First Friday, December 5, 6-9pm
155, Brown Sugar Pastries
157, Grass Roots Gallery
201, Create Art 4 Good
215, Nancy Murty
216, Francesca DeCaire
217, Anne McCune
222, VonBrake Spices
225, Genesee Libby
228, Kumagama Clay Studio & Gallery
236, Constance Mauro Studio
240, Clay Confections
242, Cat Clay
250, Dale Klein
307, Quilting with Margaret
308-312, Betsy Hoefen
318, Hungerford 318
318, Stefani Tadio
318, Tom Zachman Glass
320, Lucinda Storms
321, EvenOdd, LLC
328, The Seatery
333, Off the Cuff Designs
344, Rituals In Metal & Stone
345, Brian O’Neill Studio
356, The Group in the Loop
405, Shelly Green Stoler
406, HessMess Creations
414, SEW Artistic
420, The Tea Pottery
423, Cindy Kuhn Studio
425, The Coco Room
428, Hodaka Pottery
437-439, Rochester Art Club
446, Mary Beth Dolan
448, Lauren Salzman
450, David Lane Design
452, Suzi Zefting-Kuhn Artworks
458, Margot Fass
Door #8, Comics Etc.
Posts tagged ‘Woods Edge Studio’
You’ll not be able to swing a dead cat at the 4th Annual Maplewood Y Craft Show, without hitting a Rochester Artisan!
But wait, there’s more! You can also visit with the Irondequoit Art Club, including a couple of demos:
12:30 to 1:00 – Drawing Portraits (David Pell)
1:00 to 1:30 – How to Tie One On – Creative Scarf Tying (S.A.M. Shrestha)
The FCTT Hi-Railers Model Railroad Club will be on hand as well. Club members will demo and display using craft techniques in model railroading.
9:30 to 11:00 – Demo of ‘Weathering’ for Realistic Effect
And here are all those Rochester Artisan members I was telling you about. This is our second year as a juried show and we’re confident you’ll love the variety and quality.
9:00 – 3:00
Maplewood Y Craft Show
25 Driving Park Avenue
Rochester, NY 14613
Berkes Beads and Art
CM Goodenbury Photography
Crimson Iris Kusudamas
HandCandy Mittens – 1st Place Wearable Fiber, 2014 Park Avenue Summer Art Festival
Just Terrific Handcrafted Goods
Kim Kolb Quilts
Kreationality – Award Winner, 2014 Artist Row
Mary Catherman – 1st Place in Glass, 2014 Park Ave Summer Art Fest
Michele Kurpisz Designs
Moya Lazy Factory – 2013 Artist Row Award Winner
Pam B Designs
Pine Tree Designs
Puccoon Raccoon Jewelry
Pure Joy Co.
Purple Hippo Crafts
Sunshine on Water
Wood’s Edge Studio
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Hi. It’s me again, pimping the Maplewood Y Craft Show. As many of you know, I help organizer Sara Senour with this show. The deadline for applications is June 30 so I wanted to give it one more mention here.
This has nothing to do with the prediction that I made saying we’ll have 100 applicants this year. (Okay, maybe a little.) But seriously folks, it has everything to do with making a great show. This will be our 4th year for the show, 2nd year for it being a juried show.
Here’s the cool thing. Sara puts all the photos (unless instructed otherwise by an applicant) in category-specific albums on the show’s Facebook page. That is how the jury reviews the photos, right there on Facebook. She uploads them as she gets them so you can go scroll through them right now and check out your competition. Are you thinking, “Oh yeah, I can smoke the competition!”? Then please scoot on over to the show’s information page and follow the link to the online application. You pay when accepted. Then email your five photos, according to the instructions. It could not be easier, I promise. Presuming you already have your jury photos ready to go, the whole process will take you 10 minutes, tops.
Whether I’m accepted into the show or not, I’ll be there working alongside Sara and the entire team of volunteers to make this another spectacular show. I’ll see you there!
As you can see from the photo above, we went old-school cut & paste, so to speak. We wrote each artist’s name and space requirement on a Post-It Note, color coded by discipline. (We used blue for a variety of the non-major disciplines so don’t be concerned by the number of blues next to each other.)
There’s a real science to laying out a show. You want to make sure it’s high impact and visually appealing from the entrance. That’s nothing against any artist not in the front, not at all, but some pieces are more eye-catching and just display better. We know a lot of the artists that were juried into this show (by 3 independent artists not associated with the show). We know what their “booth” looks like. That stuff comes from experience – on the part of the artist who has been tweaking and improving their “booth” space over time. And it comes from the experience Sara and I have had, being artists ourselves and participating in and visiting lots of shows.
As an artist who has been near the entrance on occasion, I can tell you that doesn’t mean it’s a slam dunk for high sales. I’ve had many people tell me they like my work but they want to look around more and get the lay of the land before making any purchases. Of course I wish they’d buy on the spot, but I understand, – that’s how I like to explore when I’m a customer at a show!
