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Elmwood Festival of the Arts

RA x 9 x 2013
August 24 & 25
Saturday, 10:00 – 6:00
Sunday, 10:00 – 5:00
Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts

Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY

Art FX Glass
Betty Stephan Handbeaded Jewelry
Bliss Designs
Dulcie Miller Clayworks2012 Award of Excellence Winner, Remsen Barn Festival of the Arts
Lumaria Photography1st Place in Photography, 2013 Springtime in Canandaigua; Honorable Mention in Photography, 2013 Hammondsport Art Show
PS Enjoy Your Life
Simple Song Studio
Rusty Button Studio
Wooly ThingsBest of Show, 2012 Oswego Harbor Festival; Best of Show, 2013 Arts in the Park, Inlet, NY

Elmwood Poster 2013

Blissful Thoughts + Technique = Bliss Cu

I love learning behind the scenes stuff about how artists work. There are always way more steps involved in creating the beautiful pieces that look so simply perfectly crafted.

Take a look at this video where jewelry designer Anne Bliss shows how her elegant copper & pearl pieces are made!

Take a look at Rochester Artisan Anne Bliss’ website, Bliss Designs. And you can learn more about Anne from her Get to Know interview featured in June 2012. Anne is one of several of our Buffalo friends in Rochester Artisans who is always happy to share her wisdom and experience with fellow artists.


Corn Hill Arts Festival

Corn Hill Arts Festival Poster 2013

You can’t swing a dead cat at this weekend’s Corn Hill Festival, without hitting a Rochester Artisan! There is a ton of hand crafted goodness in the names listed below. I hope you get to visit each and every one – they should be easy to spot with their yellow and black Proud Member of Rochester Artisans signs.

July 13 & 14
Saturday, 10:00 – 6:00
Sunday, 10:00 – 5:00
Corn Hill Arts Festival

Corn Hill Neighborhood
Rochester, NY

The Bent Utensil
Bliss Designs
BS Pottery
Carol Ann Bosek Artisan Jewelry Designs
The Cranky Cat Collection
Creekside Art and Pottery
Dragon Moon Creations
Ear Cuff Designs
Francesca DeCaire
GemX Jewelry Design
Gina’s One of a Kind Jewelry
Hand Candy Mittens2012 Award Winner, Remsen Barn Festival of the Arts; 3rd Place 2013 Keuka Arts Festival
Hilltop Pottery
Marusca Gatto Glassworks
Mary Catherman1st Place in Glass, 2013 Springtime in Canandaigua; 1st Place in Glass at 2013 Allentown
mcl designs
Patricia Terziani
Peaches Products
PS Enjoy Your Life
Pysanky by Mia2012 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
Suki Handmade Jewelry
Sunshyne Silverwear
Theorems and ThingsBest in Show, Cooperstown 2012
Woodland Wisp Jewelry Creations

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And don’t forget to swing by the Corn Cob Festival, right next to the Corn Hill Arts Festival!

July 13 & 14
Saturday, 10:00 – 6:00
Sunday, 10:00 – 5:00
Corn Cob Festival

First Church of God
Atkinson Street
Rochester, NY

Generous Spirit Jewelry Design
Mary Terziani Glass2nd Place in Glass, Brockport Arts Festival, 2012
Small Town Girl

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Get to Know . . . Anne Bliss

I haven’t met Anne Bliss in person, yet I’ve gotten to know her well enough online that I know she is one smart, creative artist!

Her business, Bliss Designs was launched in 2003 after helping a friend start her jewelry business. Anne discovered how much she enjoyed using fine motor skills to create beautiful objects, especially with freshwater pearls. “Kicked Up Classic”, indeed!

I put a lot of thought into each component. Jump rings are oval and made of heavy wire. Covered crimps hide and protect the Soft Touch jewelry wire. I use a butterfly toggle on bracelets because it’s easy to do yourself, but is more secure than a bar toggle. Necklaces have a strong lobster clasp. All necklaces and bracelets include a Bliss logo tag at the clasp – be reminded to think blissful thoughts whenever you look at it.

What’s the one tool you couldn’t live without, in creating your art?
A folding crimp tool, pliers, hammer and anvil.

How has your art changed over time?
When I started, I used stones, pearls and some glass – a big mix. I’ve refined my product line to take advantage of the favorite findings that I’ve discovered over the years.

Now look what Anne’s gone and done! She has sliced copper pipe (recycled from her own house!), sanded, tumbled and darkened it – and filled it with resin, embedded with beautiful pearls. You can see her process photos in one of her Facebook albums.

What’s your favorite part of making your pieces? Least favorite?
I love beading. Stringing pearls on the wire is therapy for me. Least favorite would be tagging and pricing.

