Guest Post: Hope in Art Studio

Lesley Shakespeare-Brogan Purple Iris

Hi folks,
I am pleased to introduce myself… as one of Rochester Artisans’ Artists. My name is Lesley Shakespeare-Brogan owner of Hope In Art Studio, located in Anderson Alley on Goodman and Anderson St in Rochester.

I have been painting since 1988 when I was introduced to Decorative Painting by a co-worker and have worked in acrylics doing Decorative Painting (furniture, faux finishes, canvas) ever since. A few years back I was introduced to colored pencil taking my first class with Jean Stephens here in Rochester. I was hooked! This medium has become my very favorite to work in because it is the most meditative medium for me and I love the detail I am able to achieve with it. I do some watercolor and oil too.

I have been teaching at Monroe Community College in health Education for 15 years or so and have also taught art ever since I facilitated art night when working in drug treatment as a Recreation Therapist in the late 80’s.

Currently, at my studio I teach Zentangle Workshops the first Monday of every month. This is an art form that is very easy to learn and renders impressive results quite quickly. It’s use of repetitive patterns to create beautiful images. It enhances ones ability to focus yet is lighthearted and very fun!

Third Sundays of the month I facilitate Mandala Healing Art Workshops. Creating Mandalas is a mindful-based practice in which participants engage in a few short meditations to become more centered and to reduce the clutter of the mind. There is usually a theme … anything from “Connecting to the Light” to “forgiveness” but always something our hearts can relate to and something nourishing for soul.

Couples Create Night is a unique and creative evening out with your partner whereby you “connect” with your partner in a novel way by painting one painting on a double canvases that you can display side by side. I will guide you slowly through painting with acrylic on canvas. Guaranteed to win you some points! Wine is served.

Ladies, you can reserve your own Girls Night Out. In this relaxed atmosphere you and your friends will be guided through painting a set of wine glasses, tea box or birdhouse. Bring some wine and munchies to enjoy. This is a great night for team building groups too.

Wine Caddy

No experience is necessary for any of these events. Everyone is welcome but you can be guaranteed a wonderful and inspiring experience at Hope In Art Studio.

To reserve classes go to my Hope in Art Studio website.
You can also email me or give me a call at 585.727.4574.

I hope we get to work together soon!

Lesley Shakespeare-Brogan

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Nancy Murty: A Matter of Beauty

Located in Valley Manor
1570 East Avenue
Rochester NY 14610
April 20th – June 6th from 9am-5pm

I have a new painting hanging in the ‘A Matter of Beauty’ show and I’d like to invite you to the Opening Reception on Friday, April 24th from 6-8pm. If you can’t make it to the reception, the gallery will be open from 9am-5pm daily from April 20th through June 6th. ~ Nancy Murty ~

Nancy Murty is a friend and a Hungerford neighbor. I’ve been a fan of her artwork since I became familiar with The Hungerford and now I’m a huge fan of her as a person! She is super nice, very funny and is always willing to share what she knows. I have a feeling that any time she sees something that needs doing she thinks, “How hard can that be?” Her beautifully tranquil studio is the envy of every artist in the building. She’s an amazing graphic artist who took on the rebranding of The Hungerford, a job for which we now pay her, thank goodness.

2014 Holiday at The Hungerford
Most of us credit Nancy’s beautiful design of the Holidays at The Hungerford “ornament” with increased sales this past holiday season.

She recently joined the bird banding team as their Scribe, at Braddock Bay Bird Observatory. You can read about her first day on her blog. She says she’s enjoying it because it’s something she’s doing just for her. I can’t wait to see what sort of incredible paintings come of all that hands-on experience!

The original painting above has already sold, but you can buy prints in her Etsy shop. We also carry her magnets & prints at Fairport Pharmacy & Gift Shop.

Getting to know Nancy has been one of the highlights of my time at The Hungerford.

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The Hungerford
The Place to Buy Original Art
1115 East Main Street
Rochester, NY 14609

First Fridays, 6-9pm
Second Saturdays, 10am-3-pm


Fairport Pharmacy & Gift Shop
Independent Pharmacy + Local Artisans & Authors
122 Village Landing
Fairport, NY 14450

Mon-Thurs, 9am-7pm
Fridays, 9am-6pm
Saturdays, 10am-2pm

Watch for our 3rd Saturday events announced on Facebook.


