The foyer of our house features a group of work by former MSA resident Marisa Bruno, Hannah Lindo (from a MSA juried Small Works exhibition), John Green (from a two-person exhibition at MSA), Robin Whiteman (MSA gallery shop artist), Matt Metz (from the Flower City Pottery Invitational), and an original Bradley Butler. Show in the mirror to the right, a painting by Rochester artist Amy Vena and a painting by former MSA resident Kira Buckle.
The foyer of our house features a group of work by former MSA resident Marisa Bruno, Hannah Lindo (from a MSA juried Small Works exhibition), John Greene (from a two-person exhibition at MSA), Robin Whiteman (MSA gallery shop artist), Matt Metz (from the Flower City Pottery Invitational), and an original Bradley Butler. Shown in the mirror to the right, a painting by Rochester artist Amy Vena and a painting by former MSA resident Kira Buckel.

Brad and I have what I think is the start of a really great art collection hanging on the walls of our home. Being the directors of an arts organization that hosts several exhibitions per year gives us the chance to see all types of work from new and familiar artists all the time. Sometimes we can’t let a piece of art leave the gallery unless it’s in our car and on its journey to our house. (Okay, maybe not sometimes…maybe often.)

We have many pieces in our collection that we’ve acquired from our Main Street Arts connections including work shown in exhibitions, work from our gallery shop artists, and pieces from former artists in residence.

A view down our upstairs hallway, looking at the stairwell. The skull print on the left, by Bill Fick, was acquired from Rochester Contemporary during the Outlaw Printmakers Show in 2014.
A view down our upstairs hallway, looking at the stairwell. The skull print on the left, by Bill Fick, was acquired from Rochester Contemporary during the Outlaw Printmakers Show in 2014.
Left, a painting by Robert Ernst Marx (from a two-person exhibition at MSA) hangs above a drawing by former MSA resident Geena Massaro. Right, a grouping of work from former MSA resident Emily Tyman, Rochester artist Jim Mott, RIT alum Autumn Hasthor, former Flower City Arts Center resident Lane Chapman, and Rochester artist Sage Churchill Foster.
Left, a painting by Robert Ernst Marx (from a two-person exhibition at MSA) hangs above a drawing by former MSA resident Geena Massaro. Right, a grouping of work from former MSA resident Emily Tyman, Rochester artist Jim Mott, RIT alum Autumn Hasthor, former Flower City Arts Center resident Lane Chapman, and Rochester artist Sage Churchill Foster.

Hanging in area of our stairwell is a drawing of our four-legged kids by July/August 2019 resident Geena Massaro that hangs below a Robert Marx painting that was included in his two-person exhibition in 2017. In another area, a painting of mushrooms by October/November 2018 resident Emily Tyman is paired with a painting by Jim Mott that was included in the Upstate New York Painting Invitational at Main Street Arts in 2017 and a ceramic sculpture by Autumn Hasthor, a now RIT alum, who had her BFA show Sewn Solid on the second floor of the gallery in 2018. Also included in the grouping, a ceramic sculpture by Lane Chapman (a former resident at the Flower City Arts Center) and a RoCo 6×6 featuring an elegant little glass mushroom by Sage Churchill Foster whose work is regularly featured in the gallery shop at Main Street Arts.

The mantle in our living room is the home to one of Brad's own paintings, a mixed media piece by former MSA resident Cathy Gordon, a vessel by Rochester artist Peter Pincus, a tiki sculpture from Hawaii and a vessel from Mexico, as well as an antique camel sculpture and other objects. Guest appearance by our four-legged kids Rodney (left) and Margot (right).
The mantle in our living room is the home to one of Brad’s own paintings, a mixed media piece by former MSA resident Cathy Gordon, a vessel by Rochester artist Peter Pincus, a tiki sculpture from Hawaii and a vessel from Mexico, as well as an antique camel sculpture and other objects. Guest appearance by our four-legged kids Rodney (left) and Margot (right).
Left, a mixed media piece by July 2017 artist in residence Cathy Gordon and one of Brad's abstract paintings sit on our mantle. Next to them, shown on the right, is a tiki we purchased from an artist working on a sidewalk in Lahaina, Maui during our honeymoon, and a vessel from a 2018 trip to Mexico.
Left, a mixed media piece by July 2017 artist in residence Cathy Gordon and one of Brad’s abstract paintings sit on our mantle. Next to them, shown on the right, is a tiki we purchased from an artist working on a sidewalk in Lahaina, Maui during our honeymoon, and a vessel from a 2018 trip to Mexico.

The mantle in our living room features a mixed media piece by July 2017 artist in residence Cathy Gordon, alongside one of own Brad’s paintings, and a vessel by Rochester artist Peter Pincus from his solo exhibition at Main Street Arts in 2014. Also on the mantle: a tiki sculpture purchased from a Hawaiian artist working on the street in Lahaina, Maui from our honeymoon in February 2008, and a Mata Ortiz vessel by Mexican artist Octavio Silveiro which we acquired on a trip to Mexico in 2017.

Left, a print by Syracuse artist Elizabeth Andrews acquired at the Memorial Art Gallery's Clothesline Festival in 2009. This piece sits at the top of our stairs and always makes me smile because on the wall just behind it (shown far left) is our wedding photo in which we are standing in the exact same pose. Right, a 6x6 from the first year of RoCo's 6x6 exhibition in 2008 done by Cory Card, who sadly passed away earlier this year. This piece sits on a shelf in my studio. It says "mangled" and was the first piece I was drawn to at that exhibition due to its bold simplicity.
Left, a print by Syracuse artist Elizabeth Andrews acquired at the Memorial Art Gallery’s Clothesline Festival in 2009. This piece sits at the top of our stairs and always makes me smile because on the wall just behind it (shown far left) is our wedding photo in which we are standing in the exact same pose. Right, a 6×6 from the first year of RoCo’s 6×6 exhibition in 2008 done by Cory Card, who sadly passed away earlier this year. This piece sits on a shelf in my studio. It says “mangled” and was the first piece I was drawn to at that exhibition due to its bold simplicity.

