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.

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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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Fresh From Our Facebook Feed . . .

Wild & Crazy Glass Beads

Bella Bead Jewelry by Linda Lawrence

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5th Annual Juried Maplewood Y Artisan Craft Show

Jackie & Jenny

The June 30 deadline is quickly approaching! As many know I assist Sara Senour​ in producing this annual show. By all accounts, this is a well organized, well run show that sees an increase in attendance each year. It is juried and in previous years people have told us how pleased they are to see a good variety of high quality artisans participate. I encourage you to apply – it’s all online & could not be easier. You pay your $45 booth fee upon acceptance, mid-July.

More information is posted on the show’s website.

The online application is here.

Like the show’s Facebook page, including a lot of great product photos from 2014.

You can email the organizer, Sara Senour, at maplewoodycraftshow@gmail.com or call her at 585-544-8456.

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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 Jen.Wilson@disabilityrightsny.org.

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

Eco-Art Challenge Image

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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