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.

Central Library Local Music Project


The Central Library Local Music Project has been created to make the music of local talent available to our patrons through both downloadable and CD formats. The Arts & Music Division of the Central Library is now offering a new service to enhance our collection and to bring our patrons the latest technology.

The Central Library is looking for local talent! Would you like to be a part of this new and exciting way to get your music heard throughout Monroe County?  Want to create a bigger audience for your music?

The library invites you to lease us the right to offer your music to the community. This project is limited to library card holders living in Monroe County and areas that contract with us for services outside the county. The music you lease to the library is for the private use of MCLS cardholders. Central Library would lease the rights for cardholders to download these records via the library website ( These records would be the cardholders to keep and the musicians will get paid. Prices will be negotiated when you contact the library with your interest in the project. If record companies own the rights to the music, we are interested in live shows of your music. Our hope is to make local music available to our patrons and to promote local talent in the greater Rochester area. If you are interested in Rochester Central Library’s Local Music Project please contact Judy Schewe by e-mail at or feel free to call 428-8139.

Click HERE to see the Local Music Project Licensing Agreement.

~JS.Music Librarian@Central

Why Amy Beach Matters

Musicologist and Resident Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandies University, Liane Curtis will present a talk with recorded music examples entitled, “Why Amy Beach Matters” at The Central Library on Wednesday, November 14 from 1 to 2 PM. in the Rundel Auditorium, 3rd Floor, Rundel Memorial Building located at 115 South Avenue in Rochester.

Amy Beach, ca. 1885 Photo courtesy the Boston Public Library

Amy Beach (1867-1944) was praised by many as an important American composer, but after her death, her music fell into obscurity. Her music, and in particular, her Piano Concerto (1900) are considered by way of evaluating her place in music history. In the Concerto, Beach draws upon four of her own songs to provide thematic material.

Following Beach’s biographer, A.F. Block, Curtis examines whether meanings from those songs were infused into the concerto. This practice of reuse is also considered in light of Beach’s borrowing in a range of her compositions. Finally, consideration of Beach’s gender was so much a part of the critical response to her music that the role of gender politics must be considered when evaluating her legacy.

This presentation is in anticipation of The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra’s performance of Beach’s Concerto on November 15 and 17, with Saet-Byeol Kim, piano and Arild Remmereit, conductor. Attendees are welcome to bring their own lunch to this event. Free of charge and open to all. For more information call the Arts & Music Division at 585-428-8140.

150th anniversary of Claude Debussy’s birth

During the month of October the Eastman School of Music will be celebrating the life of Claude Debussy with The Prismatic Claude Debussy Festival.

Events include:

Extravagant Debussy, a gala large-ensemble concert, Saturday, October 13, 2012, 8 PM, Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Inspirational Debussy, new music, Wednesday, 17 October 2012, 8 pm, Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Intimate Debussy, chamber works in transcription, Saturday, 20 October, 7 pm and 9 pm, Hatch Recital Hall

Comic Book Debussy, A conversation with P. Craig Russell, Thursday, October 25, 7 PM, MEMORIAL ART GALLERY Renowned comic-book artist P. Craig Russell has published an artful version of Debussy’s beloved opera, in his own powerful style. The Eastman School’s presentation on Friday October 26 in Kodak Hall will include a newly reimagined version of Debussy’s score for a small mixed ensemble of instruments with live electronics, all illustrated by panels from that comic-book version.

Theatrical Debussy, Pelléas Redux: excerpts from Pelléas et Mélisande with projections by P. Craig Russell,
Friday, October 26, 8 PM, Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Debussy Premiers, Performances of and presentations on Debussy’s songs – including the North American premieres of five  previously unknown songs: “L’Archet”; “Le Matelot qui tombe à l’eau”; “Romance”; “Les Elfes”; “Séguidille”, Saturday, October 27, 9:30 AM – 5 PM, Hatch Recital Hall

Debussy Treasures, An exhibit of Debussy manuscripts, including the full working draft of La Mer, OCTOBER 1-27, SIBLEY MUSIC LIBRARY

Resources at the Central Library Arts Division

The Central Library has nearly 200 recordings of the music of Claude Debussy.

An Afternoon of Musical Creativity at the Central Library

On Saturday, October 27, 2012, Alice Kay Kanack, inventor of the Creative Ability Development method of teaching children musical improvisation, author of several music books, and director of the Kanack School of Music, will bring a group of her students for two programs filled with the joy of music.

Ms. Kanack is a frequent lecturer at conferences and festivals across the U.S. and Canada, and has presented her methods to audiences in Australia, France and Japan.  The concerts given by her students are powerful, inspiring, beautiful, and completely improvised.

“Musical Improvisation for Children” starts at 11:30 in the children’s room with a musical performance of the story “The Three Little Pigs” and a chance for children to try some hands-on musical improvisation.

From 1:00 -2:00 in the Kate Gleason Auditorium, Alice Kanack and her tour group will present “Improvisation without Inhibition” a lecture and performance that demonstrates the importance of developing the creative part of the brain.Ms. kanack will demonstrate methods for developing comfort with improvisation, and talk about current brain research that supports these methods.

A book signing will follow the performance with copies of Alice Kay Kanack’s books available for purchase.

To register for “Improvisation without Inhibition,”  call the Arts Division at 428-8140, or register online at

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival iPhone App

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival Presented by M&T Bank

Find the entire festival line-up and the schedule for the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival 2012

This application carries the full schedule, list of artists, venues, maps and links to buy tickets online. You’ll find concert descriptions and artists, their bios, and you can select your favorite artists and make your own agenda in the application. A search tool allows you to browse easily through concerts files or artist profiles. Download the app here.

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Wolsky-Carson Demonstration in ARTs

Visual artist Marsha Wolsky-Carson, member of the Arena Art Group, demonstrated the mixed media techniques used to create her artwork.  Marsha is part of our Caution! Artist @ Work! series. Next month our featured artists are Jeff Bloom, guitarist and Craig Meyer, bassist. The duo will be playing Saturday, May 19 from 1-3 pm. Stop by the Central Library Arts Division for this free, all-ages program.

Calligraphy Display

Calligraphy Display

Toi Clawson from Fairport and of the Genesee Valley Calligraphy Guild has a wonderful display of her work, as well as the Guild’s,  in the Arts Division this month. Toi will also be presenting a calligraphy demonstration in the Arts Division on Monday evening, January 23, from 6 pm to 7:45 pm. Toi writes, “Calligraphy is the art of beautiful writing. Using bold colors and illustrations to capture the viewer’s attention, I invite the reader to think more deeply about the text.”

Beautiful Words

Tools of the art

For more information about this display and Toi Clawson’s presentation call the Arts Division at 428-8140. The library has many books and resources about the art of calligraphy if you are interested in learning more about this popular art form.