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Mia Sohn, Artist at Work

I make Pysanky eggs (AKA Ukrainian Eggs.) I blend traditional elements with non traditional colors and I play with color.

I make Pysanky eggs (AKA Ukrainian Eggs.) I blend traditional elements with non traditional colors and I play with color.

Award winning artist Mia Sohn is back at the Central Library’s annual Artist at Work! series. Mia is a friend and a hoot & a half. Stop by to watch her work and feel free to ask questions, like the story behind the names of her eggs, which are almost always song titles.

Life Was So Wonderful

Life Was So Wonderful

Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County NY
115 South Ave
Rochester, NY 14604

Apr 18 at 1:00pm
Apr 19 at 3:00pm

Love is Blue

Love is Blue

I don't know what Mia calls this one. I call it Wow. Look at the teeny, tiny details!

I don’t know what Mia calls this one. I call it Wow. Look at the teeny, tiny details!

Brown Egg Collectiion

Brown Egg Collectiion

Big Pile o' Eggs

Artist at Work! Returns in September

Artist at Work! 2014-2015 ScheduleFrom September 2014 through June 2015, a different Rochester artist will have their work on display in the Arts, Music and Recreation Division at Central, and on the 3rd Saturday the artist will do a free demonstration in the library.

August 2014
Rochester Artisans I recognize immediately are pysanky artist Mia Sohn, I remember she did this event last year too. Also Cheryl & Don Olney – wonderful people, wonderful artists!

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Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County
115 South Avenue
Rochester NY 14604

(585) 428-7300
TDD – (585) 428-8023

Artist at Work!
9/20/2014; 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Central Library – 2nd floor, Bausch and Lomb Public Library Building
Age Level: All Ages
Meet artist Peggy Martinez and watch as she creates a beautiful painting right in the Arts Division. Peggy Martinez‘s vibrant paintings have won awards and have been featured in “American Art Collector” magazine. She participated in the 2014 series “Inspiration” by creating a painting during an RPO performance. The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle chose her as a “Woman to Watch,” both for her artistic talents and the work she has done in the community, especially to raise awareness of pediatric asthma. Her exhibit “Gift of the Rose” was featured in the 2014 PBS series “Cycle of Health” and honors the memory of her sister who suffered from asthma. Stop by, ask questions, observe art being created, and be inspired! During September, there will be a display of Ms. Martinez’s paintings in the Reidman display cases in the Arts Division. This program has been made possible thanks to the generous support of the Friends and Foundation of the Rochester Public Library.

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Caution! Artist @ Work – Mia Sohn

Mia Sohn at Work

March 15
1:00 – 3:00
Caution! Artist @ Work

Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County NY
115 South Avenue
Rochester, NY

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

Labeled Eggs

We will host a different local artist or musician who will be working on a piece right in the Arts Division. Patrons are welcome to stop by and observe an artist painting or listen to a musician playing. These programs happen on the third Saturday of each month from 1-3 PM in the afternoon on the second floor of the Bausch & Lomb Library building.

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My art form is based on 5,000 year-old traditions. it is a wax resist process on actual eggshells.

This art form is known as ‘pysanka,’ which is a Ukrainian word meaning ‘to write.’ (The plural is ‘pysanky.’)

I do all of the work free-hand, no decals, stencils or paint.

I draw on egg shells with hot beeswax, which comes out of a miniature brass funnel. After I draw everything that I want to keep white, I dye the egg and then draw with wax on that color. I work from color to color, often light to dark, although I now use acid washing to change my color palette and to add texture and extra details to my designs. When I finish the design, I have a dark, wax-covered egg. I heat the egg and melt the wax off using a heat gun- and the colors are revealed. ~ Mia Sohn

Library Display by Mia Sohn

Library Display by Pysanky by Mia

Fresh from our Facebook Feed

Kelley Allen, "Here is my latest obsession: petal beads. I think I'll try one in every color!"

Kelley Allen, “Here is my latest obsession: petal beads. I think I’ll try one in every color!”

Mia Sohn, "Someone saw the original at Letchworth State Park Arts & Crafts show and named it (knowing how I use song titles) "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun". It sold last year and here is the remake. This is a duck egg."

Mia Sohn, “Someone saw the original at Letchworth State Park Arts & Crafts show and named it (knowing how I use song titles) “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”. It sold last year and here is the remake. This is a duck egg.”

Scratch Bakeshop, "We had a lot of fun making these bridal shower sweets!"

Scratch Bakeshop, “We had a lot of fun making these bridal shower sweets!”

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

2013 Postcard Front

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

Letchworth Arts & Crafts Show & Sale – Oct 12, 13, 14

October 12, 13, 14
10:00 – 5:00
Letchworth Arts & Crafts Show and Sale

High Banks Recreation Area
Letchworth State Park
Castile, NY

Fiber Lingo 1st Place in Fiber & Best in Show, 2013 Brockport Arts Festival
Francesca DeCaire
HandCandy Mittens2012 Award Winner, Remsen Barn Festival of the Arts; 3rd Place 2013 Keuka Arts Festival
LocustGroves Handmade
Loudee’s Jewelry
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
Shabby Chic Garden2nd Place in Metal, 2013 Brockport Arts Festival
Sunshyne Silverwear
Theorems and ThingsBest in Show, Cooperstown 2012
Tom Dwyer Photography
Wooly Things2013 Best in Show, Arts in the Park; 2013 Best in Textiles, Hilton Apple Fest

Fiber Lingo -  1st Place in Fiber & Best in Show, 2013 Brockport Arts Festival

Fiber Lingo 1st Place in Fiber & Best in Show, 2013 Brockport Arts Festival

HandCandy Mittens - 2012 Award Winner, Remsen Barn Festival of the Arts; 3rd Place 2013 Keuka Arts Festival

