El Akkad's work of dystopian fiction envisions a Second American Civil War, the devastating results of climate change, and more of our worst fears. The author will be in Rochester next spring for a series of readings, signings, and other appearances. Writers & Books has named journalist Omar El Akkad's debut novel, “American War,” as its selection for the 2019 Rochester Reads community-wide reading program. El Akkad will be in Rochester from March 26 through March 29, 2019 to do readings and book signings, and to make appearances at local libraries, colleges, and senior centers throughout the region. “American War” envisions a second American Civil War at the end of the 21st century.… [...]
Thu, Jul 12, 2018
City Newspaper Art Blog
Ceramic artist Momoko Takeshita Keane
Ceramic artist Momoko Takeshita Keane The real heart of ceramics for me is simply the effect of fire on clay. The technique I use to form my ceramic sculpture is called coil building. Slender ropes of clay called coils are wound in a spiral, and pinched one upon another, to build the desired shape. “Embrace” (left) and “Fissure” (right) by Momoko Takeshita Keane Then the work is fired in a Japanese-style kiln called an anagama that is heated by burning wood. It is the effects of this burning wood on the clay — and how it brings out the inherent qualities of the clay — that is the essence of my work. Momoko's work, alongside other artists' work, loaded into the kiln (left); and work outside of the kiln after it has been fired. The mouth of the anagama kiln (left); stoking the fire with wood (right) I studied ceramics originally in the ancient kiln town of Shigaraki, Japan, but there weren't so many opportunities there for me as a woman at that time to do wood-firing. After moving to Ithaca, I began to fire in the anagama that Fred Herbst runs at Corning Community College. The colors and effects on the clay from this kiln are [...]
Thu, Jul 12, 2018
Main Street Arts Gallery
RAPA Family Theatre's production of "The Frog Prince" presents a magical world of whimsy and amphibians. The story follows a young princess as she navigates the challenges of marriage and bewitched curses along with a cast of fairytale standards including a King, Queen, a large frog, and of course, a Fairy Godmother.… [...]
Wed, Jul 11, 2018
City Newspaper Art Blog
Kristine BouyoucosRundel Library, First Floor115 South AvenueRochester, NY thru July 18, 2018We are fortunate to live in a diverse community where access to the arts is as simple as walking into the Public Library. This is especially true if you go over today to The Rundel Library at 115 South Avenue in Rochester and while you are there look for the artwork on exhibit from Kristine Bouyoucos. The art comes in many forms, prints, books and more in a show she calls: "Notations: Imagery of Words and Music thru July 18th.Kristine Bouyoucospart of a triptych called: La MerKristine Bouyoucos has been working with various forms of printmaking and in her show she presents framed prints and artists books for your enjoyment and contemplation. Over many years you may have seen her art in Print Club shows, and exhibited at Oxford Gallery, and here the emphasis is on music and how it can intersect with visual art. Many of her recent prints have musical notation and can be seen as her interpretations of great pieces of music like "La Mer" seen above.Kristine Bouyoucoslimited editions of Artist's BooksKristine is also a musician and as she says "music has [...]
Thu, Jul 05, 2018
The Visual Art Worker
Ari Norris, artist in residence at Main Street Arts, during the month of July 2018, is working in one of our two studio spaces on our second floor. We asked Ari some questions about his work and studio practice: Ari Norris Q:Tell us about your background.I'm the son of two art educators, from Muskegon, Michigan. I grew up watching both of my parent's studio practices and helping along when I could; it made the decision to pursue a career in art an easier choice than I'm sure a lot of other kids had it. We joke now that I was really just doomed from the beginning. Large scale collaborative piece by Timothy Norris and Patti Opel, two T Norris pieces to left. More recently, I apprenticed with Gary Casteel for two summers (2016, 2017) in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; learning how to sculpt figuratively with oil clay, equally picking up the trade of commission-based bronze. Thankfully resulting in some public work of my own. Ari Norris' bust of Gary Casteel, bronze 2016 Coming up in a few months, we will be dedicating a life-size bronze sculpture of Clarence Zylman, a fellow Muskegonite, in November 2018, in Muskegon, MI. Zylman was given the title of the “Boogie Woogie [...]
Mon, Jul 02, 2018
Main Street Arts Gallery
Rose Colors in my garden....Not everything is rosy. When I step out of my garden, and confront the political realities the images that come to my mind are dreadful. Just thinking about the young children cut off from their families is a gut-wrenching immigration issue and that is one big scandal among many.The Print Club of RochesterInternational Printmaking ExhibitionBevier Gallery thru August 11, 2018Rochester Institute of TechnologyThe Print Club of Rochester had a very lofty goal of being the sponsor for an international exhibition of prints with a political twist. The current show that is being held at Rochester Institute of Technology in the Bevier Gallery sits calmly on the walls under the lights, but these works of art have a hard time up against the intense battles being waged in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere around our country."American Carnage" , linocut by Barbara StrikerOne print in this new show - a linocut by Barbara Striker called " American Carnage" made in 2017, gets close to the current feelings of outrage - showing a line up of dead birds, drops of red blood and name tags attached to their feet that read: Disaster, Corrupt, Nasty, [...]
Sat, Jun 23, 2018
The Visual Art Worker
A lead complainant in the federal UR case starts a new life while waiting for justice- How did Celeste Kidd's (Dr. Kidd is a professor in UR's Brain and Cognitive Science department) sharing of her experiences affect you? It really brought a lot of things into focus for me about women's rights, about students' rights, and about how vulnerable they are and how they need protection to have the space to learn freely ... [...]
Thu, Apr 05, 2018
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The quiet life of a world-famous artist- It's not something many people know about him, but Wendell Castle—the father of art furniture—plays guitar. Folk guitar to be exact. He began playing in 1962, the same year he began teaching furniture design at the RIT School for American Crafts. “Ever since I came to Rochester—I didn't play before that—I started playing guitar ... [...]
Sun, Jan 21, 2018
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Tue, Apr 19, 2016
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Tue, Apr 19, 2016
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