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October/November Exhibitions Upstairs at Main Street Arts

This is the last week to see the current exhibitions Upstairs at Main Street Arts. Stop by before the 29th to catch these four shows!

Rand Darrow's Puppets

Rand Darrow’s Puppets

The Northern Winds: Paintings and Puppets from the Imaginative Mind of Rand Darrow

An illustrated series of Russian folklore and fantasy,
including Chagall inspired paintings, puppets, and more.

Mike Goscinsky, "The Dog Builders", woodcut on paper

Mike Goscinsky, “The Dog Builders”, woodcut on paper

Pictographic Prints by Mike Goscinsky

An exhibit of woodcut prints and drawings featuring fantastical imagery of animals and pictographs.

Dennis Revitzky, "Tangled Trees, Mendon Ponds", oil & mixed media on canvas

Dennis Revitzky, “Tangled Trees, Mendon Ponds”, oil & mixed media on canvas

Paintings and Prints by Dennis Revitzky

A selection of Revitzky’s landscape paintings and prints
from Rochester, the Finger Lakes area, and beyond.

Adrian Vanden Bout and Samantha Stumpf

Adrian Vanden Bout and Samantha Stumpf

Setting the Table: Ceramics by Samantha Stumpf and Furniture by Adrian Vanden Bout

A pairing of rustic handmade furniture and original ceramic tableware.

October Shows Upstairs at Main Street Arts

We have some great new October shows Upstairs at Main Street Arts! Stop by to check out the prints & paintings of Dennis Revitsky, wood cut prints by Mike Goscinsky, puppets & paintings by Rand Darrow, and handmade ceramics & furniture by Samantha Stumpf and Adrian VandenBout.

October Shows Upstairs at Main Street Arts

October Shows Upstairs at Main Street Arts

See more information on these shows on the Main Street Arts exhibitions page.

Exhibition Dates: October 3–November 29, 2014

Main Street Arts: Online Gallery Shop Giveaway

Main Street Arts is celebrating the launch of our Online Gallery Shop by giving away two handmade ceramic mugs from our exclusive new line of Samantha Stumpf’s Signature Tableware Series!

Two of Samantha Stumpf's porcelain mugs will be given to one lucky winner!

Two of Samantha Stumpf’s porcelain mugs will be given to one lucky winner! Mugs are as pictured here.

To be entered in this free giveaway all you have to do is fill out a ten-question survey about the gallery. The survey will be available until September 30, 2014 at midnight. The winner will be announced on October 1, 2014.

Fill out the survey here.

To see the rest of Samantha Stumpf’s collection, check out her Signature Tableware Series in our Online Gallery Shop.

Main Street Arts Online Gallery Shop

Main Street Arts is excited to announce the launch of our online shop! We now offer limited edition artist posters for our exhibitions, Main Street Arts apparel, and a unique line of functional ceramics by Rochester artist, Samantha Stumpf.

Take a look at our current exhibition posters:

Exhibition posters for "The Opposite of Concrete", featuring artists Carl Chiarenza, Karen Sardisco, Patricia Wilder, and Bradley Butler

Exhibition posters for “The Opposite of Concrete”, featuring artists (clockwise from upper left): Patricia Wilder, Karen Sardisco, Bradley Butler, and Carl Chiarenza

Some poster features:

  • 20 x 16 inches
  • Printed on archival cotton rag paper
  • Limited edition of 5
  • Signed and numbered by the artist
  • Embossed with the gallery logo (bottom right corner)
  • Printed in Rochester, NY

We’re also proud to announce a new line of tableware by Rochester artist Samantha Stumpf. Samantha has been blogging for our Inside the Artist’s Studio series for the past few weeks, walking us through her production process. Here we get to see the fruits of her labors!

Samantha Stumpf Ceramics, Green Leaves Tableware Mugs

Samantha Stumpf Ceramics, Green Leaves Tableware Mugs

Samantha Stumpf Ceramics, Pinstripe Tableware Set

Samantha Stumpf Ceramics, Circles Tableware Plates

Samantha Stumpf Ceramics, Circles Tableware Plates

Samantha Stumpf Ceramics, Blue Lines Tableware Bowls

Samantha Stumpf Ceramics, Blue Lines Tableware Bowls

Samantha has presented us with tableware inspired by the natural world and intended for everyday use. There are four series of different colors and patterns. Each piece is made of porcelain and layered with unique, hand painted brush marks, adding depth and variation to the surface. This unique line is made specifically for Main Street Arts and our logo proudly appears on each piece. Learn more about the artist, here.

These pieces are food, dishwasher, microwave and oven safe.

Head on over to our online gallery store to see the posters, Samantha’s tableware series, and more.

Inside the Artist’s Studio with Samantha Stumpf: A Little Bit of Process…

The studio of Sam Stumpf

My studio

I thought I would share with you a look into my studio and a bit about the process of making the sets of tableware now available in Main Street Arts’ online gallery shop.  My studio is currently located in the Susan B. Anthony  district in  downtown Rochester. I really do love my studio,  the city skyline is quite compelling in every season.

