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Made with Love and Care

Written by Lindsay Jones, Summer 2015 Lucy Burne Gallery Intern

June 2015

Made with Love and Care: Adult Student Show Summer 2015

Gallery Shot

Long view of the Gallery entrance

The Adult Student Show in the Lucy Burne Gallery is filled with excitement. The range of mediums is truly fascinating. The students have worked at their trade and the pieces together create a fluid show. The key element connecting these works, I found to be nostalgia. Artworks throughout the gallery, may remind you of your favorite summer memory or the time you watched the sun set on the lake. The carefully made artworks in this show certainly tugged at my emotions.

One of my favorite pieces is that of Harry Rosen’s Many Years Together. The love of the people is clearly understood. The loving glance the two people are exchanging and their eyes sharing the same story remind us of the years they have spent together. Their eyes never quite meet my own, but it’s noticeable that they are thinking about the time they have loved one another.

Harry Rosen, Many Years Together

Harry Rosen “Many Years Together”

Another piece in the show that exuberates warm memories is David ShuttleWorth’s Red Door Taos Pueblo. It tends to hint at vacation memories because of the bright blue sky and the deep red door. As the viewer of this painting, I think of the artist as standing outside this building with his family admiring the beauty of other countries. The emotional content is really magnificent.

David ShuttleWorth, Red Door Taos Pueblo

David ShuttleWorth “Red Door Taos Pueblo”

Jason Ferguson’s Hanging Mask is no exception to the emotional content of the show. His mask is beaming with excitement. It is reminiscent of African Artwork and it provokes a celebratory feeling. There are spirals and curls framing the face and with this I am reminded of a campfire during the summer. Though, perhaps I am slighted as we enter the month of July. The mask is definitely a celebration.



Jason Ferguson, Hanging Mask

Jason Ferguson “Hanging Mask”

I found Kim Gearing’s ’59 Bonneville to be especially significant to my own life. The memory evoked in this piece is that of a teenager getting their first car. I was so drawn to this, because that is something that I am experiencing. She drew the car almost as though we, as viewers, are looking down at the car; but still we are standing directly in front of it. I see it as the beginning of a new chapter in this person’s life. I really love the story this artist brings to gallery with her drawing.

Kim Gearing’s ’59 Bonneville

Kim Gearing “’59 Bonneville”

I am so moved by this mountain painting by Bernice Shank entitled The Mountains. When you first enter the gallery, you’ll notice these brilliant colors put to great use. They create the most dream-like landscape. The light is used in such a way that will remind you of a sunset though there is no obvious evidence. I love this piece because it has the coolness of winter and the warmth of summer.

Bernice Shank, The Mountains

Bernice Shank “The Mountains”

Liz Billing’s painting titled Carousel successfully took me back to my childhood. The perspective on the piece is perfectly placed so that it will make you feel as though you are sitting on the carousel yourself. I felt like I was a child again sitting on the horse going around and around. The colors are incredibly bright and playful and remind me just what a carousel is for; fun. This very detailed painting is a wonderful reminder of childhood.

Liz Billing, Carousel

Liz Billing “Carousel”

It is this emotion and loving care that has been strung through each piece. I find it so lovely that I can look at every one of these works and have a memory or connect with the artist’s memory. Come see exactly what Adult Student Show has to offer this summer. It will be on display through August 7th. There are so many pieces and so many materials to experience here at the Lucy Burne Gallery!

The Molar Series

Submitted by Lois Sumberg, Gallery Council member

Molar Series by Wendell Castle

Molar Series by Wendell Castle

I’m always astounded by the variety of really, really nice stuff people give us every year for the Art & Treasures Sale. And this year is no exception. Names like Limoges, Lalique, Lenox and even, yes even, Wendell Castle. Some generous donor gave us a white Molar Chair and Cloud Table designed by this famous Rochester icon. Click here to watch “Antiques Road Show” episode with Castle pieces (and also note the updated appraisal value)!

