (use door 2)
The Hungerford Building
1115 East Main Street
Rochester, NY 14609

Bring as many ornaments as you’d like because we’ve learned it’s impossible to have too many ornaments. (The first year we did this, we went to see the Festival of Trees and were amazed at how packed some of the trees were with ornaments.) Your ornaments must be handmade. (And if you happen to have or see stuff on clearance, we can also use “filler” things – ribbons, “picks”, etc. Not much is needed, but we found a little something here and there really fills out the tree.)

Light refreshments will be served. There is an elevator with attendant to help you to the 3rd floor, or you can walk the stairs. There is temporary handicap access so if that is needed, please let us know know at what time you’ll be coming so we can schedule the building manager or one of us to be available to help you.

If you are unable to attend the tree decorating party, but still want to participate, you can make arrangements to get your ornaments to us by emailing The five us live all over the area so I’m sure we can work something out mutually convenient.

Kindly RSVP so we can make proper arrangements and send reminders as the date approaches. The sign on the finished tree will indicate it was donated by Rochester Artisans, but technically any artist is welcome to join us. We just want a really creatively beautiful tree that will raise big bucks for the George Eastman House and to have fun doing it.


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Creepy Funny Furry = Nov 7 with 4 Buffalo Artists

Creepy Funny Furry

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Call to Artists: SAY SOMETHING!

Call to Artists 2014

Community members are invited to submit 2D art to GlobeMed at the University of Rochester’s 3rd Annual Art Gala, “SAY SOMETHING”. The juried exhibition will be held the beginning of December 2014 to the end of January 2015, with a First Friday opening reception on December 5th.

This year, our theme is focused on advocacy. We’re giving you the freedom to design any masterpiece that speaks to you, for you and about you. What gets you excited? What do you wish you could change? What are you proud of? Speak to us; SAY SOMETHING!

Submissions are due on November 7th, 2014. EVERYONE is welcome to submit art. Cost of submissions is $15 for up to 3 art pieces.

Artists will receive a commission from any artwork sales; all other proceeds benefit the non-profit organization, Kallpa Iquitos in Peru. Kallpa works with youth groups to combat youth violence, drug use and teenage pregnancies, develop leadership skills through community workshops and provide educational resources to further collegiate-level education!

For the most up to date information about the gala & submission instructions, please visit: our tumblr or email and like us on Facebook. Click here for a video of our first gala!

Here is the submission form.

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Town Hall to Explain Dr. Huynh’s Direct Care Practice (and she loves artists!)

Good MD

A Private Physician can reduce your Healthcare costs?

Please join Dr. Thuc Huynh for an informative Town Hall on the benefits of her unique Membership Direct Care Practice for Individuals, Families and Companies. As a member you receive:

• Unlimited Visits
• Same Day/Next day Appointments
• No Co-pays
• Unlimited Communication (Members receive her Cell # to call, text, Etc.)
• Discounted & Transparent Lab/Procedure Costs
• No Waiting
• Age based, Low Monthly fees with Family Discounts (
• No Insurance required or accepted

Custom Medical Plans will be on hand to explain optional Individual and Group (Employer) Plans to supplement or include membership in Dr. Huynh’s practice.

Dr. Huynh

When: November 10, 2014 6:30PM-8:00PM
Where: Memorial Art Gallery 500 University Ave, Rochester, NY 14607
Who: Any Individuals, Families, Self Employed Business Owners or Corporations looking for a great HealthCare option. Bring a friend; bring your boss.

Refreshments & Appetizers will be served.

Please let us know if you plan to attend, or have questions:

Dr Huynh Bio

So what’s this about Dr. Huynh loving artists? Besides her website saying it’s true, I offer you proof in this short video.

Fly Rabbit Press First Friday

Did you notice the artwork on the walls? Rochester Artisan Chris Charles of Fly Rabbit Press has an exhibition hanging at Good MD for the month of October, that started with a First Friday opening.

Chris also made Dr. Huynh’s letterpress business cards!

Good MD Rubber Stamp by John Ballou
Rochester Artisan John Ballou hand carved Dr. Huynh’s rubber stamp.

I’m going to the Town Hall to learn more – see you there!

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Maplewood Y Craft Show – October 18

You’ll not be able to swing a dead cat at the 4th Annual Maplewood Y Craft Show, without hitting a Rochester Artisan!

Start checking off your holiday gift list by shopping among our 40 artisans. You can get a sneak preview on our website, Facebook page and event page.

But wait, there’s more! You can also visit with the Irondequoit Art Club, including a couple of demos:

12:30 to 1:00 – Drawing Portraits (David Pell)

1:00 to 1:30 – How to Tie One On – Creative Scarf Tying (S.A.M. Shrestha)

The FCTT Hi-Railers Model Railroad Club will be on hand as well. Club members will demo and display using craft techniques in model railroading.

