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Our December Blog by Kath DeWitt Hess

               I just took the wonderful Aaron Scheurr Landscape workshop. It was a great learning experience as well as a chance to bond with artists outside of the MSA group.
I took the Aaron Scheurr workshop not only because I like his work but because I felt I needed help to get to the next “level” personally in my own work. The things I learned from Aaron besides what he had to say was  how he held his pastel /brush ,layering both pastel  or oil, learning how to alter my touch on the paper to lay down lines and most of all seeing and comparing what I was looking at now to how I didn’t take my work to the next level.


People are often curious about what inspires an artist to paint. Especially when the subject isn't as obvious as a landscape or a portrait, for example. When I am asked this question I usually have a difficult time answering succinctly. Because there are myriad answers. And the question begs the artist to put into words not only the reason for painting a particular subject but the reason why one paints at all.
            The first reason is often regarding subject.

Main Street Artists' Gallery & Studio August News

Main Street Artists Present ‘Favorite Things’ at St. John Fisher
Month-Long exhibit features work by 18 area painters  

The Main Street Artists group will present an exhibit at Patricia O’Keefe Ross Art Gallery in the Joseph S. Skalny Welcome Center, St. John Fisher College, 3690 East Ave. Pittsford.
            The show runs from Aug. 1 to Sept. 1 with an artists’ reception  6-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.

Abstract Thinking

Abstract thinking
For three days in May, MSA Studio 458 was filled with energy, focus, color and risk-taking. Six MSA members joined another 12 artists and all were fully engaged in learning how to create abstract art as guided by Debora Stewart during this workshop sponsored by the Pastel Society of Western New York.
Debora Stewart is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, a member of the Master's Circle of the International Association of Pastel Societies and the author of a Northlight book titled

June MSA News

You can visit the studio and members during the First Friday (6-9 p.m. June 3) and Second Saturday (10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 11) open studio events. You can also stop in at other times – members are at work almost every day! Call 585-233-5645 to make sure someone is “home.”
Meanwhile, please check out our website ( and be sure to LIKE us on Facebook!
Mark your calendars:Main Street Artists will have an exhibition Aug. 1-Sept. 1 at the beautiful Patricia O’Keefe Ross Art Gallery in the Joseph S.

Beyond the Surface

Beyond the surface
Most of us are resistant to change. In fact, we may dread it, even fear it. And yet we know that change is constant, a fact of life.
And then there’s this oft-quoted definition of insanity: Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.
So I try to embrace change, or at least I try to be open to new ideas. And my painting has always been an exploration, a search for something that I don’t expect to find. The journey always brings discoveries, and that for me, is what it’s all about.

On Being an Artist

Main Street Artists /Rochester Art Club and the Boys and Girls Club of Rochester Team Up!

Rochester Artists Support Boys & Girls Club with Two March Events
A student exhibit and fundraiser are taking place at the Hungerford
Rochester Art Club and the Main Street Artists Gallery & Studio are joining forces in March to benefit art programs at Boys & Girls Clubs of Rochester(BGCR).
RAC will host a month-long exhibit of 30 pieces by 10 members of BGCR. In conjunction with this show, members of Main Street Artists will be donating proceeds from sales of selected original artwork, prints and cards to BGCR.

A Lesson Learned

A Lesson Learned
Everyone has heard the carpenter saying “measure twice, cut once.” I believe that the same analogy applies to artists when they begin a new painting. Not necessarily cutting but certainly measuring. Getting the perspective and the drawing correct is certainly one of the most important steps.
Without following these all-important steps, everything is off right from the beginning.
I recently learned that the hard way with an oil painting of Reno, a beautiful rescued Greyhound.  The painting was a gift for two special people.

Last Saturday for holiday shopping!

Saturday, December 19th  10am-4pm is your last chance to finish up your holiday shopping here at the Hungerford , 1115 E. Main St. Rochester NY 14609. We are in Studio 452-458. The elevator will be manned for your convenience inside Door #2. Handicap ramp available as well. 

Consider an original piece of art that will only increase in value!  Smaller budget? We have many different note cards, art tiles and archival prints of our work as well. 

We look forward to seeing you!  See what we are currently working on as well!

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