I often wonder why people give us what they give us, but I’ve come to the conclusion they no longer view the items they donate as treasures and are willing to part with them.* So much the better for the people who come to the Art & Treasures Sale! Here’s a small sampling of what will be for sale.

Jade carvings: Asian jade and stone carvings

Jade carvings: Asian jade and stone carvings

Lenox Blue Jay: 1998 Christmas Blue Jay

Lenox Blue Jay: 1998 Christmas Blue Jay

Limoges dinnerware: Greek Key

Limoges dinnerware: Greek Key

Siamese kitten box: Halcyon Days enamel

Siamese kitten box: Halcyon Days enamel

Ceramic vase, signed

Ceramic vase, signed

If you like what you see, visit the sale and it can be your treasure.

Art & Treasures
$10 at the door on Thursday, June 25, gets you into our early bird sale. Shop to your heart’s content from 6-8 PM and scoop up the best bargains the sale has to offer.
Friday, June 26 and Saturday, June 27, 10 am-4 pm
Sunday, June 28 (Bargain Day), noon-3 pm

Sponsored by the Gallery Council of the Memorial Art Gallery, all sales benefit the Memorial Art Gallery.
You can also donate to the sale. Donation drop off days are Tuesday-Wednesday, 10 am-4 pm; Thursday, 9 am-Noon. Cutler Union. All donations are tax deductible.

* Sometimes it is a case a wanting to share the enjoyment that they have received from the pieces for so many years. A form of paying it forward. Come and grab yourself some of the enjoyment that art can bring.

Once in a Lifetime Opportunity: Herdle Sisters’ Jewelry at Art & Treasures

Submitted by Lois Sumberg, Gallery Council member

Diamonds, pearls, coral, sterling silver, 14K gold, braided hair! See them all used in wonderful jewelry bequeathed to the MAG by the iconic Herdle sisters, Gertrude and Isabel, and for sale at Art & Treasures.

Georg Jensen, Ron Pearson, Hampden Dueber

Georg Jensen, Ron Pearson, Hampden Dueber

Collectors can drool over a 14K gold brooch designed by Rochester’s own Ron Pearson (above) or the bird pin (above) and labradorite rings by Georg Jensen. And what about the Victorian braided hair necklace. What collector wouldn’t die to have it! And there is much more, a nearly 1K diamond ring set in yellow gold, a man’s gold pocket watch by Hampden Dueber (above), a lady’s 14K gold pendant watch, I could go on and on. But the best thing to do is to come to the sale and see it all.

If you don’t know anything about the Herdle sisters, suffice it to say their influence on the MAG’s growth from an infant gallery to an important museum was monumental. Fully half of MAG’s 11,000 works were acquired on their watch. Their tenure at the Memorial Art Gallery spanned fifty years. Gertrude took over as the MAG’s second director in 1922 after the untimely death of her father, the MAG’s first director. She retired in 1962. In 1932, her sister, Isabel, joined her as Assistant Director in charge of exhibitions, programs and collections and retired in 1972.

Gertrude Herdle Timeline
Visit the MAG timeline to read more about the Herdle sisters.

If you like what you see, come to the Art & Treasures Sale and a piece of jewelry with a history can be yours.

Art & Treasures
June 25-28
Sponsored by the Gallery Council of the Memorial Art Gallery, all sales benefit the Memorial Art Gallery.

Art & Treasures 2015 sneak peek at Len Roemer Paintings

Submitted by Lois Sumberg, Gallery Council member

Wow! I can’t believe our luck. The 2015 Art & Treasures Sale just received 16 paintings by local artist Len Roemer. Most are painted in oil, a few in watercolor. Roemer studied with Fairport native Carl Peters (1897-1980), a nationally renowned painter involved in the Public Works Arts (WPA) projects during the 1930’s. MAG will present Art for the People: Carl Peters and the Rochester WPA Murals in October 2015.

