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Call for Submissions: Small Works Show

The first national juried exhibition at Main Street Arts will be
an exhibition of small works (12″ or less in any direction). Open to artists working in all media excluding film/sound and installation art. This exhibition is open to all U.S. residents at least 18 years of age. Download the prospectus here. Entry is currently open.

 Jurors: Gallery director and staff

 Awards: $1,000 in cash awards

Entry Deadline:  Monday, September 22, 2014 at midnight
Notification: The week of October 6, 2014
Shipping/Delivery Dates: October 28–November 1, 2014
Exhibition Dates: November 6–December 27, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 8, 2014

Submit your work here. Good luck!

FLORA: A Juried Exhibition of Botanical Artwork

This is the last week for our current show in the main gallery space! FLORA is a juried exhibition of botanical-themed artwork, dealing with flowers, plants or botany as subject matter. This is the first juried exhibition at Main Street Arts and features works of art by 43 New York State artists. Artwork shown in this exhibition includes painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, ceramics, and printmaking.

FLORA postcard

FLORA postcard

Artists included in this exhibition: Judi Cermak, Alice Chen,
Sage Churchill Foster, Cindy Dalton, Brad Daruszka, Hannah Ely, Alexandra Gable, Teresa Gable, Miranda Gatewood, JoAnn Gentle, Bethany Haeseler, Nancy Holowka, Melissa Huang, Patrick Kana, Ileen Kaplan, Keith Kappel, Roberta Kappel, Anne Lamme, Trisha Max, Barbara McPhail, Ho Moon, Connie Mosher, Colleen McCall, Emily McCall, Roberta Nelson, Mary Pat O’Brien, Lynn Patti, Larry Poole, Angela Possemato, Jan Romeiser, Jody Selin, g.a. Sheller, Bob Snyder, Deborah Stewart, June Szabo, Joeseph Tarentelli, Jean Tidd, Ken Townsend, Elizabeth Valenti, Rikki VanCamp, Robert Whiteside, Margaret Wilson, and Esther Yaloz. The exhibition will also include work by its juror, Alan Singer.

Exhibition Dates: May 1–July 3, 2014

FLORA opening reception

FLORA opening reception

FLORA opening reception

FLORA opening reception

FLORA opening reception

FLORA opening reception

So make sure to stop by before July 3rd, to see these beautiful works of botanical art! The gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00am – 6:00pm.

Jody Selin, 7 Botanical Panels, 2014, 10" x 10" (each)

Winner of Director’s Choice: Jody Selin, “7 Botanical Panels”, 2014, 10″ x 10″ (each)

Winner of Juror's Choice: Margaret Wilson, Delphinium Delicacy, Watercolor, 2014, 28’’ x 21’’

Winner of Juror’s Choice: Margaret Wilson, “Delphinium Delicacy”, Watercolor, 2014, 28’’ x 21’’

Winner of Best in Show: Patrick Kana, "Specimen 1: Samara", Mahogany, milk paint, lacquer, 2014, 6" x 6" x 44"

Winner of Best in Show: Patrick Kana, “Specimen 1: Samara”, Mahogany, milk paint, lacquer, 2014, 6″ x 6″ x 44″

You can see more photos from the opening reception here and can see more information about our current and upcoming exhibitions here.

“Metaphysical Musings” – Paintings, Drawings, & Collage by Lacey McKinney & Shannon Crandall

One of our current exhibitions Upstairs at Main Street Arts, Metaphysical Musings is a two-person show featuring paintings, drawings, and collage by Lacey McKinney and Shannon Crandall.

Lacey McKinney, Eviscera, oil on canvas

Lacey McKinney, Eviscera, oil on canvas

Shannon Crandall, Brave Intuition, acrylic & collage on canvas

Shannon Crandall, Brave Intuition, acrylic & collage on canvas

McKinney and Crandall both create works with lush, intricate surfaces. Whether they do so through thick brushstrokes and texture, or through delicate layering of color and paper, their mark-making is truly beautiful.

