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Call for Art: Make Bike Art

Make Bike Art

It’s time for the annual Spokes & Ink Festival – celebrating bikes and bike art!

If your poster is chosen, it will be sold for $20 and you get $13 of that while the rest is used to support The Genesee Center for the Arts & Education. The deadline is May 1 and the rest of the details are here.

Need a little inspiration? Take a peek at previous entries by some of our Rochester Artisan friends!

Chris Charles, Fly Rabbit Press

Chris Charles, Fly Rabbit Press

Don Olney, Louise's Daughter and Karin Choi, Intertwingle.

Don Olney, Louise’s Daughter and Karin Choi, Intertwingle.

Mayday is May 3 at Village Gate

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May 3
10:00 – 4:00
Mayday Underground Crafts + Art

Village Gate Atrium
274 North Goodman Street
Rochester, NY 14605

ArtSnack
Cat Clay
Chicory Farm and Inn
Circuit Breaker Labs
Crimson Iris Kusudamas
Emily J Photo Decor
Fiber Lingo 1st Place in Fiber & Best in Show, 2013 Brockport Arts Festival
Fly Rabbit Press
Flying Whale Studios2013 Best in Show, Art in the Park; 2013 2nd Place in Photography, Hammondsport Art Show; 2013 Best in Show Merit Award, Clothesline Art Festival, 2013 1st Place in Photography, Canandaigua Christkindl Market
Gods-N-Gladiators
Herban Living by Elisabeth
JackBear Stamps
Karin Marlett Choi
Kira Arts
Lil Minda’s ARTicles
Mealy Monster Land
Peaches Products
Prismatic Gardens
Pure Joy Co.
Sage Studios
Shiny Bits Jewelry
Sunshine on Water
Sunshyne Silverwear
Sweet Pea Felts

There will be FREE swag bags for the first 50 shoppers, filled with awesome goodies from our Mayday vendors! Bring a Mayday postcard from around town and you’ll get a raffle ticket for a chance to win handmade awesomeness! There is ample free parking on site.

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Buffalo Small Press Book Fair

2014 Buffalo Small Press Book Fair
April 5 & 6
Saturday, 12:00 – 6:00
Sunday, 11:00 – 5:00
Buffalo Small Press Book Fair

Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum
Porter Hall
453 Porter Avenue
Buffalo, NY

Fly Rabbit Press
Just Terrific Handcrafted Goods
Karin Marlett Choi
Simplesong Studio

2014 Poster

2014 Letterpress Calendar is Ready!

2014 Letterpress Calendar

(Click image to go to the Genesee Center for the Arts & Education’s Etsy page to purchase.)

This calendar is a collaboration of over a dozen “friends of the Printing & Book Arts Center” (based out of the Genesee Center for the Arts & Education) in Rochester, New York. The Printing & Book Arts Center program began in 2005 and is dedicated to preserving and promoting the tradition of letterpress printing, paper making, and bookbinding.

Each and every page of this calendar (with exception to May, which is hand screen-printed) was printed on a Vandercook No.3/No.4 Proof Press or a Heidelberg printing press.

Each month is an original piece of artwork from a featured local artist.

A variety of methods were used to print the images including lead type, wood type, hand cut linoleum block, photopolymer plates, and more! It’s nearly impossible to find a letterpress calendar of this size with such diverse images and processes.

January: Geri McCormick
February: Mariah Pfeiffer/Adriane Smith
March: Steven Lee-Davis
April: Shana Krisiloff
May: Matt Saxon
June: Karin Marlett-Choi
July: Bill Dexter
August: Christina Bartonicek
September: Elaine Cohen
October: Amy Rau
November: Roy Sowers
December: Chris Charles

Front Cover: Steven Lee-Davis
Back Cover: Mitchel Cohen
Calendar Grids: Bill Dexter

Two of our Rochester Artisans contributed to the creation of this calendar – Karin Marlett-Choi and Chris Charles!

Rochester Artisan Chris Charles of Fly Rabbit Press created the December page.

Rochester Artisan Chris Charles of Fly Rabbit Press created the December page.

Rochester Artisan Karin Marlett-Choi of Intertwingle created the June page.

Rochester Artisan Karin Marlett-Choi of Intertwingle created the June page.

Buying Local Art Thursday – Sunday, Dec 5 – 8

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I remember where I was the first time a customer asked me, “Are you local? I’m only buying locally made gifts this year.” This was in 2009, well before these words entered our vocabulary: Buy Local, Eat Local, locavores, Shop Small, Small Business Saturday. That woman opened my mind and I’ve been trying to live that way ever since. I’m not perfect but I try. And I know a lot of you do too.

Our community of artists, Rochester Artisans, has grown from 7 members in 2009, to 692 as of today. And we thank you from the bottom of our hearts, for liking and buying what is our passion to make.

Here’s where you can find some of our members in the days to come of next weekend. There are 17 events listed here so I’m declaring this the High Weekend of Holiday Shopping Local!

Have fun and we thank you!

