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.
October 15th through January 19th, 2019
Rob Petrie is an architectural designer, artist and educator. He believes that design is a responsibility 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
Starting February 4th, 2019
I was born and raised in Williamsport, a one-time “lumber capital of the world”, and the birthplace of Little League baseball. Having been exposed to the proud history of this city on the west branch of the Susquehanna and the homes of deceased historical figures on family vacations left a profound impression on me. I was unsatisfied with sanitized stories told on historical tours, the sterile preservation of founding fathers’ favorite rooms and the velvet rope separating me from them.
As I became interested in photography, I realized that I was documenting my own history and began looking for places and objects that told their own stories. I continue to shoot the places that are comfortable to me and the objects that I stumble across while in those places. I look for discarded items, abandoned buildings, and forgotten monuments. Though photography I am able to preserve my subjects in the state that I find them, and allow them to remain where they are, to continue age and build a patina.
Although I have adopted digital techniques for many things through the years, I still think analog photography has its place. I appreciate the aesthetics of analog photography; there is a big difference between images composed of pixels as opposed to those composed of film grain. Manufacturers continue to produce beautiful films in many formats and a wide variety of chemistry. Although many effects achieved by analog photography can be replicated by digital, there is a more tactile, craft-driven feel to analog methods. The uncertainty of experimentation is lost in digital; there is no “Undo” in chemical processes, if you make a mistake, it may not be recoverable. This is one of the many things that keeps me interested.
Starting May20th, 2019
Beneath a flurry of painterly marks...
...and unexpected diagrams, I consider these landscape paintings. Landscapes of a moment in time; memory translated into color palettes, texture and space.
The shape of trees, comforting shadows, future plans, old Kodakchrome slides, soulful music and lesser known poems are all ingredients for my work. I draw inspiration from the nostalgia of places I have loved and some I’ve yet to visit.
This combination of visual memory, sound and even smells, synthesize into color fields on my canvasses. Quite varied, the spark could be a mental snapshot of traveling through France or a memory of a childhood family picnic or possibly the sensory experience of the sweeping views of Big Sur.
My paintings are layers of sound, beauty and sentiment. The distinction between unexpected hues and exacting lines of simple geometry keep the work in balance. My goal is to create a playful visual space vibrating with energy and intention that draws the viewer in for closer inspection.