HandCandy Mittens2012 Award Winner, Remsen Barn Festival of the Arts; 3rd Place 2013 Keuka Arts Festival

Pysanky by Mia - 2012 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

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

Shabby Chic Garden - 2nd Place in Metal, 2013 Brockport Arts Festival

Shabby Chic Garden2nd Place in Metal, 2013 Brockport Arts Festival

Theorems and Things - Best in Show, Cooperstown 2012

Theorems and ThingsBest in Show, Cooperstown 2012

Wooly Things - 2013 Best in Show, Arts in the Park; 2013 Best in Textiles, Hilton Apple Fest

Wooly Things2013 Best in Show, Arts in the Park; 2013 Best in Textiles, Hilton Apple Fest

Kites, Tomatoes and Colors

The Clothesline Festival gets an enormous amount of publicity, as it should. It’s the largest, longest-running fine art and crafts festival in Rochester. To me it is the mac-daddy of all Rochester shows. As I never fail to point out to anyone who will listen, and even Clothesline Logo 2013those who won’t, I was accepted to the Clothesline a few years ago. But then I decided to no longer do outdoor shows so I withdrew from the show and got most of my money back, as I recall. I almost didn’t care if I got my money back, considering it fair payment for bragging rights. But I hereby declare that the statute of limitations has expired and I’ll not speak of it again.

There are 25 Rochester Artisans participating in The Clothesline. My boss at Fairport Pharmacy asked me the other day if I was going to the festival and I said, “No, I really can’t. I end up talking to way too many people and it shoots my whole day!” I think she thought that was a little weird – she considers it the best show around, how could I pass it up? I once went to a much smaller show that unfortunately had very little traffic (so artists were not occupied with customers) and I ended up spending 6 hours there. That shocked even me! It was fun, but wow – 6 hours??

So it’s past situations like that, plus all the time I spend at shows I’m in, I really have little interest in going to craft shows and festivals. It’s like a busman’s holiday for me. I’m sure that is surprising to some people. Another possibly surprising fun fact: I really tire of “recruiting” new members for Rochester Artisans. It’s probably the repetition I’m bored of. I used to go to shows and approach many artists in their booths and explain the benefits of Rochester Artisan free membership. Now, believe me, if the subject comes up in my daily life, I will talk your ear off with great enthusiasm. But overall, especially at shows, I prefer to have my minions spread the word. (I say minions, just to see if any of them actually read what I write here!)

Enough of me. Let’s talk about this weekend’s shows that are not The Clothesline Festival, shall we?

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September 7
10:00 – 4:00
Arts, Crafts, and Kites at Historic Fort Ontario

Oswego, NY

Designs by Julia Bies

Antique Brass Pendant

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September 7 & 8
Saturday, 10:00 – 6:00
Sunday, 11:00 – 5:00
19th Annual Colorscape Chenango Arts Festival

Norwich, NY

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
Simple Song Studio

Ladybugs

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September 7 & 8
11:00 – 6:00
CNY Tomato Festival

Emerson Park on Owasco Lake
Auburn, NY

Small Town Girl

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September 7 & 8
Saturday, 10:00 – 6:00
Sunday, 10:00 – 5:00
Clothesline Festival

500 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607

Basic Elements Designs
Beachcomber Designs
BS Pottery1st Place in Pottery/Ceramics, 2013 Brockport Arts Festival
ButterFlips
Carol Ann Bosek Artisan Jewelry Designs
Cat Clay
Duprey Art
Estancia 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
Francesca DeCaire
GemX Jewelry Design
Generous Spirit Jewelry DesignBest in Show, 2013 Spencerport Canal Days
HandCandy Mittens2012 Award Winner, Remsen Barn Festival of the Arts; 3rd Place 2013 Keuka Arts Festival
Happy Happy
Hilltop Pottery
Kreationality
Lumaria Photography1st Place in Photography, 2013 Springtime in Canandaigua; Honorable Mention in Photography, 2013 Hammondsport Art Show
Mary Catherman1st Place in Glass, 2013 Springtime in Canandaigua; 1st Place in Glass at 2013 Allentown
Peaches Products
Rusty Button Studio
Sunshyne Silverwear
Sweet Pea Felts
Theorems and ThingsBest in Show, Cooperstown 2012
Tom Dwyer Photography
Wooly ThingsBest of Show, 2012 Oswego Harbor Festival; Best of Show, 2013 Arts in the Park, Inlet, NY

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43rd Annual Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival

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July 26, 27, 28
Friday, 10:00 – 6:00
Saturday, 10:00 – 5:00
Sunday, 10:00 – 5:00
43rd Annual Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival

Columbus Circle
Syracuse, NY

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HandCandy Mittens2012 Award Winner, Remsen Barn Festival of the Arts; 3rd Place 2013 Keuka Arts Festival

HandCandy Mittens Trio

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Hilltop Pottery

Located in the hills of Maine, NY we offer functional, decorative and fun pottery.

We support the Little Animal Sanctuary in Lisle, NY with our donation items in this shop. Please look for the items that say charity listing. As part of the Artists for Animals Team, you can always count on at least one donation item in our shop at all times.

Hilltop Pottery Trio

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Mia Sohn at Work
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

I have been working in this art form for more than 30 years.
 
I really enjoy making traditional designs, and creating my own custom designs. I also enjoy talking about pysanky, so if you have any questions at all, feel free to email me!
 
The custom work I do is usually special requests for a specific egg, with certain symbols, or “sets,” such as wedding eggs for the whole wedding party.

Mia Sohn Trio

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
ButterFlips
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
Kreationality
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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