9:30 to 11:00 – Demo of ‘Weathering’ for Realistic Effect

And here are all those Rochester Artisan members I was telling you about. This is our second year as a juried show and we’re confident you’ll love the variety and quality.

October 18
9:00 – 3:00
Maplewood Y Craft Show

Maplewood YMCA
25 Driving Park Avenue
Rochester, NY 14613

Beachcomber Designs
Berkes Beads and Art
CM Goodenbury Photography
Crimson Iris Kusudamas
Dragonfly Jewelry
HandCandy Mittens1st Place Wearable Fiber, 2014 Park Avenue Summer Art Festival
Just Terrific Handcrafted Goods
Kim Kolb Quilts
KreationalityAward Winner, 2014 Artist Row
Mary Catherman1st Place in Glass, 2014 Park Ave Summer Art Fest
Michele Kurpisz Designs
Moya Lazy Factory2013 Artist Row Award Winner
Pam B Designs
Pamela Frame
Patricia Overmoyer
Pine Tree Designs
Prismatic Gardens
Puccoon Raccoon Jewelry
Pure Joy Co.
Purple Hippo Crafts
Silverwear Creations
Sunshine on Water
Tattered Pearls
Wood’s Edge Studio

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Soulstice Artisan Market – Sale on October 18

October 18 2014 Sale

Soulstice Artisan Market is home for many Rochester Artisans. Have lunch across the street at The Winfield Grill, then take your time visiting Soulstice and chatting with wonderful owner, Collette Welch. Sounds like a good day to me!

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Call for Young Artists: Edible Expo

Call for Young Artists
(Click image to go to WellVentions website.)


• Draw the Story of a Nutrition Topic to Enter – Download copy of Nutrition Topics
• Age Groups 7-11 & 12-18
• Best of Show Exhibits at National Art Show
• Winning Entries Printed in Recipe Book
• Cash Prizes
• Magic Dragon Children’s Magazine will publish select artwork from the show



OCTOBER 13: Electronic Submission Deadline
email photo of artwork with application to:

OCTOBER 14: email Notification of Acceptance

OCTOBER 14, 15, 16, & 17: Original Application & Original Artwork Dropoff
at Artisan Direct Art Space (next to Artisan Works), 565 Blossom Road, Rochester, NY 14610
1pm -6pm Weekdays

For additional information call Jason Samuels 586-3535

OCTOBER 21-24: Judging
OCTOBER 26: Winners Announced at Edible Expo

Application is here!

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Call for Art: Yuletide Traditions

Perinton Historical Society Yuletide Traditions Image 2014

I recently made a new friend, the director of the Perinton Historical Society. We had an appointment at Fairport Pharmacy last week, and even though her first name is Vicki with an “i”, I was half-expecting an old geezer. I say geezer in a loving way, being a woman of a certain age myself. :-)

Vicki Profitt is younger than I am (so who’s the geezer now??) By the end of our short conversation, we felt like we were related, we have so much in common. It was fun.

She told me about a fundraiser they are holding to benefit the Perinton Historical Society so naturally, I thought of my artist friends!

Donate a decorated tree, wreath or gift basket for silent auctions to benefit the

Perinton Historical Society.

Click the image below, which leads to the pdf with details & registration. The deadline to register is October 25.

Perinton Historical Society Yuletide Traditions 2014

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Call for Art: 4th Annual Wonderland at Central

Wonderland at Central

4th Annual Central Library Ornament Contest
You can win $100.00 prize for the Most Creative Ornament!

Ornaments must be a minimum of 18” and maximum of 36“width, 48” length. They can be made from any material, such as styrofoam, papier-mâché, mylar, felt, yarn, glitter, beads, cardboard, or fabric. Be creative! Since they will hang from the ceiling, the finished ornament must not weigh more than 5 lbs.

The ornament should reflect the festivity of the season, or the beauty of winter. We cannot accept ornaments with religious or political slogans or images, including references to religious holidays, or ornaments that advertise a product or for-profit business.

Ornaments should be brought to the Arts Division by November 17, 2014.

Fill out this form and either email it to us at: or bring it in to us. We are located on the 2nd floor of the B&L Building at 115 South Avenue, Rochester, NY.

Artists may take their ornaments home after January 12, 2015. Ornaments not picked up by February 2, 2015 become the property of the Rochester Public Library. We reserve the right to refuse any ornaments that do not meet the criteria stated above, or are considered inappropriate for display. Library employees and their families are not eligible to win the $100 prize.

For more information, please call 585-428-8140

birds and berries

blue snowflake ball

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