Braddock Bay Bird Observatory
Braddock Bay Bird Observatory is a non-profit organization dedicated to ornithological research, education and conservation. BBBO is operated entirely by volunteers, with the financial support of our members. Our primary research and education facility, the Kaiser-Manitou Beach Banding Station, is located on the south shore of Lake Ontario northwest of Rochester, NY.


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Jewelry Artisan Sale & Demonstrations

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Fairport Pharmacy & Gift Shop will feature our jewelry artisans with sales 10am-2pm and these 3 demonstrations:

10:30 Kathy Houser: Fiber Necklaces & Pins
11:00 Lori Prince: Wire Birds Nest Necklaces
12:00 Carla Staples: Wood Veneer Spiral Earrings

Red Bird Market will host Arbor Hill Winery & Grapery with samples of their fine products, 10am-1pm.

The Corner Bookstore will feature books on hobbies & DIY, 10am-4pm. There will also be a children’s craft event and selected children’s books on sale for 2 for $1.

April Giveaway Beads
We continue our 3rd Saturday Token Program in an artisan way! Make a purchase in any of our 3 stores and you’ll be given a token to one of the other stores. Make a purchase there that day and receive a free gift. We’ve given away hand stitched paper magnets, fused glass magnets and in April, our free gift is a beautiful handmade bead created by Lori Prince. She crafted the bead from polymer clay and embossed and embellished it beautifully. It has a large diameter hole, perfect for those popular bracelets – or slide it onto a cord or chain to wear as a necklace. Slip it onto a length of ribbon for the perfect bookmark.


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Third Friday’s Community Art Show at MakerSpace

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April 17
6:00 – 9:00
3rd Friday Art/Craft/Makers Show

850 St Paul Street
Rochester, NY

Beyond Photography
Buck’s Scroll Saw Creations
Julie Lynn Wasson
Karen Roncone

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Art Awake – April 18, 2pm- Midnight!

Back for its 8th year, ArtAwake is a student-run, one-day festival of creativity that will bring together thousands of students and community members to give life to an underused space in Downtown Rochester on Saturday, April 18th.

This year, we’re proud to host over 140 pieces!

The details of the event are as follows:
Location: 936 Exchange Street [The old Foodlink Building]
Hours: 2:00PM–Midnight

Ticket can be purchased in advance at the Common Market and Memorial Art Gallery, or on the day of at the site.

Art Awake 2015

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Mia Sohn, Artist at Work

I make Pysanky eggs (AKA Ukrainian Eggs.) I blend traditional elements with non traditional colors and I play with color.

I make Pysanky eggs (AKA Ukrainian Eggs.) I blend traditional elements with non traditional colors and I play with color.

Award winning artist Mia Sohn is back at the Central Library’s annual Artist at Work! series. Mia is a friend and a hoot & a half. Stop by to watch her work and feel free to ask questions, like the story behind the names of her eggs, which are almost always song titles.

Life Was So Wonderful

Life Was So Wonderful

Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County NY
115 South Ave
Rochester, NY 14604

Apr 18 at 1:00pm
Apr 19 at 3:00pm

Love is Blue

Love is Blue

I don't know what Mia calls this one. I call it Wow. Look at the teeny, tiny details!

I don’t know what Mia calls this one. I call it Wow. Look at the teeny, tiny details!

Brown Egg Collectiion

Brown Egg Collectiion

Big Pile o' Eggs

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Rochester Makerspace Offers Crafternoon, 3rd Friday Maker Show & More

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Upcoming Events
• April 6: Lego User Group Meetup
• April 9: Shop Safety Class
• April 11: Exploring Fiber: Shuttle Tatting
• April 12: Sunday Crafternoon
• April 17: Third Friday Art, Craft, and Maker Show
• April 18: CNC Basics and Intermediate Embedded Microcontrollers Class
• April 25: 3D Printer Meetup


Rochester Lego Users Group

April 6, 6:30pm – We will have a Lego soccer field (pitch?) to test your mini figure sports skills on. Feel free to bring a sig fig or other figure with normal legs.

