Q & A with Bethany Krull

The Upstate New York Ceramics Invitational at Main Street Arts will feature functional and sculptural ceramic work by 13 artists from the region. This invitational represents some of the most exciting contemporary ceramic work being made in upstate New York.

The exhibition will be held July 11–August 29, 2015.
Online purchasing will begin in mid-July.

Bethany Krull

Buffalo ceramic artist Bethany Krull

Bethany Krull

Q: Where are you from originally and where are you now?
A: I grew up in Lancaster New York (a suburb of Buffalo) and I am currently living in the city of Buffalo

Q: When did you realize you wanted to be a ceramic artist?
A: I started in clay at 17 in high school and knew by the time I started college.

Q: Did you make other types of artwork before finding ceramics? Do you currently make other work?
A: I played around with a lot of things in my past. I have and do work in many materials. In the past, when I had the facilities I was casting bronze, metal working. My husband is a woodworker and I have learned a great deal from him and often work in wood. I have done massive paper mache sculptures. Currently I’m making a sculpture out of white vinyl.

Q: What is your largest source of inspiration?
A: The natural world and our relationship to it.

Q: Do you look forward to opening the kiln? Or do you wince at the thought of something going wrong in there?
A: My work is very predictable, so I look forward to seeing the finished piece.

Q: What is it like being a ceramic artist in Upstate NY?
A: I enjoy the area.

Q: Where else are you showing your work this summer or fall?
A: Keenan Center, NCECA

Sculpture by Bethany Krull

Sculpture by Bethany Krull

Sculpture by Bethany Krull

Sculpture by Bethany Krull

Sculpture by Bethany Krull

Sculpture by Bethany Krull

Sculpture by Bethany Krull

Sculpture by Bethany Krull

Sculpture by Bethany Krull

Sculpture by Bethany Krull

Where can people see more of your work/follow you?
Website: www.bethanykrull.com

Check out the previous Q & A with ceramic artist Michael Hughes.

Ontario Pathways Photo Exhibition

The Ontario Pathways Photo Exhibition is a collaborative effort between Main Street Arts, Clifton Springs Hospital Auxiliary, and Ontario Pathways. The goal is three-fold: (1) Make people more active and healthy by hiking local trails; (2) Encourage people to connect with their local environment; (3) Give photo-enthusiasts of all levels and abilities the opportunity to exhibit their photographs in a contemporary art gallery.

To Submit Your Photos:

  1. Send up to three .jpeg images (no larger than 2MB each) taken on the Ontario Pathways to mstreetarts@gmail.com. All submissions must be taken on or near the trail.
  2. Be sure the subject line says the following:  “Your Name — Ontario Pathways Exhibit”.
  3. Include the following in the body of your email:
  • Your Name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Title of the photograph
  • Location where you took the photograph
  • Printed size if selected for the exhibition

Submission Deadline: May 25, 2015
Exhibition Dates: July 9–31, 2015
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 16, 4–7 p.m.

More information: Ontario Pathways Submissions

You’re invited to join Ontario Pathways in their Hiking Series Planned for 2015! This is a great opportunity to take photographs for this exhibition. The following information is taken directly from their flyer:

Hike Plan

Starting in Canandaigua and heading to Stanley, then from Stanley to Phelps. Meet at the designated locations by 9:30.

April 25th: Meet at the New Covenant Baptist Church parking lot on County Road 46.
We will car pool back to Main Street Canandaigua. The  hike will go from Main Street to County Road 46. Distance of three miles.

May 9th: Meet at the New Covenant Baptist Church parking lot on County Road 46.
Hike will go to Depot Road. Hiking distance of five miles.

Hike Plan

Starting in Phelps and heading to Stanley, then from Stanley to Canandaigua. Meet at the designated locations by 10:00.

May 12th: Meet at the Gifford Road Trail Head.
This is a hike from the trailhead to the county line and back out. 3.6 miles round trip hike. Take Rt. 88 north of Phelps. Turn onto Rockefeller Road, then left on Wilber Road, then right on Gifford Road. Trail Head is 1000 feet ahead on the left.

May 19th: Meet at the Rt. 96 Trailhead/parking lot.
Four mile hike. The Rt. 96 Trailhead is a quarter mile east of State Rt. 488 on State Rt. 96.

Running late? Missed the car pool? Then go directly to the starting point or the first available road crossing that allows parking. We will get you back to your car at the end of the hike.

Go to our website www.ontariopathways.org click on CONTACT and let us know you are coming. We will send out a reminder for each hike.

