2021 Artists' Affair Artists

These regional artists and their unique art objects will be featured in our silent auction. Learn more about these six featured artists listed below in alphebetical order.

Jerry Alonzo / Wood

Jerry Alonzo

shown: Three Birds

Bio: I make sculpture, mostly in wood. I’m inspired by both the good and bad of the law and social justice/policy issues swirling around us. I make the pieces I do to give form to these issues and to present them visually. This process opens for me a window to understanding and I hope provokes thought and engagement by the viewer.

I’ve been a lawyer and judge, now retired, for over 40 years and have been working wood even longer. At first, I was self-taught, later completing an MFA in woodworking and furniture design. Furniture forms such as tables and chairs are often a starting point for a piece. Birds, wooden boats, simple house forms, the character and qualities of the wood chosen for a work and engraved text occupy a large space in my visual vocabulary. Words matter and were central to my work as a lawyer/judge and years ago was pleased to see them occupy an important place in my art as well.

For the longest time, I treated my paths in art and law as separate but years ago they converged with each enriching the other.

Emily Bellinger / Textiles

Emily Bellinger and work

shown: Cry Baby (detail)

Bio: Rochester, NY based artist, Emily Bellinger, creates abstract narratives through contemporary quilting techniques and print media. Utilizing a variety of hand printed fabric and found fabric materials, she uses muted colors and repetitive linear marks as a method of abstract storytelling.

Her work has been featured in exhibitions regionally and nationally. Some recent shows in 2019 include Fiber as Metaphor at Gallery Frtiz (Santa Fe, NM), and the Form, Not Function: Quilt Art at the Carnegie exhibition at the Carnegie Center for Art & History (New Albany, IN), where she was given an Award of Excellence by the Louisville Area Fiber & Textile Artists. Her piece “Fractured Memories” was showcased in the Art in Craft Media 2017 exhibition at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, and remains in their permanent collection.

Bellinger received her BFA from Alfred University in 2011, and her MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2016. She is currently an adjunct professor at RIT, teaching a beginner quilting course, as well as a lecture course on the art of self-promotion. Bellinger also works as a commissioned quilter. Her quilts warm the homes of many private residences and businesses throughout the United States.

Todd Conover / Jewelry

Todd Conover

shown: Necklace 3

Bio: While I don’t set out to produce work with preconceived conceptual meaning; my work is certainly a vehicle for the expression of memory and experience. Although it is rarely a premeditated decision as to what my next exploration will be, I am never without a source to capture what I see at the macro level and I always search for small shapes, patterns, and details that will fuel creative spark. The process of conceptual discovery and development is an important part of my creative process and keeps my creative energy flowing and the surprise of artistic output alive.

After a full career in the design field, I never initially set out to seriously work in metal. Prompted through my passion for collecting American Arts and Crafts Period metalwork and my desire to become a more sophisticated collector, I set out to learn the very basics about how these century-old objects were produced. I quickly found myself obsessed with learning traditional hand metalworking techniques and set out to produce unique work of my own. As my body of work and technical abilities grew, I realized that this was an important and comfortable part of my artistic life and soon a unique style, process and surface treatment emerged. With my twenty-five-year background in fashion design, it was obvious to me to transition to jewelry where I focus most of my practice.

So Young Park / Jewelry

So Young Park

shown: Momologue

Bio: I discovered an important role that plant forms can have in my metalwork. Human life and plant life have similar growth and life characteristics. Human nativity can be regarded as the sprouting of new life comparable to the blooming of a flower. From an atheistic point of view, nature reveals the beauty of the eternal cycles of life. My jewelry pieces express desire, hope, and the power of life through organic plant forms that are artistically rendered in a simplistic, geometric, and sophisticated manner.

The jewelry pieces are assembled through the harmonic use of wires, gems, and tiny concave-shaped metal pieces creating, elegant, yet unusual visual forms. Expressing the emotions I have towards nature through the use of seeds shapes in jewelry helps to symbolize the origins of life. The use of wires and other small elements on the teapot represents the single cell is connected all together to create life. Each piece contributes to a long and painful process to create a beautiful piece, a beautiful life.

Hedy Yang / Ceramics

Hedy Yang

shown: Sunset Plates

Bio: My work is primarily inspired by the sky and all my surroundings that I have been blessed with while living in the Adirondack mountains. I find comfort in the nuanced colors and tranquility of the sky. There is impermanence to the beauty; blink and you’ll miss it. The goal with my work is to capture a specific moment in time that is meaningful to me through color and movement, to preserve it forever through clay.

Bradd Young / SALUT / Acrylic

Bradd Young

shown: untitled

Bio: Rochester, NY-based, Bradd Young creates work that is a result of endless hours of watching cartoons as a child. It taught him, at a young age, to appreciate absurdity in humor and the portrayals of day-to-day life. He channels that state of mind in his art by taking simple premises like gardening, swimming, or companionship, and filtering them through the lens of a kid. His paintings are an outlet that allows him to reminisce, as his vivid color palette and bizarre characters make him nostalgic for those Saturday morning shows. Thematically, Bradd enjoys juxtaposing bold colors and overtly happy characters with somber and mature undertones. Having grown into his young adult life, he is fascinated by the balancing of the surrealistically optimistic kid in him with the more realistic and, albeit pessimistic adult in him; and that is reflective in his approach to his art. Though at surface level, his work is warm, peaceful, and lighthearted, there is a starkness to them that stems from Bradd’s longing for a time when things actually were carefree.