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Inside The Artist’s Studio with Meredith Mallwitz

The series of landscape paintings featured in the CULTIVATE exhibition is about the simple, unassuming beauty of the relationship between a horizon line, the light of an expansive sky and the changing mood of the day.

Inspiration for a painting

Inspiration image for “Canandaigua Light”

Inspiration for "Canandaigua Light"

Inspiration image  for “Canandaigua Light”

When I see a landscape that inspires me it can be because of the glow of the light coming through the clouds that happened very quickly and dramatically, the smell of the air as it moves across the land, the contrast of color in a field, or the rising mist coming over the horizon. I don’t paint to recreate what I saw, rather I paint to convey my sensory experience and bring that initial inspiring experience or moment to life.

"Canandaigua Light" in progress

“Canandaigua Light” in progress

"Canandaigua Light"

“Canandaigua Light” by Meredith Mallwitz

The landscape of the Finger Lakes region in particular has given me so much in terms of inspiration. I live in Canandaigua and even in our dark, gloomy days, I can have my breath taken away by the stunning beauty of the area. And when that happens, I don’t forget that image or that feeling.

My work starts from a photo or a sketch of the subject. I’ll start a painting from that, but the work takes on a much different identity once it comes into my art studio. That photo usually only serves the purpose in the initial stages of a painting. I work with acrylic paints, usually very diluted, soft layers that I build up very slowly to allow the paint to have some translucency to it, and allow the layers to glow and illuminate from beneath.

Inspiration image for "Canandaigua Lake"

Inspiration image for “Canandaigua Lake”

Inspiration image for "Canandaigua Lake"

Inspiration image for “Canandaigua Lake”

"Canandaigua Lake" by Meredith Mallwitz

“Canandaigua Lake” by Meredith Mallwitz

Two of my biggest art influences are William Turner, for his light and atmospheric technique, and Mark Rothko for the emotion behind those color relationships.

I am originally from Shortsville, NY where I grew up working in my family’s bar and restaurant, Buffalo Bills Family Restaurant & Tap Room. If there’s one thing that has been the most influential on my life, it would be that restaurant. It’s been in my family since I was 4 and has taught me a thing or two about the intrinsic value of good hard work. The great bonus of the business was meeting some remarkably inspiring, creative, and interesting people over the years starting from a very young age.

"Windswept" in progress

“Windswept” in progress

"Windswept" by Meredith Mallwitz

“Windswept” by Meredith Mallwitz

After I graduated high school I attended the Art Institute of Boston, California College of the Arts, and The Art Institute of Florence, Italy. I traveled to Egypt, Greece, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Ireland. Right after college graduation I traveled the coast of Mexico for 6 months. Life was good and I was soaking up and loving every moment. But truth be told, I actually missed the Finger Lakes. I needed to see the world to realize how beautiful the Finger Lakes region truly is. I longed for the rolling hills, the farmland, the lakes. So, I moved back and rented an art studio above my parents restaurant. During the day I painted, and at night I was a bartender.

Viewer looking at "Windswept" in the CULTIVATE exhibition at Main Street Arts

Viewer looking at “Windswept” in the CULTIVATE exhibition at Main Street Arts

One day I hung a painting that was still wet on the wall at the restaurant because I wanted to get feedback. Two hours later a man saw it, loved it and bought it. That lit my fire and I started painting like a machine. My goal was a new piece or two every week. That was 2001 and my work has certainly evolved, but my fire, drive and passion to create has only grown bigger.

Meredith Mallwitz is one of eight gallery artists represented by Main Street Arts. She is featured in the exhibition CULTIVATE which runs April 7 through May 18, 2018. More information about Meredith and her work can be found on our website. View more pieces by Meredith Mallwitz on the gallery’s Artsy page.

Inside the Artist’s Studio with Meredith Mallwitz

After the Rain 24"x24"

After the Rain 24″x24″

Where are you from?  Canandaigua, NY

How long have you been making artwork?  My entire life.  I grew up with creative parents and grandparents, thus, exploring my creativity was always something that was encouraged in my household growing up.

Did you go to art school?  I attended The Art institute of Boston, California College of Arts and Scuola Lorenzo de Medici, Art Institute of Florence, Italy

What style of artwork do you create?  Impressionist style landscapes

What medium do you use?  Acrylic on canvas and wood panel

What are you trying to communicate with your work?  Light, energy & emotion

Where else can we find you?

