1:00 – 3:00
Caution! Artist @ Work
Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County NY
115 South Avenue
Pysanky by Mia – 2012 Best of Show Award, Central NY Maple Festival; Award Winner, Remsen Barn Festival of the Arts and 2012 Award of Distinction, 3-D Mixed Media, Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival
We will host a different local artist or musician who will be working on a piece right in the Arts Division. Patrons are welcome to stop by and observe an artist painting or listen to a musician playing. These programs happen on the third Saturday of each month from 1-3 PM in the afternoon on the second floor of the Bausch & Lomb Library building.
My art form is based on 5,000 year-old traditions. it is a wax resist process on actual eggshells.
This art form is known as ‘pysanka,’ which is a Ukrainian word meaning ‘to write.’ (The plural is ‘pysanky.’)
I do all of the work free-hand, no decals, stencils or paint.
I draw on egg shells with hot beeswax, which comes out of a miniature brass funnel. After I draw everything that I want to keep white, I dye the egg and then draw with wax on that color. I work from color to color, often light to dark, although I now use acid washing to change my color palette and to add texture and extra details to my designs. When I finish the design, I have a dark, wax-covered egg. I heat the egg and melt the wax off using a heat gun- and the colors are revealed. ~ Mia Sohn
Yes, that’s the book that has one of my hand stitched paper art projects in it, so this post is a little self-serving. (Though not exactly, I don’t receive compensation for each book sold or anything.) My bigger point is while I’ve known Ann Martin for a few years, this is the first time I’ve heard Ann’s voice and seen her in anything but a still photo! We used to say we like match a face with a name. Now in this digital age – I’m happy to match a voice to a name.
It’s a good interview and thought you might find it interesting, for a little bit of the behind the scenes of creating this book. I highly recommend Ann’s blog, All Things Paper if you like paper at all. She never fails to amaze with the artists she introduces us to, from all over the world.
10:00 – 4:00
Schlegel Road Elementary School
1548 Schlegel Road
Webster, NY 14580
Today, Rochester Artisans announced our third online gallery on Facebook! I started this in 2014 as a way to share our artwork with the world, and if a submission is linked to the artist’s online shop, all the better.
I’m a big fan of themes for exhibitions. I think it’s a good challenge for the artists and it makes for a nice, cohesive show. January was Ice Ice Baby. February was Fifty Shades of Red. And now March is Birds of a Feather. As you can tell, I like less traditional themes. I was not going with the expected hearts theme for February or shamrocks for March. We are way more interesting than that.
I try to think of themes that I think are appropriate for multiple mediums. And I always state that the theme is open for interpretation, as loosely as desired. (If you have any suggestions for themes you’d like to see interpreted, drop a line in the comments below.)
I always set up the event as public so friends can invite friends. And the nice thing about Facebook is these galleries remain open beyond the end date.
March 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m
4th Annual You’ve Gotta Have Art Festival
Clarence Presbyterian Church
9675 Main Street, Clarence
Clarence Presbyterian Church is located next to Clarence High School on Main Street in Clarence.
Admission to the show is $1 per person and free for children 12 and under.
It’s an impressive juried show throughout the church, and will feature 40 different artists and craft artists from Western New York, including a number of artists from the Roycroft Campus. Items will be for sale and include paintings, jewelry, sculpture, ceramics, glass, photography, wood crafts and textile arts. New this year will be a FREE children’s art experience. Food and beverages, including lunch will be available. Area musicians will provide music from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The colors and textures of fabric and yarns have fascinated me since I was a small child watching my mother sew. I have been sewing and working with fiber in one form or another since I was 12 years old. After many years as a quilter, I was introduced to felting through a friend. Creating one-of-a-kind felted garments is now my creative focus.
My line of clothing and accessories starts with natural fiber fabrics, such as silk, cotton, linen or rayon and wool rovings that I hand dye in my home studio. Most of my felted garments are made using the Nuno felt process. Very thin layers of fine wool roving are laid out on top of a fabric base (usually silk). Soap and water in combination with gentle friction result in a fabric that is soft and drapable, with the warmth of wool and the luscious look of silk. Once I have created the fabric, I decide what the garment design will be and I can begin the sewing process. I also make some pieces using traditional wet felting
But it’s her quilts that first drew my attention to her. I think it was at the Genesee Valley Quilt Club‘s show in 2009. Her prize winning “thread painted” quilts are breathtaking!
I later saw her at a show at Casa Larga and since her quilts were out of my budget, I was happy to see she also made fabric pins. I’m a pin person – perfect! I bought the red & purple one, one of my favorite color combinations.
