Glass on Metal – Extraordinary Enamels by Jackie Bailey, Leslie Bowers, Len (Lenaria) Brondum, Yvonne Cupolo, A. R. Magaletta McClure, Dan McClure and Patricia Zachman.
(I’m happy to say the McClures and Patty Zachman are Rochester Artisan members!)
May 7 through June 5, 2015.
Wayne County Council for the Arts
108 W. Miller Street
An opening reception, which is free to the public, with the artists will be held Saturday, May 9 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.
Wayne Art Gallery hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 12:00 to 3:00 pm and by appointment.
Jackie Bailey: Enameling has been a passion since living in Cleveland, Ohio, a center for the art of enameling. Jackie majored in art at Rochester Institute of Technology and has exhibited widely. He also displayed work on the internet and was employed as a decorator consultant for many years. Jackie also had a painting done in acrylics published in a book.
Leslie Bowers: Leslie lives with her family in Phelps, NY. After retiring from the Rochester School for the Deaf in 2003, she pursued her desire to design, hand craft and sell jewelry. Although she had become a silver smith years before, she decided to include some kind of art in her designs. Having become fascinated with enamels she had seen in Williamstown, MA, Leslie decided to learn this technique. She took classes in enameling at the Memorial Art Gallery, studying with Yvonne Cupolo. After learning what she could do, Leslie produced a number of enamels, which she sold at area shows such as the Clothesline and Arts in the Gardens at Sonnenberg. In addition to jewelry making, she is also working on her painting skills and has
show in several area galleries.
Len (Lenaria) Brondum: Len is best known for her vibrant silk canvases which have been published in various books and magazines. After achieving Master Silk Painter status , she resumed her interest in enameling. Her enamels were displayed in Newark, New Jersey museum as well as the Glass on Metal Conference in Cape Cod. She was featured on the Grains of Glass website for a month and will be featured in the Glass on Metal magazine this summer.
Yvonne Cupolo: Yvonne has been creating cloisonné and sterling silver jewelry for 35 years. With a BFA degree from Rochester Institute of Technology and MFA from SUNY Brockport, she has taught metalsmithing and enameling at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester NY and The Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY. Her work is colorful and whimsical, a kind of magic realism, celebrating natural subjects. The cloisonné jewelry in this exhibit features images of cats, flowers, and designs set in sterling silver and accented with gemstones. Yvonne Cupolo’s jewelry has been published and exhibited nationally, and is in the collection of The Corning Museum of Glass, and The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog.
Antoinette M. McClure and Dan McClure: Both Antoinette and Dan retired from teaching after sixty collective years in public schools. During her teaching tenure Antoinette owned and operated a small jewelry store with her husband and artistic collaborator, Dan McClure. Dan introduced enameling to Antoinette and they both started to cast jewelry using the lost wax method. As the years have progressed they have combined their work as artists and are now with the ARTISANworks in Rochester, NY. All their work combines three elements: wood, glass and metal. In 2009, Rainmaker Designs (name of their business) received the ‘hottest new product’ award from The Rochester Home and Garden Show in Rochester, NY.
Patricia Zachman: Although Patricia has had a life long love of enamel art, especially cloisonné, she has been working in the medium for only a couple of years. Her latest cloisonné pieces reflect her study of calligraphy and Celtic and Medieval manuscripts. Patty currently lives and works in Webster, NY with her husband, Tom (who works in fused and stained glass), and their Australian Shepherd, Lacey. She feels fortunate to be learning the art of cloisonné from enamelist Yvonne Cupolo.