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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

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



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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
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
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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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

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