So working from Sara’s floor plan of the gym at the Y, which included doors, emergency exits and electrical outlets, we laid out the “knowns” first – as in who wanted a corner spot. Then we filled in artists around the perimeter, just alternating colors. Then we filled in the 2 islands, putting the people who requested (and would pay a little extra for) the 2-sided ends of each island. Then we filled in the rest of the islands.
Then we got down to the most important task in laying out an art & craft show – making sure “like” artists are not near each other. For example, two jewelers should not be next to each other, even if their styles and techniques are completely different.
This took some serious thinking and shuffling! We also offer half-spaces so we had to make sure those worked out correctly.
We were pretty sure we had the final version but decided to take a break and then take a look at it one more time with fresh eyes.
When I arrived at Sara’s house, she gave me a little tour (she has amazing flower gardens). Then I asked to see her studio space so she took me downstairs to see where she makes her gorgeous pottery.
As she showed me around she showed me a pot she’d thrown that morning that was drying in front of a fan. “That’s for you”, she told me.
“For the Pharmacy?” We sell Sara’s pottery at the Fairport Pharmacy Gift Shop.
It turns out she meant for me personally! I’d forgotten all about this but a couple of months ago I gave Sara a bag of rubber stamps that I thought would be good for embossing pottery. These came from my dad’s downsizing his craft supplies and a few from me. I wouldn’t let Sara pay me so she offered to make me a vase. Perfect!
She had been drying this vase to the perfect greenware stage for my arrival and wanted me to do the embossing, using the stamps I’d given her. I hesitated and then agreed to give it a go.
So when we took a break from working on the show, we headed down to Sara’s studio and I got busy!
I had a potter’s wheel and kiln many years ago so I had a little experience. Sara let me practice on another piece of clay to get a feel for how much pressure I should use. I used 4 different stamps and created bands of designs. In a matter of minutes I was having fun and barking orders at my assistant, “Do you have that tool that’s for cutting noodles – you know, like a pizza cutter but wiggly?” “Where are your carving tools?”
The designs aren’t perfectly executed, but it’s definitely me. Sara was very patient and helped me rub out mistakes and start over. She promised to do a little clean up, like where the sides of the stamp made a slight impression.
Then came glaze decision time. Sara is the master of glazing! I should have taken a picture of her wall of glaze ingredients – it’s a perfect grid, so you know I was diggin’ that! It seemed a shame to bypass all her wonderful color combinations, but the embossed design is so delicate that it would have gotten lost with too much color. So we decided on a clear white glaze. When I asked if Sara could “antique” it with an underglaze that would define the design a little bit, she said that’s just what she was thinking. She said she’ll experiment on some practice pieces first.
Then we went back upstairs and reviewed our Post-It Note layout. We were still happy with it!
After taking a tour of Tom and Patty Zachman’s studios last week (he works with fused glass and she does enameling and cloisonne), I feel like I’m the host of a TV show, visiting artists in their natural habitat. One of my goals has been to organize a studio tour, where customers would get a map with a variety of Rochester Artisan studios marked and spend the day visiting whoever interested them. And of course, making purchases from us! If other artist studios look anything like mine, I should warn them 6 months in advance – start clearing a path now!
Many of you may know my name from Stefani mentioning me in some of her blogs. I am Sara Senour, a potter, who is also the Show Coordinator for the Maplewood Y Craft Show (MWYCS). Stef and I have been working together for the last 2 years to organize and improve the show. I can’t say enough about how much Stefani brings to this process. She is a dynamo!
So, why this guest blog? This year the team decided to do a blind juried show with the goal of creating a quality, upscale one day show for the greater Rochester area. I personally feel this is a niche that the MWYCS can fill. This will be the third year for the show, and each year the quality has improved, but doing a blind jury sets the show up to move it to a more upscale level.
A juried show keeps the show fresh and gives everyone an equal opportunity to be in the show. It allows the show to evolve and grow while elevating the quality of the show each year.
We have had a lot of questions about the jury process, and since so many of the applicants are Rochester Artisan members, we thought a guest RA blog was a good way to respond to those questions and to share what we have learned going through the jury process.
So what exactly is a “blind juried” show?
Well, in the case of the MWYCS, this means that knowledgeable jurors who are artists and who will not be part of the show, evaluate photos of the artist’s work using specific criteria without knowing who the artist is. The only inputs into this process are the photos and the judge’s perception of them.
This is why photos sent into any show are so important!
For instance, from a juror’s standpoint, what should be done when the pictures of the artist’s work are poor quality and the technique, quality, texture, details of the work can’t be determined? Is it fair to guess at the rating and maybe penalize someone who sent a really high quality picture but their work was not of exceptional quality?
