The Northen Winds: Paintings and Puppets from the Imaginative Mind of Rand Darrow

Retired art educator, Rand Darrow, currently has an exhibition Upstairs at Main Street Arts featuring paintings and puppets inspired by Russian folklore, history, and Slavic mythology.

Rand Darrow's Puppets

Rand Darrow’s Puppets

Rand Darrow's exhibition Upstairs at Main Street Arts

Rand Darrow’s exhibition Upstairs at Main Street Arts

Rand Darrow's puppets

Rand Darrow’s puppets

“The Northern Winds: Paintings and Puppets from the Imaginative Mind of Rand Darrow” runs from October 3–November 29, 2014.

Rand Darrow has an artist talk and poetry reading today, Thursday November 13, 2014 at 6:30pm. The artist will discuss the Russian mythology used in his artwork.

Rand Darrow's puppet show

Rand Darrow’s puppet show

Exhibition Dates: October 3–November 29, 2014

Inside The Artist’s Studio with Alicia McGloon: Finding Myself

My name is Alicia McGloon, and I am a watercolor artist/jewelry maker. I currently live on campus at the New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls, where my husband Ryan is a full-time student. I have my degree in Fine Art and a DBA  as Simply Divine Details, the brand I have created for my watercolor jewelry. I also work full-time as a bank teller (I know, working both sides of the brain).

my humble little studio -  we have a 2 bedroom dorm suite, the 2nd bedroom serves as my studio space.

My humble little studio – we have a 2 bedroom dorm suite, the 2nd bedroom serves as my studio space.

After graduating, I was unsure of what I wanted to do with my art. The one thing I knew for sure was that I wanted my work to be a part of other people’s lives in a practical and affordable way.

I stumbled upon the idea of putting my watercolors into jewelry settings. Through research, I taught myself how to adhere glass to small paintings, work with the metal and jewelry findings, and where to buy good quality components and supplies.

A large drafter's filing cabinet houses all my glass pieces and pendant settings as well as sheets of watercolor paper.

A large drafter’s filing cabinet houses all my glass pieces and pendant settings as well as sheets of watercolor paper.

Some artists creating similar jewelry use prints of their larger works, shrunk down to fit the jewelry. I paint each small painting individually to make every piece unique and one-of-a-kind. Of course, in going this route, I have ruined quite a few little paintings when something goes wrong during the post-painting process. Sometimes the resin doesn’t want to cooperate, or a piece of glass is chipped after adhering it to the painting.

Still, every successful piece is worth the risk, because in the end it’s more than just a painting. People wear my art knowing that each one is irreplaceable because it is not mass produced.

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these little flower paintings are about the size of a quarter.

These flower paintings are about the size of a quarter.

this little frog is half an inch in size and is one of my all-time favorite paintings.

This little frog is half an inch in size and is one of my all-time favorite paintings.

I use a one-part resin to adhere the glass to the little paintings. After the resin has dried, I use a heavy-duty pair of scissors to carefully cut around the glass and then clean up the edges.

I use a one-part resin to adhere the glass to the little paintings. After the resin has dried, I use a heavy-duty pair of scissors to carefully cut around the glass and then clean up the edges.

After cutting out and cleaning up the glass, I use the resin to glue the piece into the setting.  When that is dry, I finish by adding the additional findings, such as a chain for a necklace, or the wires for earrings.

"Red Flower" original watercolor 1"x1",  set in antiqued brass and glass.

“Red Flower” original watercolor 1″x1″, set in antiqued brass and glass.

One of the greatest highlights of my work is how personal it can be. I have many customers who see my work and immediately have ideas of how they would make it their own.  People get excited as they tell me their thoughts. I have had such fun creating custom orders, from favorite animals to tiny portraits of loved ones. Painting such small portraits has really pushed my limits artistically.

I really feel that I have finally found who I am as artist and look forward to growing in my art and seeing where my passion takes me.

Thanks so much for taking the time to read a little about me. You can stop by the Main Street Arts Gallery Shop to check out a selection of my jewelry. I am also on many social media sites where you can keep up to date with my jewelry, including the Simply Devine Details website!

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Check out our last Inside the Artist’s Studio post, by abstract painter Bradley Butler.

