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Gallery Hopping

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Yes – Joyce, Penny and I were gallery hopping Friday night.  Here we are at the Edgewood Gallery for the Mixed Media show! (216 Tecumseh Road, Syracuse, NY 13224)

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This show is comprised of Clare Willson’s whimsical mixed-media pieces combining metal found objects with a painted under-structure, Arlene Abend’s metal sculptures and copper jewelry, Talking Trickster Studio’s pottery by Amy Komar and Sheila Roock and Terry McMaster’s abstract art.

Clare sold four small pieces before she even arrived for the opening, which is so great and worth the wait.  Cheryl Chappell, gallery owner, curator and framer extraordinaire, books her artists well in advance, sometimes as much as five years in advance!

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It is really very impressive how each exhibition is so different from one another, and each pairing of artists works so well together.  That, combined with the punch Cheryl packs in terms of breadth of works fitting so nicely in the space, the great spread of wine, grapes, hummus, crackers and Brie, and the always amazing conversations with all my cool artsy friends, made for a great time!

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Clare’s boyfriend bought her one of Arlene’s fabulous necklaces.  Arlene Abend always surprises me with something new.  Although she prefers to work in steel (“I hate copper – it doesn’t fight back” was what she said with a smile on her face), the copper jewelry appears simultaneously delicate and strong (or feisty more-like, lol).  Arlene is such a spit-fire.  I just love her to death.  I am always telling my students the story of how she was in art school, took a metal-smithing course on a whim and fell in love with it.  You never know where art will take you is the point of that story, and a result of Arlene’s journey are these wonderful reasonably-priced pendants and pins.

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Amy Komar is another one of my Facebook friends who until last night, I hadn’t actually met.  As with social media though, we seemed to know a lot about each other and ended our conversation by hugging it out.  I loved her positive energy!  She glazes the collection of pottery while her Talking Trickster Studio partner Sheila Roock is the wheel-throwing expert.  Many of the pieces are created in porcelain with a fun-loving cat-(dog? no whiskers so…)man and other whimsical imagery decorating the surface.  I believe these pieces may be cash and carry while the wall art will remain on display until the take-down date of September 23, 2016.

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I met Terry McMaster for the first time Friday night. Lol, I didn’t get a selfie with him – oh well, next time! He is known for his photography – I purchased a print from a basket of cards he was also selling.  These new paintings are somewhat of a departure for him.  He agreed to a future exhibition in the library gallery at Chittenango Middle School.  I am looking forward to working with him in the future!  Exciting.

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Call Cheryl Chappell at (315) 445-8111 for more information including the contemporary art and frame shop’s hours.  Check out the web-site too!

 

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Handmade House Warming

Panera Bread is a big part of my social life.  I’ve never been to the one in the Destiny Mall but have spent considerable time in the Fayetteville, Dewitt and Radisson, New York locations to the point that I enjoyed free coffee all summer!

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I have had some of the best conversations of my life there – with my mom, and with my favorite besties.  I always suggest it, lol, for any “date”, and try to make it like it is not my thing, like act all nonchalant and stuff even though it is my first and only go-to choice.  I should be in their commercial somehow.  If you know me, you would know that I am such a finicky eater, and yet I love everything on their menu.

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It’s where I first met Joyce Backus.

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Joyce is a friend of a friend and now she is my friend.  She’s actually subbing for me this Friday when I go on the Studio in Art field trip. She is an art teacher, currently in a part-time position with the Fayetteville-Manlius School district.  But she is also a children’s book illustrator, a visual merchandiser, a mom to three young men, and a phenomenal artist.

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Last night she hosted a party at her home, a show and sale of artwork including handmade paper combined with glassworks, watercolor prints and earrings, which she designs for a company that manufactures them.

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Here are some pictures from the function.  Joyce opens her home to these parties every few months.  If you are interested in making a purchase, contact her at (315) 415-1170.

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