Caution! Artist @ Work! 2013-14 Season Line-up

It’s back! The Arts Division of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County will feature a different artist once a month with its Caution! Artists at Work! 2013-2014 program series. We will host a different local artist or musician who will be working on a piece right in the Arts Division. Patrons are welcome to stop by and observe an artist painting or listen to a musician playing. These programs happen on the third Saturday of each month from 1-3 PM in the afternoon on the second floor of the Bausch & Lomb Library building. We look forward to seeing there!

We hope you will stop by and see our local talent at work! Call 428-8140 for more details.

Woodcut artist Heather Swenson demonstrates her technique for Rochester Public Library patrons. Photo credit: Judith Schewe. Caution! Artist @ Work! was also featured on the Library As Incubator Blog!

Here is this year’s line-up…

September 21Alicia Fink, precious metal clay jewelry artist. Metal Clay (PMC) is a product from Japan.  It consists of microscopic particles of silver or gold suspended in an organic binder to create a pliable material with a consistency similar to modeling clay.  Alicia has been certified by the Precious Metal Clay Guild and by PMC Connection and has taken workshops under Celie Fago, an outstanding Senior Teacher for the PMC Guild.  She teaches PMC jewelry making in the area Continuing Education Programs, at the Rochester Memorial Art Gallery and at her studio.

October 19 –  Paula Marra, felted animals and creatures. Paula, of Queen Mab Fairy Houses fame, returns to the Central Library this fall to demonstrate the wildly popular craft of felting.

November 16Sandra Kemp, gourd artist. Sandra Kemp’s beautiful gourds have been displayed in the Eileen Reidman Display Cases in the Art’s Division. She will demonstrate her unique gourd artistry this fall.

December 21Karen Barber and Linda Taggart, hammered dulcimers. Karen and Linda are members of Striking Strings Hammered Dulcimer Ensemble directed by Mitzie Collins.

January 18 – Mary Housel-Demanchik, painter and book artist. Mary is an Art teacher at Rush-Henrietta Middle School and Adjunct Professor at Nazareth College. Mary’s artist’s books have been featured in the Central Library’s 2011 and 2012 Art of the Book exhibits.

February 15Randy Pollok, Rochester Ukulele Support Group. The Rochester Ukulele Support Group (RUSG) meets on the first Thursday of every month. They learn tunes, new techniques and share info about the world of ukulele. Randy and friends will be on hand for ukulele fun!

March 15Mia Sohn, decorative Ukrainian eggs. This art form is based on a 5,000 year-old tradition. It is a wax resist process on actual eggshells. This art form is known as ‘pysanka,’ which is a Ukrainian word meaning ‘to write.’

April 19 – Kathleen Barry-Wagner, landscape painter. Barry-Wagner is a Rochester area artist associated with the Outside the Box Art gallery and part-time art teacher who will be doing a demo of how to paint a landscape. She will be available to talk about use of color and  perspective and looks forward to answering any questions you may have about painting in general.

May 17Nancy Valle, ceramist. Ms. Valle’s work has been featured at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester. Her ceramic studio is located on the top floor of a former shoe factory that flourished in the early days of Rochester. Nancy also offers clay workshops in her Rochester studio.

Nathan Vincent: Crochet Artist

Nathan Vincent has a unique talent. He is a crochet artist and crochets objects. He grew up as a pastor’s son in the Midwest. His mother crocheted the family afghans and he asked her to teach him. He then made a bunch of granny squares and after that he taught himself how to knit.

My work explores gender permissions and the challenges that arise from straying from the prescribed norms. It questions the qualities of gender by considering what constitutes masculine and feminine. It critiques stereotypical gender mediums by creating “masculine objects” using “feminine processes” such as crochet, sewing, and appliqué.

Read more about Vincent here.