Paintings and Prints by Dennis Revitzky

Rochester printmaker Dennis Revitzky has a solo show featuring landscape paintings and prints from Rochester, the Finger Lakes area, and beyond, Upstairs at Main Street Arts! His wooded landscapes feature beautiful pinks, purples, and greens that look great in the gallery space.

"Paintings and Prints by Dennis Revitzky"

“Paintings and Prints by Dennis Revitzky”

Dennis Revitzky’s paintings and prints have strong natural elements. Tangled trees, winding streams, and cliffside villages are a common sight in his work.

Dennis Revitzky, "Tangled Trees, Mendon Ponds", oil & mixed media on canvas

Dennis Revitzky, “Tangled Trees, Mendon Ponds”, oil & mixed media on canvas

Prints by Dennis Revitzky

Prints by Dennis Revitzky

Paintings and prints by Dennis Revitzky

Paintings and prints by Dennis Revitzky

Make sure to stop by to see Dennis’ incredible monoprints and paintings in person! You can see more information on the exhibitions Upstairs at Main Street Arts here.

Exhibition Dates: October 3–November 29, 2014

Small Works: A National Juried Exhibition of Artwork 12″ or Less

Join us for the opening of our Small Works exhibition, Saturday, November 8, 4–7p.m!

129 works of art by 90 artists from across the country.

129 works of art by 90 artists from across the country.

Small Works includes 129 works of art, 12″ or less, in a variety of media by 90 artists from across the country. $1,000 in cash awards will be announced at the opening.

Exhibition Dates: November 8–December 29, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 8, 4–7p.m.

Artists included:
Atsuko Chirikjian, Alice Chen, Anne Punzi, Brock Flamion, Brad Daruszka, Bethany Haeseler, Carol Acquilano, Cheryl Dawdy, Chalda Maloff, Colleen Pendry, Cathleen Ryan, Craig Wilson, Doug Frohman, Domingo Parada, Denise VanDeroef, Elizabeth Andrews, Fumiko Kashiwagi, George Lorio, Gabriella Soraci, Geoffrey Stein, George Wallace, Harriet Heller, Hannah Lightbody, Ileen Kaplan, Judi Cermak, Julian Cartwright, JoAnn Gentle, Justyn Iannucci, Jennifer Kotler, James Mai, Jacquelyn O’Brien, Jim Pearson, John Ruggles, Joe Tarantelli, Jane Zich, Katherine Baca, Kathryn Bevier, Kristine DeNinnio, Katelyn Jurney, Kevin Stuart, Kenneth Townsend, Lauren Furushima, Lanna Pejovic, Larry Poole, Katharine Wood, Mary Begley, Madalyn LaCava, Maria Victoria Savka, Marissa Tirone, Mari Takagi, Michele Vair, Margaret Wilson, Mark Zeh, Nancy Hicks, Namdoo Kim, Owen Karrel, Phyllis Bryce Ely, Peter Bucklin, Paige Kleinfelder, Patti Miskell, Peter Russom, Robert Fiacco, Ryan Hoevenaar, Ryosuke Kumakura, Roberta Kappel, Rebecca Strohm, Rikki Van Camp, Sarah Arditti, Sara Basher, Sage Churchill-Foster, Samara Doumnande, Sofie Hodara, Susan Kaye, Stephen Komp, Stacy Liberati, Shannon McDonell, Simone Ochrym, Steven Piotrowski, Sean M. Witucki, Taylor Kennedy, Trisha Max, Terry Oakden, Trina Smith, Virginia Cassetta, Vincent Leandro, Vanessa Rivera, William Barkin, William Holowka, Yoon Jee Kwak, Zach Dietl

This is our first national juried exhibition and we can’t wait to see all of the work up on Main Street Arts’ walls! Stay tuned for more information about Small Works, as well as images of select pieces.

Pictographic Prints by Mike Goscinsky

Rochester printmaker Mike Goscinsky currently has a solo show Upstairs at Main Street Arts featuring his pictographic woodcut prints.

Mike Goscinsky, "The Dog Builders", woodcut on paper

Mike Goscinsky, “The Dog Builders”, woodcut on paper

Mike’s work consists of woodcut prints and drawings featuring fantastical imagery of animals and pictographs. His woodcut prints are incredibly detailed. You can really see how much time he spent carefully crafting each one!