Metaphysical Musings isn’t just concerned with what’s on the surface, however. These works also focus on what’s just below or above the surface of what we look at. Metaphysics is a branch of philosophy concerned with explaining the fundamental nature of being and the world that encompasses it, these paintings make reference to this
in various ways.

Lacey McKinney, I Am You #7, powdered pigment on paper

Lacey McKinney, I Am You #7, powdered pigment on paper

Come check out the exhibit! Their work looks even more impressive in person. You can see more of Lacey McKinney’s work here and more of Shannon Crandall’s work here.

Exhibition Dates: June 6–July 26, 2014

Sulphur Springs Festival Artists

This weekend at Main Street Arts we celebrated the 2014 Sulphur Springs Festival. As part of the festival a number of artists spread throughout Clifton Springs, working from the beautiful town scenery. But don’t worry if you missed the festival! We interviewed the artists so you can enjoy their work here and elsewhere online.

Seven members of the Rochester Sketch group came in for the day, working in watercolor, pen & ink, and more.  They quickly went to work, sketching cars and landscapes and sharing their work with festival visitors.

Members of the Rochester Sketch Group

Members of the Rochester Sketch Group

The Rochester Sketch group is for people who like to draw, sketch, or doodle, who want to sketch together and share their sketches with others. We were lucky enough to speak with a few of them about their artwork and sketching experiences.

Andy Reddout is an art teacher who likes sketching people, buildings, and more (today he created a gorgeous watercolor of a car).  See more of his work at reddoutart.tumblr.com

Andy Reddout

Andy Reddout

Andy Reddout's Watercolor Sketch

Andy Reddout’s Watercolor Sketch

Genine Carvalheira-Gehman loves sketching in pen & ink and watercolor, and loves working from life. Genine thinks the fact that several people sketching the same object can produce such a variety of images is fascinating. She has been sketching for the past five years. You can see more of Genine’s work at broadhurststreet.blogspot.com

Genine Carvalheira-Gehman

Genine Carvalheira-Gehman

Anthony “Mecha” likes to sketch a lot of different things and has recently been trying more life drawing. He’s been sketching on and off since he was twelve years old. You can see more of Mecha’s drawings at http://ghost599.tumblr.com

Anthony Mecha

Anthony Mecha

Jim Gresko is an industrial designer who started sketching with Rochester Sketch just today! He lectures and teaches and you can see more of his sketches at jimgreskosketches.carbonmade.com

Mary Ann Coleman is primarily a fiber artist who works in other mediums as well. This was her first day with the Rochester Sketch group! She designed her own unique brooch, seen below.

Mary Ann Coleman modeling the brooch she created!

Mary Ann Coleman modeling the brooch she created!

In addition to the Rochester Sketch group, a number of artists who have displayed work at Main Street Arts spread across town, sketching, painting, and creating exciting new work.

Lana Grauer is a pastel artist who primarily creates landscapes. When asked why she creates landscapes Grauer said that she is a nature lover who enjoys being outdoors and the quiet solitude outdoor drawing allows. She believes that creating artwork from life allows you to look closely at things in a way that is more intense than just seeing them. You can see more of Lana’s work at lanagrauer.com

Lana Grauer

Lana Grauer

Michael Buell is an oil painter who loves working outside. His flower painting of the blooming irises was coming along beautifully when I stopped by.

Michael G. Buell

Michael G. Buell

Don Howell is one of our current artists showing at Upstairs Main Street. His wood carvings of birds create a bright and beautiful flock in the Main Street building. Don started whittling and carving as a way to pass the time during his job, and has progressed to the point where he can picture a 3D sculpture in his head without even creating sketches. Don arrived with a number of carved pieces today, including an impressive carousel horse. His current show, Birds in Nature, runs through July 26, 2014.

Don Howell

Don Howell

Stop by the gallery to see some exciting new artwork, and make sure to check out the rest of what Clifton Springs has to offer! The Sulphur Springs Festival is an annual event, so come by next year to say hello to some of our artists.