Get Knitting: National Sweater Day is Feb. 7


It may be a Canadian day but can celebrate National Sweater Day here in the United States also. As a way to bring awareness to global climate change, conservation organization World Wildlife Fund Canada (WWF-Canada) has announced February 7 as National Sweater Day for all Canadians. For National Sweater Day, people are asked to “be a dear, turn down the heat and put on that sweater.” Should you need a reminder to wear a sweater, be sure to sign up online to get a call from a Granny with their “Book A Granny” program. They have dozens of grannies, omas, bubbes, nai nais and more standing by at their Granny Call Centre like RuthAudreyMavis and Florence.


You can knit your own sweater and the Art Division has lots of knitting books and ebooks for you to use. Below is a small sampling of what we have.
Get knitting!


















Ellen Greene: Old School Tattoos and Feminine Intrigue


Ellen Greene creates powerful kid leather gloves decorated with designs from old school tattoos. She turns these old school symbols into  feminine power symbols. She turns the gentle feminine woman’s hand glove into a piece of art. Her oeuvre is a combination of femininity and intrigue.



She recently had a show at the Packer-Schopf Gallery, entitled, Invisible Mother’s Milk. Read a review of her work here.



“Invisible Mother’s Milk- first daughter” 2012

Read more in the new issue of * Raw Vision here in the Art Division.

* Art Division magazines do not circulate


Gourds Transformed into Art

Celestial Gourd

Celestial Gourd

Sandra and Dennis Kamp take the ordinary gourd and turn it into something extraordinary. They carve intricate patterns into gourds making beautiful vessels and weave on top of others. Other works have beading and weaving that completely surrounds the piece. You really need to see these to appreciate nature’s beauty made into art. The image above is just a small sampling of the pieces they make. Here are more…




Here are some resources at the library that you can check out if you would like to make you own gourd crafts.

Antler art for baskets and gourds

Antler art for baskets and gourds/ Betsey Sloan

Historic gourd craft/

Historic gourd craft/ Angela C. Mohr

Beyond the basics :gourd art /David Macfarlane

Beyond the basics :gourd art /David Macfarlane

Gourds :Southwest gourd techniques/ Bonnie Gibson

Gourds :Southwest gourd techniques/ Bonnie Gibson

Complete book of gourd carving /Jim Widess & Ginger Summit

Complete book of gourd carving /Jim Widess & Ginger Summit

Glorious gourd decorating /Mickey Baskett

Glorious gourd decorating /Mickey Baskett

The decorated gourd :beautiful projects & new techniques /Dyan Mai Peterson

The decorated gourd :beautiful projects & new techniques /Dyan Mai Peterson

ourd pyrography /Jim Widess

ourd pyrography /Jim Widess

The complete book of gourd craft :22 projects, 55 decorative techniques, 300 inspirational designs /Ginger Summit, Jim Widess

The complete book of gourd craft :22 projects, 55 decorative techniques, 300 inspirational designs /Ginger Summit, Jim Widess

“Wonderland at Central” Inspiration

“Deadlines make you creative, but telling yourself you’ve got all the time in the world, all the money in the world, all the colors in the palette, that just kills creativity.” This quote from an interview with Jack White of the White Stripes makes me think of  the “Wonderland at Central” holiday ornament display.

There’s a deadline for finishing your ornament: November 26, 2012, and limited materials (it can’t weigh more than 5 lbs), and a budget-right? The perfect combination for creativity!

It doesn’t have to be complicated to be beautiful ….

… a few of these paper stars made large (has to be at least 18 inches wide) ….

…and some glittery tissue paper lanterns, and we could make the library look as stunning as a Macy’s window display!

So get creative, and then come Downtown for the holidays.

EHag Emporium and Art Dolls

Every day is Halloween at the EHAG Emporium

Click image above to enter EHAG

If you want to make your own dolls, take a look at the magazine *Art Doll Quarterly in the Art Division.

This full-color publication is dedicated to art dolls and sculptural figures made from cloth, polymer clay, Creative Paperclay®, wire armatures, mixed media, and much more. In each issue, you will find original doll patterns, creative challenges, doll-artist profiles, convention listings and reviews, book & video reviews, and a gallery of art dolls made by our readers.

*Art Division magazines do not circulate.