My third year doing the Holiday Bazaar at RMSC, I was moved to the big building in the front, 2nd floor – right across from Anne. She’ll get a kick out of this story. As Steve and I were bringing in my gear, I felt my face flush, “Steve! It’s her! Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! I have to work up the gumption to talk to her.”
Not many people intimidate me because we’re all just human beings, after all. But there are a few who do – Betty Stephan was another one, because I idolize their work. I make myself get over it and talk to them. Artists are people too.
I got to know Anne over the 2 years or so we were near each other at RMSC. We bartered some – that’s how I acquired the green/yellow pin. I still wear them both a lot because each one goes with so many colors. (I bet people who know me well are amazed that I can joyfully wear something so asymmetrical!)
Wow, did I digress. My point in introducing you to Anne was to say that seeing her work alone, is worth the price of admission to this show on Saturday. I’d say that even if the admission were more than one dollar!
The first thing I’m going to tell you about meeting Lesley Shakespeare-Brogan is she has 2 adorable dogs. I met her at our February Rochester Artisans Gathering at Outside the Box Art Gallery. She has a studio on the 2nd floor and when she offered a tour of her studio, I jumped at the chance. Her two little dogs are very at home in the entire building – what a great life!
The second thing I’m going to tell you is that Hope in Art Studio smells like heaven.
Her studio is so welcoming – between the friendly doggies, the sweetly scented air and the comfy couch, I could have stayed for hours.
But Hope in Art Studio and Lesley are about so much more.
Hope In Art Studio is located in Canal Works, 1000 Turk Hill Road, Fairport, NY.
The studio offers classes and workshops in acrylics, colored pencil, Decorative Art (painting on wood, glass, tin), Mandala Art, Zentangle Art, Couples Night, Painting for Pooches, and Girls Night Out.
I have been painting for 28 years and have taught Art many of those years as well as teaching health Education at Monroe Community College. Learning how to paint is possible for anyone. Learning technique and tools are the key. I have found Art to be a form of “therapy or a “healing” outlet in my life and sharing that possibility with others is my passion. It is challenging, exciting, stimulating, satisfying, healing and a wonderful form of expressing oneself. The fact that you can share your works with friends and family, that it boosts your confidence and gives you a sense of pride just adds to the ways it can ENRICH your life.
More recently I have become interested in Meditative/Healing/Expressive Arts. After studying at the Omega Institute of Alternative Healing in Rhinebeck, New York, I have begun offering Mandala Healing Workshops in an effort to share the peace and “still” that can be found through this creative modality. I experienced a spiritual awakening through Mandala work and cannot keep this to myself! Zentangle Art is similar in its meditative nature and its ability to “soothe” . Zentangle is wonderful for folks who have trouble focusing of all ages. It’s an incredible practice for those that feel they aren’t artistic because the patterns are repetitive but render beautiful works of Art.
Check out Lesley’s March class schedule. Lots of photos abound – I think you’ll be inspired to try something new!
March 1st through March 29th, 2014
Outside the Box Art Gallery & Studio
1000 Turk Hill Road, Bldg.#9
Fairport, NY 14450
We invite you to our new one man art exhibit, featuring Warren Farrell. Many of his works are mixed media on various substrates. His recent work continues a focus on what the artist terms “Thereness”, which has elements of Trompe l’oeil, often resulting in not recognizing the fact that the object in view is basically a painting.
Mr. Farrell is a lifelong Rochester resident, mostly self taught. He has been a participant in many local art exhibitions and recipient of numerous awards throughout his artistic career.
Please join us for the opening reception on Sunday, March 9th, 2pm – 5pm.
Wed & Fri: 12-3:00pm
This annual event celebrates those harbingers of spring: insects!
Our guest artists have made pieces that pay homage to those critters that fly, creep & crawl.
Come see work created by:
Beth Bloom, Chris Charles, Karin Marlett Choi, Karen Henning Duncan, Randy Duncan, Carolyn R. Ellinger, Gayle A. Erwin, Ruth Hill, The Knotty Owl, Kathleen Kosel, Danielle Pagani, Amanda Preske, Bev Rafferty, Thievin’ Stephen, Paul Taylor Glass, Michelle Wescott, Casey Wright, Tom Zachman, Tanya Zani and of course, her bugginess, Clifton Wood!
It’s a Pop Up Roc show – an opening & closing party rolled into one fun night!
Additional parking at the Credit Union & Greenovation.
Please don’t park in front of the deli. That area is go & tow!
The Hungerford Building
Suite 242 (2nd Floor)
1115 E. Main Street
Rochester, New York 14609
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And there is lots more happening at The Hungerford on First Fridays, including two more Rochester Artisans:
6:00 – 9:00 pm
The Hungerford Building
1115 East Main Street
Rochester, NY 14607