For the tableware sets, I thought I would work with porcelain not just for the challenge but also for the lovely qualities that the clay offers. I wanted a simple yet beautiful surface for my brushwork surface decoration.   All of these pieces are handmade on the potters wheel. Thrown with english porcelain,  each piece is then stamped with the Main Street Arts Gallery logo.  Once they are through the first firing I apply a clear base glaze followed with  several oxide washes to create the brushwork patterns on the surface.  I enjoy the intuitive and playfulness of each mark.  After  applying the wash they are fired to 2232 degrees fahrenheit  in an electric kiln for the final firing.

All of these sets are exclusively for Main Street Arts. I hope that you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed making them.

Sam Stumpf

Applying cobalt wash

Sam Stumpf

Loading into the glaze kiln

Sam Stumpf

After the glaze firing

Signature tableware series by Sam Stumpf

…it could be yours

 

View and purchase the different series in the online gallery shop!

Part One: Inside the Artist’s Studio with Samantha Stumpf: Ongoing Inspiration
Part Two: Inside the Artist’s Studio with Samantha Stumpf: Process and Perspective

Inside The Artist’s Studio with Samantha Stumpf: Process and Perspective

I’ve recently been  working on tableware for Main Street Arts, exclusively for their new online gallery shop.  I have always enjoyed eating off of handmade dinnerware, it is part of my everyday routine. Each day I get to choose my mug for coffee, my bowl for yogurt and my portion controlled plate for dinner. I enjoy sharing these rituals  with the people who made these pieces.

My kitchen cabinets

In preparing myself for this project, I thought back to a time before I was a ceramic artist. I grew up with mass produced dinnerware that was bland and stackable. My parents dislike the fact that I have mismatched dinnerware; unstackable and chaotic. So, to this day I keep a single place setting of handmade dishes at their house just for when I visit!

I wanted the  series I was making for Main Street Arts to be used everyday and I wanted it to be fun and playful.

Getting started…

To be fair, there are a few mass produced manufacturers that I really do love for what they are.  One of my favorite mass produced dishware manufacturers, which influenced this dinnerware for the gallery is Austrian Gmundner Keramik Ware.

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Austrian Gmundner Keramik Ware

I ate off their  everydayware when I worked for potters at Lyon Clay Studio during the start of my ceramic career.  I loved the simplicity of the forms and the fluidity of the brush work. I have always loved mark making and it has been a huge part of my own functional ware.

Main Street Arts dinnerware

Main Street Arts Signature Tableware Series

Soon, you be able to purchase this exclusive series of everyday tableware from the Main Street Arts online gallery shop. Keep following this blog series as well as their social media for updates!

Part One: Inside the Artist’s Studio with Samantha Stumpf: Ongoing Inspiration
Part Three: Inside the Artist’s Studio with Samantha Stumpf: A Little Bit of Process…

Inside The Artist’s Studio with Samantha Stumpf: Ongoing Inspiration

Hello, and thank you for checking out my first Inside The Artist’s Studio blog post on the Main Street Arts blog!

I would like to introduce myself…

talking about pots

talking about pots

I am originally from Baltimore Maryland and started working with clay in high school. I was instantly hooked to the material’s responsiveness  to the sense of touch. I knew that I wanted to continue my exploration of this material in college and completed my BFA at Cleveland Institute of Art in 2003. After completing my degree, I worked for local potters in Baltimore until moving to Rochester to complete my MFA in Ceramics at Rochester Institute of Technology, School for American Crafts. After my experience at RIT I began teaching and making work at the Lorton Arts Workhouse in Lorton, Virginia. Then in 2009 I became a resident artist at Genesee Center for Arts and Education which brought me back to Rochester where I continued to make work and teach. After my residency  experience  at Genesee Center I decided to stay in the Rochester area. I have a private studio located in the Susan B. area, downtown. I also currently teach at Genesee Community College, Studio Sales (Avon) and the Genesee Center.

landscapes

Landscapes

I enjoy making both sculptural and functional work. Most of my sculptural work focuses on the forms of action and reaction that occur in natural environment. A sense of simultaneous deconstruction and construction—such as what occurs when a mountain slowly weathers or the way that water erodes a stream bed. Given the primary influence of nature, these pieces can be seen as metaphoric landscapes. I create these clay pieces by exploiting the responsiveness of the clay. I push, pull, and tear the clay in an attempt to create a physical dialogue between myself and the material.

work in progress

Work in progress (for the Main Street Arts online gallery shop)

On the other hand, my functional work is fun and fresh with an attention to detail. I use a wide range of glazes for my color palette and then layer the surface with unique hand painted brush marks. These marks are very fluid and intuitive. I enjoy layering glazes and washes to create contrasts within the glaze surface. I love to use my functional work everyday. I would want you as well to use it everyday. All of my functional works are food, dishwasher, microwave and oven safe.

Look for my Signature Tableware Series in the Main Street Arts Online Gallery Shop soon!

Part Two: Inside the Artist’s Studio with Samantha Stumpf: Process and Perspective
Part Three: Inside the Artist’s Studio with Samantha Stumpf: A Little Bit of Process…