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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

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

Get to Know . . . Tom Dwyer

Tom Dwyer
What is your name and what is your business name?
My name is Tom Dwyer and my business is named Natural Images by Tom Dwyer

How long have you been an artist and how did you get started?
I’ve taken photos most of my adult life. However, I began focusing on nature photography in earnest in 2000, after receiving my first subscription (source unknown) to Outdoor Photographer Magazine.
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Explain a little bit about your process.
I spend hours, sometimes days, hiking, kayaking, backpacking and driving in search of my images. The capture of individual images is an ever-changing process as my knowledge and experience grows. I try to capture my images in-camera, as close to what I want them to be in print as possible, partly because I’m not a big fan of the process of post-capture computer work.

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

That it looks more like a painting than a photograph. I think this is in part because I work with multiple exposures, long exposures and try hard to depict motion in many of my images.

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What is one thing people find surprising in how your art is created?
That I don’t do a lot of “Photoshopping” of my images. They are sometimes a little disbelieving of the colors they see in many of my images and question how much I use Photoshop.

What’s the one tool you couldn’t live without, in creating your art?
Besides my cameras of course, I’d have to say my tripod. Especially since many of my images require relatively long exposure times, the tripod is critical.

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How has your art changed over time?
As I grow and learn, I find myself gravitating more toward abstracts and macro/close-up images. I spend much more time today, creating the image (positioning elements, structuring the foreground, mid-ground and background, seeking my point of view for the image) to try to tell a story, than I did earlier in my experience.

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Three years ago I took the first tentative steps into conducting nature photography tours/workshops. This has grown steadily. This year’s schedule included:

• June 14-16, 2013
Understanding your camera and the basics of digital photography

• June 29, 2013
Enjoying Flower & Garden Photography

• July 12-14, 2013
Adirondack High Peaks Photo Trek

• July 19-21, 2013
Introduction to photo composition

• August 9-11, 2013
Tranquil Adirondack Waterways Photo Trek

• August 23-25, 2013
Photographing Water – lakes, streams and waterfalls

• September 20-22, 2013
Photographing Autumn in the Adirondacks/introduction to printing

• September 25-28, 2013
Fall in the Adirondacks

• October 3-6, 2013
Finger Lakes Wine Country Tour

• October 18-20, 2013
Introduction to Lightroom, Photoshop, HDR and neutral density filters

See more at: Workshop Schedule

I’ve also begun conducting private workshops for individuals and small groups.

What’s your favorite part of making your pieces? Least favorite?
Favorite: Capturing the image in the field
Least favorite: Optimizing the capture in the computer

What’s your dream project?
I’m currently “noodling” a show that will feature a collection of large, flat screen TV monitors, each rotating through a series of images on a different subject.

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Where is your art available for purchase?

Local galleries:
Gallery 54, Skaneateles, NY
The Art Mart, Syracuse, NY (during the Christmas Season)

Shows:
Lilac Festival, Rochester
Park Avenue Summer Fest, Rochester
Clothesline, Rochester
Letchworth Arts and Crafts Show, Mount Morris, NY
Christkindl Market, Canandaigua, NY
Image City Photography Gallery, (Nov. 27 – Dec. 22, 2013)
Image City Photography Gallery (Jan. 29 – Feb. 23, 2014 as featured photographer)

On line at: www.TomDwyerPhoto.com

Sunday Saved the Weekend

My heart went out to my artist friends participating in the art & craft shows this weekend. Saturday, in these parts, was chilly and rainy. Thankfully, Sunday showed up just like it was supposed to, full of sunshine and renewed spirit!

I printed 100 of the new business cards that I designed last night. Those images are just your garden variety Microsoft clip art. If there’s a member among us who wants to take a stab at making this better, have at it. I really like the concept though, of including as many mediums as space allows. And you know I love little boxes all lined up nice and neat. I’m pretty happy with this overall – but am more than happy to consider anything else similar!

I spent about 4 hours at Fairport Canal Days today, hanging out with artist friends, meeting Rochester Crafters in person whom I only knew online and of course recruiting new members. I gave out all 100 of those business cards so I’ll be reprinting more when I head to my studio shortly. I’ve now added my personal contact information on the back – not sure why I didn’t think of that earlier.

Here are some of our artist members I talked to today. Unfortunately I didn’t photograph every member I ran into because sometimes I got so busy yakking with them, I forgot! Shocking, I know. Click on the images to visit the artist’s website.

Jean Keane of Cuddle-Up Quilts

Cynthia Schmidt - The Cranky Cat Collection

Anita Serafin - Crazy About Glass

Christine Coffey - Adorn by Christine

Pam LoCicero - Western New York Women's Art Group

Roberta Selfridge - Butterflips

Terryn Maybeck - Wild Nellys World

Tom Dwyer - Tom Dwyer Photography

Tom Zachman - Tom Zachman Fused Glass

Anytime any members have photographs of Rochester Crafters members at their shows or events, email them to me and I’ll get them posted too. We love to see our friends and promote our businesses!

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