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.

Local Holiday Events Abound

If you’re looking for a respite from holiday shopping, Rochester is offering several opportunities to enjoy live performances and events beginning at the end of November and lasting throughout the month of December. Here are a few. For more events go to

Karen Barber and Linda Taggart, members of Striking Strings Hammered Dulcimer Ensemble, will be performing in the Central Library – Arts, Music and Recreation Division, 2nd floor Bausch and Lomb Public Library Building. Stop by and watch, ask questions, and enjoy the beautiful sounds of this fascinating traditional instrument from 1-3 PM.

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol returns to the Geva Theatre Center on Friday, November 23. Guy Paul reprises his role as Ebenezer Scrooge and Jim Poulos portrays Bob Cratchit in Mark Cuddy’s adaptation of the classic. The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Shows continue through Dec. 23. Call (585) 232-4382 or go to

The Rochester Folk Art Guild’s Holiday Festival of Crafts, featuring pottery, wooden furniture and turnings, weaving, toys, hand-blown glass Christmas ornaments, rugs and more by guild artisans is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at The Harley School in Brighton. Admission is $2. For details, go to

Garth Fagan Dance returns on Tuesday, November 27 to the Nazareth College Arts Center in Pittsford. The acclaimed contemporary dance company will showcase selections from its more than four decades of performances as well as a new piece that includes choreography by Garth Fagan and music by Wynton Marsalis. Shows begin 7:30 p.m. Nov. 27; 8 p.m. Nov. 28 to 30; 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 1; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2. Tickets are $40 to $55. Call (585) 389-2170 or go to

Tony Award-winning musical Memphis, set in the 1950s about a white DJ who falls in love with an up-and-coming black club singer, opens Tuesday at Rochester’s Auditorium Theatre. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 27 to 29; 8 p.m. Nov. 30; 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 1; and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2. Tickets ($27.50 to $67.50) are available by calling (800) 745-3000 or online at

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker 20th Anniversary production overflows with a spectacular new “Dove of Peace” performed by 2 dancers, Christmas tree that grows to 7 stories tall, 40 top Russian dancers, falling snow, charming silk puppets, 200 lavish costumes, and 9 hand-painted backdrops all set to Tchaikovsky’s complete score. Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker – 20 years of soaring holiday spirit! Wednesday, December 5 at 7:30 pm at the Auditorium Theatre. For tickets click here.

This Thanksgiving weekend, do something truly special with your family: join the Rochester City Ballet and the RPO, along with the Bach Children’s Chorus, for Rochester’s only full-length, live-music performance of an enchanting classic, The Nutcracker. It’s a dazzling, heartwarming spectacle that will leave all ages delighted—a brilliant start to the holiday season.  Nov. 23-25, Kodak Hall. For more holiday family concerts click here.

Vivaldi’s timeless classic, The Four Seasons will be performed December 13 and 15 by the RPO’s concertmaster, Juliana Athayde. For more, call (585) 454-2100 or go to

The Holiday Laser Show, featuring popular holiday songs choreographed with dancing laser light against a starry background, can be viewed at 11 a.m., 4:30, 7 and 8 p.m. Nov. 24; and 3 p.m. Nov. 25 at the Rochester Museum & Science Center’s Strasenburgh Planetarium. Admission is $7 ($6 for seniors, students with ID and ages 3-18). Go to

Trans-Siberian Orchestra will be performing their acclaimed rock opera, “The Lost Christmas Eve” live at the Blue Cross Arena on Wednesday, December 5 at 7:30 PM. The Lost Christmas Eve is the fourth album by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

More Fire Glass Holiday Show and Sale includes glass blowing demonstrations and displays. It runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and Dec. 1 and 2. Admission is free. Call (585) 242-0450 or go online to

At the MAG: In Company with Angels: Seven Rediscovered Tiffany Windows

August 26–October 28, 2012 (exhibition opening party August 25) in the Grand Gallery

Removed from an Ohio church in 1964, these magnificent windows were stored in parishioners’ garages, basements and sheds for nearly four decades before being rediscovered and confirmed as the work of American master Louis Comfort Tiffany. Now restored to their original glory by a team of conservators, the seven windows stand eight feet tall and depict angels from the Biblical book of Revelation.  See them at the Memorial Art Gallery.

In Rochester, a companion installation explores the making of a stained glass window through objects on loan from Pike Stained Glass Studios, Inc., a locally-owned family firm whose founder worked for Tiffany. Also on view are eight Tiffany lamps from the collection of Jeffrey Metzger and Robin Hamilton and works from other private lenders and the Memorial Art Gallery collection.
The Central Library Art Division owns the accompanying book.