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Flying Whale Studios Artist Open House

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Kevin and Mary Schoonover open their Greek Revival home for three days of shopping in an intimate, friendly setting. Six downstairs rooms are filled with a wide variety of eclectic arts and crafts, from the whimsical to the practical to the edible — including holiday decorations and fine art photography, Pysanky eggs, handmade soaps and glass jewelry, pillows, paper, pottery and primitives, up-cycled mittens, turned wooden bowls, scrumptious sweets, locally sourced honey, beeswax candles and maple products, and much, much more. You’re sure to find that perfect something for everyone on your gift-giving list, plus an irresistible indulgence or two for you too.

A Taste of Clothesline

Alison Kurek

Tiny Original Paintings by Alison Kurek


September 12 & 13
Saturday, 9:30 – 6:00
Sunday, 10:00 – 5:00
Clothesline Festival

500 University Avenue
Rochester NY 14607

Alison Kurek
Beachcomber Designs
Bird Carver Extraordinaire

Robin Salsbury

Robin Salsbury, Bird Carver Extraordinaire

Cabbages & Kings Stationery
Cat Clay
Crazy About Glass
Flying Whale Studios1st Place in Photography, 2015 Hammondsport Art Show
Generous Spirit Jewelry Designs
KreationalityAward Winner, 2014 Artist Row
Laura Wilder1st Place in Painting/Drawing/Graphics, Corn Hill Arts Festival 2015
Lisa Jane Smith Illustration
Patricia Overmoyer
Sage Studios
TheSTUDIO

Betsy Murray

Betsy Murray, Sunshine on Water


Sunshine on Water
Studio Etc./Joanne Andrews
The Tea Pottery
Wooly Things

Anita Serafin, Crazy About Glass

Anita Serafin, Crazy About Glass

Bob & Karen Holtz, Generous Spirit Designs

Bob & Karen Holtz, Generous Spirit Designs

Flying Whale Artist Open House – Friday, Saturday & Sunday

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Are you looking for locally handmade gifts? Drive past the malls and big box stores to beautiful Geneva, NY. This is the 3rd annual open house held by Kevin & Mary Schoonover and I promise, you will be soon making this your traditional Thanksgiving weekend event.

This is a “drop-off” show for the artists. We 31 artists drop off our product & displays and Kevin and Mary take it from there. Then we arrive back on Sunday afternoon and pack up any leftovers. Technically, we all try to arrive a little early because lots of us do our shopping here too.

Here’s the link to Kevin’s reminder email, which contains photos and quotes, which will surely entice you to make plans to visit this weekend. There’s even a wine tasting courtesy of Billsboro Winery tonight, 6-8.

My sweet little songbird can be found on Sticky Notes and as a hanging ornament.

My sweet little songbird can be found on Sticky Notes and as a hanging ornament. Tweet!

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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Flying Whale Studios and Friends 2013 Open House

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November 29, 30 and Dec 1
Friday, 5:00 – 8:00
Saturday, 9:00 – 5:00
Sunday, 11:00 – 4:00
Flying Whale Studios Artist Open House

143 William Street
Geneva, NY

A Different View
Beachcomber Designs
Cedar Pottery
Chancery Lane Primitives
Cherie Carter Designs
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
HandCandy Mittens3rd Place 2013 Keuka Arts Festival
JK Stitches
Kathleen A. Kosel Steelworks
L Prince Designs Art Jewelry
Pine Tree Designs
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
Reflections in Color
Rusty Button Studio
Sage Studios
Tom Zachman Fused Glass
Unusual Artistry
Wood’s Edge Studio

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Christkindl Market – Last Day Today, Sunday

This is an outdoor show in November! The first time I heard about this I couldn’t wait to see how the show was set up – large outdoor tents with heat being blown in – really??

Yep, really. I was very impressed with the quality and variety – and the set-ups by the artists inside the tent. Some had their usual craft show tents set up inside the tent – or some used just the canopy. It was warm, cozy and inviting. I made a mental note to myself back then, if I ever did that show – bring lights! It’s a craft show axiom – can’t have enough lights. That’s even true indoors in the daytime, but in the winter, it’s especially true when it gets dark early. Some of these artists were in tents within a tent so they were well-lit!

There is a ton to do at this market – carriage rides, lots of food, Elf School (where kids can make craft items), live entertainment, Festival of Trees, visit Santa Claus and the Mrs.

Here are the Rochester Artisan members selling their goods at this event. You’ll note how many awards have been won between them, a sure sign this is a top notch show.

