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A Growing Art Collection by Sarah Butler

The foyer of our house features a group of work by former MSA resident Marisa Bruno, Hannah Lindo (from a MSA juried Small Works exhibition), John Green (from a two-person exhibition at MSA), Robin Whiteman (MSA gallery shop artist), Matt Metz (from the Flower City Pottery Invitational), and an original Bradley Butler. Show in the mirror to the right, a painting by Rochester artist Amy Vena and a painting by former MSA resident Kira Buckle.

The foyer of our house features a group of work by former MSA resident Marisa Bruno, Hannah Lindo (from a MSA juried Small Works exhibition), John Greene (from a two-person exhibition at MSA), Robin Whiteman (MSA gallery shop artist), Matt Metz (from the Flower City Pottery Invitational), and an original Bradley Butler. Shown in the mirror to the right, a painting by Rochester artist Amy Vena and a painting by former MSA resident Kira Buckel.

Brad and I have what I think is the start of a really great art collection hanging on the walls of our home. Being the directors of an arts organization that hosts several exhibitions per year gives us the chance to see all types of work from new and familiar artists all the time. Sometimes we can’t let a piece of art leave the gallery unless it’s in our car and on its journey to our house. (Okay, maybe not sometimes…maybe often.)

We have many pieces in our collection that we’ve acquired from our Main Street Arts connections including work shown in exhibitions, work from our gallery shop artists, and pieces from former artists in residence.

A view down our upstairs hallway, looking at the stairwell. The skull print on the left, by Bill Fick, was acquired from Rochester Contemporary during the Outlaw Printmakers Show in 2014.

A view down our upstairs hallway, looking at the stairwell. The skull print on the left, by Bill Fick, was acquired from Rochester Contemporary during the Outlaw Printmakers Show in 2014.

Left, a painting by Robert Ernst Marx (from a two-person exhibition at MSA) hangs above a drawing by former MSA resident Geena Massaro. Right, a grouping of work from former MSA resident Emily Tyman, Rochester artist Jim Mott, RIT alum Autumn Hasthor, former Flower City Arts Center resident Lane Chapman, and Rochester artist Sage Churchill Foster.

Left, a painting by Robert Ernst Marx (from a two-person exhibition at MSA) hangs above a drawing by former MSA resident Geena Massaro. Right, a grouping of work from former MSA resident Emily Tyman, Rochester artist Jim Mott, RIT alum Autumn Hasthor, former Flower City Arts Center resident Lane Chapman, and Rochester artist Sage Churchill Foster.

Hanging in area of our stairwell is a drawing of our four-legged kids by July/August 2019 resident Geena Massaro that hangs below a Robert Marx painting that was included in his two-person exhibition in 2017. In another area, a painting of mushrooms by October/November 2018 resident Emily Tyman is paired with a painting by Jim Mott that was included in the Upstate New York Painting Invitational at Main Street Arts in 2017 and a ceramic sculpture by Autumn Hasthor, a now RIT alum, who had her BFA show Sewn Solid on the second floor of the gallery in 2018. Also included in the grouping, a ceramic sculpture by Lane Chapman (a former resident at the Flower City Arts Center) and a RoCo 6×6 featuring an elegant little glass mushroom by Sage Churchill Foster whose work is regularly featured in the gallery shop at Main Street Arts.

The mantle in our living room is the home to one of Brad's own paintings, a mixed media piece by former MSA resident Cathy Gordon, a vessel by Rochester artist Peter Pincus, a tiki sculpture from Hawaii and a vessel from Mexico, as well as an antique camel sculpture and other objects. Guest appearance by our four-legged kids Rodney (left) and Margot (right).

The mantle in our living room is the home to one of Brad’s own paintings, a mixed media piece by former MSA resident Cathy Gordon, a vessel by Rochester artist Peter Pincus, a tiki sculpture from Hawaii and a vessel from Mexico, as well as an antique camel sculpture and other objects. Guest appearance by our four-legged kids Rodney (left) and Margot (right).

Left, a mixed media piece by July 2017 artist in residence Cathy Gordon and one of Brad's abstract paintings sit on our mantle. Next to them, shown on the right, is a tiki we purchased from an artist working on a sidewalk in Lahaina, Maui during our honeymoon, and a vessel from a 2018 trip to Mexico.

Left, a mixed media piece by July 2017 artist in residence Cathy Gordon and one of Brad’s abstract paintings sit on our mantle. Next to them, shown on the right, is a tiki we purchased from an artist working on a sidewalk in Lahaina, Maui during our honeymoon, and a vessel from a 2018 trip to Mexico.