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December 2-24
Monday-Friday: 11-7
Saturday: 10-5
Sunday: 12-5
Perinton Square Mall

6720 Pittsford Palmyra Road
Fairport, NY

Spectacular II Designs
Wayne’s Turnings (Dec 16-24)

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December 5
5:00 – 8:00
Holiday Bazaar

Risen Christ Lutheran Church
1000 Mosely Road
Fairport, NY

Penny’s Lotions & Potions
Sweet Whimsy Designs
Wayne’s Turnings

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December 6
6:00 – 9:00 pm
First Friday

The Hungerford Building
1115 East Main Street
Rochester, NY 14607

Cat Clay (Suite 225)
Francesca DeCaire (Suite 216)
Painting by Ann (Suite 318)
Urban TurningHonorable Mention at 2013 Artist Row

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December 6
10:00 – 4:00
University of Rochester Holiday Shops

Hirst Lounge Wilson Commons Student Union
252 Elmwood Avenue
Rochester, NY

Cherie Carter Designs
Fly Rabbit Press
LocustGroves Hand Made

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December 6 & 7
Friday, 10:00 – 9:00
Saturday, 10:00 – 5:00
Candlelight Christmas Show

Morgan Manning House
151 Main Street
Brockport, NY 14420

BLS Designs
Cherie Carter Designs
LocustGroves Hand Made
Pine Tree Designs 2013 RPO Bravo Award Winner; 2013 Honorable Mention at Artist Row
VanDeusen Design1st Place Painting, 2013 Brockport Arts Festival

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December 6 & 7
Friday, 5:00 – 10:00
Saturday, 11:00 – 5:00
Anderson Alley Artists Holiday Gala

Shoe Factory Art Co-Op
250 North Goodman Street
Rochester, NY

Beachcomber Designs

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December 7
9:00 – 3:00
Crafts for a Cause

Eastside Family YMCA
1835 Fairport Nine Mile Point Road
Penfield, NY 14526

Bethany’s Blossoms
Flax Seed Pillows by Fran
Generous Spirit Jewelry DesignBest in Show, 2013 Spencerport Canal Days
L Prince Designs Art Jewelry
LocustGroves Hand Made
Mary Terziani Glass1st Place in Glass, 2013 Brockport Arts Festival
Penny’s Lotions & Potions
Pine Tree Designs 2013 RPO Bravo Award Winner; 2013 Honorable Mention at Artist Row

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December 7
9:00 – 4:00
Charles Carroll School, #46

250 Newcastle Rd
Rochester, NY

Crafter’s Haven
Goebel Glass
JK Stitches
Shiny Bits Jewelry
Small Town Girl

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December 7
9:00 – 3:00
Advent Craft Show

East Rochester High School
300 Woodbine Avenue
East Rochester

Just Terrific Handcrafted Goods

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December 7
9:00 – 3:00
Annual Santa’s Workshop Show and Sale

Guardian Angels Church
2061 East Henrietta Road
Rochester NY

The Dizzy Crafter
Maarvelous Creations

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December 7
9:00 to 1:00
Crafts for Hope

Toddler’s Workshop
12 May Street
Webster, NY

Tom Zachman Fused Glass

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December 7
10:00 – 3:00
Florence Brasser School Holiday Arts & Crafts Show

1000 Chili-Center Coldwater Road
Chili, NY

Woven & Strung Jewelry Creations

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December 7
10:00 – 3:00
2nd Annual Holiday One Stop Shop

Avon Inn
55 E. Main Street
Avon, NY

Annie’s Uggs & Ends

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December 7 & 8
Saturday, 10:00 – 5:00
Sunday, 11:00 – 5:00
Plowshares Craftsfair and Peace Festival

Nottingham High School
3100 E Genesee Street
Syracuse, NY 13224

ButterFlips

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December 7 & 8
Saturday, 10:00 – 5:00
Sunday, 11:00 – 4:00
40th Annual Holiday Festival Craft Fair

Cayuga Community College
197 Franklin Street
Auburn, NY

LocustGroves Hand Made

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December 8
8:30 – 2:00
Asbury First UMC Annual Christmas Craft Show

Asbury First United Methodist Church
1050 East Avenue
Rochester NY 14607

Adora Designs

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December 8
9:00 – 3:00
Holidays at the Market

Rochester Public Market
280 N. Union Street
Rochester NY 14609

BS Pottery1st Place in Pottery/Ceramics, 2013 Brockport Arts Festival; 1st Place in Pottery/Ceramics, 2013 Hilton Apple Festival
Shiny Bits Jewelry

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University of Rochester Holiday Shops – Dec 6

Flyer 2013

December 6
10:00 – 4:00
University of Rochester Holiday Shops

Hirst Lounge Wilson Commons Student Union
252 Elmwood Avenue
Rochester, NY

Holiday Bazaar at RMSC, Nov 22-24

I loved this show as a customer for years and now I love it as an artist selling at this show. Love, love, love.

