Main Street Artists Go Green for
Surprises are in store at the Main Street
Artists gallery and studio as Margot Fass takes
on the role of featured artist for December.
process of creating art is always a surprise to me,” says the Rochester artist.
exhibit kicks off at the First First Friday open studio event, 6-9 p.m. Dec. 5,
in studio 458, Hungerford Building,
1115 E. Main Street, Rochester. In addition, the studio will be open 10 a.m.-3
p.m. on Saturdays Nov. 29, Dec. 6, Dec. 13 and Dec. 20.
“I have a
lot of ideas for this show,” says Fass. “And of course, it will have to do with
has had a new and original doll on her mind for 10 or 12 years now. Will she
make a frog doll prototype? Some frog aprons? What will Margot’s Frog Bog or
Fass’ Family Frog Frolic look like?
it is, I’m determined to make if fun for everyone,” she says.
Fass’s interest in frogs took
root many years ago and in 2013 culminated in publication of a children’s story
book, Froggy Family’s First Frolic
($35 hardcover, $20 paperback), illustrated with 16 of her original oil
paintings. Frogs pop up frequently and
in surprising ways in her latest paintings such as Camouflage, which features two fantastic female figures, flowers, a
revolver and several amphibians.
survived natural and manmade disasters, are older than the Hebrew Texts, the
Grand Canyon, and even dinosaurs,” notes Fass. “And a new species – in spite
of the recent decimation of frogs – has been discovered in an urban area.”
Fass, who has had a 30-year career
as a psychiatrist, began studying art in the 1970s at Monroe Community College.
She has studied with numerous local and nationally known artists. Fass, who has
taught at the Creative Workshop of the Memorial Art Gallery, is a founding
member of the New York Figure Study Guild and a signature member of the
Rochester Art Club.
Camouflage by Margot Fass
Gabby Lodder is Featured Artist for
A month-long exhibit of works by featured artist
Gabriele “Gabby” Lodder of Webster will
kick off during the First Friday open house, 6-9 p.m. Nov. 7, at the Main
Street Artists studio.
event takes place in studio 458 of the historic Hungerford Building, 1115 E.
Main Street, Rochester. In addition, the studio will be open again for the Hungerford
Urban Artists’ Second Saturday event 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 8.
“Gabby” was born in the Bavaria region of Germany. When she was a little girl
her father would tell her stories of how her uncle Paul was always creating
some form of art from anything he could find – be it a piece of wood or a discarded
piece of paper. In addition, Gabby’s brother since her brother also is a very
talented artist and former art teacher. Knowing there was a history of artistic
talent in the family, Gabby’s father always urged her to try. But, busy with
her daughter, husband and career, she never seriously went into painting until
much later in her life.
breast cancer struck her a few years ago, her husband suggested that painting
might be just the mental distraction she needed. Gabby’s outlook on how she
perceives life changed dramatically and that is reflected in her paintings.
began with watercolor classes with Martha Sweeney and Paul Taylor and went on
for oil classes with Pat Tribastone; pastel workshops with Liz Haywood Sullivan
and Christine Waara; sketching classes with Chris Kolupski -- all to build
confidence and hone her skills.
loves to travel and has visited Europe, the Caribbean and the United States.
Many of her paintings are based on photos that reflect the culture and the
beauty of those areas. ]
is a past president and member of the Penfield Art Association (PAA) and a signature
member of the Rochester Art Club (RAC). The friends that she has made in these
two clubs and the endless support she receives from her associates inspire her
to continue to develop her art.
Main Street Artists are a group Rochester-area painters working in a variety of
media. Current work can be viewed by appointment (call 585-233-5645) or during
First Friday and Second Saturday open studio events each month. For more
information, visit www.mainstreetartistsgallery.com.