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On view at the Creative Workshop

The Creative Workshop is located on the lower level of Cutler Union, at the eastern end of the Memorial Art Gallery complex. The stately façade belies the activity, creativity, passion and pleasure that this facility produces. The classes offered at the Creative Workshop touch nearly 3,000 lives throughout the year. There are about 100 scholarships offered each year to the Rochester community as well.  To learn more about classes for all ages, and about the Art Day Camps, click here.

Knoblauch Bench in the Creative Workshop entrance

Knoblauch Bench in the Creative Workshop entrance

Just above a Knoblauch Bench in the entry to the Creative Workshop (above), there is an area for reflection and celebration, given to us from a 10 year old. Noel Dorothy Parcells was a dreamer. You could often find her reading, dancing, acting or laughing til’ the sun went down. She liked the Beatles, sunshine, peace signs, and she was mortified when other kids didn’t know who Hendrix was. She played the clarinet, wrote poetry, and loved to draw. At her former school, Village Elementary in Hilton. she was part of the REACH program for gifted children.
Nicole described herself best in this poem:


Imaginative, creative, special, unique,
Daughter of Raechel.
Lover of art, music, freedom.
Who feels passionate for Art,
Excitement for dancing,
Sorrow for homeless people.
Who fears death, cars and airplanes.
Who would like to see an eclipse,
Outerspace and the world.
Resident of Rochester.

Here are some detail shots of her works, currently on view:

By Noel Dorothy Parcells

By Noel Dorothy Parcells

By Noel Dorothy Parcells

Share your thoughts

Share your thoughts

If you are so inclined, come by and pay a visit. Sit and reflect. Share some of your thoughts. The artwork will be on view through the end of March. Memorial scholarships have been established for a student from each the two schools Noel most recently attended. 


Comment from Kathy
Time: February 16, 2012, 6:55 pm

thanks for sharing, the world lost a budding artist and creative soul

Comment from Susan Daiss
Time: February 17, 2012, 12:55 pm

These wonderful works of art are so colorful and dynamic! Altogether they brighten the hallway in Cutler Union between the Education Department and the Creative Workshop–they are so colorful and vibrant! Individually, with the mixture of techniques and imagery, each work reveals a different aspect of Noel’s many gifts.

Comment from ann tallman
Time: February 18, 2012, 4:14 pm

Thank you for sharing these wonderful and creative artworks that must capture some of the spirit of Noel!

Comment from GG, Kathy, Brianna
Time: February 19, 2012, 12:36 pm

We enjoyed looking at Noel’s art this morning.

Comment from leyla
Time: February 21, 2012, 12:27 pm

Noel was and always will be a special girl. She was very very talented, and very compassionate. She will most definitely be missed

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