Art/Museums


A red Ford Falcon is on the shopping block

Now here’s an amazing warehouse sale collectors of art, antiques and vintage cars won’t want to miss!

ARTISANworks is holding its 1st Annual Warehouse Sale, on Saturday July 30 and Sunday July 31 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  On the shopping block are… a Paul Knoblauch Enamel Painted Metal and Wood Seat Art Bench, a vintage Ford Falcon, a 1997 Jaguar, a motor powered 4 seater mini surry, a stained glass window, a Beefeater statue and hundreds of pieces of framed artwork.

Here's your chance to own a mini-surry

The warehouse sale is being run by All Things Antiques and will take place  in the warehouse to the left of ARTISANWorks main location at 565 Blossom Rd Near North Winton Rd. Just look for signs!

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Fanny and Her Father shared a close relationship

William H. Seward lived part of his life in the Finger Lakes region and was secretary of State to Abraham Lincoln.  His daughter Fanny was an aspiring writer whose diaries have given rich insights into her father’s and her family’s life in and outside the public eye.  We even know that one of her father’s favorite party drink was Roman Punch, shared here, thanks to an article contributed by the Seward House’s former Executive Director, Peter Wisbey.

The Seward House, located at 33 South Street in Auburn, NY is open Year ’round, Tuesday through Saturday 10 am – 4 pm. It is closed Mondays and major holidays and also during the entire month of January. Admission is Adults $8, AAA/Senior Citizens/Military $7, Students with ID $5,Children under 6 and Circle of Friends Free.

Photo is in the public domain.

Wherever you go, whatever you do, I wish you a safe and Happy July 4th!

The museum documents great moments in aviation history, such as Curtiss' July 4, 1908 flight

On  July 4, 1908, Glenn H. Curtiss piloted his plane, the “June Bug” across Pleasant Valley a distance of 5,090 feet – 1,810 feet farther than required to win the first leg of the acclaimed Scientific American trophy. This was the first officially-recognized, pre-announced and publicly-observed flight in America.The next year, he won the trophy by flying his plane, the “Golden Flyer” a distance of 24.7 miles to establish a new world distance record.  A replica of the plane can be found at the museum.

The Glenn H. Curtis Museum is  located at 8419 Route 54 in Hammondsport , NY. It’s open May through October, Monday – Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. From November through April it is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Easter, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.  Admission is Adults $7.50, Seniors (65 and over)$7.50, Students (7-18)$4.50, Children (6 & under) and Members Free. They also offer a family rate of $20/family an adult group rate of $5/adult and a student group rate of $2.50/student.

Click here for the Travel Maven’s post on the museum with narrated slide video.

Just had to share this wonderful video called “Build Myself” that my friend, Debra Ross of Kids Out and About created to feature the many activities (over 60 shown in the video!)  in and around Rochester that can be done with your children or grandchildren.  The music was written and performed by Mark Asch, a member of the kids’ rock group, Starfish, that performed here in Rochester recently.

My daughters and I had a blast helping her shoot the scene at Highland Park during the Rochester International Lilac Festival where the balloons get to fly free.  Great job, Deb!

Be sure to check out Debra’s website for other wonderful ideas of things to do with children!  You can also subscribe to her newsletter for a weekly update of giveaways, news and  things happening in the Rochester area.

On Saturday, when we attended the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, we meandered into Rochester Contemporary Art Center (ROCA) which was displaying their 6x6x2011: Global exhibit.

ROCA's walls host over 4000 pieces of art

Over 4000 pieces of art adorn ROCA's walls during 6x6x2011

This exhibit – now its 4th Annual – is not only fun, it’s a brilliant fundraiser for ROCA. Each May 1, artists from around the world deluge ROCA with their work, created in a 6″ x 6″ format.  This year, over 4000 pieces were received from 36 countries and all 50 states creating an irresistible montage of work that runs floor to ceiling along the enormous expanse of ROCA’s wall. The works run the gamut of media … 3D, animé, cartoon, digital, oil, pen & ink, quilting, stained glass, watercolor and any other you can imagine. All are donated by celebrities, international and local artists, designers, college students and youth.