2015 Workshops

Call or email the gallery for more info and to reserve your spot in our workshops, camps, and drawing sessions.

April

Drawing with Coffee
Saturday, April 18, 2015  |  10 a.m.–12 p.m.
$15/person (includes materials and pastries)
Drawing with a variety of materials, including coffee, while enjoying coffee and sweets. This monthly workshop will focus on the experience of drawing in a relaxed and casual environment. Call or email the gallery for more info and to reserve your spot!

May

Drawing with Coffee: Perspective
Saturday, May 16, 2015  |  10 a.m.–12 p.m.
$15/person (includes materials and pastries)
Draw in a relaxed and casual environment while sipping coffee and eating pastries! This month the focus will be on using perspective to draw buildings in downtown Clifton Springs from the balcony at Main Street Arts.

Workshop: Stretching a Canvas
Saturday, May 23, 2015  |  1–3 p.m.
$25/person (includes materials)
Stretching a canvas is a basic skill that every artist should have! This workshop will teach you all you need to know about this valuable skill and you will leave with fresh canvases ready for painting.

June

Watercolor Workshops: $25 per session or $60 for all three (includes materials)

Workshop: Watercolor Basics
Saturday, June 13, 2015  |  1–3 p.m.
Learn the basics of watercolor painting, including how to choose and prepare your paper, the properties of watercolor paint, how to mix and layer colors, and more.

Workshop: Watercolor Still Life
Saturday, June 20, 2015  |  1–3 p.m.
Learn new watercolor techniques by painting a still life from direct observation. This workshop will focus on value ranges and textures.

Workshop: Plein Air Watercolor
Saturday, June 27, 2015  |  1–3 p.m.
In this workshop create plein air watercolor paintings in beautiful downtown Clifton Springs. Paint from buildings, foliage, and more.

July

Student Art Camp!
$15 per session or $50 for all four
Afternoon art sessions at Main Street Arts for students in grades 6–12. Projects will include portrait painting, drawing from life, and most importantly using your imagination!
Grades 6–8: July 7, 9, 14, 16, 1–3pm
Grades 9-12: July 21, 23, 28, 30, 1–3pm

Drawing with Coffee: Flowers and Plants
Saturday, July 18, 2015  |  10 a.m.–12 p.m.
$10/person (includes materials and pastries)
Draw in a relaxed and casual environment while sipping coffee and eating pastries! We will be drawing flowers for this month’s session in the garden across the street at Warfield’s.

Workshop: Bookbinding with Bradley Butler
Saturday, July 25, 2015  |  1–3 p.m.
Make your own sketch book or journal in this hands-on introduction to bookbinding. You will learn variations on the basic pamphlet stitch and leave with some small notebooks and a larger sketchbook or journal.

September

Drawing with Coffee
Saturday, September 19, 2015  |  10 a.m.–12 p.m.
$15/person (includes materials and pastries)

October

Drawing with Coffee
Saturday, October 17, 2015  |  10 a.m.–12 p.m.
$15/person (includes materials and pastries)

Workshop: Mask Making for Kids
Saturday, October 24, 2015  |  1–3 p.m.

November

Drawing with Coffee
Saturday, November 21, 2015  |  10 a.m.–12 p.m.
$15/person (includes materials and pastries)

December

Workshop: Decorating Paper with Bradley Butler
Saturday, December 19, 2015  |  1–3 p.m.
$25/person (includes materials)
Try your hand at designing your own decorative paper! In this two hour workshop you will use stamping and marbling techniques to make beautiful papers to use as gift wrapping or as works of art all on their own. Call or email the gallery to sign up. (please note that this is not a “paper-making” class, we will be decorating commercially made papers)

View our full list of events here: Events
View our list of Free Monthly Film Screenings here: Film Screenings

Q & A with Michael Hughes

The Upstate New York Ceramics Invitational at Main Street Arts will feature functional and sculptural ceramic work by 13 artists from the region. This invitational represents some of the most exciting contemporary ceramic work being made in upstate New York.

The exhibition will be held July 11–August 29, 2015.
Online purchasing will begin in mid-July.

Michael Hughes

Syracuse ceramic artist Michael Hughes

Ceramic artist Michael Hughes

Q: Where are you from originally and where are you now?
A: I am originally from Rochester but have relocated to Syracuse by way of Chicago, Taiwan and Seattle.

Q: When did you realize you wanted to be a ceramic artist?
A: I first took a ceramics class as an elective in college. I was a bio major but eventually switched to ceramics.

