This weekend at Main Street Arts we celebrated the 2014 Sulphur Springs Festival. As part of the festival a number of artists spread throughout Clifton Springs, working from the beautiful town scenery. But don’t worry if you missed the festival! We interviewed the artists so you can enjoy their work here and elsewhere online.
Seven members of the Rochester Sketch group came in for the day, working in watercolor, pen & ink, and more. They quickly went to work, sketching cars and landscapes and sharing their work with festival visitors.
The Rochester Sketch group is for people who like to draw, sketch, or doodle, who want to sketch together and share their sketches with others. We were lucky enough to speak with a few of them about their artwork and sketching experiences.
Andy Reddout is an art teacher who likes sketching people, buildings, and more (today he created a gorgeous watercolor of a car).
Genine Carvalheira-Gehman loves sketching in pen & ink and watercolor, and loves working from life. Genine thinks the fact that several people sketching the same object can produce such a variety of images is fascinating. She has been sketching for the past five years. You can see more of Genine’s work at broadhurststreet.blogspot.com
Anthony “Mecha” likes to sketch a lot of different things and has recently been trying more life drawing. He’s been sketching on and off since he was twelve years old. You can see more of Mecha’s drawings at http://ghost599.tumblr.com
Jim Gresko is an industrial designer who started sketching with Rochester Sketch just today! He lectures and teaches and you can see more of his sketches at jimgreskosketches.carbonmade.com
Mary Ann Coleman is primarily a fiber artist who works in other mediums as well. This was her first day with the Rochester Sketch group! She designed her own unique brooch, seen below.
In addition to the Rochester Sketch group, a number of artists who have displayed work at Main Street Arts spread across town, sketching, painting, and creating exciting new work.
Lana Grauer is a pastel artist who primarily creates landscapes. When asked why she creates landscapes Grauer said that she is a nature lover who enjoys being outdoors and the quiet solitude outdoor drawing allows. She believes that creating artwork from life allows you to look closely at things in a way that is more intense than just seeing them. You can see more of Lana’s work at lanagrauer.com
Michael Buell is an oil painter who loves working outside. His flower painting of the blooming irises was coming along beautifully when I stopped by.
Don Howell is one of our current artists showing at Upstairs Main Street. His wood carvings of birds create a bright and beautiful flock in the Main Street building. Don started whittling and carving as a way to pass the time during his job, and has progressed to the point where he can picture a 3D sculpture in his head without even creating sketches. Don arrived with a number of carved pieces today, including an impressive carousel horse. His current show, Birds in Nature, runs through July 26, 2014.
Stop by the gallery to see some exciting new artwork, and make sure to check out the rest of what Clifton Springs has to offer! The Sulphur Springs Festival is an annual event, so come by next year to say hello to some of our artists.