Website:  www.meredithmallwitz.com
Instagram:  @mmallwitz
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/mmallwitzartstudio

My studio/work space

My studio/work space

This series, completed in the spring of 2015, was inspired by a wonderful Mother’s Day spent galavanting around the Finger Lakes with my family.  My mother has a keen eye and strong  appreciation for natures simple beauty and the day did not disappoint.  The light dramatically changed with each passing rainstorm and the warmth of the air, the smell of the rain and the palette of springs new growth provided me with the energy and direction to complete these works.

Morning Dew 24"x24"

Morning Dew 24″x24″

Warmth of the Sun 24"x24"

Warmth of the Sun 24″x24″

Memories of a Season 24"x24"

Memories of a Season 24″x24″

Stop by Main Street Arts to see Meredith’s artwork in our current exhibition, Fifty Landscapes (runs through May 13). Take a look at our previous Inside the Artist’s Studio blog post by printmaker and painter Dennis Revitzky.

Student Art Camp 2015

Afternoon art sessions at Main Street Arts for students in grades 7–10. Projects will include portrait painting, drawing from life, collage, and most importantly using your imagination. A new project will be completed each day!

Join us for this summer's Student Art Camps at Main Street Arts!

Join us for this summer’s Student Art Camps at Main Street Arts!

Grades 7–10 | Fours sessions over two weeks
Tues 7/21, Thur 7/23, Tues 7/28, Thur 7/30 | 1–3pm

Tues 7/21, Self-Portrait Painting: Learn how to draw the human face and create your own unique self-portrait!

Thur 7/23, Collage: Experiment with different materials to create a one-of-a-kind collage. This session emphasizes the importance of trying new things!

Tues 7/28, Watercolor Basics: In this session, explore layering colors and using watercolor techniques to create beautiful watercolor paintings.

Thur 7/30, Drawing from Life: Students draw still life objects to learn one of the most important tools in an artist’s toolbox, drawing from real life!

Call, email, or stop by the gallery to sign up today! $15 per session or $50 for all four sessions.

Q & A with Kate Symonds

The Upstate New York Ceramics Invitational at Main Street Arts will feature functional and sculptural ceramic work by 13 artists from the region. This invitational represents some of the most exciting contemporary ceramic work being made in upstate New York.

The exhibition will be held July 11–August 29, 2015.
Online purchasing will begin in mid-July.

Kate Symonds

Canandaigua ceramic artist Kate Symonds

Kate Symonds

Q: Where are you from originally and where are you now?
A: I was born and raised in Canandaigua NY. I lived in Rochester, California, Colorado and now live in my hometown as the proprietor and potter at Coach Street Clay.

Q: When did you realize you wanted to be a ceramic artist?
A: I realized that I wanted to be a ceramic artist freshman year of college.  It was the material, the community of the ceramic studio, and the challenge of learning to center and build with clay. One semester of this and I was hooked.  It was in the “Professional Craft Business Practices” class at RIT that I came up with the idea to renovate a barn into a studio, gallery and living space. A few years passed, I did a couple artist residences, waited on tables and started looking for property to buy.  There it was!  I found an old dilapidated barn in downtown Canandaigua in 2007. As a carpenter’s daughter I could see the potential in this property.  After about three years of blood, sweat, and renovation tears I was in business. Coach Street Clay opened in October 2010.

Q: Did you make other types of artwork before finding ceramics? Do you currently make other work?
A: I first went to college for fine arts. I was into drawing and painting and figurative work. When I found clay my focus was sculptural. I became interested in making pots while at my Genesee Pottery residency. At an Anderson Ranch winter residency I jumped in to making pots and never looked back.

Q: Do you have an artistic hero or an artist you look up to?
Just one hero? No. I have immense admiration for all of the mothers and fathers who are makers and entrepreneurs. Raising a child while cultivating a business through art and clay requires more all nighters in the studio than most believe to be humanly possible. Stories of other mothers doing it too is motivating.

Q: What is your largest source of inspiration?
A: Springtime, gardening, nature walks, lake swimming, my daughter Sylah’s perspective.

Q: Do you look forward to opening the kiln? Or do you wince at the thought of something going wrong in there?
A: I love opening the kiln! When things go wrong, therein lies good information. Most of the time things go right at this point. Unless of course I have the time to experiment and push things a bit, but still that is where the good work comes from.

Q: What is it like being a ceramic artist in Upstate NY?
A: I have found my place in the world as the village potter in downtown Canandaigua in the beauty of the Finger Lakes. It is a dream that continues to unfold as my business is welcomed and supported by the local people. Coach Street Clay has become part of the community here. My story is told and re-told as my pots continue find homes in Canandaigua, the Fingers Lakes and beyond.