Q: Did you make other types of artwork before finding ceramics? Do you currently make other work?
A: I have done a little painting but ceramics has always been my primary interest.

Q: Do you have an artistic hero or an artist you look up to?
A: There are many artists I admire but not one in particular.

Q: What is your largest source of inspiration?
A: Simplicity always inspires me whether it is from art and design or from nature.

Q: Do you look forward to opening the kiln? Or do you wince at the thought of something going wrong in there?
A: I do look forward to opening the kiln but I am always aware of how things can change from my expectations.

Q: What is it like being a ceramic artist in Upstate NY?
A: I like being an artist in upstate NY but I miss the diversity of bigger cities. And it has been freezing for the past few weeks so I like it better in the spring and fall.

Q: Where else are you showing your work this summer or fall?
A: I am limiting my showing this summer as I have a couple other projects I am working on. Fall is still undecided.

Q: Is there anything strange or unique that people might not know about you?
A: I don’t know if it is very unique but along with ceramics I also have a great deal of personal experience working with people with developmental disabilities. And yeah there are a couple of strange things about me… The book will be out on that soon.

Work by Michael Hughes

Bowls by Michael Hughes

Bowl by Michael Hughes

Bowl by Michael Hughes

Bowl by Michael Hughes

Bowl by Michael Hughes

Cup by Michael Hughes

Cup by Michael Hughes

Where can people see more of your work/follow you?
Etsy: mrhstudio
Website: www.mrhstudio.com

Check out the previous Q & A with ceramic artist Bryan Hopkins.

Q & A with Bryan Hopkins

The Upstate New York Ceramics Invitational at Main Street Arts will feature functional and sculptural ceramic work by 13 artists from the region. This invitational represents some of the most exciting contemporary ceramic work being made in upstate New York.

The exhibition will be held July 11–August 29, 2015.
Online purchasing will begin in mid-July.

Bryan Hopkins

Buffalo ceramic artist Bryan Hopkins

Ceramic artist Bryan Hopkins

Q: Where are you from originally and where are you now?
A: Philadelphia, PA; Buffalo, NY

Q: When did you realize you wanted to be a ceramic artist?
A: After taking a ceramics class in college to fulfill an art requirement.

Q: Did you make other types of artwork before finding ceramics? Do you currently make other work?
A: no, and no

Q: Do you have an artistic hero or an artist you look up to?
A: No hero. I love the work of Bodil Manz.

Q: What is your largest source of inspiration
A: The vessel.

Q: Do you look forward to opening the kiln? Or do you wince at the thought of something going wrong in there?
A: yes and yes.

Q: What is it like being a ceramic artist in Upstate NY?
A: Similar to anywhere else I have been, only colder.

Q: Where else are you showing your work this summer or fall?
A: Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio, and on Objective Clay.

Q: Is there anything strange or unique that people might not know about you?
A: I have an obsession with bicycles that borders on addiction.

Work by Bryan Hopkins

Work by Bryan Hopkins

Cups by Bryan Hopkins

Cups by Bryan Hopkins

Bowl by Bryan Hopkins

Bowl by Bryan Hopkins

Work by Bryan Hopkins

Work by Bryan Hopkins

Where can people see more of your work/follow you?
Websites : www.hopkinspottery.com and www.objectiveclay.com
Instagram: bryanshopkins

2015 Free Film Screenings

Join us at Main Street Arts for our series of free monthly film screenings! Enjoy complimentary coffee and treats while viewing these exciting art documentaries.

Herb and Dorothy

Herb and Dorothy

February Film: Herb and Dorothy
Thursday, February 12, 2015 | 7–9 pm

“He was a postal worker. She was a librarian. Together they amassed one of the most important contemporary art collections in the world.

HERB & DOROTHY tells the extraordinary tale of Herb and Dorothy Vogel, a seemingly ordinary couple who filled their humble one-bedroom New York apartment with more than 4,000 works of art over a 45-year period. Filmmaker Megumi Sasaki turns her lens on the Vogels during a critical period of transition for the couple and their cherished collection.”

 

Waste Land

Waste Land

March Film: Waste Land
Thursday, March 12, 2015 | 7–9 pm

“Filmed over nearly three years, WASTE LAND follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of “catadores”—self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz’s initial objective was to “paint” the catadores with garbage. However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to re-imagine their lives.”