Mike Goscinsky, "The Zebra Builder", woodcut on paper

Mike Goscinsky, “The Zebra Builder”, woodcut on paper

Mike Goscinsky, "The Lion Builder", woodcut on paper

Mike Goscinsky, “The Lion Builder”, woodcut on paper

There are two series in this show. The first, The Animal Builders, depict mythical creatures known as elementals. Elementals are invisible beings in nature who are responsible for building all creatures from land, air, and sea.

Mike’s second body of work, The Pictographic series uses Asian characters along with images of the animals described by the character.

Mike Goscinsky, "Aquadic Echoes II", woodcut on rice paper

Mike Goscinsky, “Aquadic Echoes II”, woodcut on rice paper

Main Street Arts is hosting a free woodcut printmaking demo by Mike Goscinsky tomorrow, October 18, 2014 at 2pm. Absolutely free, no registration necessary. Just stop by the gallery at 2pm!

Watch Mike go through the steps of printing one of his incredibly detailed woodcut images, in the midst of his solo exhibition upstairs at Main Street Arts. He will talk about his ideas and process, and will be on hand to answer questions about both!

Exhibition Dates: October 3–November 29, 2014

Inside The Artist’s Studio with Bradley Butler: Part Two

Bradley Butler

Detail of Inner Interior (2012)

I have always been attracted to a darker palette. Muddy colors, mixing lots of black and white with my colors, using copious amounts of India ink and powdered charcoal… This led me down a path of slightly grey, almost “dim” work that masked the color that was present in my paintings. For a while, I was trying to mask this color as a way for people to discover it as they stared into the surface. Images and colors would show themselves after your eyes adjusted to the darkness on the immediate surface. You would begin to notice that it wasn’t a flat black or grey you were looking at but a rich grouping of blues, reds, browns and greens.

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Detail of Sliding Frame of Reference (2011)

Bradley Butler

Detail of Underneath The Expanse (2012)

My work as of late has been a reveal of the colors that were always there but were just hiding beneath the surface. I still “muddy up” the palette and most likely, will always do that;  but more color—vibrant at times—has been showing up in my compositions. I see my recent work (March–October, 2014) as a refined approach to color and also to mark-making. Using brushes I have not picked up in years, leaving marks I would have otherwise covered in the past, and trying to think differently about the way I begin a painting. These are all ways in which I have “forced” a change. Other natural changes have resulted from this as well.

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Two new 30in x 30in canvases are in the works in the studio.

detail of new work by Bradley Butler

Detail of 30in x 30in painting in progress

The paintings have become more consistent, and I feel, more impactful. There are still subtle and understated areas but they pack more punch now… The mystery and depth I am after is still there and will always be there (I hope), but with a new palette. I still use the same colors, I just mix them differently and set different expectations for myself. The colors I use are Golden Brand acrylics because that’s what Kathy Calderwood told me to use when I took her class in college. I use cadmium red, napthol red, cadmium yellow, phthalo blue (green shade), ultramarine blue, titanium white, and mars black. At times, additions or substitutions are made but that happens rarely.

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My current palette as I work in the studio. This is a popular mix for me lately: ultramarine, pthalo, and cad. yellow with varying degrees of black and white… I also let the colors run into each other to see what happens!

Part three in this series will be coming soon. Until then, stop into the gallery to see The Opposite of Concrete where six of my paintings are featured, along with great work by 4 other talented artists.

Read part one of Inside The Artist’s Studio with Bradley Butler, here.

October Shows Upstairs at Main Street Arts

We have some great new October shows Upstairs at Main Street Arts! Stop by to check out the prints & paintings of Dennis Revitsky, wood cut prints by Mike Goscinsky, puppets & paintings by Rand Darrow, and handmade ceramics & furniture by Samantha Stumpf and Adrian VandenBout.

October Shows Upstairs at Main Street Arts

October Shows Upstairs at Main Street Arts

See more information on these shows on the Main Street Arts exhibitions page.

Exhibition Dates: October 3–November 29, 2014

Inside The Artist’s Studio with Bradley Butler: Part One

Bradley Butler

The studio just before bringing these paintings to the gallery. Pictured (L to R) “The Impossibility  of Understanding”, “Intentionally Losing Direction”, and “The Mirage of Truth”.

Preparing for this exhibition, for me, was a multi-faceted experience. Being both the gallery director and also 1 of 5 exhibiting artists, I found myself feeling many different things. Even though I was concerned with the way inclusion of artwork by the gallery director would be perceived; I was excited to host an exhibition featuring abstraction as the unifying conceptual theme on the main floor.

