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From The Director: Hanging Jewelry on The Wall

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From the DirectorA series that offers a behind-the-scenes look at the exhibitions and events that take place at Main Street Arts, as well as insight from the director’s perspective on the artwork and artists featured.


A grouping of work in Multifaceted

Multifaceted exhibition, a view from the second room

As with all of our exhibitions, I have been looking forward to installing our current show, Multifaceted: An Exhibition of Fine Jewelry. One of the greatest thrills of curating and hanging an exhibition is in the process of laying out the work and going through the different possibilities for making the exhibition the best version of what it could be. So many variations of the same exhibition exist prior to making the final decisions to make THE exhibition.

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Preparing for installation…

I knew it would be a challenge to install jewelry, especially since we wanted to put as much as possible directly on the wall. One of the main concerns was making sure the exhibition would adequately fill the space. When all of the work was taken out of boxes and bags, it was all able to fit on a table and a hand full of pedestals—I started to get a little nervous! However, as pieces started to be set in place, we could see that we had enough work. Our next concern was that we didn’t want the individual pieces to get lost on the large walls of the gallery. Painting a variety of circles in a muted blue helped to give context to jewelry groupings and provided a rhythm to the wall as a whole.

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Trays, bowls, vases, and other circular objects proved helpful when painting circles! Pictured: Necklaces by Boo Poulin and a brooch by Juan Carlos Caballero-Perez

We also used mirrors, painted with a metallic gold, to add another dimensional element to the layout. As you pass by the sections with mirrors, you notice something moving in your periphery and—I hope—it causes you to stop and look closer at the surrounding collection of jewelry. They also serve a practical purpose in this exhibition, since most of the work in this show is made to be worn.

Multifaceted Installation shot, with mirrors.

Multifaceted Installation shot, with mirrors.

Ultimately, I wanted to do this exhibition to change the context of how we look at jewelry. My hope is for people to experience these pieces as if they were looking at painting or sculpture and spend time considering the meaning behind the work. The jewelry is out of its usual case in the gallery shop and is taking its rightful place on the walls and on pedestals of the gallery—seen as the works of art that they are.

Stop in to experience the exhibition in person before it closes this Friday, August 18.

A Solo Exhibition by Chad Grohman

Upstairs at Main Street Arts we are currently exhibiting nineteen paintings by Buffalo, NY artist Chad Grohman. Grohman’s work ranges from more traditional landscapes and still lives to buildings, plants, animals, and people with a surreal twist.

Chad Grohman, "Always Home"

Chad Grohman, “Always Home”,  2014, Gouache, 8″ x 10″

Chad Grohman, "At the Center of the Clearing", 2013, Gouache, 8" x 10"

Chad Grohman, “At the Center of the Clearing”, 2013, Gouache, 8″ x 10″

Chad’s muted color palette creates a sense of uncertainty and uneasiness in these gouache paintings (which is interesting, compared to how warm some of his landscapes can feel). There is a strong sense of narrative, even if the the viewer can’t pin down what that narrative is.

Chad Grohman, "Light Dagger", 2014, Gouache, 8" x 10"

Chad Grohman, “Light Dagger”, 2014, Gouache, 8″ x 10″

Chad Grohman, "Crowclops", 2014, Gouache, 8" x 10"

Chad Grohman, “Crowclops”, 2014, Gouache, 8″ x 10″

Houses with legs, flying tigers, lightning fish, all of these unusual creatures are juxtaposed with more traditional landscape backgrounds. Many of these pieces feel as though their characters would be at home in a tattoo parlor, or in a very unusual fairy tale.

Chad Grohman, Grabbing Hands, 2014, Gouache, 6" x 8"

Chad Grohman, Grabbing Hands, 2014, Gouache, 6″ x 8″

Stop by to see Chad Grohman’s solo exhibition Upstairs at Main Street! His work will be here through July 26, 2014. You can see more of Grohman’s work here and read more information about exhibitions at Main Street Arts here.

Exhibition Dates: June 6–July 26, 2014

Call for Submissions: Small Works Show

The first national juried exhibition at Main Street Arts will be
an exhibition of small works (12″ or less in any direction). Open to artists working in all media excluding film/sound and installation art. This exhibition is open to all U.S. residents at least 18 years of age. Download the prospectus here. Entry is currently open.