 

Beautiful Losers

Beautiful Losers

April Film: Beautiful Losers
Thursday, April 9, 2015 | 7–9 pm

“The most memorable cultural movements in history have always developed organically … the simple result of a few like-minded people coming together to create something new usually for no other purpose than a common love of doing it. In the early 1990′s a loose-knit group of American artists, many just out of their teens, unwittingly started just such a movement.

Rooted in the popular underground youth subcultures of the day, such as skateboarding, surf, graffiti, punk and hip-hop, they created art that reflected the alternative ‘do-it-yourself’ lifestyles they led. Over the last decade these artists and the subcultures they sprang from have become not only popular, but have sparked the most influential cultural movement of our generation.”

 

Visual Acoustics

Visual Acoustics

May Film: Visual Acoustics
Thursday, May 14, 2015  |  7–9 pm

In a documentary exploring the life and career of Julius Shulman–widely regarded by experts as the greatest architectural photographer–director Eric Bricker reveals the man who was influential in bringing to light the architectural modernist movement. Shulman’s work plays a significant role in promoting the careers of legendary architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright and Frank Gehry. Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, the film also includes interviews from various architects and Shulman himself.

 

Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies

Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies

June Film: Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies
Thursday, June 11, 2015  |  7–9 pm

“Produced by Martin Scorsese and Robert Greenhut and directed by Arne Glimcher, PICASSO AND BRAQUE GO TO THE MOVIES is a cinematic tour through the effects of the technological revolution, specifically the invention of aviation, the creation of cinema and their interdependent influence on artists Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque.  With narration by Scorsese, and interviews with art scholars and artists including Chuck Close, Julian Schnabel and Eric Fischl, the film looks at the collision between film and art at the turn of the 20th Century and helps us to realize cinema’s continuing influence on the art of our time.”

 

Louise Bourgeois

Louise Bourgeois

July Film: Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, The Mistress, and The Tangerine
Thursday, July 16, 2015  |  7–9 pm

Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine is a cinematic journey inside the life and imagination of an icon of modern art. As an artist, Louise Bourgeois has for six decades been at the forefront of successive new developments, but always on her own powerfully inventive and disquieting terms. In 1982, at the age of 71, she became the first woman to be honored with a major retrospective at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

Filmed with unparalleled access between 1993 and 2007, Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine is a comprehensive and dramatic documentary of creativity and revelation.”

 

The Cool School

The Cool School

August Film: The Cool School
Thursday, August 20, 2015  |  7–9 pm

“THE COOL SCHOOL is an abject lesson in how to build an art scene from scratch and what to avoid in the process. The film focuses on the seminal Ferus Gallery, which groomed the LA art scene from a loose band of idealistic beatniks into a coterie of competitive, often brilliant artists, including Ed Kienholz, Ed Ruscha, Craig Kauffman, Wallace Berman, Ed Moses and Robert Irwin. The Ferus also served as launching point for New York imports, Andy Warhol (hosting his first Soup Can show), Jasper Johns, and Roy Lichtenstein, as well as leading to the first Pop Art show and Marcel Duchamp’s first retrospective. What was lost and gained is tied up in a complex web of egos, passions, money, and art. This is how LA came of age.”

 

The Cats of Mirikitani

The Cats of Mirikitani

September Film: The Cats of Mirikitani
Thursday, September 17, 2015  |  7–9 pm

“This documentary by Linda Hattendorf focuses on Jimmy Mirikitani, an elderly homeless artist with Japanese roots. Living on the streets of Manhattan, Mirikitani sells his paintings, which are mostly of cats, but also include scenes of imprisonment that hark back to his days in an American internment camp during World War II. Hattendorf invites Mirikitani into her apartment and finds out more about his life during wartime, which shares some similarities with post-9/11 New York City.”

 

Alice Neel

Alice Neel

October Film: Alice Neel
Thursday, October 8, 2015  |  7–9 pm

“SeeThink Productions presents a feature-length documentary film on the life and art of American painter Alice Neel (1900-1984). This documentary tells the story of Neel’s life, exploring the struggles she faced as a woman artist, a single mother, and a painter who defied convention.”

 

Milton Glaser

Milton Glaser

November Film: Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight
Thursday, November 12, 2015 | 7–9 pm

For many, Milton Glaser is the personification of American graphic design.  Best known for co-founding New York Magazine, the full breadth of Glaser’s remarkable artistic output is revealed in this documentary portrait, MILTON GLASER: TO INFORM AND DELIGHT.  From newspapers and magazine designs, to interior spaces, logos, and brand identities, to his celebrated prints, drawings, posters and paintings, the documentary offers audiences a much richer appreciation for one of the great modern renaissance men.”

