Paul Garland's "Intuitive Progression"atThe Memorial Art GalleryRochester, New YorkIt should come as no surprise that we are tired of this Covid Pandemic, and it has kept people across the globe down and taken the lives of many. In our family we have lost a cousin to the virus, and my family has been careful but we have not been spared. As a result I haven't written as much as I would like to and certainly my dilemma has been about going to art openings and gallery affairs. I just don't feel I can jeopardize my future! Still, I miss the art scene, and I am taking precautions....I am happy to report that this week I did get to see some exhibits at The Memorial Art Gallery. On a bright sunny day in August I went to look at art from the Ubuhle Women to the paintings of Paul Garland and it is worth the time and effort to get there. Beadwork by Ubuhle Women straight from Africa to you in Rochester, New YorkI can't imagine the kind of patience you would need to do the beadwork on view now at The MAG! This [...]
Mon, Aug 15, 2022
The Visual Art Worker
James Longenbach, a prominent poet and critic, was considered a giant in his field. [...]
Thu, Aug 04, 2022
City Newspaper Art Blog
Officials want to invest in a series of murals and other public art projects on city-owned properties. [...]
Thu, Aug 04, 2022
City Newspaper Art Blog
Iris portrait by Alan Singer in watercolor , June 2022Our jet plane landed safely after the quickest, smoothest flight from San Francisco and then we came into Newark, New Jersey on the way to our last stop closer to home in Rochester, New York. The flight was PACKED and so was the airport in New Jersey. But we had quality time with our family in Oakland, and now we are back on home turf. Amazing how much our garden has changed over our short trip to California!I got right down to work the day after painting portraits of the iris flowers in our garden on the most glorious days due to cool weather temperatures and lots of sunshine. At first I was a bit rusty but I did work up some fine watercolors that I am satisfied with.This violet iris presents a problem because the paints I use aren't as vibrant as the flowers in front of me! There are cool blue violets here and warm red violets in these flowers which can create the sense of dimension that is a challenge to articulate. So, I give it a chance and make three [...]
Wed, Jun 15, 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
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Tue, Apr 19, 2016
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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