Art & Rare bird

At Rare Bird Coffee Roasters, we love artists and that is why we celebrate them with a rotating art show that features a single artist for a three month show. We also host two week interim art shows from local schools, so be on the look out on our Events Page for those shows and Artist's Openings.

Jess Michetti

 "Common Grackle"

"Common Grackle"

Now through September 30th

Birds are awesome. I started drawing them, along with many other things, when I was a kid. Drawing was always my creative outlet of choice, and there was never a time when I needed a creative outlet more than when I had my first child.

When my first son was born, I wanted something special for his nursery walls that fit our modern style. Birds just felt right…beautiful, inquisitive, resourceful and industrious, all qualities I wanted for my new baby. I created a series of 3 drawings that still hang in his room, and I kept drawing after he was born because creating something, even if just for me, brought back a sense of self that had gotten a bit lost in the happy chaos of a growing family. It was new parent therapy.

I drew those first birds with oil pastels because I happened to have some. I love their texture and how much control you can choose to exercise over the process of layering and blending colors. I work with a limited range of colors and like to experiment with developing color and texture from a small, foundational set of pastels and colored paper. I use black and white acrylic paint to add contrast and fine details.

Most of my subjects are birds I’ve observed in my own neighborhood or back home in Pennsylvania. I like to take the bird out of context and let the paper become its environment, making conscious decisions about how each one sits on the page, where it’s looking and how much negative space is around it. I’m going for simple compositions that highlight the shape and details of the bird.

The more I draw, the more I am heading toward greater precision, and that is leading me to different mediums like watercolor and colored pencils, pen and ink, and even screen printing. Drawing birds has evolved from a simple homage to an educational experience, and each drawing brings me a little closer to at least a basic physiological understanding of them.

Maybe it’s knowing that our parallel worlds are so irreconcilably different that keeps me coming back to birds. For me, they are endlessly mysterious and inspirational. ~Jess Michetti

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ROB PETRIE

Starting October 15, 2018

Rob Petrie is an architectural designer, artist and educator. He believes that design is aresponsibility of both observation and application. Rob specializes in analog architectural representations, but his primary interest is rooted in the value of personal communication through verbal, visual and written arts. 

Rob Petrie is a graduate of Virginia Tech and Cornell University. He has worked in Washington DC; Toronto, Ontario; Florence, Italy and presently resides in Syracuse, NY. He currently holds the position of Senior Architectural Designer at SWBR, a design firm based in Rochester and Syracuse, NY. 

Petrie Design|Arts is Rob's personal endeavor to continue connecting others to the richness of meaningful design.

~About page of Rob's website

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Anthony Herfort

Starting February 4th, 2018

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