Q: Where else are you showing your work this summer or fall?
Coach Street Clay’s retail gallery is open to the public 5 days a week. I will also be showing at regional juried craft shows such as Craft Alliance in Chautauqua NY, Clothesline in Rochester, and others.

Q: Is there anything strange or unique that people might not know about you?
A: I’ve always had a thing for climbing trees. Many of my childhood memories involve tree climbing. I still climb trees when the mood strikes. Another thing, my 6 year old daughter Sylah and I are learning to play the violin together.

Teapot by Kate Symonds

Teapot by Kate Symonds

Mug by Kate Symonds

Mug by Kate Symonds

Mug by Kate Symonds

Mug by Kate Symonds

Bowl by Kate Symonds

Bowl by Kate Symonds

Vase by Kate Symonds

Vase by Kate Symonds

Where can people see more of your work/follow you?
Website: www.coachstreetclay.com

Check out the previous Q & A with ceramic artist Kala Stein.

Ontario Pathways Photo Exhibition

The Ontario Pathways Photo Exhibition is a collaborative effort between Main Street Arts, Clifton Springs Hospital Auxiliary, and Ontario Pathways. The goal is three-fold: (1) Make people more active and healthy by hiking local trails; (2) Encourage people to connect with their local environment; (3) Give photo-enthusiasts of all levels and abilities the opportunity to exhibit their photographs in a contemporary art gallery.

To Submit Your Photos:

  1. Send up to three .jpeg images (no larger than 2MB each) taken on the Ontario Pathways to mstreetarts@gmail.com. All submissions must be taken on or near the trail.
  2. Be sure the subject line says the following:  “Your Name — Ontario Pathways Exhibit”.
  3. Include the following in the body of your email:
  • Your Name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Title of the photograph
  • Location where you took the photograph
  • Printed size if selected for the exhibition

Submission Deadline: May 25, 2015
Exhibition Dates: July 9–31, 2015
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 16, 4–7 p.m.

More information: Ontario Pathways Submissions

You’re invited to join Ontario Pathways in their Hiking Series Planned for 2015! This is a great opportunity to take photographs for this exhibition. The following information is taken directly from their flyer:

Hike Plan

Starting in Canandaigua and heading to Stanley, then from Stanley to Phelps. Meet at the designated locations by 9:30.

April 25th: Meet at the New Covenant Baptist Church parking lot on County Road 46.
We will car pool back to Main Street Canandaigua. The  hike will go from Main Street to County Road 46. Distance of three miles.

May 9th: Meet at the New Covenant Baptist Church parking lot on County Road 46.
Hike will go to Depot Road. Hiking distance of five miles.

Hike Plan

Starting in Phelps and heading to Stanley, then from Stanley to Canandaigua. Meet at the designated locations by 10:00.

May 12th: Meet at the Gifford Road Trail Head.
This is a hike from the trailhead to the county line and back out. 3.6 miles round trip hike. Take Rt. 88 north of Phelps. Turn onto Rockefeller Road, then left on Wilber Road, then right on Gifford Road. Trail Head is 1000 feet ahead on the left.

May 19th: Meet at the Rt. 96 Trailhead/parking lot.
Four mile hike. The Rt. 96 Trailhead is a quarter mile east of State Rt. 488 on State Rt. 96.

Running late? Missed the car pool? Then go directly to the starting point or the first available road crossing that allows parking. We will get you back to your car at the end of the hike.

Go to our website www.ontariopathways.org click on CONTACT and let us know you are coming. We will send out a reminder for each hike.

2015 Workshops

Call or email the gallery for more info and to reserve your spot in our workshops, camps, and drawing sessions.


Drawing with Coffee
Saturday, April 18, 2015  |  10 a.m.–12 p.m.
$15/person (includes materials and pastries)
Drawing with a variety of materials, including coffee, while enjoying coffee and sweets. This monthly workshop will focus on the experience of drawing in a relaxed and casual environment. Call or email the gallery for more info and to reserve your spot!


Drawing with Coffee: Perspective
Saturday, May 16, 2015  |  10 a.m.–12 p.m.
$15/person (includes materials and pastries)
Draw in a relaxed and casual environment while sipping coffee and eating pastries! This month the focus will be on using perspective to draw buildings in downtown Clifton Springs from the balcony at Main Street Arts.

