Carleen Wilenius opened The Creator’s Hands in November 1979, showcasing the work of 25 local artisans. Today, her gallery is a celebration of the work of more than 250 American artists and craftspeople.
The Warm ambience of sun-filled space, immaculate blond wood floors, relaxing music and thoughtfully arranged displays welcomes you to browse the store’s array of treasures, including one-of-a-kind jewelry, hand-painted silk scarves, calligraphy and pottery coming from as close as the Finger Lakes and as far away as New Mexico.
If you’re looking for a lovely souvenir from Rochester or a gift to send out-of-town friends, look no further! You’ll discover a great selection of music, photographs and sculptures by local artists, as well as books about the Erie Canal, former Rochester residents and local lore and history. Carleen also carries the popular Footprint Press Outdoor Recreation Guides on New York State.
The Gallery has also become known for its wonderful collection of Christian and Judaic spiritual items, including nativities, crosses, mezuzahs, menorahs, wall decor and liturgical stoles.
If you have youngsters and worry about taking them into gift shops, for fear something might accidentally get broken, here you don’t have to worry. Carleen has thought of everything and built a playhouse that keeps children happy and busy. There’s also a sitting area where less intrepid members of your party can relax while you shop.
Visit the Creator’s Hands at 81 Brown’s Race in Rochester’s High Falls District, located directly across from the Pont de Rennes foot bridge, where you can view Rochester’s 96′ urban Waterfall.
The Creator’s Hands is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from Noon or 12:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. During December, the store is also open on most Mondays, but call (585) 235-8550 to confirm.
For more about this area, visit Rochester’s High Falls and Brown’s Historic District.