Roemer-Children Oil



Roemer paints in the tradition of Peters, creating landscapes that blend together Realism and Impressionism. He paints boldly in a loose flowing style. His paintings have been described as “Carl Peters on LSD,” because they use much more color and paint than Peters.

If you like what you see, come to the Art & Treasures Sale and one of these paintings can be yours.

$10 at the door on Thursday, June 25, gets you into our early bird sale. Shop to your heart’s content from 6-8 PM and scoop up the best bargains the sale has to offer.

The sale is open to the public Friday, June 26 and Saturday, June 27, 10 am-4 pm and Sunday, June 28 (Bargain Day), noon-3 pm in Cutler Union. No admission charge! Sponsored by the Gallery Council of the Memorial Art Gallery, all sales benefit the Memorial Art Gallery.

You can also donate to the sale. Donation drop off days are Tuesday-Wednesday, 10 am-4 pm; Thursday, 9 am-Noon at Cutler Union at MAG. All donations are tax deductible.

New Art for MAG

At Tuesday’s Art Committee meeting, we brought seven new works into the MAG collection. One is already on view and others will soon be installed around the galleries. Keep a close eye out!

Three Fujins, 1995

Three Fujins, 1995

Hung Liu
Three Fujins, 1995
96 in. x 126 in. x 12 in. (243.84 cm x 320.04 cm x 30.48 cm)
Oil on canvas
Gift of Gerald and Ellen Sigal and Marion Stratton Gould Fund

Waning Light, 1880-1889

Waning Light, 1880-1889

Alfred Thompson Bricher
Waning Light, 1880-1889
15 3/16 in. x 33 1/4 in. (38.5 cm x 84.5 cm)
Oil on canvas
Gift of Jacqueline Stemmler Adams in Memory of Dr. James Thomas Adams

The Martyrdom of St. Ludmilla, 1864

The Martyrdom of St. Ludmilla, 1864

Gabriel Cornelius Ritter von Max
The Martyrdom of St. Ludmilla, 1864
32 in. x 39 5/16 in. (81.3 cm x 99.8 cm)
Oil on canvas

Idealised Heterosexual Couple, 2013

Idealised Heterosexual Couple, 2013

Grayson Perry
Idealised Heterosexual Couple, 2013
20 7/8 in. x 11 13/16 in. (53 cm x 30 cm)
Glazed ceramic

Rembrandt, 1968

Rembrandt, 1968

Salvador Dali
Rembrandt, 1968
11 in. x 7 in. (28 cm x 17.8 cm)
Bequest of Ronald Kransler

Dancer Putting On her Slipper (Danseuse mettant son Chausson), ca. 1892

Dancer Putting On her Slipper (Danseuse mettant son Chausson), ca. 1892

Edgar Degas
Dancer Putting On her Slipper (Danseuse mettant son Chausson), ca. 1892
11 1/8 in. x 8 3/4 in. (28.26 cm x 22.23 cm)
Bequest of Ronald Kransler
[Yes, it’s really crossed out like that in the print—it’s a print made after the etching plate was cancelled.]

Pass with the Cape (Jeu de Cape), 1961

Pass with the Cape (Jeu de Cape), 1961

Pablo Picasso
Pass with the Cape (Jeu de Cape), 1961
9 5/8 in. x 12 1/2 in. (24.5 cm x 31.8 cm)
Bequest of Ronald Kransler

Voices of the Artist: Junior Version

Submitted by: Lindsay Jones, Summer 2015 Lucy Burne Gallery Intern

It’s important to know what an artist is thinking when they are creating a work. The delightful Children’s Art Show in the Lucy Burne Gallery at the Creative Workshop shows us that children have a magical way of thinking though artwork. With this idea in mind, made it my mission to learn just what these young artists had on their minds. I asked them.

