The Irondequoit Art Club will hold its 60th Annual Spring Show & Sale April 12 through April 21 at the Irondequoit Public Library, 1290 Titus Ave, Irondequoit, NY 14617. This is the club’s 3rd Spring Show & Sale at the new location. There will be original art from 40 local artists for viewing and/or purchase. Credit card sales will be accepted. Admission is free. The site is accessible to all. Best of Show, Juror & Merit Awards will be presented to those pieces deemed noteworthy by professional artist judges.
This year’s judges are Mary Coy and Franzie Weldgen. Coy is a retired art teacher with 20 years experience in art education. She has taught and presented workshops at state and national art education conferences, published over 30 articles and worked in advertising and public relations. Weldgen is an Associate Professor of Art at Monroe Community College. He has demonstrated his life-long passion for comics through many lectures and workshops and has exhibited nation-wide at major museums, including the Smithsonian.
Artist awards will be presented during the Opening Reception on Thursday, April 12 from 7 to 9 PM. As in previous years, there will be a “Meet the Artist Day” on Saturday, April 14, beginning at 1PM. Several artists will speak for up to 10 minutes about their entries and field questions. This will be a unique opportunity to gain insights into the artist’s process in terms of inspiration, artistic journey, background, and techniques.
Designers/Artists, Mark and Sharon Diebolt, will give a presentation entitled “Treebourne Woodworking: What it is Like Being Professional Woodworkers” at the March 27 meeting of the Irondequoit Art Club to be held 7:30 PM at Chapel Oaks, St. Ann’s Community, 1550 Portland Ave., Rochester, NY 14621, after the club’s 7 PM business meeting. There is no charge for this event and the site is handicapped accessible.
Mark and Sharon have collaborated as designers/artists in the wood medium for more than 30 years. They have created beautiful yet functional works of art, such as jewelry boxes, clocks, and small furniture. They eventually broadened their designs to include wooden handbags. Through their extensive knowledge and skills in veneer work, they fashion exquisite, yet lightweight wearable art, influenced by the classic designs of the 30s and 40s but with a contemporary flair. Their successful, new, handmade line includes clutches, evening bags, and minaudieres (small, decorative cases for carrying small articles such as jewelry.)
The process begins with highly figured wood veneers. Several veneer layers are glued together and placed in a vacuum press to create bent lamination shells. The shells are married with the hardwood top frame. “Hidden hinges and hardware” are applied, the purse is sanded, and finished with a combo of oil/varnish/wax. Colorful acrylic clasps are turned on a metal lathe and polished. Leather gussets and straps are attached, the clasps and strap holders are applied, and the purse is signed. The element that sets their handbags apart is the incredibly lightweight and highly figured wood. No two purses are ever exactly alike. When a customer acquires one of their handbags, that individual piece of art can be worn forever.
Their work is sold/exhibited through Fine American Craft Galleries, Museum Stores, the ACC Baltimore Show, Smithsonian Craft Show, Philadelphia Museum of Art Fine Craft Show, and other prestigious fine craft shows and luxury boutiques throughout the USA.
Samples of their work can be viewed at their website: www.hammilldiebolt.com.