inspiration in fleeting moments
tide had just gone out. There were many rivulets of sea water still running
down the beach toward the ocean. Each revealed shards of clam shells, bits of
sea glass and rocks of all colors and sizes. The beach was Stonington, Maine’s
public beach, Sand Beach. It is a very small strip of sand, maybe 300 feet
long, surrounded by rocky coast and pine trees. My favorite painting site.
One day as I walked along the beach,
studying these rivulets, I realized that they existed in a brief moment in
Gabriele Lodder won an Honorable Mention for her pastel painting, ' Chincotique Sunset' in the current Pastel Society of Western New York's Inaugural Exhibit at the P. Tribastone Fine Art Gallery, 32 S. Main St, Canandaigua, NY. The show is up until the end of day September 26th. Kath DeWitt Hess also won an Honorable Mention in the show for her pastel painting ' Hidden Farm'. Suzi Zefting-Kuhn won the Award of Excellence for her pastel ' Nap Time'.
Congratulations ladies! The Main Street Artists did well!
Becoming an artist
By Gabby Lodder
I have always asked myself “What exactly is an artist in the eyes of the viewing public?” The dictionary tells us an artist is “One who produces works in any of the arts that are primarily subject to aesthetic criteria.” Or, “persons having superior skill or ability.” WOW – that’s a lot to live up to, especially the aesthetic criteria part.
You always hear from people viewing your work that it’s “beautiful,” “great piece of work,” “absolutely love it,” etc. But often you hear that “It doesn’t go with my décor.
Cooking Up A Painting
By Linda Cala
My father loved to
cook. Making a meal to him was like creating a piece of artwork. He would read
cookbooks like novels and sit in his garage with a stogie dreaming up recipes
that “jazzed”him up. Then he would plan in his head all the things he would
need: olive oil, garlic, eggplant, sauce, etc. Then he’d figure out where the
best deals were in town to get his ingredients.
oil was like his turpentine.
A connection . . .
What draws us to a particular piece of art?
Maybe it is a memory stirred, a mood relates, or a color touches us. Does it
bring joy, or is it thought-provoking? It could be a common ground, like minds
this artwork may transport us to another world, or into a delicious daydream
state. Sometimes just the sheer beauty takes our breath away!
it is, we are drawn to it, and I believe it is for a reason.
An acrylic painting, Bubb Lake, by MSA member Diane Bellenger received the Outstanding Landscape award in the 2015 Annual Central Adirondack Art Show at the View art center in Old Forge, N.Y. The exhibition, which runs through June 21, features more than 150 works in all media, ranging from painting and drawing, to photographs, ceramics and more.photographs, ceramics and more. Diane painted the work while on a hiking trip near Old Forge with her daughter.
Gabriele Lodder and Suzi Zefting-Kuhn have been juried into the Adirondack National Pastel Exhibition 2015 in Glens Falls NY.
Practice makes perfect…..
By Chris Norris
I am reminded of the classic joke where the tourist asks the
maestro, “How do I get to Carnegie Hall?” The maestro responds, “Practice,
I have been a member of the Main Street Artists since its
inception. In the beginning I would come in once a week for 4 hours. I would
pull out my paints and my easel and paint until it was time to go home. Days
later I would return to pull out my paints and easel and try to remember where
I left off.
The First Friday open studio event every month
at The Hungerford is a great party and us Main Street Artists enjoy the
opportunity to talk to visitors and show our stuff.
love to sell some paintings, but frankly, that doesn’t happen very often on
First Friday. That’s OK; we just hope people will start thinking about the joy
of owning original art and remember us when they decide to start their
people think they can’t afford art, but at Main Street Artists Gallery &
Studio, there’s art for every pocketbook.
Home is where the art is
I pull my car into the parking lot off East Main Street, take the freight elevator to the fourth floor of this old factory building and walk down a hallway filled with doors opening into creative spaces and feel like I could be somewhere in New York City. I open the door to Studio 452 and immediately feel like I am home.
Within this space I am surrounded by not only my own artwork but also the artwork of my fellow artists in the Main Street Artists’ Gallery & Studio. There are thirteen of us now.
On January 1, 2015 we turned five! It is hard to believe we have now been in existence for five years and we are still going strong. To celebrate that mini milestone we gave the studio spaces a face lift. Walls have been painted, we painted over the purple accents for a cleaner look and we will be redecorating our studio doors over the next few months. All members now have their own personal hanging space on the walls.
Our new newsletter will be published next month. Watch for our Facebook posts in the coming future.