Abstract painting has been the most direct way for me to communicate visually with an audience. It affects me on the most primal level and allows for a contemplative and direct connection to my deepest thoughts in the studio. When painting, I am sorting out my thoughts and beliefs, processing world events, and also cultivating a visual language. I am constantly experimenting with different approaches to achieving images that are thoroughly “worked” and wrought with a fury of brush strokes, washes of fluid paints, and linear scratches of charcoal and conté crayon.

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Detail of “Intentionally Losing Direction” while in progress.

For this exhibition, I knew I wanted to have an entirely new set of paintings and I had already begun working towards my current frame of mind in the studio. On January 1, 2013, I began working on new paintings in a new studio for the first time in 8 months (My wife and I bought a house, I had 3 jobs, and no time…). This was a very important time for me and I experienced a renaissance of artistic activity that was lacking from my life. I began to make a body of work that was distinctly different from my MFA thesis body of work from 2010, while still working within the confines of an overall aesthetic I had developed. Realizing this, I pushed on and continued to evolve as an artist. This is still happening and I couldn’t be more excited.

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Six paintings on paper, part of the “Planes of Existence” series. Three of these are included in the exhibition.

The paintings featured in  The Opposite of Concrete are my most recent. They represent the direction I am heading in as well as my chosen format for the foreseeable future, or at least for a while… I have come to realize that working within a structural standard (30in x 30in canvases and 6in x 9in or 9in x 12in works on paper) takes my mind off of questions like “how big?” and “vertical or horizontal?” I am able to focus on the composition and the development of a more refined color palette, as well as a larger repertoire of the lines and shapes that make up my images. The intuitive manner in which I work usually dictates the direction I end up taking with my paintings. It is an adventure without a specific plan and that is both exciting and frightening! Making formal decisions about the surface or color palette is the only control I allow myself to have. Everything else after that is a chance encounter with brushes and pigments…

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Detail of “The Mirage of Truth” while in progress.

You can see more images from my studio on Instagram.

Read Part Two of Inside The Artist’s Studio with Bradley Butler, here.

Check out our previous Inside the Artist’s Studio blog post, by ceramic artist Samantha Stumpf.

Main Street Arts: Online Gallery Shop Giveaway

Main Street Arts is celebrating the launch of our Online Gallery Shop by giving away two handmade ceramic mugs from our exclusive new line of Samantha Stumpf’s Signature Tableware Series!

Two of Samantha Stumpf's porcelain mugs will be given to one lucky winner!

Two of Samantha Stumpf’s porcelain mugs will be given to one lucky winner! Mugs are as pictured here.

To be entered in this free giveaway all you have to do is fill out a ten-question survey about the gallery. The survey will be available until September 30, 2014 at midnight. The winner will be announced on October 1, 2014.

Fill out the survey here.

To see the rest of Samantha Stumpf’s collection, check out her Signature Tableware Series in our Online Gallery Shop.

“Paintings, Made Outdoors” by Terry Oakden

Terry Oakden currently has a solo exhibition Upstairs at Main Street Arts. “Painting, Made Outdoors” includes expressive oil and acrylic paintings on paper and board made outside and in the Finger Lakes region.

Terry Oakden, "Through the Vineyard 'Seneca'", Acrylic on board

Terry Oakden, “Through the Vineyard ‘Seneca’”, Acrylic on board

These paintings are full of vivd and sometimes unexpected colors. Splashes of bright pink contrast with bright green grass, swaths of red, blue, and yellow create deep, beautiful skies.

Terry Oakden, "Addison", Acrylic & oil on board

Terry Oakden, “Addison”, Acrylic & oil on board

Terry Oakden, "St. Mary's 'Corning'", Acrylic on board

Terry Oakden, “St. Mary’s ‘Corning’”, Acrylic on board

The exhibition combines paintings on paper with paintings on panel, emphasizing the spontaneity of Oakden’s work. His brushstrokes have a loose quality that add so much emotion to what would otherwise be a simple landscape.

Terry Oakden, "Paintings, Made Outdoors"

Terry Oakden, “Paintings, Made Outdoors”

Stop by to see Terry Oakden’s solo exhibition Upstairs at Main Street! His work will be here through September 27, 2014. You can see more information about exhibitions at Main Street Arts here.

Exhibition Dates: August 5–September 27, 2014