I like it when I can provide a Bride with jewelry gifts for her bridal party to wear on her special day. I like feeling that I’m a small part of their celebrations.

And here’s what I find most impressive about Anne – her desire and generosity in helping others. She’s an active member of our Rochester Artisans Yahoo Group, always posting with great knowledge and professional insight. She’s posted an entire page on her website, sharing her knowledge of pearls!

Best of all, Anne uses her powers for good! She and Mary Czajkowski got together years ago and created Bliss & Bejewelled Benefit Bazaars. They have been able to donate an incredible $50,000-plus (so far!) to local charities (Gilda’s Club WNY, Child & Family Services Haven House, Hospice Buffalo and more) by having their artists donate 20% of their sales. Read more about this on Bliss Designs’ press page. Most impressive.

Since 2008 she has also served on the board of Artists in Buffalo and is a partner with Urban Artisans.

She’s a do-er. I love do-ers!

Anne’s beautiful work can be found in these fine stores:

The Museum Store
Burchfield Penney Art Center at
Buffalo State College
1300 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14222

September’s Bride
56 E 8th Street
Holland, MI 49424

made by anatomy
569 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222

Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery
1168 Orchard Park Road
West Seneca, NY 14224

Livingston Arts Center
4 Murray Hill Dr., Mt. Morris

Find Bliss Designs on Facebook and follow Anne on Twitter.

Art & Whimsy Presents Cherie Carter & Anne Bliss

May 14
Monday, 5:00-9:00
Art & Whimsy

Memorial Art Gallery
500 University Avenue
Rochester, NY

Monday night brings us the 3rd annual Art & Whimsy event, which is billed as “A Ladies Night Out” which raises funds for the Empire State Lyric Theater with a portion of the proceeds going to Angels of Mercy.

I was accepted to participate in the very first one two years ago. Honestly, I didn’t make a lot of sales, but it was one of the most interesting events I’ve attended. You can read my review and see photos of the 2010 event here.

I can honestly say the best thing to come out of that for me was meeting Liz Yockel, of  The Fuzzy Bunny. We both felt like fish out of water there, among the wealthy patrons in this big, fancy house. Her boyfriend Travis is just as fun and funny as she is so I’m happy to call them both my friends now as we’ve gotten to know each other more, through other shows in the last couple of years.

As I use the word wealthy, I feel the need to tell you the admission is $35 at the door. Don’t want you to show up and have sticker shock induced heart failure. According to the program above, it looks like the event has really grown in the last couple of years, now including a fashion show – so much so, it’s being held at the Memorial Art Gallery this year. You will get your money’s worth and it’s for a good cause, remember!

Cherie Carter Custom Designed Handbags – – and so much more!

But let’s talk about Rochester Artisan Cherie Carter who will be at Art & Whimsy, selling her finely sewn bags, purses, pillows, wine bottle bags and more. I’ve met her a couple of times and seen her work in person – it’s gor-geous! (Some of you Rochester Artisans will remember her from our April Spring Wing Ding!)

Any time I get a chance to feature Cherie’s work I include this Tree of Life pillow – just love it!

Cherie learned to sew from her mom and says, “The sewing has served me well all my life – from doll clothes, to sewing for my daughters, to creating original designs for my purses and other creations.

Dogwood Purse

I particularly enjoyed, picking fabrics and colors for my designs. Early on, I had a knack for combining patterns, colors and textures of different fabrics. It’s always fun, because sometimes I have no idea where things will lead me. And now, I suppose it’s OK to ‘have no idea’ about something!

Wine Bottle Bag

Today, my handbags are made in limited quantities so that the one you purchase will be unique, and virtually one of a kind. Also, our handbags are carefully hand crafted in the USA, when you purchase a Cherie Carter handbag, you not only help keep people in this country working, your money stays in this country, doing good things for our economy.

I love the colors of the ferns adorning this bag!

Love the texture of this bag!

Whether or not you opt for a Ladies Night Out Monday night, you can visit Cherie’s website and Facebook page and see her other fine work.


But wait, there’s more!

The lovely and talented Anne Bliss, of Bliss Designs will also be at Art & Whimsy!

Honestly, I knew nothing about pearls until Anne showed me a thing or two! Look at this amazing color!

This is one of her newer pieces!

Anne also offers the classics.

I love that Anne is so involved in her community in Buffalo – combining her love of art with good work.

“I have served on the board of Artists in Buffalo Inc since 2008, am a partner with Urban Artisans since 2008, and with Bliss & Bejewelled Benefit Bazaars since 2004. We’ve raised more than $50,000 for local charities, such as Gilda’s Club WNY, Child & Family Services Haven House, Hospice Buffalo and more.”

Now you have two most excellent reasons to attend Art & Whimsy tonight!

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