The mantle in our living room features a mixed media piece by July 2017 artist in residence Cathy Gordon, alongside one of own Brad’s paintings, and a vessel by Rochester artist Peter Pincus from his solo exhibition at Main Street Arts in 2014. Also on the mantle: a tiki sculpture purchased from a Hawaiian artist working on the street in Lahaina, Maui from our honeymoon in February 2008, and a Mata Ortiz vessel by Mexican artist Octavio Silveiro which we acquired on a trip to Mexico in 2017.

Left, a print by Syracuse artist Elizabeth Andrews acquired at the Memorial Art Gallery's Clothesline Festival in 2009. This piece sits at the top of our stairs and always makes me smile because on the wall just behind it (shown far left) is our wedding photo in which we are standing in the exact same pose. Right, a 6x6 from the first year of RoCo's 6x6 exhibition in 2008 done by Cory Card, who sadly passed away earlier this year. This piece sits on a shelf in my studio. It says "mangled" and was the first piece I was drawn to at that exhibition due to its bold simplicity.

Left, a print by Syracuse artist Elizabeth Andrews acquired at the Memorial Art Gallery’s Clothesline Festival in 2009. This piece sits at the top of our stairs and always makes me smile because on the wall just behind it (shown far left) is our wedding photo in which we are standing in the exact same pose. Right, a 6×6 from the first year of RoCo’s 6×6 exhibition in 2008 done by Cory Card, who sadly passed away earlier this year. This piece sits on a shelf in my studio. It says “mangled” and was the first piece I was drawn to at that exhibition due to its bold simplicity.

Main Street Arts is a wonderful resource in finding new and inspiring works to add to our personal collection, but we also love to find pieces to add when we visit other local arts organizations. Every year we attend the Flower City Pottery Invitational at the Flower City Arts Center, the Memorial Art Gallery’s Clothesline Festival and Fine Craft Show, and exhibitions at Rochester Contemporary including their 6×6 exhibition.

Our cup collection is quickly outgrowing its designated space in this cabinet in our kitchen. Last year, we added lighting to showcase all of the beautiful cups and bowls we have acquired.

Our cup collection is quickly outgrowing its designated space in this cabinet in our kitchen. Last year, we added lighting to showcase all of the beautiful cups and bowls we have acquired.

A few of my favorites from our cup collection. Left, center, a mug by Sam Chung purchased during the 2019 Flower City Pottery invitational. Just behind it to left, you can see a collaborative cup by August 2018 MSA residents Maliya Travers-Crumb (ceramic artist) and Jill Grimes (painter). To the left of the mug, a cup by John and Kathy Brien from the MSA gallery shop. In the image on the right, my all time favorite cup in the collection, by Matt Metz can be seen in the front on the right. This piece was purchased during the 2017 Flower City Pottery Invitational. The blue tall cup on the left is by Nicolas Kekic. The short tumbler in the front and the tea bowl in the back were both purchased from two different "The Cup, The Mug" exhibitions at Main Street Arts.

A few of my favorites from our cup collection. Left, center, a mug by Sam Chung purchased during the 2019 Flower City Pottery invitational. Just behind it to left, you can see a collaborative cup by August 2018 MSA residents Maliya Travers-Crumb (ceramic artist) and Jill Grimes (painter). To the left of the mug, a cup by John and Kathy Brien from the MSA gallery shop. In the image on the right, my all time favorite cup in the collection, by Matt Metz can be seen in the front on the right. This piece was purchased during the 2017 Flower City Pottery Invitational. The blue tall cup on the left is by Nicolas Kekic. The short tumbler in the front and the tea bowl in the back were both purchased from two different “The Cup, The Mug” exhibitions at Main Street Arts.

We’ve acquired several cups from our annual juried exhibition The Cup, The Mug at Main Street Arts, as well as from the Flower City Arts Center, The Memorial Art Gallery, trips we’ve been on, and we even have a collaborative mug from August 2018 Main Street Arts residents Maliya Travers-Crumb and Jill Grimes. In addition to cups and mugs, we’ve started adding some beautiful bowls to our “cup cabinet” including work by ceramic artists Sang Joon Park and Kaete Brittin Shaw, and glass artist Nicolas Kekic—artists we were introduced to at the 2018 and 2019 MAG Fine Craft Show. Our collection is quickly outgrowing this space and I don’t see it slowing anytime soon!

"These Are My Rivers #16" by Rochester artist Pete Monicelli. This is a piece we purchased last year from his exhibition at Colleen Buzzard's studio at the Anderson Art Building.

“These Are My Rivers #16″ by Rochester artist Pete Monicelli. This is a piece we purchased last year from his exhibition at Colleen Buzzard’s studio at the Anderson Art Building.