Don’t diminish your work with poor photos. Send in sharp, well-lit, high pixel photographs that clearly show your craftsmanship. The pictures need to sell you as an artist! And send in pictures of your current work, not something you did several years ago. These photos are often used to promote the show. People will see the photo of your work and go to the show expecting to see it or something similar for sale. They can get “turned off” if it is not there, which hurts both you and the show.
I will admit that until I went through the exercise of evaluating and ranking the artists’ work for the show, I did not appreciate how difficult the judging would be. (And no, I am not an official judge. I have applied to the show and will be evaluated just like everyone else.) Initially, I thought, well you like it, so just rank it high. But when you are into the process, you think, well how does it compare to the overall body of work submitted? Does it stand out from other similar work? Have I seen this type of work at other shows?
Now it becomes difficult! If you don’t believe this, I challenge you to do an evaluation of the photos yourself. Rank them 1-5 in each of the categories and see for yourselves.
The application photos are on the MWYCS Facebook page in 9 photo albums labeled “2013 Application Photos”.
Technical – What is the quality of the work? Is the work clean, precise and well constructed? Is the technique up to standards for that craft?
Design – Is the design solid with a strong pattern? Dynamic? Has flow and movement?
Color/Texture – Do the colors and textures “wow” you? Do they compliment the work and design?
Originality – Is this something you have never seen before? A truly different type of work?
Inventiveness – Is the work a different “twist” on something you have seen before? A truly different way of working with a traditional method?
Artistic Merit – Overall, how does the work “hit” you? Does it appeal to your aesthetics?
Then there is the issue that the work itself ranges from really good to not so much. How does one rate that? The solution seems to be to add a comment that says, “Accept this part of their work but not the rest”. The jurors don’t want to degrade the quality of the show by accepting the artist rather than their work. So if you are into multiple types of work, don’t be upset if you are asked to only bring part of your work. It is the level of the show coming through.
There is also the issue of “I know this person.” As much as you try to have objective jurors, this is going to happen. To be truly objective is not an easy thing. The juror really has to try to not be too easy or too hard when evaluating the person. And, if the photos are bad, they have to evaluate what is there, not what they know about the artist.
Not all jurors judge equally. Some jurors are really hard in their evaluations while others are very generous. I believe this goes back to the goal of the show. What are you trying to achieve, a straight forward craft show, an upscale high quality show, or somewhere in-between. The goal needs to the first thing on the juror’s instruction sheet. This way the judges are evaluating to the same goal.
My “hat is off” to anyone who takes on being a juror. It is a time-consuming, tedious and challenging process. It is also interesting, rewarding and instructive.
I can’t thank the people who volunteered to be judges for the Maplewood Y Craft Show enough.
I’m working with the tireless Sara Senour to encourage artists to apply to the 3rd Annual Maplewood Y Craft Show, being held October 12 this year. The 3-person jury has been chosen and they are eagerly awaiting the deadline for applications, this Sunday, June 30, so they can begin their selection process.
I just wanted to hit you with a few facts to highlight some of the positive additions made to the show this year, in addition to the many good things already in place. Sara is an accomplished potter so she has all kinds of experience on both sides of the application – as a vendor and as a show producer.
This is a 100% handcrafted goods show. No buy/sell allowed.
Apply and submit photos online, with no application fee. Pay only if selected. Booths range from $30 – $90. Limited electric is available – free.
There will be a Meet & Greet for the artists prior to the show to hand out postcards, flyers, WiFi instructions, show info, etc.
Set up is available Friday night for this Saturday show, with lots of volunteers to help you. (Last year the kids brought my entire set-up into the building in one load on a big flatbed dolly.)
Door prizes are YMCA memberships. Silent Auction is for items donated by the 40 artists.
During the show there will be boothsitters available and lunch available for artists to purchase.
There is complimentary childcare provided for the customers, by the stupendous Y staff.
The Irondequoit Art Club will be holding their show the same day, at the Lily Cafe, which is right next to the gym where the craft show is held so there will be all kinds of cross-promotion.
As a non-profit, the Maplewood Y will have a presence at the Clothesline, representing the craft show along with their other fine Y initiatives. Postcards-a-plenty will be passed out.
Sara wrote the book on advertising opportunities. She’s also one of the most meticulously organized people I’ve ever met.
Pre-registration will be available online for customers, which will earn them entrance 30 minutes earlier than the public, along with a free tote bag and raffle tickets.
The show program will serve as a Passport, which includes a map of where each artist is located. Customers will have the artists stamp (or initial) their Passport. Those with a specific number or higher (can’t remember the exact number but it’s over half) of stamps are eligible for a drawing for a Kindle.
Plenty of free parking available.
The show’s website is here – including the application and photos of previous years. Our show’s Facebook page is very active and in fact, currently holds albums of photos of current applicants. The show’s event page on Facebook has been up since April and we share and post like crazy on it, once we know which artists have been accepted into the show.
This is our 3rd year and each year gets better and better. Last year’s attendance doubled the attendance of the previous year. We’re on a roll, people – join us!