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Main Street Artists Go Green for December  
Surprises are in store at the Main Street Artists gallery and studio as Margot Fass takes on the role of featured artist for December.
            “The process of creating art is always a surprise to me,” says the Rochester artist.
            Fass’ 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 frogs.”
            She 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?
            “Whatever 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.
            “Frogs have 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 November   
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.
            The 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.
            Gabriele “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. 
            When 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.
            She 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.
            She 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. ]
            Gabriele 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.

            The 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

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