Workshop: Stretching a Canvas
Saturday, May 23, 2015  |  1–3 p.m.
$25/person (includes materials)
Stretching a canvas is a basic skill that every artist should have! This workshop will teach you all you need to know about this valuable skill and you will leave with fresh canvases ready for painting.


Watercolor Workshops: $25 per session or $60 for all three (includes materials)

Workshop: Watercolor Basics
Saturday, June 13, 2015  |  1–3 p.m.
Learn the basics of watercolor painting, including how to choose and prepare your paper, the properties of watercolor paint, how to mix and layer colors, and more.

Workshop: Watercolor Still Life
Saturday, June 20, 2015  |  1–3 p.m.
Learn new watercolor techniques by painting a still life from direct observation. This workshop will focus on value ranges and textures.

Workshop: Plein Air Watercolor
Saturday, June 27, 2015  |  1–3 p.m.
In this workshop create plein air watercolor paintings in beautiful downtown Clifton Springs. Paint from buildings, foliage, and more.


Student Art Camp!
$15 per session or $50 for all four
Afternoon art sessions at Main Street Arts for students in grades 6–12. Projects will include portrait painting, drawing from life, and most importantly using your imagination!
Grades 6–8: July 7, 9, 14, 16, 1–3pm
Grades 9-12: July 21, 23, 28, 30, 1–3pm

Drawing with Coffee: Flowers and Plants
Saturday, July 18, 2015  |  10 a.m.–12 p.m.
$10/person (includes materials and pastries)
Draw in a relaxed and casual environment while sipping coffee and eating pastries! We will be drawing flowers for this month’s session in the garden across the street at Warfield’s.

Workshop: Bookbinding with Bradley Butler
Saturday, July 25, 2015  |  1–3 p.m.
Make your own sketch book or journal in this hands-on introduction to bookbinding. You will learn variations on the basic pamphlet stitch and leave with some small notebooks and a larger sketchbook or journal.


Drawing with Coffee
Saturday, September 19, 2015  |  10 a.m.–12 p.m.
$15/person (includes materials and pastries)


Drawing with Coffee
Saturday, October 17, 2015  |  10 a.m.–12 p.m.
$15/person (includes materials and pastries)

Workshop: Mask Making for Kids
Saturday, October 24, 2015  |  1–3 p.m.


Drawing with Coffee
Saturday, November 21, 2015  |  10 a.m.–12 p.m.
$15/person (includes materials and pastries)


Workshop: Decorating Paper with Bradley Butler
Saturday, December 19, 2015  |  1–3 p.m.
$25/person (includes materials)
Try your hand at designing your own decorative paper! In this two hour workshop you will use stamping and marbling techniques to make beautiful papers to use as gift wrapping or as works of art all on their own. Call or email the gallery to sign up. (please note that this is not a “paper-making” class, we will be decorating commercially made papers)

View our full list of events here: Events
View our list of Free Monthly Film Screenings here: Film Screenings

2015 Free Film Screenings

Join us at Main Street Arts for our series of free monthly film screenings! Enjoy complimentary coffee and treats while viewing these exciting art documentaries.

Herb and Dorothy

Herb and Dorothy

February Film: Herb and Dorothy
Thursday, February 12, 2015 | 7–9 pm

“He was a postal worker. She was a librarian. Together they amassed one of the most important contemporary art collections in the world.

HERB & DOROTHY tells the extraordinary tale of Herb and Dorothy Vogel, a seemingly ordinary couple who filled their humble one-bedroom New York apartment with more than 4,000 works of art over a 45-year period. Filmmaker Megumi Sasaki turns her lens on the Vogels during a critical period of transition for the couple and their cherished collection.”


Waste Land

Waste Land

March Film: Waste Land
Thursday, March 12, 2015 | 7–9 pm

“Filmed over nearly three years, WASTE LAND follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of “catadores”—self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz’s initial objective was to “paint” the catadores with garbage. However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to re-imagine their lives.”


Beautiful Losers

Beautiful Losers

April Film: Beautiful Losers
Thursday, April 9, 2015 | 7–9 pm

“The most memorable cultural movements in history have always developed organically … the simple result of a few like-minded people coming together to create something new usually for no other purpose than a common love of doing it. In the early 1990′s a loose-knit group of American artists, many just out of their teens, unwittingly started just such a movement.

Rooted in the popular underground youth subcultures of the day, such as skateboarding, surf, graffiti, punk and hip-hop, they created art that reflected the alternative ‘do-it-yourself’ lifestyles they led. Over the last decade these artists and the subcultures they sprang from have become not only popular, but have sparked the most influential cultural movement of our generation.”


