Creative Entrepreneurship

Hungerford Door 2

I’d heard of The Hungerford for a quite a while before I visited the former fruit syrup factory. It sounded so exotic and chichi! (That’s pronounced she-she.) While a volunteer at Rochester Contemporary Art Center, I had an opportunity to visit, to deliver postcards.

As I walked the halls of the 5 stories, I got actual goosebumps. I kid you not. “This is where I want to be.”

(It turns out there is nothing exotic & chichi about the old building with a wonky freight elevator, uneven floors, oddly patched ceilings, no two spaces alike. Quirky, urban and fun? Yes. I love old buildings put to new uses!)

To me, it was a dormitory of artists – what could be better? I didn’t really want to work out of there because I like working out of my home studio because it’s super convenient, obviously. And if I did have a working studio there, I feared I’d spend all my time socializing with other artists and never get any work done.

But I have wanted a permanent space for Rochester Artisans – to meet, hold classes, have exhibits. I couldn’t justify the expense but I couldn’t let go of the idea, either. It sat simmering in my brain for a couple of years.

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And then, at the right time, with the right people, the idea morphed into a different kind of reality and I could not be happier. Five of us artist friends have partnered to form Hungerford 318, a retail space in which we sell our hand created goods. We are all Rochester Artisans – that’s how we met. I do want to hold RA events in the space in the future. It’s only 300 square feet so uses will be limited. Still thinking on this part.

Jean Keane, of JK Stitches, makes fabric accessories for you and your pet.

Jean Keane, of JK Stitches

Lori Prince, of L Prince Designs Art Jewelry

Lori Prince, of L Prince Designs Art Jewelry

Stefani Tadio, of Pine Tree Designs

Stefani Tadio, of Pine Tree Designs

Mary Terziani, of Mary Terziani Glass

Mary Terziani, of Mary Terziani Glass

Tom Zachman, of Tom Zachman Fused Glass

Tom Zachman, of Tom Zachman Fused Glass

Our grand opening is this Friday, June 6, 5:00 – 9:00. Please visit us and also take time to say hello to other Rochester Artisans participating in First Friday events in the building and around town. (First Friday is officially 6:00 – 9:00, but we’re opening a little early, at least on this Friday.)

June 6
6:00 – 9:00 pm
First Friday

The Hungerford Building
1115 East Main Street
Rochester, NY 14607

Cat Clay (Suite 225) Transcending Schisms: Hamsa-inspired ceramics by Gayle A. Erwin
Create Art 4 Good (Suite 201)
Francesca DeCaire (Suite 216)
JK Stitches (Suite 318)
L Prince Designs Art Jewelry (Suite 318)
Mary Terziani Glass1st Place in Glass, 2013 Brockport Arts Festival (Suite 318)
Pine Tree Designs 2013 RPO Bravo Award Winner; 2013 Honorable Mention at Artist Row (Suite 318)
Rituals in Metal & Stone (Suite 344)
Tom Zachman Fused Glass (Suite 318)
Urban TurningHonorable Mention at 2013 Artist Row (Studio 40)
VonBrake Spices (Suite 222)

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June 6
6:00 – 10:00
First Friday
RoCo Upstairs Open Studios

137 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14604

Beachcomber Designs

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Ongoing, we will be open First Fridays 6:00 – 9:00 (exception: July 4) and Second Saturdays 10:00 – 3:00 and by appointment. There will be special holiday hours between Thanksgiving & Christmas. We might have additional regular hours but honestly, having put the space together in just 1 week, we just want to get through our 1st First Friday , take a breath and then figure more things out from there.

See you Friday!

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Comments on: "Introducing: Hungerford 318" (3)

  1. Stefani, You are a truly talented soul and so professional! I am looking forward to having you in the building. I think we will all do great things here! And have a lot of fun 🙂 Jenn

    > On June 4, 2014 at 8:11 AM Rochester Artisans > wrote: > > Rochester Artisans posted: ” I’d heard of The Hungerford for a quite a while > before I visited the former fruit syrup factory. It sounded so exotic and > chichi! (That’s pronounced she-she.) While a volunteer at Rochester > Contemporary Art Center, I had an opportunity to visit, to de” >

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  2. Congratulations Stefani!!

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  3. collette said:

    so happy for you Stefani! It sounds wonderful!

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