November 22, 23, 24
Friday, 5:00 – 9:00
Saturday, 9:00 – 5:00
Sunday, 11:00 – 4:00
Holiday Bazaar

Rochester Museum & Science Center
657 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607

BLS Designs
BS Pottery1st Place in Pottery/Ceramics, 2013 Brockport Arts Festival
Fiber Lingo 1st Place in Fiber & Best in Show, 2013 Brockport Arts Festival
Fly Rabbit Press
Gates Shadows
GemX Jewelry Design
I’m Melting … Glass
JEM Design
JK Stitches
Just Terrific Handcrafted Goods
Karin Marlett ChoiAward Winner at Artist Row 2012
L Prince Designs Art Jewelry
Lisa’s Creations
LocustGroves Handmade
Lumaria Photography1st Place in Photography, 2013 Springtime in Canandaigua; Honorable Mention in Photography, 2013 Hammondsport Art Show
Mary Terziani Glass1st Place in Glass, 2013 Brockport Arts Festival
Painting by Ann
Pat Berardi Quilts & Fiber Art
Patricia OvermoyerCommittee’s Choice Award, 2013 Hammondsport Art Show
Paw-Tastic Portraits
Pine Tree Designs 2013 RPO Bravo Award Winner; 2013 Honorable Mention at Artist Row
Rusty Button Studio
Shiny Bits Jewelry
Sunshine on Water
Vintage Albums
Wooly Things2013 Best in Show, Arts in the Park; 2013 Best in Textiles, Hilton Apple Fest; 1st Place in Fiber at 2013 Letchworth Arts & Crafts

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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

July 27 & 28 Art Festivals

Oswego Harborfest 2013
July 25 – 28
Oswego Harbor Fest

Oswego, NY

Avendel Bath & Body
Wooly ThingsBest of Show, 2012 Oswego Harbor Festival; Best of Show, 2013 Arts in the Park, Inlet, NY

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WAF 2013 Poster
July 27 & 28
10:00 – 5:00
Waterfront Art Festival

Kershaw Park
Lake Shore Drive
Canandaigua, NY

Cherie Carter Designs2nd Place in Fiber, Brockport Arts Festival 2012
Flying Whale Studios1st Place in Photography, 2012 Quaker Arts Festival; 1st Place in Photography at 2012 Christkindl Market; Best in Show, 2013 Art in the Park; 2nd Place in Photography, 2013 Hammondsport Art Show
Painting by Ann1st Place in Painting & Drawing at Hilton Apple Festival 2012
Patricia Overmoyer2nd Place in Photography, 2012 Brockport Arts Festival; Committee’s Choice Award, 2013 Hammondsport Art Show
Theorems and ThingsBest in Show, Cooperstown 2012

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Spencerport Canal Days 2013
July 27 & 28
10:00 – 5:00
Spencerport Canal Days

Village of Spencerport
Spencerport, NY

a Different View
The Bent Utensil
Bubble Divas
Critters + Creations by Ruth
Generous Spirit Jewelry Design
L Prince Designs Art Jewelry
Spring Creek Creations

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Glen Park Art Festival 2013

July 27 & 28
Saturday, 10-6
Sunday, 10-5
Glen Park Arts Festival

278 Glen Avenue
Williamsville, NY

Fly Rabbit Press

Get to Know . . . Chris Charles

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Hello! I’m Chris Charles, and I own Fly Rabbit Press. My business Facebook page is here.

How long have you been an artist and how did you get started?

I’ve been an artist my whole life – in high school I used to waive lunch so I could take an extra art class! After high school I attended Montserrat College of Art (Beverly, MA) and received a BFA in painting. Then, while living in Southern California, I went back to school for graphic design, which I still do today. About 4 years ago I stumbled on letterpress printing. After taking a couple of classes I became a renter at the Genesee Center for Arts Education. This is still where I do most of my printing.

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Explain a little bit about your process.

I use a combination of hand-set type, linoleum carving and photopolymer (custom plates made from computer files). Setting type involves putting together letters made of metal or wood, one letter at a time. Everything needs to be properly spaced and blocked out, then locked up in the press. I would say about 80% of each project is sketching/design and set-up, the other 20% actual printing on the press.

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What’s the comment heard most often about your art?

Many people say they like how it has a vintage look. I also get laughs from a few of my cards.

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What is one thing people find surprising in how your art is created?

I don’t think letterpress is a printing technique many people are familiar with, so often my prints are confused for silk-screens or even digital prints! Once I explain the process, people are surprised by the technique, and how time-consuming it is.

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What’s the one tool you couldn’t live without, in creating your art?

Paper!

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How has your art changed over time?

I feel like I have more tricks up my sleeve these days – different techniques I’ve learned or experimented with over the past several years–which creates more possibilities. My carving skills have improved as well, so overall I’ve become more adventurous with my art.

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What’s your favorite part of making your pieces? Least favorite?

My favorite part– the first time I pull a print, and get to see ink on paper.

Least favorite– when things go wrong on the press and I can’t figure out why. Usually many tears are involved.

What’s your dream project?

A poster series for a musician or festival (listen up Jazz Fest!), of course with no limit on materials/colors I can use, and an endless budget 🙂

Where is your art available for purchase?

Etsy
Dunham Enfield Gallery
Pistachio Press, 250 Goodman Street, Rochester, NY 14607
Western NY Book Arts Center in Buffalo, N Y (in the gift shop)

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