What makes this exhibit so unique is that the price  – a mere $20 per piece – allows anyone can to become an art collector.  The work is displayed anonymously, so you won’t know whose you’ve purchased until you plunk down payment, get a red dot to reserve your piece and turn in the work’s number for the artist info sheet.  The seduction factor to own a piece is very high, especially when you see the enormous selection, including works that look suspiciously like the style of an artist whose work you think you recognize.

In my case, I purchased an Asian-inspired piece called “Childhood Memory” by  local artist Ning Su. The information sheet on the work my daughters selected, was mysteriously marked “anonymous,” but the work  looked like it had been drawn by one of their favorite animé artists. You never know!

The 6x6x2011: Global exhibit runs through July 10, 2011 at Rochester Contemporary, and works can be purchased at the Gallery or Online, and the work can be picked up at the gallery between July 10 and July 12 or mailed to you for an additional $5.  The Rochester Contemporary Art Center is located at 137 East Avenue between Scio and Gibbs Street in Rochester and is open Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is $1 for Non-members and free for Members.

P.S. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite pieces online! The artists that come in first, second and third place win cash prizes.

Photo by Carol White Llewellyn.  Copyright 2011 © Carol White Llewellyn.  All rights reserved.

Join me as I interview the Airigami Team, who specialize in the “Fine Art of Folding Air,” at their recent show held at the Arts and Cultural Council of Greater Rochester.  The show, which illustrated fairy tales using balloon art, was called “Once Upon a Time.”

Airigami: Giving Fairy Tales a New Twist from CAROL WHITE LLEWELLYN on Vimeo.

...and he puffed, from "Once Upon a Time" by Airigami

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In 1976, the Farm Winery Act was enacted in New York State, inspiring a host of wine making pioneers to start wineries in the Finger Lakes region.  This wave of agriculture has led to increased economic development for the region as well as a renaissance in Western New York’s culinary arts and a boost to regional travel and tourism.

Vessel with Two Feet, Red clay, 1000-800 BCE, Northern Iran

Vessel with Two Feet, Red clay, 1000-800 BCE, Northern Iran

So when Wine and Spirit – Rituals, Remedies and Revelry opened at the Memorial Gallery on January 30, it seemed such a fitting exhibit for this region, I was anxious to see it.  The beautifully-curated show did not disappoint.

Wine and Spirit takes us on a guided tour of almost 8,000 years of wine, including the mystique it has held throughout civilization. We see  the diversity of the drink’s uses,  the vessels associated with it, as well as the art and sculpture that celebrated or denounced it, depending on popular attitude of the time.  

One of my favorite sections displays the vessels used in the storage, mixing and serving of wine throughout history.  One container on view was discovered in northwestern Iran and is datable to 5400-5000 BCE. This simple clay wine jar offers the earliest-known evidence of a fermented grape drink, and it corresponds with archeological evidence regarding biblical accounts of the great flood and of Noah having planted the first vineyard on the nearby Ararat mountains.

In this section it struck me that, not only can “cult of the grape” and how it was served, stored and imbibed be traced, but the works also clearly illustrate how artistic expression, culture and mores changed over time.  In Greece, there were six different names for the style of vessels used, and the Romans had over 300 types of wine vessels and utensils.  The exhibit contains many beautiful examples of these wine containers, including the humorous Vessel with Two Feet (1000-800 BCE), the delicately-painted

Red-figured Kylix with Symposium Scene, Greece, ca. 480 BCE

Red-figured Column Krater with Muffled Dancers (450-440 BCE) and the ornate Red-figured Kylix with Symposium Scene (Greek, ca. 480 BCE).

We learn how wine figures prominently into early religion. The Greek God of Wine, Dionysus, whose complex personality included a violent temperament as well as a penchant for dancing, bestowing riches and a reputation for being a lavish lover. This deity attracted a large following that spread across the ancient world.  In Rome, Dionysus became Bacchus – again associated with wine – and Roman authors expounded on his tales, turning the previously rugged, elder, masculine god into a more youthful and androgenous figure.

