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Double Your Mayday Fun!

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Mayday Underground organizers Amanda Preske and Casey Wright listen to their artists – and so have decided to try a two-day show! Artists could apply for either day or both.

Isn’t it interesting that it’s the successful shows who ask how to improve? Poorly run shows never ask! I guess they don’t know how much they don’t know.

Following their now tradition of the May show being held at the Village Gate Atrium, the fall show will be held at the Main Street Armory. It’s an interesting old building – worth the price of admission (free!) just to see it, including the ladies room! And the first 25 shoppers through the door, receive a swag bag containing items donated by the artists. It’s noteworthy to mention, there’s always a line, waiting for the doors to open at 10:00.

I was telling a fellow artist the other day, a Mayday regular, that I remember going to the first show they held 4 years ago. It was in an old building on St. Paul, if I remember correctly. There was all this talk about an “indie” show and I had to see for myself what it was all about. I admit, I was skeptical – so skeptical I didn’t apply, which is a little unusual for me. Unlike some artists, I don’t mind trying a show in its first year, getting in on the ground floor, so to speak.

So I went to see for myself. Oh. Now I get it! I’ve been a fan ever since and have been honored to be accepted to a number of the shows.

Every May and November, when the acceptances come out, there’s a big brouhaha on our Rochester Artisans email list created by people unhappy they were not accepted. Like over the top, excessively unhappy. I honestly don’t get it. No other show seems to elicit this type of response.

I think it’s ageism, to be honest. Amanda and Casey are young women putting on a highly competitive show. And what’s this “indie” all about, anyway? Humans tend to attack what they don’t understand.

Simply put, “indie” is using traditional materials in new ways (embroidery done in a tattoo style) or using new materials in traditional ways (weaving baskets with computer cable). Ha! I started to type weaving baskets with telephone wire but that’s actually an old material in these wireless, cellular days.

I probably should not have brought up the brouhaha – because miraculously, it didn’t happen for this November show! Maybe we’ve finally hashed it to death. Amen! As I like to say, “There are a bazillion other shows and they just freed you up to apply to another show that is more suitable to your craft and where you’ll be more successful.”

It’s also a Sample Soap collection site so kindly Sample Soap Logobring your personal care items (toothpaste, toothbrushes, unopened toiletries, lotions, diapers, cosmetics). Sample Soap distributes them to the neediest citizens in the Greater Rochester, NY area.

And the Flower City Follies will be performing on Sunday at 3:00.

I highly recommend you stop by this weekend and see all the wonderful artists selling their handcrafted goods.

November 2 & 3
10:00 – 6:00
Mayday Underground Crafts + Art

Rochester Main Street Armory
900 East Main Street
Rochester, NY

Beadwork by Amanda
Fly Rabbit Press
Francesca DeCaire
Peaches Products3rd Place in Mixed Media, Corn Hill Art Festival 2013
Pine Tree Designs 2013 RPO Bravo Award Winner; 2013 Honorable Mention at Artist Row (Saturday only.)
Simplesong Studio
Sunshyne Silverwear

RA Mayday Collage

Self-Taught Artist or Artist?

I am featuring this photo collage of Amanda Preske's work today randomly because I admire her clean design and great use of materials. But I have a feeling it is actually apropos to this post anyway because in spite of her many degrees, I'd be willing to bet that not one of them is for making circuit board jewelry. So Amanda is likely a self-taught artist. As are we all, really.  (Photo of Amanda by Melissa Fujimoto, others by Amanda.)

I am featuring this photo collage of Amanda Preske’s work today randomly because I admire her clean design and great use of materials. But I have a feeling it is actually apropos to this post anyway because in spite of her many degrees, I’d be willing to bet that not one of them is for making circuit board jewelry. So Amanda is likely a self-taught artist. As are we all, really.
(Photo of Amanda by Melissa Fujimoto, others by Amanda.)


This book I’m reading on art marketing says not to call yourself a self-taught artist.

“Who are the gods that say you have to reach a certain level of proficiency to be called an artist? Who says you must sell a certain dollar amount to be called an artist or win X number of ribbons to be a real artist? Who says you have to attend such and such school, be trained in a certain style or technique to be handed the title, artist? You either are or you are not.” ~ Jack White, “Mystery of Making It”.

I just edited a brief bio piece for a specific purpose – and deleted the words self-taught. It looks sooo much better! I had no idea. I thought using self-taught made me look studious or hard-working or something. Now I think it made made look one step above hobbyist. Not a darn thing wrong with being a hobbyist, it’s just not who I strive to be with my paper art. I’m definitely a hobbyist in other areas, like any DIY projects I do, for instance.

And if you want to think deeper about it – and I always do, according to Steve – aren’t all artists self-taught to some degree? You may start with basic concepts learned from other people or sources, but I’m pretty sure everyone ends up noodling around with their art until they find “their own voice”.