The youngest of the groups I had the pleasure of talking to was Carol Kase’s Art Class for 4 to 6 year olds. The kids were beyond excited to tell me about their favorite parts of the class. Ali M. told me that the best part of class was making her bowl that is featured in the show. She says “I took a big piece of clay and just made it into a circle. Then I rolled it around and around and around!” Evelyn S.’s fish bowl is in the show. She really liked that project because her favorite part was “when we got to draw and make stuff with crayons” but she later tells me with a huge smile on her face that she “loved using the watercolor paints”. When I interrupted Christopher R.’s drawing he told me “I only like drawing, that’s my favorite. It’s ‘cause I’m always thinking!”

Ali bowl and fish bowl

I then took a trip down to Linda DelMonte’s Clay Creation Class for 7 to 9 year olds, where I was welcomed with “hey someone’s here!” The class was so excited to have a visitor and somebody new to talk to. I asked Marilena D. first about her bird house in the Children’s Art Show. She said “my favorite thing about making the bird house is by glazing it because it will look beautiful when it comes out”. Then she told me she used purple, pink and green. But she used green because “the caterpillar was on the handle so I wanted to make that green and I wanted to make the grass green”. Teagan B. told me she had her hands in the show. She said her favorite part was “making the platform” because “I’m really good at putting stamps on those”. As a class however, they all loved glazing and choosing where the bright colors went.

Marilena birdhouse - clay creations

Tegan in the Creative Workshop Spring Show

In Eddie Davis’ Cartooning Class for 8 to 12 Year Olds, students were working away at a new cartoon. I asked Will about his cartoon in the show. He said, “my favorite part was drawing the flowers; I kind of wanted to over cross the flowers or leave the separate. I like how you didn’t have to draw a specific background; you could draw whatever you wanted”. Joel told me all about “Super Spider and the rest of his team” (the character he chose to focus on for the show). He says “I liked thinking about everything he could do”. Evan was telling me about his robot. He was kind of quiet at first, but the he explained his piece by saying “it doesn’t have any colors; I don’t like using any colors ever”.

Will and Joel in the Creative Workshop

Make sure you stop by and check out these marvelous works made by our fabulous little artists. The Children’s Art Show will be up in the Lucy Burn Gallery until June 5th, and the kids will be taking down their work on the 6th. Don’t miss out on this awesome show!


Mix & Matte

So, do you have the kind of mind and imagination that takes you wandering hither and yon? Are you the kind of person who, when you get on the internet to look something up, ends up a million cyber miles from your destination? Interested in a class that lets you explore? The Creative Workshop can help!

You have the kind of intuition suited to this multifaceted journey in art. Like a big “kid” you like to play with all kinds of materials: wood, paper, (scissors…oh, sorry, it’s the kid talking), paint, cardboard, buttons, coins, fabric, metal, beads, branches, etc., this class, Mixed Media & College, will lead you to pick your favorites for two and three dimensional projects. The first half of the class will focus on different types of collage, and the second half on assemblage (which is a fancy French term for putting found pieces and mixed media together to make a three dimensional object) like that pictured here.

Works be Kathleen Nicastro

Above is a piece (click on it to view a larger image) from a whimsical series I did a number of years ago which had me exploring the issues of working in a limited palette (mostly black & white), with a limited scale, and in humble material (wood). But as much as I have been involved with making art this last many years, this class isn’t about me…it’s about you, and what you’ve always wanted to make or have always wondered about making. My goal in offering this class in the Creative Workshop is to set that wild imagination of yours free enough to make what-ever it is you want to make. You will have as much freedom to work as you like, but if you seek the comforting and very necessary boundaries of limits, but can’t seem to set them for yourself, then that’s what I’m here for. I’ll help you “stick to your plan” (that’s where the Matte comes in , in case you were wondering…) and we’ll do our best collaboration in these six sessions to make and build works of art that you will be happy and proud to call your own!

Join us, won’t you on six summer Tuesday nights from 6:30 – 9:30 for grown-up fun (and besides, it’s a great excuse for getting out of doing the dinner dishes!) Hope to see you at the Workshop!

