Five artists were honored for their work at the 2015 Fine Craft Show and Sale, held November 6–8 at MAG. Among them was ceramic artist Stephen Merritt of Rochester, a longtime friend of MAG whose work is in the museum’s permanent collection; he received Best in Show. Awards of Excellence went to Lisa & Scott Cylinder (jewelry) of Oley, PA; Kathleen Curtin (jewelry) of Tamworth, NH; and Sandra Miller (fiber) of West Chester, PA.
Pictured: Fine Craft Show chair Marguerite Quinn, Merritt and MAG director Jonathan Binstock.
The weather may not have cooperated, but the quality of the art at this year’s M&T Bank Clothesline Festival did not disappoint. Ten artists received awards of merit at the annual show, which took place September 12 and 13, 2015.
Congratulations to Abby Dening of Rochester (pictured), painting; Andrea Durfee of Rochester, mixed media; Jill Heir of Canandaigua, mixed media; Samantha Lake of Rochester, jewelry; Mark & Jessica Leonard of Ithaca, wearable art; Jacob Martin of Rochester, jewelry/wearable art; Metal Some Art of Rochester, metal/wearable art; Rocket Girls Studio of Rochester, jewelry; Kevin Schoonover of Geneva, photography; and Caroline Stanis-Gage of Spencerport, fiber.
They were chosen from more than 400 exhibitors.
On July 25, 2015, eight cash awards totaling more than $5,000 were presented to artists at the members’ opening of the 65th Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition. Seven of the awards were chosen by juror Michael Rooks, Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art. The eighth, the Alice E. Koret award, was selected by museum docents. The final award, the Harris Popular Vote Award, was voted by visitors to the exhibition and announced August 10. See the list
Pictured: Stephanie McMahon of Alfred Station received the $1,500 Memorial Art Gallery Award for her oil on canvas Sweet and Sour.
Debora McDell-Hernandez, the Gallery’s coordinator of community programs and outreach, received double honors over the weekend of November 7 and 8, 2014—the Community Unification Award at the Latinos de Corazon Gran Gala and an Outstanding Service Award presented during the All Women Rock Award Celebration. Noted the Gran Gala program: “Debora has served on several community boards, but her work with the Memorial Art Gallery’s Family Days is what is most qualifying for this award. For nearly a decade, Debora has organized these events that have given a platform for people of any ethnicity and background to express their culture and share with others. She has brought people together to enjoy, appreciate and share their similarities and differences, creating unity through their diversity.”
Above right: McDell-Hernandez at a recent MAG Family Day. Photo by Brandon K. Vick.