Main Street Arts is a wonderful resource in finding new and inspiring works to add to our personal collection, but we also love to find pieces to add when we visit other local arts organizations. Every year we attend the Flower City Pottery Invitational at the Flower City Arts Center, the Memorial Art Gallery’s Clothesline Festival and Fine Craft Show, and exhibitions at Rochester Contemporary including their 6×6 exhibition.

Our cup collection is quickly outgrowing its designated space in this cabinet in our kitchen. Last year, we added lighting to showcase all of the beautiful cups and bowls we have acquired.
Our cup collection is quickly outgrowing its designated space in this cabinet in our kitchen. Last year, we added lighting to showcase all of the beautiful cups and bowls we have acquired.
A few of my favorites from our cup collection. Left, center, a mug by Sam Chung purchased during the 2019 Flower City Pottery invitational. Just behind it to left, you can see a collaborative cup by August 2018 MSA residents Maliya Travers-Crumb (ceramic artist) and Jill Grimes (painter). To the left of the mug, a cup by John and Kathy Brien from the MSA gallery shop. In the image on the right, my all time favorite cup in the collection, by Matt Metz can be seen in the front on the right. This piece was purchased during the 2017 Flower City Pottery Invitational. The blue tall cup on the left is by Nicolas Kekic. The short tumbler in the front and the tea bowl in the back were both purchased from two different "The Cup, The Mug" exhibitions at Main Street Arts.
A few of my favorites from our cup collection. Left, center, a mug by Sam Chung purchased during the 2019 Flower City Pottery invitational. Just behind it to left, you can see a collaborative cup by August 2018 MSA residents Maliya Travers-Crumb (ceramic artist) and Jill Grimes (painter). To the left of the mug, a cup by John and Kathy Brien from the MSA gallery shop. In the image on the right, my all time favorite cup in the collection, by Matt Metz can be seen in the front on the right. This piece was purchased during the 2017 Flower City Pottery Invitational. The blue tall cup on the left is by Nicolas Kekic. The short tumbler in the front and the tea bowl in the back were both purchased from two different “The Cup, The Mug” exhibitions at Main Street Arts.

We’ve acquired several cups from our annual juried exhibition The Cup, The Mug at Main Street Arts, as well as from the Flower City Arts Center, The Memorial Art Gallery, trips we’ve been on, and we even have a collaborative mug from August 2018 Main Street Arts residents Maliya Travers-Crumb and Jill Grimes. In addition to cups and mugs, we’ve started adding some beautiful bowls to our “cup cabinet” including work by ceramic artists Sang Joon Park and Kaete Brittin Shaw, and glass artist Nicolas Kekic—artists we were introduced to at the 2018 and 2019 MAG Fine Craft Show. Our collection is quickly outgrowing this space and I don’t see it slowing anytime soon!

"These Are My Rivers #16" by Rochester artist Pete Monicelli. This is a piece we purchased last year from his exhibition at Colleen Buzzard's studio at the Anderson Art Building.
“These Are My Rivers #16” by Rochester artist Pete Monicelli. This is a piece we purchased last year from his exhibition at Colleen Buzzard’s studio at the Anderson Art Building.

We also like finding gems from smaller galleries or artist studios. Last year we purchased this really wonderful piece by Pete Monicelli from his exhibition at Colleen Buzzard’s studio. It’s still waiting to be framed so I haven’t been able to fully appreciate its beauty as a part of the collection hanging on our walls yet, but I knew when we saw it that it would make a wonderful addition.

Left, a sculpture by Bill Stewart that was included in his 2019 solo exhibition "Eccentric Energy" at Main Street Arts is paired with a print by Buffalo artist Kathy Sherin. Kathy's print was acquired at a fundraiser for Gallery R, the RIT student run gallery in 2013. Right, a painting by Robert Ernst Marx from his solo exhibition "Silent Voices, Silent Rooms" in 2019 at Main Street Arts and a grouping of work by Sylvia Taylor, Anne Muntges, Jim Downer (who Brad and I both had as a graphic design professor during our time at Monroe Community College), and Pat Bacon.
Left, a sculpture by Bill Stewart that was included in his 2019 solo exhibition “Eccentric Energy” at Main Street Arts is paired with a print by Buffalo artist Kathy Sherin. Kathy’s print was acquired at a fundraiser for Gallery R, the RIT student run gallery in 2013. Right, a painting by Robert Ernst Marx from his solo exhibition “Silent Voices, Silent Rooms” in 2019 at Main Street Arts and a grouping of work by Sylvia Taylor, Anne Muntges, Jim Downer (who Brad and I both had as a graphic design professor during our time at Monroe Community College), and Pat Bacon.

We collect art because the work speaks to us in some way and reminds us of connections we have with the artists who created them—the reminders of residents who spent time with us at Main Street Arts, hot dog lunches and studio visits with Robert and Francie Marx, or a special vacation where we met the artist working on his or her craft. I wish that I could showcase each piece of art or grouping on our walls, but it’s hard to do because there is so much to say about each piece and the stories made when they are seen together in our home.


This post was written by Sarah Butler, assistant director at Main Street Arts and is expanded from her response on the “What’s on Our Walls post in the Get to Know Us series.

 

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