Pictured above:
Kathleen Nicastro, Winter Self Portrait, Assemblage (left) and Kathleen Nicastro, Winter Café, Assemblage (right)

Alex the Archaeologist visits

Below is an excerpt from a note from one of our Docents. She was so impressed with the 6th grade students from Mercy High School who came for a Passport to the Past tour. As she describes, the preparation work they did with “Alex the Archaeologist” was reflected in their tour experience. Please read on to hear about a school tour at MAG from a Docent’s perspective.

Alex the Archaeologist

Alex the Archaeologist in the Mercy classroom

We started our tour at the Ancient Middle East Gallery, which consists of cases, filled with ancient artifacts.  Normally, this is not the most exciting part of PP tour, but immediately the students were very engaged with the objects, which surprised me a bit.  Of course they had studied  Nomadic Cultures and early  settlement along the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers,  and things like cuneiform tablets.  But they were really interested in all the objects in the cases, where they came from, how old they were, what were they used for,  why did we have a broken bowl, etc.  They were very impressed with the idea that the things they were looking at had been used by ancient peoples in their everyday lives.

The students told me that they had been visited by Alex the Archaeologist, how much they enjoyed it and how much they learned.  I can only conclude that the students’  interest in and excitement about the objects in the cases and the objects they saw throughout the tour was a direct result of their experience with Alex the.  His visit really gave the artifacts meaning beyond what I was telling them and enhanced the whole MAG Passport to the Past Tour.

I hope more students have the “Alex” experience, because I saw first hand how enriching it was and how it complemented and strengthened the MAG tour experience.

~ Jane

SPECIAL NOTE:  Our newest eBook, Ancient Greece: Exploring Ancient Artifacts with Alex the Archaeologist has been published and is designed for classroom use by grades 6–12. The book, which meet Common Core standards, is available free from the iTunes Store. Read more about this book and also our first eBook, Ancient Egypt: Exploring Ancient Artifacts with Alex the Archaeologist, here.

Art Magic – The 2015 Kid’s Show

There is something so magical about kids’ art.

Allison Zon

Pastel by Allison Z

The artwork currently on view in the Winter 2015 Kid’s Show at the Creative Workshop features work from kids [aka ARTISTS] of all ages [4-15 years] with a diverse array of subject matter and medium, displayed side by side.

WWII Mayhem by Ian G.

WWII Mayhem by Ian G.

Students in our winter children’s art classes have been having fun exploring, learning, and developing their artistic skills to create some great pieces for the show. It has been exciting to see our students from the first day of class improve as artists and create a lot of fantastic work.

Clay Birds by Resse E. and Marisole M.

Clay Birds by Resse E. and Marisole M.

One of the most interesting series of works in the show is the ceramic birds from Linda DelMonte’s Clay Creations classes. Each of the birds began as a simple pinch pot. As students sculpted the wings, eyes, and legs, each bird developed its own quirky personality. Some of the birds are brightly colored with polka-dotted bodies and others have starry eyes. The funny little winged animals are scattered throughout the gallery, so be sure to look closely!

Everything in the show is dynamic, unique, and each work has its own story. The artwork created by all of our dedicated and creative young artists is exciting and inspiring – come by the Creative Workshop to see the show.  On view until March 6th!

Changes in the Wilson Gallery

New art has been installed just outside the Grand Gallery at MAG.

"Untitled" by Kuwayama
Tadaaki Kuwayama
American, born in Nagoya, Japan, 1932
Untitled, 1968
Acrylic paint on canvas with aluminum strips

When Tadaaki Kuwayama arrived in America in 1958, Abstract Expressionism, an often gestural, energetic, and performative style, dominated the art scene and he found himself rebelling against its aesthetic. His sleek, geometric paintings positioned him within the minimalist wave of the 1960s. Kuwayama’s distinctive style featured canvases with vivid fields of acrylic paint divided by thin strips of aluminum. “When I started my practice,” he said in a recent interview, “I felt the age of painting was over, and I wanted to make things that had no trace of painterliness in them, things that existed in a different dimension.”

detail Kuwayama

Tadaaki Kuwayama, “Untitled”, detail