November 8-10
Christkindl Market

295 North Main Street
Canandaigua, NY

Estancia Designs
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
KreationalityBest in Textiles, 2013 Naples Grape Fest
Lumaria Photography1st Place in Photography, 2013 Springtime in Canandaigua; Honorable Mention in Photography, 2013 Hammondsport Art Show
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
Simplesong Studio
Tom Dwyer Photography
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

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 ~

Weekend Planner: Aug 17, 18, 19

August 17 & 18
Saturday, 9:00 – 5:00
Sunday, 11:00 – 4:00
“A Garden of Quilts” 2013 Quilt Show

Caledonia-Mumford Central School
99 North Street
Caledonia, NY

Crafts A’ Plenty
The Dizzy Crafter
Photo Designs by Claudia
Pine Tree Designs
Wayne’s Turnings
Washington Landing Creations

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August 17 & 18
10:00 – 5:00
Hammondsport Festival of Crafts

Village Square
Hammondsport, NY

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
Kreationality
LocustGroves

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August 17 & 18
10:00 – 5:00
Arts at the Gardens

Sonnenberg Gardens
Canandaigua, NY

Carol Ann Bosek Artisan Jewelry Designs
Lumaria Photography1st Place in Photography, 2013 Springtime in Canandaigua; Honorable Mention in Photography, 2013 Hammondsport Art Show

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August 17 & 18
Round Lake Arts & Crafts Festival

Round Lake, NY 12151

Winona Creek

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August 19
5:00 – 7:00
Mendon Golf Club’s Annual Fundraiser (for NNOC)

Mendon Golf Club
226 Mendon Ionia Road
Mendon, NY 14506

Crafts A’ Plenty
Native State
Spectacular II Designs

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Getting Back on Their Feet

Today’s post is a ‘reprint’ of a new page I set up to help Kevin & Mary Schoonover get back on their feet. The Schoonovers page is here and I encourage you to make liberal use of the sharing options at the bottom of the page, which will remain on our website until September 15. Thanks!

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As lots of people in our art community now know, Kevin & Mary Schoonover incurred substantial loss at the Waterfront Art Festival on Saturday, July 27, 2013. Mary’s arm was broken (requiring surgery), their tent was ruined and years of work destroyed in an instant. A sudden rainstorm with very high winds kicked up on Canandaigua Lake and moved inland quickly. Kevin and Mary are professional artists with years of outdoor show experience so their high quality tent was well weighted. I’ll let Kevin tell the story from here.

July 29

So, Saturday. Canandaigua.

We saw the storm coming on the iPad and dropped one of the side walls of our Craft Hut tent. Both sides plus the front had been open all day and the rain was minor. The wind was far stronger earlier in the day. We even took down the banner to limit the potential “sail” effect. And we continued not selling artwork as we had done all afternoon.

KevinOnce it became evident that real weather was coming we went out to lower the other side. But I couldn’t get the zipper to align. Try as I might, I just couldn’t get it started. I got the step stool, thinking some additional height might give me more leverage, but to no avail.

Then I made, what I believe to be, my biggest mistake.

I untied the lower corner of the back wall from the Stabar thinking it might give me some slack to get it zipped. It gave no more quarter — I have a newfound respect and understanding for how sailboats can move so fast and efficiently when the wind is howling — but it did allow the gusts to get inside and under the tent.

And once that happens…

All my display walls and work are attached to the tent to give it additional weight which would have been perfect had the tent walls been knitted together. We were fine at Clothesline last fall and at LARAC and Fairport earlier this year when similar, heavy winds struck. They simply pushed against the sides and the weight kept everything in place.

When the tent went flying, so did all my work. And with the tent wrapped around the city lamp pole across the sidewalk from us, all the matted work in bins got steadily soaked. Complete and total loss of four years worth of work.

Mary was still back on the unzipped corner and in the blink of an eye, sailed twenty feet over me with the tent.

I didn’t see or hear her, but since I was fine, I assumed she was too. So I hopelessly/helplessly started gathering flung work. It wasn’t til I got to where she was lying on the ground that I realized, it could get worse.

She broke her radius and ulna where they attach to the wrist. The orthopedist set them, but upon looking at the x-rays after, decided that surgery is required to properly align the larger bone. We are meeting doctors at Strong tomorrow; surgery will be sometime this week.

Unable to lower her arm, she is at home resting comfortably. NOT! If you know her at all, sitting quietly is not something she is good at. I finally convinced her to fill the Vicodan prescription.

Her joke: “I guess when people ask, I am the flying whale.”