When Steve and I moved into our house 13 years ago, I labeled all my craft-related boxes with the new room they were destined for: Studio. I would no longer be working at the kitchen table. I took the smallest bedroom (so small it didn’t have a closet) as my studio. It probably took a good 2 months before I could routinely say studio without having to think about it.

The same is true of when I began calling myself an artist. These things take practice! It takes 21 times to make a habit – so please, start practicing now. You are an artist. And you work in a studio, even if it is a corner of your bedroom.

Amanda also creates beautiful beadwork pieces! You can see more on her her Beadwork by Amanda Facebook page

Amanda also creates beautiful beadwork pieces! You can see more on her Beadwork by Amanda Facebook page

Maplewood Y Craft Show

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October 12
9:00 – 3:00
3rd Annual Maplewood Y Craft Show

25 Driving Park Avenue
Rochester, NY

Avendel Bath
Beadwork by Amanda
BLS Designs
Chicory Farm and Inn
Crafter’s Haven
Critters + Creations by Ruth
Dragonfly Jewelry
Feltro Fashion
Flying Whale Studios2012 1st Place in Photography at Christkindl Market; 2013 Best in Show, Art in the Park; 2013 2nd Place in Photography, Hammondsport Art Show; 2013 Best in Show Merit Award, Clothesline Art Festival
Happy Happy
Karin Marlett Choi
L Prince Designs Art Jewelry
Lil Minda’s ARTicles
LocustGroves Handmade
Mary Terziani Glass1st Place in Glass, 2013 Brockport Arts Festival
Patricia Overmoyer2nd Place in Photography, 2012 Brockport Arts Festival; Committee’s Choice Award, 2013 Hammondsport Art Show
Pine Tree Designs 2013 RPO Bravo Award Winner; 2013 Honorable Mention at Artist Row
Purple Iris Pottery
Purple Turtle Designs
Scootie Jamm
Shiny Bits Jewelry
Silverwear Creations
Urban TurningHonorable Mention at 2013 Artist Row
Wayne’s Turnings
Wood’s Edge Studio

You can get a glimpse of the artwork that will be for sale, on the Maplewood Y Craft Show’s website.

I’m very involved in helping Sara Senour organize this show so I wanted to share some background information. This is the 3rd annual for this show – and this time it’s juried! That means the scores of 3 outside jurors were used to determine the finest selection of artisans you will see at the show. The jurors assigned a value of 1-5, using 5 different criteria.

We were also very grateful to be able to use the services offered by the public relations person that works for the local corporate office of the YMCA. With the help of their graphic designers, we’re very happy with our “branded” look that will follow the show for years to come.

On a personal note, I’m happy to report that the Rochester Artisans listed above account for 60% of the total artists in the show. I love numbers and I know you love Fun Facts.

Noteworthy things to mention for customers, also new this year:
Passport Program. Each visitor will receive a program upon entering the show. The centerfold is printed with a layout of the artisan spaces, including booth number. Customers are encouraged to have each artist they visit, initial their little space on the map. Customers who obtain 30 initials, out of 42 artists, are then eligible for the drawing of 3 fabulous prizes. (Prizes are gift certificates to Target, Peoples Pottery and Craft Co No. 6.)

The Irondequoit Art Club will be hosting their show (with demonstrations) in the Lily Cafe, just steps from the gym where the craft show is. The FCTT HiRailers will be demonstrating model railroading. And there is complimentary child care is available.

Lastly, there will also be 2 food sales going on at the Maplewood Y that day as well. One is an International Food Sale with sampling of cuisines from around the world. The second is a Bake Sale with all sorts of sweet treats for sale.

I can't resist pointing out that all 5 photos on this postcard show the work of Rochester Artisans, (a decision made unknowingly by the YMCA public relations team). ~ Stefani ~

I can’t resist pointing out that all 5 photos on this postcard show the work of Rochester Artisans, (a decision made unknowingly by the YMCA public relations team). ~ Stefani ~

Keuka Arts Festival

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June 8 & 9
10:00 – 5:00
Keuka Arts Festival

Water Street
Penn Yan, NY

Beadwork by Amanda
Ear Cuff Designs
Fly Rabbit Press
Hand Candy Mittens2012 Award Winner, Remsen Barn Festival of the Arts
Hilltop Pottery
I’m Melting … Glass
Katie’s Creative Designs
Lisa’s Creations
Lumaria Photography1st Place in Photography, 2013 Springtime in Canandaigua
Michael R Weishan Nature & Fine Art Photography
Painting by Ann
Patricia Overmoyer2nd Place in Photography, 2012 Brockport Arts Festival
Paw-Tastic Portraits
Rainmaker Designs
Shiny Bits Jewelry
Suki Handmade Jewelry

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