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Finding Color in Black and White

Finding color in black and white
Remember that feeling you got when you were a kid and opened a new box of crayons? All those colors? All those possibilities? Every color held a world of describing the things around you and the ideas yet to come.
            Every spring feels like that for me. Opening the shades from the long winter of monochrome to spring’s blast of light and brilliance of hue, I am in awe every year by the pinks, purples, yellow greens and blues.

To What End Paint

To what end paint?
            Fame?Not likely in my case, for a variety of reasons. My mother wanted me to paint, but my father would have insisted on perfection, whatever that is, to exploit any talent the kindergarten teacher told my mother I had. It took me until I was 30, after years of therapy, to have the courage to express anything at all on canvas,
            Wealth?By the time I was 35 I realized I could never support myself with art.


"Galleries are going to reject you, people are going to say insensitive things about your work, critics are going to ignore you and family members are going to plot to steal your painting time but you have to pick yourself up and go back at it.” ~ Cathie Harrison    

     I am just coming off of another show that required entries and paintings being juried. It is always a tossup…will they like my paintings? Or not?
     I understand this process is subjective and beyond my control.

Aging Beauty

Early last summer my family and I visited the Lockport Caves and Museum in Lockport, N.Y. The old entry door to the museum, with its rustic locks and weather-beaten facade, became the inspiration for my next painting that I would work on most of the summer. It was very important to me to capture the essence of this antique door.
     The door itself tells a story with its iron hardware and the many layers of peeling paint. It has withstood the heat of summers and the harshness of winters.

Thank you!

The Main Street Artists' wish to thank you for helping us support the Art program at the Boys and Girls Club of Rochester! Thanks to you we were able to raise $400 which will buy badly needed art supplies for them! 
We wish all of you the happiest and healthiest of holidays! 

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.

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