We met with our insurance agent this morning and though FWS is insured, it won’t even be close to enough to cover everything.

So many people — vendors, security, patrons, volunteers — were so kind. Gathering work, covering Mary and keeping her calm — Allie was especially awesome there, cleaning up and dismantling the Escher-esque horror show that was the booth, storing work overnight, commiserating and not lecturing. Thanks to everyone who helped on site or who sent kind thoughts and prayers after. I don’t know who most of you are, but I’ll never forget you.

I don’t know what our next move is. Waiting for a check from the insurers and Mary’s surgery are at the top of the list.

Lewiston is two weeks away and I don’t know if we’ll make it even if enough money comes through to start over (Mary can’t exactly help set up a tent). We’ll keep you apprised.

Kevin & Mary

PS — Though everything else was a total loss, my travel mug didn’t spill a drop of tea.

And so it goes.

Flying Whale Studios: 1st 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

Flying Whale Studios: 1st 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

August 2

So, Mary’s surgery is postponed til next Thursday. The CT scan today showed the fracture to be displaced (which means the ends of the broken bones don’t align — we looked it up). It’s not too bad, just a lot of pain.

My mom is on the committee for The Wheat Festival in King Ferry, NY and she convinced us to bring some surviving work and some Santas down tomorrow. We’re gonna play up Mary’s bright purple cast and see what happens. Ho ho ho!

I spent all our money this week on a new tent — the insurance will cover MOST of it.

And, even though she will only be two days post-op (if one employs some “fuzzy” math), we’re still gonna go to Lewiston next weekend. Even if I could convince them to refund my booth fee, I can’t earn a living by staying home. I re-booked the hotel I cancelled earlier in the week and we’re foraging ahead.

And so it goes.

“I had him since I was a little girl,” cried the lady at the barn sale, casually flinging him to this rotted chair in the shed. “‘Bubbles’ ain’t for sale.” (Phelps, NY)

“I had him since I was a little girl,” cried the lady at the barn sale, casually flinging him to this rotted chair in the shed. “‘Bubbles’ ain’t for sale.” (Phelps, NY)

I’ve known Kevin and Mary for a few years now and they are some of my favorite people. They are super creative in a multitude of ways, hard-working and very funny. They make a good team. After thoughtful consideration, they agreed to let me set up this page to allow their friends and community to help them get back on their feet. You can donate directly to their PayPal account with the donate button below.

I also encourage you to pop over to the Flying Whale Studios website and explore Kevin’s photographic works of art. You must read the captions – so brilliant! He also sells his work on his website, so that might be a nice way to support them as well.

I know they thank you from the bottom of their hearts!

47th Annual Lewiston Art Festival

August 10 & 11
10:00 – 6:00
47th Annual Lewiston Art Festival

Center Street
Lewiston, NY

To be honest, I didn’t know where Lewiston is until I looked it up just now. It’s in Niagara County, about 90 minutes from Rochester. Looks like a great festival – check this out:

On Saturday, watch the chalk fly as teams of talented student artists representing schools from across the region converge in the Key Bank parking lot for the Key Bank Walk Competition. “Arts Are Key” awards are generously sponsored by Key Bank. You get to be the judge for the People’s Choice Award, so be sure to vote for your favorite mural. Judging takes place about 4:00 PM on Saturday afternoon.

And most importantly, let me introduce you to our two award-winning Rochester Artisans who will be selling their goods at Lewiston Art Festival. They both survived last weekend’s storm-laden Waterfront Art Festival. Theorem painter Sally Read just got soaking wet, but photographer Kevin & his wife Mary Schoonover (Flying Whale Studios) fared much worse: broken wrist, broken tent, but never a broken spirit. Mary is a trooper – just two days post-surgery on her wrist, she’ll be there, working alongside Kevin. She could be loopy on pain meds, but Kevin is half-loopy naturally, so they remain a great team!

I’m so happy that family, friends and the artistic community has been so caring and supportive to Kevin & Mary, offering all kinds of help.

“Want to borrow my tent?”

“I can come help bag & tag new matted photos, if you’d like.”

“We’ll be a Lewiston too – if you need assistance, come find us – we’re happy to help.”

Here’s a taste of the beautiful works by both Kevin Schoonover and Sally Read. Hope you get to see them in person next weekend.

Flying Whale Studios: 1st 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

Flying Whale Studios: 1st 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

Theorems and Things by Sally Read - Best in Show, Cooperstown 2012

Theorems and Things by Sally Read: Best in Show, Cooperstown 2012

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