We also like finding gems from smaller galleries or artist studios. Last year we purchased this really wonderful piece by Pete Monicelli from his exhibition at Colleen Buzzard’s studio. It’s still waiting to be framed so I haven’t been able to fully appreciate its beauty as a part of the collection hanging on our walls yet, but I knew when we saw it that it would make a wonderful addition.

Left, a sculpture by Bill Stewart that was included in his 2019 solo exhibition "Eccentric Energy" at Main Street Arts is paired with a print by Buffalo artist Kathy Sherin. Kathy's print was acquired at a fundraiser for Gallery R, the RIT student run gallery in 2013. Right, a painting by Robert Ernst Marx from his solo exhibition "Silent Voices, Silent Rooms" in 2019 at Main Street Arts and a grouping of work by Sylvia Taylor, Anne Muntges, Jim Downer (who Brad and I both had as a graphic design professor during our time at Monroe Community College), and Pat Bacon.

Left, a sculpture by Bill Stewart that was included in his 2019 solo exhibition “Eccentric Energy” at Main Street Arts is paired with a print by Buffalo artist Kathy Sherin. Kathy’s print was acquired at a fundraiser for Gallery R, the RIT student run gallery in 2013. Right, a painting by Robert Ernst Marx from his solo exhibition “Silent Voices, Silent Rooms” in 2019 at Main Street Arts and a grouping of work by Sylvia Taylor, Anne Muntges, Jim Downer (who Brad and I both had as a graphic design professor during our time at Monroe Community College), and Pat Bacon.

We collect art because the work speaks to us in some way and reminds us of connections we have with the artists who created them—the reminders of residents who spent time with us at Main Street Arts, hot dog lunches and studio visits with Robert and Francie Marx, or a special vacation where we met the artist working on his or her craft. I wish that I could showcase each piece of art or grouping on our walls, but it’s hard to do because there is so much to say about each piece and the stories made when they are seen together in our home.


This post was written by Sarah Butler, assistant director at Main Street Arts and is expanded from her response on the “What’s on Our Walls post in the Get to Know Us series.

 

From the Director: End of 2019 Edition

As I sit here and prepare myself to write this end of the year blog post, I find it hard to believe that a whole year has actually gone by; 2019 was a whirlwind of a year for us at Main Street Arts!

Installation shot from our residency alumni exhibition in April, featuring 43 former artists in residence

Installation shot from our residency alumni exhibition in April, featuring 43 former artists in residence

In our first full year as a 501(c)(3) non profit arts organization, we have been humbled and encouraged by the support of so many of you through our fundraising efforts. Your contributions help us to keep offering a variety of arts programming to our immediate community, our region, and beyond. Through our first Artist at the Table event and Residency Alumni Exhibition in April, we raised enough funds to start offering financial support to artists in residence. Starting in January 2020, we will be able to fully fund one resident per quarter and offer partial funding to accepted artists in residence in need. We welcomed 22 artists in residence in 2019 from 13 different states and 1 Canadian province. This is the most artists we’ve had come through the program in a single year!

Bill Stewart on the night of his opening reception for "Eccentric Energy"

Bill Stewart on the night of his opening reception for “Eccentric Energy”

"Perception of Time" included artwork by Carol Acquilano, Jim Garmhausen, Sue Leopard, Richard Margolis, Nick Marshall, Nancy Wiley, and Beckett Wood

“Perception of Time” included artwork by Carol Acquilano, Jim Garmhausen, Sue Leopard, Richard Margolis, Nick Marshall, Nancy Wiley, and Beckett Wood

2019 was also a great year for exhibitions at Main Street Arts.  From group exhibitions like Perception of Time, which explored our relationship to the concept of time; to solo exhibitions like Eccentric Energy, which highlighted the career of well-known Rochester sculptor Bill Stewart. We had a total of 16 exhibitions in 2019, 8 on the main floor and 8 in our second floor gallery space.

Sprawling Visions, January 11–February 14, 2020 — Reception: Saturday, January 18, 4–7 p.m.

Sprawling Visions runs Jan. 11–Feb. 14, 2020 — Reception: Saturday, Jan. 18, 4–7 p.m.

While I may be biased in saying this, 2020 is full of great exhibition programming as well. Starting off the year is Sprawling Visions, a 26 artist invitational of paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture and photographs by artists from our region and beyond. Over the past 3 years of having our open call for work, many artist’s submissions have gone unanswered. I would consult the list to find artists for exhibitions we were planning and if there was a fit, I made contact. If not, the submission stayed active. This exhibition is an effort to answer that call and moving forward, all submissions to the open call will be answered twice per year. This exhibition will take place on both floors of the gallery.

Sneak peek at a painting that will be included in "Painters Painting Painters" by Rochester artist, Brian O'Neill.

