Centennial Sculpture Park: Wendell Castle’s Unicorn Family


Wendell Castle is an American furniture artist and a leading figure in American craft. He is often credited with being the father of the art furniture movement. His bold and graceful pieces, often organic, and sometimes whimsical, are crafted from rare and beautiful hardwoods, plastics, veneers, and metals in a timeless contemporary style. His expression of color and exotic materials are synonymous with the Wendell Castle name.

The Memorial Art Gallery commissioned this monumental cast-iron sculpture by Castle as one of the anchor installations of its planned Centennial Sculpture Park. The piece (working title Unicorn Family) will measure 22 feet in diameter and consist of a gathering area with a table and three chairs and a 13-foot LED lamp. A maquette of the work is on view in the Gallery’s Vanden Brul Pavilion. The piece is planned to be installed in spring 2013.

Read the Press release.

Some items in Central’s collection.

This is a reference book in Local History. A circulating copy is on order.


Black Heritage Month Gospel Fridays Concert Series

Experience the rich culture Gospel music

The City of Rochester’s Black Heritage Committee presents Gospel Fridays in celebration of Black Heritage Month 2012. The concert series will be hosted at noon each Friday of February in the City Hall Atrium at 30 Church St. and features gospel music of local performers and churches. This program is part of the Black Heritage Committee 2013 event series.

Click on this link to see more video

Local Composer DM Stith

DM Stith

Recently WXXI radio personality Brenda Tremblay interviewed Rochester composer, musician, and graphic designer DM Stith.  Stith’s music has been used in the trailer for the motion picture “The Impossible.”  In the interview, Stith describes how  “little ditties” that he recorded as he was playing around on the piano ended up in a Hollywood movie.

Follow this link to hear the interview and to see the movie trailer


The 30 seconds of music in the trailer are just the latest of his accomplishments. Stith released his critically acclaimed first album, “Heavy Ghosts,” in 2009.  According to the review of “Heavy Ghosts” in New Musical Express, “There’s a time between sleeping and waking that’s occupied by DM Stith – weaving our sleep with hypnotic spells, wild chorals, plucked strings and primitive keys.”  In 2010, DM Stith toured with Sufjan Stevens.

His latest project is “The Revival Hour” along with JM Lapham http://www.facebook.com/therevivalhour

To find out more about DM Stith, visit his website www.dmstith.com.

Stith is a graphic designer as well as a musician.  Here is one of his photographs of a local landmark cast in an eerie light.

Kodak tower of terror

Clothesline Art Festival at the Memorial Art Gallery

Visit Rochester’s largest and longest-running fine art and crafts festival at the Memorial Art Gallery. It’s a great place to experience all-day live entertainment, sample food from some of Rochester’s favorite vendors, enjoy free family art activities, visit the museum, and  of course, browse and buy original work by regional artists.

Wall Art Therapy in Rochester

Ian Wilson, standing in front of the Troup Street mural created in July 2011.

Driving around  Rochester you may have noticed some extraordinary murals that have been painted on buildings.
So if these have caught your attention and you want to know more, read on. These murals are part of a larger project, called Wall Therapy.

Faith47′s North Union Street mural, created in July 2011 as part of the first Wall Therapy project.

The first Wall Therapy project, Visual Intervention, happened July 2011.  Therefore, this year’s project will officially be known as “WALL\THERAPY, the second movement of Visual Intervention. Wall Therapy encourages local and International artists to transform neighborhoods through art. These large sometimes brightly colored murals are being painted by twelve artists, some from Rochester and others from Spain, South Africa and China.

You can view these murals in different locations around the city and at the Public Market. Public Market artist Justin Suarez says, “Doing something like this brightens up the building a little bit and it adds some beauty to an otherwise decrepit building,” and “it inspires people to take a little more pride in their community.”
You can read more about this project at RocCity News and here at Rochester Homepage. Here is a map with the mural locations.


Wall Therapy Locations:

Avenue D Community Center
Public Market West
Public Market East
World Wide News
Back of  Little Theatre
56 South Union Street

5th Rochester Biennial at the Memorial Art Gallery

Central Library Arts Division. Rochester, New York

June 10–August 5, 2012 in the Grand Gallery. Exhibition opening partyJune 9

Each summer, the Memorial Art Gallery presents a showcase of regional art. This year, it’s the turn of the Rochester Biennial, an invitational featuring five individuals—Roberto Bertoiaof Ithaca (sculpture), Yvonne Buchanan of Syracuse (video), Val Cushingof Alfred (ceramics), Eunsuh Choiof Rochester (glass) and David Higgins of Corning (painting)—and the team of Larson & Shindelman (Marni Shindelman of Rochester and Nate Larson of Baltimore) (photography). As in previous years, one artist (Buchanan) was selected on the strength of her work in last year’s Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition.

Call the Gallery for more information at 585-276-8939

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