 

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat

December Film: Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child
Thursday, December 10, 2015  |  7–9 pm

A thoughtful portrait of a renowned artist, this documentary shines the spotlight on New York City painter Jean-Michel Basquiat. Featuring extensive interviews conducted by Basquiat’s friend, filmmaker Tamra Davis, the production reveals how he dealt with being a black artist in a predominantly white field. The film also explores Basquiat’s rise in the art world, which led to a close relationship with Andy Warhol, and looks at how the young painter coped with acclaim, scrutiny and fame.

Check out more events on the Main Street Arts site: Gallery Events

Inside the Artist’s Studio with Denton Crawford

Most of my family is from the Southeastern U.S. My father was in the military so we moved around a lot when I was a kid. By the time I was 18 I’d spent half my life over seas. I received my BFA from the University of South Florida in 2007, and my MFA from the University of Georgia in 2011. I currently teach drawing and new media classes at RIT, in Rochester, NY.

mixed media collage on mounted paper

End of the Road mixed media collage on mounted paper

I got into drawing in my early teens, which was more of a hobby up until I started school. I was an english major before I switched to the visual arts, and I still have a real affinity for narrative art and story telling. I think of my own work as snapshots from a larger personal narrative. I got my BFA at the University of South Florida, where I stuck mostly to painting that incorporated my surroundings in terms of color palette and subject matter. I wanted to create portraits that evoked empathy, humility and humor. Painting has always been about materiality, surface and color for me. When I went to graduate school I wanted to make big changes to the way I worked. I started painting larger, more abstractly and on various surfaces, incorporating the space around and in front of the paintings, using sculpture and the wall itself. This led to a series of works that engaged a larger space and allowed me to explore my ideas in other ways, and with different materials, where drawing also started to play a big roll. 

Our Church acrylic, gouache and spray paint on pvc

Our Church
acrylic, gouache and spray paint on pvc

Most of the work is driven by conflicting ideologies about various subjects – religion, utopian ideals, the loss of innocence, and metaphysical experience.  A good majority of the source imagery comes from personal adventures, travels, places I’ve lived or visited. It’s a kind of personal narrative played out through my interaction with the landscape and a sense of place. I also like to incorporate what might be considered trite or cliche imagery, like skulls. Attempting to elevate or reinvest something with new or different meaning is always interesting. I like to think of these as moments from a utopian downfall, a perfection not quite attainable, enticing the viewer with color and tactile surface.

Daydreams acrylic, gouache and spray paint on panel

Daydreams
acrylic, gouache and spray paint on panel

I like to keep things playful and responsive in the studio. I’ll usually start with a general idea or plan of attack, often referencing previous works and incorporating things from them that I really like or find successful. I get a lot of ideas while I’m working, so I keep a sketchbook of notes and drawings handy to reference and jot things down. Paintings often start with drawings from the sketchbook or personal photos. I get all of my best ideas from reading, whether fiction or philosophy, novels or poems. Daydreams is based on some of the themes and iconography from Lord of the Flies, which I had only recently read for the first time. It’s so fantastic as an analysis of human nature, a lot of those themes were already present in my work. As form materials and process, I use a lot of tape, stencils, and mediums, there’s a lot of masking and layering.

studio shot 1

For a recent solo show at Joy Gallery in Rochester, NY titled You’re Not Here, I chose to focus more on sculpture and installation. I am always thinking about objects and space in relation to the drawings, paintings and collages that I make, as well as the ideas that inform them. It’s an attempt to create a memorable experience for the viewer, I want to give them a moment that they will not forget. For this exhibition I took the opportunity to make a small installation titled My Disembodied Sermon in room at the back of the gallery.

install shot disembodied 2

This allowed me to incorporate a lot of the things I had been thinking about doing for some time – using a playful approach to material, aesthetic and conceptual concerns, and thinking about religious iconography and experience in relation to objects, space, and what one might consider religious experience. It’s a sort of reliquary.

skull detail

I spent a lot of time in the studio working with a variety of materials including insulation foam, cast foam and plastic, fabricated and found objects, and thinking of ways to combine painting, installation and these 3D forms. I really enjoy working this way and bringing these materials together.

cross home

cross 6

cross 7

neon 2

For more information on Denton Crawford you can visit his website at www.dentoncrawford.com. Feel free to contact the artist via the email on his site. Or stop by the gallery to see his work in our current exhibition, The Assembled Image.

Take a look at our previous Inside the Artist’s Studio blog post by fabric collage artist Lynne Feldman.