Sneak peek at a painting that will be included in “Painters Painting Painters” by Rochester artist, Brian O’Neill.

In February, we’ll have another large group invitational on both floors with Painters Painting Painters. The exhibition consists of 22 artists from the Finger Lakes, Rochester, and Buffalo areas.  Each artist was tasked with making a painting of another artist in the exhibition and the result is a unique look at the variety of figurative painting being done by artists in our region. Additional work by each artist will also be shown, keep an eye out for the full list of artists to be announced soon!

Installation shot from "Silent Voices…Silent Rooms", Robert's solo exhibition in February of 2019

Installation shot from “Silent Voices…Silent Rooms”, Robert’s solo exhibition in February, 2019

We will also be adding a ninth exhibition to the main floor exhibition calendar in 2020. In December, we will have a special solo exhibition of new work by Robert Ernst Marx, which celebrates his 95th birthday!

ASAE students in grades 1–3 discuss ceramics as they look at this year's "The Cup, The Mug" exhibition

ASAE students in grades 1–3 discuss ceramics with instructor Pam Viggiani as they look at this year’s “The Cup, The Mug” exhibition

ASAE students in grades 4–6 show off artwork they made, inspired by Sylvia Taylor's "Pink Cloud" installation.

ASAE students in grades 4–6 show off artwork they made, inspired by Sylvia Taylor’s “Pink Cloud” installation.

The After School Art Experience at Main Street Arts has grown in it’s second year, as we now have two different sections, one for kids in grades 1–3 and another for kids in 4–6. We hit the ground running at the start of the 2019-2020 school year with twice the amount of students in each 4-week session over last year. So far, the students have discussed and made artwork based on a solo exhibition by Sylvia Taylor and they have seen artwork from around the country by a total of 156 artists in our Small Works and The Cup, The Mug exhibitions. This unique program  gives kids the opportunity to thoughtfully engage with the artwork in our exhibitions. They learn about the artists, their ideas and processes, and they make artwork based on what they are learning. We are proud of the program and thank instructor Pam Viggiani for cultivating a deeper appreciation for art in the kids in the program each week.

Mixed media leaf composition project at the Canandaigua VA

Mixed media leaf composition project at the Canandaigua VA

Weekly art classes at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center have been taught by gallery assistant and artist, Maria Galens. She has been doing weekly art sessions with the veterans consistently since February and will be continuing on into 2020. While we have been providing art workshops at the VA since 2014, this is the longest consecutive stretch of classes taught and we are thrilled to be there!

Assistant director, Sarah Butler and literary arts coordinator, Rachel Crawford at Sulfur Books on the first day of being open, Small Business Saturday

Assistant director, Sarah Butler and literary arts coordinator, Rachel Crawford at Sulfur Books on the first day of being open, Small Business Saturday

We hope that by now, you have all heard about the latest addition to Main Street Arts. We now own a bookstore on Main Street in Clifton Springs! Sulfur Books opened at 18 East Main Street on Saturday, November 30th and we couldn’t be happier. Sarah Butler, assistant director, Rachel Crawford, our new literary arts coordinator, and myself spent the month of November tirelessly renovating the storefront. In just 32 days, we moved the entire inventory of Explore! The Bookstore—which MSA board vice president Anne Mancilla gifted to us—built-out, painted, restocked, and rebranded the store.

Top left: Explore! The Bookstore prior to renovation; Top right: The bookstore during renovation; Bottom: Sulfur Books

Top left: Explore! The Bookstore prior to renovation; Top right: The bookstore during renovation; Bottom: Sulfur Books

Rochester-based author, Brian Wood reading from his new book, Joytime Killbox at the Sulfur Books grand opening event

Rochester-based author, Brian Wood reading from his new book, Joytime Killbox at the Sulfur Books grand opening event

The existence of Sulfur Books is the reason that we are now launching literary arts programming and we have many exciting programs and events to be announced. Be sure to follow Sulfur Books on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. We will be launching the full website soon. Stay tuned!

The Main Street Arts crew: (left to right) Sarah Butler, assistant director; Maria Galens, gallery assistant; Rachel Crawford, literary arts coordinator; and Bradley Butler, executive director and curator.

The Main Street Arts crew: (left to right) Sarah Butler, assistant director; Maria Galens, gallery assistant; Rachel Crawford, literary arts coordinator; and Bradley Butler, executive director and curator.

From the bottom of my heart and on behalf of all of us at Main Street Arts, I would like to thank everyone who came to see an exhibition, attended an event, took a workshop or joined us for a residency. If you are interested in making a year-end contribution to Main Street Arts, you may do so on our website: MainStreetArtsCS.org/support. A donation of any amount will help to support our unique programming and keep us growing into the future. We look forward to seeing you in 2020!