Wednesday's Queer AF Comedy night will feature a homecoming with comedian Tuesday Thomas. There was a time when if you walked into an alternative night club or bar in Rochester, you would see Tuesday Thomas.… [...]
Wed, May 25, 2022
City Newspaper Art Blog
California's State Flower, the California poppyBerkeley Botanic GardensWe are spending some time this spring in Oakland, California for a real change of scene, and we need to re-connect with family and see their new house! To visit with our son, his wife and our grandchildren, we fly out and land in the Bay Area and migrate to the BushRod neighborhood where our family has put down new roots.....Bay Area view from Old Rose GardenIn the Hills above Berkeley is a wonderful Botanic Garden which we visit on a glorious spring day and it is truly a feast for the eyes! Along with the California poppies ( above ) , we found Bottle Brush and Redwood Trees which soared over our heads. This is a great way to do some sightseeing as there is a terrific view of the Bay right from the Old Rose Garden up a narrow path. I took a side trip to visit the Herb Garden and it just smells wonderful with Mandarin Orange tree in bloom and and a patch of Rosa Rugosa that was Lucious. Stop by the Japanese Pool for a look at the [...]
Fri, May 20, 2022
The Visual Art Worker
Eaton's portraits range from headshots to moody poses and emphasize the radiance of people of color. Adam Eaton is focused on spotlighting beauty. This drive is present in his photography, which is largely portraiture that draws on fashion influences, and emphasizes the rich radiance of people of color — and specifically the diversity of his own community.… [...]
Wed, May 18, 2022
City Newspaper Art Blog
Wonderful Lily in our gardenThis is the time of year when I am out in my garden inspecting the progress my plants have made after a long, cold winter. Our new home in the Egypt Hills doesn't have the same square contours as our old home in Brighton which years ago seemed to me to have been built on a mound of old bricks.Our new home on a hilltop that was once an orchard has terrific soil rather than the clay and bricks we found on Elmwood Avenue. But I did establish a garden many years ago and each spring and summer I might sit outside and paint a watercolor or two. I plan to do that once again where we are now, but I want to see how our new garden grows and what comes into bloom. In my teaching career at Rochester Institute of Technology I always brought my students to the greenhouse in Highland Park to draw and paint plants as part of my course in Zoological and Botanical Art.Students from R.I.T. drew and painted from plants in a greenhouseOne can be inspired to work the soil by visiting places like the [...]
Sun, Apr 24, 2022
The Visual Art Worker
Installation shot from Beyond Ornamental
Installation shot from Beyond Ornamental I don't wear jewelry, however, I will often see amazing jewelry come in to the gallery shop at Main Street Arts and I will try it on just to make sure. Wearing it isn't for me, no matter how hard I try! (I do this all the time, just ask Sarah. I even did it today) However, the idea that I am drawn to it always sticks with me. I see many of the pieces as something to look at and think about, just like any other art form. That is the impetus for our current exhibition, Beyond Ornamental. A sculptural necklace by Myung Urso and brooch by Loraine Cooley While jewelry is certainly meant to be worn, there are other aspects of this art form that are even more interesting to me. Thinking about the craft of jewelry making, I have such an appreciation for the often minute details that must be considered. The forming of links for chains, cutting shapes out of metal, shaping and polishing stones, threading beads into ornate patterns… These are things that the average person may not consider when they look at handcrafted jewelry, but that is what makes one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces [...]
Tue, Aug 06, 2019
Main Street Arts Gallery
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Victoria Scudamore , artist in residence at Main Street Arts during the month of August 2019, is working in one of our two studio spaces on our second floor. We asked Victoria some questions about her work and studio practice: Artist Victoria Scudamore Q: To start off, tell us about your background.I grew up in a suburb of San Francisco near the ocean, and across the street from a mountain covered in eucalyptus trees. I was given lots of freedom to explore, climb trees, and create. Being so involved in nature helped inform my art process. I was an ultrasonographer, and realtor, before becoming a full-time artist. I have taken numerous courses from well-known artists and did an art residency in Barcelona. I don't have a formal art school background but have been told that is why I am able to be so free and loose in my art, there are no preconceived notions. Q: How would you describe your work?Painting makes me happy, and I hope to bring the same response in the viewer. I paint abstractly with bold brush strokes, and vivid colors. My paintings are non-representational, as I want others to feel the art, and decide what it means [...]
Thu, Aug 01, 2019
Main Street Arts Gallery
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Tue, Apr 19, 2016
Art House Press
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Tue, Apr 19, 2016
Art House Press
Merry Christmas Eve! Tonight, some of you will be going to a Christmas vigil mass and will probably hear a retelling of the birth of Jesus. It is a familiar story with some key elements - Jesus in a manger, shepherds in a field, and three kings bearing gifts to the newborn child. With these key points, the story is complete, but it was not always this way. The nativity story that we are familiar with today is actually a composite narrative of canonical and non-canonical writings. In the early years of Christianity, the Church leaders spread this hybrid tale to the masses through art, which Pope Gregory the Great described as “the Bible of the illiterate." The Dijion Nativity by Robert Campin is an example of several nativity stories melded into one. Campin pulled from the canonical gospel of Luke, the non-canonical gospels of Pseudo-James and Pseudo-Matthew, and the popular (at the time) vision of Saint Bridget of Sweden. Dijion Nativity, Robert Campin, c. 1420 Shepherds from Portinari Altarpiece, Hugo van der Goes, c. 1475 The three shepherds peering in at Jesus are from the canonical gospel of Luke. Each of the gospel writers played towards their audience. Luke wrote in Asia [...]
Thu, Dec 24, 2015
Boiled Bunnies
If my calculations are correct, you probably got your midterm research paper back a couple weeks ago, and it was covered with red pen marks. With only four short weeks left before your final paper is due, you're wondering how you can improve your writing to boost your grade for this last assignment. Below, I have listed some of the most common mistakes you should look out for while editing your paper. This is a lengthy post, with no pictures, but I promise it will be helpful for you art history students out there. 1. Using “WH” words outside of a question Who, what, where, when, why, and how. In everyday conversation we say things like “that is where I bought my watch” or “this is how you tie a shoe.” However, in a formal paper, “wh” words should only be used when posing a question. So, if this was a formal paper, that last sentence would be a mistake. I could rephrase it as “…words should only be used if posing a question.” I don't bother making that edit here on the blog because I want to have a conversational tone, but I would never (knowingly) submit a paper with that [...]
Thu, Nov 05, 2015
Boiled Bunnies