 Jurors: Gallery director and staff

 Awards: $1,000 in cash awards

Entry Deadline:  Monday, September 22, 2014 at midnight
Notification: The week of October 6, 2014
Shipping/Delivery Dates: October 28–November 1, 2014
Exhibition Dates: November 6–December 27, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 8, 2014

Submit your work here. Good luck!

Paintings by Joseph (Joe) Tarantelli

Upstairs at Main Street Arts we are currently exhibiting paintings by Joseph (Joe) Tarantelli. This show includes seven oil paintings of scenes in and around the Finger Lakes area.

Joseph Tarantelli, Fall Oak, 2014, Oil on Canvas, 30" x 20"

Joseph Tarantelli, Fall Oak, 2014, Oil on Canvas, 30″ x 40″

Joseph Tarantelli, Mendon Ponds Lily Pads, 2012, Oil on Canvas, 22" x 28"

Joseph Tarantelli, Mendon Ponds Lily Pads, 2012, Oil on Canvas, 22″ x 28″

Tarantelli believes that as a part of nature, it is important for us to appreciate the natural world. His contemporary landscapes are very textural, incorporating geometric lines and vivid colors.

As a plein air painter, Tarantelli feels he is becoming closer to the light and color of the natural world through a refreshing of the senses. Tarantelli successfully aims to rejuvenate the viewer’s natural senses.

One of Tarantelli’s paintings, Oak Tree, is also on exhibit in FLORA, our current juried exhibition of botanical artwork on the main floor.

Joseph Tarantelli, Oak Tree, 2011, oil on canvas, 30" x 40"

Joseph Tarantelli, Oak Tree, 2011, oil on canvas, 30″ x 40″

Stop by to see more of Joe’s paintings and to experience the beautiful mark-making and brushstrokes in person. You can see more of his paintings and prints here.

Exhibition Dates: June 6–July 26, 2014

“Metaphysical Musings” – Paintings, Drawings, & Collage by Lacey McKinney & Shannon Crandall

One of our current exhibitions Upstairs at Main Street Arts, Metaphysical Musings is a two-person show featuring paintings, drawings, and collage by Lacey McKinney and Shannon Crandall.

Lacey McKinney, Eviscera, oil on canvas

Lacey McKinney, Eviscera, oil on canvas

Shannon Crandall, Brave Intuition, acrylic & collage on canvas

Shannon Crandall, Brave Intuition, acrylic & collage on canvas

McKinney and Crandall both create works with lush, intricate surfaces. Whether they do so through thick brushstrokes and texture, or through delicate layering of color and paper, their mark-making is truly beautiful.

Metaphysical Musings isn’t just concerned with what’s on the surface, however. These works also focus on what’s just below or above the surface of what we look at. Metaphysics is a branch of philosophy concerned with explaining the fundamental nature of being and the world that encompasses it, these paintings make reference to this
in various ways.

Lacey McKinney, I Am You #7, powdered pigment on paper

Lacey McKinney, I Am You #7, powdered pigment on paper

Come check out the exhibit! Their work looks even more impressive in person. You can see more of Lacey McKinney’s work here and more of Shannon Crandall’s work here.

Exhibition Dates: June 6–July 26, 2014

“Birds in Nature” – Wood Sculpture by Don Howell & Paintings by Mark Stash

Birds in Nature is one of our current exhibits at Upstairs Main Street. Don Howell’s brightly colored bird carvings and Mark Stash’s  tightly rendered watercolor and gouache paintings interplay, combining 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional works in a complementary way.

Mark Stash, Feeding at Fallen Tree, watercolor & gouache

Mark Stash, Feeding at Fallen Tree, watercolor & gouache

Don Howell, Eclectic Parrot, wood carving

Don Howell, Eclectic Parrot, wood carving

These two artists may work in different mediums, but their appreciation of nature ties their work together. Both Stash and Howell’s depictions of birds allow us to appreciate their presence in the natural world surrounding us.

Stop by to see the show! These carvings and paintings should really be viewed in person to fully appreciate their vibrant colors and detailing.

Exhibition Dates: June 6–July 26, 2014