Wine also played an integral role, both metaphorically and spiritually, in Christianity.  Christ turns water into wine at his first miracle that took place at the wedding in Cana. Wine becomes the “blood of Christ” in rituals that take place during Christian worship across the world, symbolizing salvation through Christ’s transformation of bread and wine into body and blood at the Last Supper

The Last Supper by Niccolò di Tommaso

On view as part of the exhibit is one particularly vibrant and beautiful panel entitled The Last Supper by Niccolò di Tommaso (ca. 1365) that shows Christ dining among his disciples.  In another case, an ancient coffret is imbued with a print portraying the crucifixion of Christ where his blood is depicted as flowing into the chalice that would have been cosseted within the box.

The exhibit also clearly shows how secular attitude toward wine changed over time.  In early uses, it was accepted belief that wine encouraged fellowship and led to insights associated with the intellectual, artistic and spiritual realm. Wine, and even its over-indulgence, was an integral part of many gatherings. Several Greek Symposium vases show groups of men in discourse, while dining, drinking wine and even partaking in a variety of commonly-accepted erotic activities.

Still Life with Roemer and Pheasant by Pieter Claesz

Following John Calvin’s Reformation, particularly in 17th-century northern Europe, wine consumption became suspect, even censored.  Parody, wit and satire tended to find their way into images portraying drunkeness, gluttony, temptation and sexual debauchery that become associated with wine.  In an etching called “The Election” by William Hogarth (1755),  politicos, shown in various stages of revelry and over-indulgence, fall under severe but humor-filled artist’s scrutiny.

The exhibit also displays several exquisitely-painted allegorical still lifes, or vanitas, that depict the phrase memento mori, or the contemplation of mortality. Wine is portrayed as a central agent of temptations that must be renounced.

The exhibit also explores the therapeutic role of wine in medicine, wine being the liquid base into which plants were historically mixed to treat a variety of physical ailments. Wounded Zoave, a salt print photograph from 1856 by Roger Fenton, shows a soldier being given a drink from a wine bottle. 

Puzzle Jug with Philyra and Saturn in the Form of a Horse

Puzzle Jug with Philyra and Saturn in the Form of a Horse

Another of my favorite pieces, Puzzle Jug with Philyra and Saturn in the Form of a Horse demonstrates the wit and humor associated with wine, particularly during the Renaissance.  Puzzle jugs became popular during this period and the only way to partake of the wine without being covered in it was to solve the puzzle.  This particular piece has four flutes along the brim through which wine could flow as well as holes surrounding the entire bowl of the vase. I couldn’t help wonder if these puzzle jugs were the inspiration for the invention of today’s straw.

The exhibit closes with varied works by a handful of contemporary artists… Leonard Porter, Pablo Picasso, David Ligare, Arthur Bowan Davies and John Clem Clarke and other late 19th and early 20th century artists.   “Together these pictures remind us of the timelessness of wine in the Western imagination and its unique capacity to revive the human spirit.”
from the brochure for Wine and Spirit – Rituals, Remedies and Revelry)

You can indulge your visual and aesthetic senses at Wine and Spirit through April 10, 2011 at the Memorial Art Gallery, located  at 500 University Avenue, Rochester.  The museum is open Wednesday-Sunday 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Thursday 11 a.m.–9 p.m. and is CLOSED Mondays, Tuesdays and major holidays.  Admission is  free to Members, University of Rochester students, and children 5 and under. General admission, $10; senior citizens, $6; college students with ID and children 6–18, $5. Half-price general admission Thursdays 5–9 p.m.

Please note:  The museum is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, February 22 in celebration of the winter school break.

Memorial Art Gallery has adopted the following universally accepted year numbering system:
BCE, previously referred to as B.C., means “Before Common Era”
CE, previously referred to as A.D., means “Common Era”

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