The Place Where All Forms of Art Lives

Jan 3, 2016
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Louis Perticone, founder of Artisan Works, has always had an interest in creativity and design. Over the years, he evolved the idea for Artisan Works, a modern “art gallery” located on Blossom Road in Rochester.

It is a huge building with art expanding from the floor to the ceiling. It has old art, new art and everything in between. Entire rooms are dedicated to Marilyn Monroe, Frank Lloyd Wright and 1960s fire trucks.

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The annual  M&T Bank Clothesline Festival at the Memorial Art Gallery brought enthusiastic, if somewhat diminished crowds this weekend due to the wet weather.

More than 400 arts and crafts people were part of the juried show, and museum director Jonathan Binstock says the smaller crowds do impact the weekend revenue. It’s the MAG’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

But he says the museum has plenty to offer to the community over the next year to attract more patrons and members.

Two Rochester Murals are to be featured in an upcoming art film.

The film focuses on works created under FDR's Works Progress Administration. The New Deal agency put many skilled and unskilled laborers back to work on government payroll.

Rochester native Carl Peters was hired to paint two murals for Madison High School, which was torn down in the 1980's. But the paintings, and their messages, remain.

"Life of Action" and "Life of Contemplation" are each 22 feet high. Filmmaker Michael Maglaras says they reflect the attitudes of the time.

Connections: Healthy Friday - Veteran Artists

Jan 16, 2015

Art has healing qualities, and it’s been used with military veterans as they transition to civilian life. Locally, 10 veterans have been working as researchers to find out how art is helping them after their military career. Their work is being displayed at the OUR HOUSE Gallery Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. and a few of them joined us to talk about their work.

Photographer Trent Bell has created a stunning project called Reflect. It began when a friend of his was convicted of a violent crime and went to prison. Trent decided to shoot portrait photographs of longtime inmates who had committed violent crimes. He asked them to write letters to their younger selves, then he superimposed the portrait picture on top of the letters. Trent joins us to share their stories, their letters, and their lessons. We’ll also talk to Dale Davis, the Executive Director of the NY State Literary Center, who has created projects locally with young people who are incarcerated.

Need To Know Rochester: Artist Johnnie Smith

Feb 8, 2013

Hélène Biandudi gives us a look at the art created by local artist Johnnie Smith, and discusses what influences his art including family and the civil rights movement.

Need To Know Rochester: The Printmakers

Dec 14, 2012

A Contemporary African American Printmakers exhibit at the Gallery at the Nazareth College Arts Center shows that prints are an original piece of artwork, and that special techniques are used to make them.

Click here to find out when you can view the exhibit.

Walls are painted all the time – but not often in the manner used to redecorate one wall in the Rochester’s East End cultural district.

Artists created a mural on the back wall of the Little Theatre as part of the ongoing WALL\THERAPY project. The mural is entitled "See the Forest for the Trees."

WALL\THERAPY is designed to be a public community-level intervention using mural art as a vehicle to address a collective need for inspiration. Artists say their work is different from graffiti because they get permission from building owners first.

Reduce, reuse, recycle and recreate: one local artist’s plan to teach Rochesterians about the importance of being eco-friendly.

"This is the piece of steel that I salvaged from midtown mall it's about a 5 foot tall piece," says Scott Grove.

Grove is a local artist and author has been creating works of art using recycled materials since he was 16 years old.

Carlet Cleare

An annual Rochester film series - aiming to dispel the stigmas of mental illness - expands this year including artwork by artists suffering from mental health problems.

The Reel Mind Film Series at the Memorial Art Gallery will feature 50 pieces of artwork from the Mental Health Association's Creative Wellness Coalition. Veronica Weider is the director of the coalition. She says melding the art exhibit with the film series would help eliminate misconceptions and fears about mental illnesses.