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.
Now through June 17th
My work evolves from childhood memories, dreams, and fairy tales. In childhood, art and nature were my passions. Childhood, folklore, fairy tales, circus imagery, dreams and nightmares are some of the themes I’ve worked with. My memories from childhood experiences inspire my printed imagery, which in turn form the blueprints for both my sculptures and installations. My first love was drawing and painting and so swiftly printmaking has become my life for all its versatility and tradition.
We work out our understanding of the world through both experiences and dreams. My childhood was filled with dreams and memories revolving around the circus, folk-tales, and Grimm’s fairy tales. My only real childhood bond to my father was through the stories he would read to me each night. The original purpose of these fairy tales was to provide enjoyment but also to teach children social codes and values. Universally, people can relate to these tales as they are understandable and provide commentary on mores and social values. I have returned to these tales and replace their imagery and characters with my own, twisting them into references from my own memories and life. I enjoy the original duality to these tales, the truths hidden beneath the surface and attach my own meanings as well. I use dream-like fairy tale and circus references to things going on in my actual life currently as a means to adjust and adapt. I strive to prove to myself, that from those tales in an otherwise possibly meaningless act of reading them that they did impact me and make me who I am, even if they were in the end fiction.
The bulk of my work is in printmaking and consists primarily of etchings, engravings, or woodcuts. I treat my prints similar to how I work in my sketchbooks. With intaglio I do all the line work, texture and pattern, by etching, engraving, aquatinting and sometimes dry point. My prints primarily all mono-prints, hand painted with watercolor – no two will ever be exactly the same. I use saturated colors like the fairy tale illustrations I grew up with and the mediums I use are also historically traditional. My woodcuts are printed with layers of decorative paper chine coll’e below the solid printed block giving it subtle difference it pattern and texture. Each of my prints represents a personal memory that is significant to me and I feel my prints inspire me to push the boundaries between artist disciplines and mediums. To others, my images may reference folklore, fairy tales or childhood illustrations. I enjoy the work I make and the discourse it provokes people to talk to me about. I often find people will start to tell me their favorite story or memory as a child, and stories and memories are what my work is about at its core. ~Artist Statement on www.meaghanbusch.com
Starting July 2, 2018
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
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