As usual feel free to bring MOCs or sets to show off, figures or models to trade and what not.

We are doing a brickraiser, which is a fancy term for raising funds by selling bulk Lego. Goal is to purchase banners to use at our public events. You can let us know in advance and we will reserve minimum of 1 lb of bulk Lego for $10. Each additional pound is $10. Pick up at our monthly meeting, our library programs or send us a note for other arrangements.


New Member Mandatory Safety Class

April 9, 7 PM – This free safety class is required if you want to use our woodworking shop. Nonmembers can take this but they can’t use the woodshop even during our weekly Community Nights. The class will take about 60 to 90 minutes.


Exploring Fiber: Shuttle Tatting

April 11, 11 AM to 12 PM – $11.24. Tatting is a method of making lace by tying overhand knots. The shuttle method produces the most precise knots and offers more techniques than needle tatting. In the class we will learn how to make a basic lace edging. The student kit will contain tools and materials to make several snowflakes or bookmarks.

Instructor Denise Skidmore is a shepherd of rare Cotswold sheep, and a collector of fiber arts techniques.


Sunday Crafternoon

April 12, 2 to 5 PM – FREE! Are you a crafter who would like to meet other crafters? Join us at the Rochester Makerspace for Sunday Crafternoon, a monthly gathering where we can meet, socialize, show off our projects, share ideas, and be inspired.

Visit Rochester Makerspace for more details!

Visit Rochester Makerspace for more details!

Third Friday Art, Craft & Maker Show

April 17, 6 to 9 PM – FREE! An event for artists, crafters, craftspersons or other makers and the public. Show off your work, walk amongst the items, enjoy finger food, and mingle with other creative types. Heck, you will probably find something you’d like to buy! The public is encouraged to come check it out.
If you would like to display your work, we just ask that you bring some snacks, beverages or appetizers to share and complete this short application.

Check Rochester Makerspace for class listings.

Check Rochester Makerspace for class listings.

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What are you doing Saturday?

What are you doing Saturday?

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Embrace the Risk

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I haven’t had the privilege of meeting On Hand Lotions owner, Hayna Humphries Weems just yet. I feel like I know her from our friendship online though, because she is so personable, friendly and funny. Most of all she’s very inspiring – she’s so business-savvy and motivated. Just knowing her makes me want to be a better person, a better business owner. (And you people ask me if I ever sleep?? Meet Hayna! She also homeschools her 3 children, in addition to running her ever-growing business.)

Hayna has written two blog posts lately that I just have to share. The one that really got me was Part II: Embrace the Risk II: Identify, Dissect, Analyze the Fear. I love the way she thinks and will try to remember her process when I sometimes get stuck in overthinking mode.

But you should probably start here, with Part I. We had been talking a little bit about The Makers Summit, a 2-day conference for creative entrepreneurs running their own small businesses, held in Greenville, SC earlier this month. We were both yearning to go. Next thing I know, last minute – she IS going! She made it happen. I stayed glued to her Instagram, awaiting photos and reports of fabulousness.

Hayna was so jazzed by the conference that the two of us plus another super-smart doer who attended the conference, Denise McGuire of Making the Nest of It decided to have lunch and bat around some ideas for producing our own conference here in Rochester. At the last minute, we put the brakes on, because we are three of the busiest people we know and the timing just isn’t right. We’re back-burnering it for now, but the idea is still percolating inside of us.

Go read Hayna’s blog posts!

Ginger & Grapefruit Blossom Bar


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Zentangle, One Step at a Time

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What is Zentangle?

The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.

Almost anyone can use it to create beautiful images. It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well being. The Zentangle Method is enjoyed all over this world across a wide range of skills, interests and ages.

Rick Roberts & Maria Thomas
Zentangle Founders

How did I start thinking about Zentangle today? I was on Susan Carmen-Duffy’s Create Art 4 Good website today and saw her blog post, documenting her own Zentangle creation, one line at a time. Cool stuff, check it out.

Also included are details for registration for her March 21, 1:00 Watercolor Zentangle workshop.

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