Visual Acoustics

Visual Acoustics

May Film: Visual Acoustics
Thursday, May 14, 2015  |  7–9 pm

In a documentary exploring the life and career of Julius Shulman–widely regarded by experts as the greatest architectural photographer–director Eric Bricker reveals the man who was influential in bringing to light the architectural modernist movement. Shulman’s work plays a significant role in promoting the careers of legendary architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright and Frank Gehry. Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, the film also includes interviews from various architects and Shulman himself.


Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies

Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies

June Film: Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies
Thursday, June 11, 2015  |  7–9 pm

“Produced by Martin Scorsese and Robert Greenhut and directed by Arne Glimcher, PICASSO AND BRAQUE GO TO THE MOVIES is a cinematic tour through the effects of the technological revolution, specifically the invention of aviation, the creation of cinema and their interdependent influence on artists Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque.  With narration by Scorsese, and interviews with art scholars and artists including Chuck Close, Julian Schnabel and Eric Fischl, the film looks at the collision between film and art at the turn of the 20th Century and helps us to realize cinema’s continuing influence on the art of our time.”


Louise Bourgeois

Louise Bourgeois

July Film: Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, The Mistress, and The Tangerine
Thursday, July 16, 2015  |  7–9 pm

Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine is a cinematic journey inside the life and imagination of an icon of modern art. As an artist, Louise Bourgeois has for six decades been at the forefront of successive new developments, but always on her own powerfully inventive and disquieting terms. In 1982, at the age of 71, she became the first woman to be honored with a major retrospective at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

Filmed with unparalleled access between 1993 and 2007, Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine is a comprehensive and dramatic documentary of creativity and revelation.”


The Cool School

The Cool School

August Film: The Cool School
Thursday, August 20, 2015  |  7–9 pm

“THE COOL SCHOOL is an abject lesson in how to build an art scene from scratch and what to avoid in the process. The film focuses on the seminal Ferus Gallery, which groomed the LA art scene from a loose band of idealistic beatniks into a coterie of competitive, often brilliant artists, including Ed Kienholz, Ed Ruscha, Craig Kauffman, Wallace Berman, Ed Moses and Robert Irwin. The Ferus also served as launching point for New York imports, Andy Warhol (hosting his first Soup Can show), Jasper Johns, and Roy Lichtenstein, as well as leading to the first Pop Art show and Marcel Duchamp’s first retrospective. What was lost and gained is tied up in a complex web of egos, passions, money, and art. This is how LA came of age.”


The Cats of Mirikitani

The Cats of Mirikitani

September Film: The Cats of Mirikitani
Thursday, September 17, 2015  |  7–9 pm

“This documentary by Linda Hattendorf focuses on Jimmy Mirikitani, an elderly homeless artist with Japanese roots. Living on the streets of Manhattan, Mirikitani sells his paintings, which are mostly of cats, but also include scenes of imprisonment that hark back to his days in an American internment camp during World War II. Hattendorf invites Mirikitani into her apartment and finds out more about his life during wartime, which shares some similarities with post-9/11 New York City.”


Alice Neel

Alice Neel

October Film: Alice Neel
Thursday, October 8, 2015  |  7–9 pm

“SeeThink Productions presents a feature-length documentary film on the life and art of American painter Alice Neel (1900-1984). This documentary tells the story of Neel’s life, exploring the struggles she faced as a woman artist, a single mother, and a painter who defied convention.”


Milton Glaser

Milton Glaser

November Film: Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight
Thursday, November 12, 2015 | 7–9 pm

For many, Milton Glaser is the personification of American graphic design.  Best known for co-founding New York Magazine, the full breadth of Glaser’s remarkable artistic output is revealed in this documentary portrait, MILTON GLASER: TO INFORM AND DELIGHT.  From newspapers and magazine designs, to interior spaces, logos, and brand identities, to his celebrated prints, drawings, posters and paintings, the documentary offers audiences a much richer appreciation for one of the great modern renaissance men.”


Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat

December Film: Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child
Thursday, December 10, 2015  |  7–9 pm

A thoughtful portrait of a renowned artist, this documentary shines the spotlight on New York City painter Jean-Michel Basquiat. Featuring extensive interviews conducted by Basquiat’s friend, filmmaker Tamra Davis, the production reveals how he dealt with being a black artist in a predominantly white field. The film also explores Basquiat’s rise in the art world, which led to a close relationship with Andy Warhol, and looks at how the young painter coped with acclaim, scrutiny and fame.

Check out more events on the Main Street Arts site: Gallery Events