Artists and Artisans Currently Showing at Whitman Works Company

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TeeJay Dill

TeeJay is a tattooer by day. She has owned and worked out of White Tiger Tattoo here in Rochester for over 20 years. Her personal work has been described as fantastical and time-loose:  depicting creatures people and places that are at once familiar and surreal. TeeJay believes these things are around us everyday. She wishes to share them with you to help you better find them in your own life.

Mark Groaning

Mark is one of the most prolific and accomplished artists in our area.  The depth and variety of his work is nothing short of incredible.  Paintings on canvas, wood and steel, fused glass jewelry, steel sculptures from the very small such as pendants to the very tall for home, office or garden...mobiles, light sculptures, sculpted acrylic forms and photography repainted with new life.  He does it all.

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Maria Victoria Savka

A local of Rochester, NY, M. Victoria Savka received a BFA in Fine Arts Studio and a BFA in Illustration from RIT.  Victoria's current focuses are drypoint animal monoprints, abstract deconstructive painting, and whimsical doodles.

   

 

 

Sara Lalik

Creating has always been Sara's passion. After experimenting with numerous materials, she fell in love with the personality of metal. Metals forms in its own way and often guides her creative process. All of her work is hand fabricated with as obsessive attention to detail as possible. With the exception of very few pieces, they are one of a kind. Sara loves to work with beautifully cut stones and beads to create something that may bring inspiration to those who wear it.

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Maureen Robbins

Maureen's work is among the most unique in our space.  She takes commonly found objects and reimagines them into lively, unique and useable works of art.  Her incredible works will brighten any corner of your home or garden.

Exhibit: Bejeweled: The Contemporary Arts of Maureen Robbins - June 2017

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Mike Kraus

Mike is known for his vibrant paintings of nature both real and imagined. Originally from Muskegon, Michigan, he attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago before moving to Rochester, New York. Kraus is a full-time artist living with his wife, Megan Bell.  

Exhibit: Mike Kraus Arts - March 2017

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Renee Mendler

Renee is a self-taught Contemporary Abstract Artist from Rochester, NY.  She finds beauty and excitement in the freedom of the abstract painting process. Color and movement take over her surfaces and create radiant, enchanting works. Each painting is completely original, made from her own unique painting process. Based on acrylics, mixed media, and resin, her work is the result of a long and ongoing experiments and study with different techniques and learning through mistakes.

Exhibit: Renee Mendler - February 2017

 
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Beverly Rafferty

Beverly's work reflects her belief that the sacred resides all around us and is reflected in nature and the Earth. Her works reflect this believe in beautful landscape and nature scenes.She has been painting since the age of 16 and exhibiting since she was 19.  She completed degrees in Fine Art through FLCC, RIT, and Empire State College, culminating with a Masters Degree.

Exhibit: Reflections, Sacred Landscapes by Beverly Rafferty - May 2017

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Gretel Kedley

Gretel's work has evolved over the years and currently is focused on creating custom pet portraits. Much of Gretel's work consists of painting on wood and then wood burning the image. The rest of the process is a combination of adding and taking away lots of layers using everything from paint, modeling paste, embossing powder, pigments, gelatos, watercolor to pencils.

Arlene Sherman (Dragonfly Jewelry )

Arlene started making jewelry as an outlet after retiring from her nursing career. She has an amazing talent with colors and a passion for designing. She has progressed over time from simple beaded bracelets to Silver-smithing.  Working with metal clay is one of her favorite mediums, as it is so forgiving and has unlimited design opportunities.  

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Lisa Johnson (Beachcomber Designs)

Lisa Johnson’s handmade jewelry is inspired by the spirit of beach combing; finding the beauty in forgotten and overlooked things. Each piece is made by hand using fine silver, sterling silver, and bead-weaving techniques. Pieces can incorporate pebbles, beach glass, or textures from found objects. Others might be sparked by symbols or design through history.
 
Beachcomber Designs jewelry makes a perfect gift for anyone who appreciates things with a little history and earthy magic.

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Melissa LeBeau (MCL Designs)

 Melissa creates jewelry pieces from precious metal clay, bronze and copper clay. For those of you not familiar with PMC (metal clay) it comes in a clay form, once you shape/mold it, its fired in a kiln and you're left with a solid metal piece. 

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Kina Mushumbusi

Kina is a visual expressionist originally from the Finger Lakes Region. She recently moved back to her home town from NYC city to escape the busy art scene and focus on developing her unique style. Kina's art showcases the power of the mind, inner beauty, and healing through the arts. Her art embodies the inner conflict of an urban-country girl aspiring to be herself against stereotypes and societies views. Her purpose is to empower people to think uniquely and focus on loving one another through differences.

 

Ashley Landon (The Knotty Owl)

Ashley Landon's collection of jewelry is primarily inspired by objects, textures, and processes of nature. Everything from the texture of the bark on a tree to the waxing and waning of the moon. The growth of new life from the soil, to a creature's remains left to decay in the underbrush. She strives to capture the beauty and complexity of the naturally occurring, turning it into accessible, wearable objects.

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Janice Baylis (Flora J Designs)

Janice has an incredible eye for unique materials and has crafted her art using one-of-a-kind precious and semi precious stones from around the world. A protector of authenticity, she is a master at creating pieces with no glue or solder relying on wire to prevent any degradation of the piece. 

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Stephen Berner (Steve B Leather Works)

Steve's interest in leathercraft came from his own desire for quality, well made, utilitarian goods with a biker's aesthetic, and the ensuing frustration of not being able to find a craftsperson to make it happen.

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Kim Kircher & Dorothea Hillis                      (Creative Outlook)

Artists, Kim and Dorothea's life long friendship began at RIT and they have worked together in the arts ever since. They combine three elements: glass, metal, and natural objects. That results in simple, organic, and unique designs. 

Qori Moorehaul (MsWritten Art)

Qori considers her work as expressionist in a style she calls "Cartoon real-Life". It's surrealism mixed with the pure organic element that is emotion. Painting is her release and her path for communication. Qori creates pieces that depict change and personal growth, over coming turmoils of all kinds, and turning negative emotions into something positively beautiful.

Exhibit: April Show(ers): A Spring Exhibit of MsWritten Art by Qori Moorehaul - April 2017

Mary Catherman

Mary’s Contemporary Creations came about after almost 30 years in the corporate world and the desire to turn a hobby into a business. "After years of trying just aboutevery craft and hobby known to man – I found Glass – Fused Glass – I love its texture, feel and fluidity – I have finally found a medium for my creative expression.”

Stefani Tadio

Stefani is a self-taught paper artist specializing in original designs stitched on paper with colorful specialty threads and embellished with tiny seed beads. Her work combines technology with the artisan tradition.  Stefani creates her designs on a computerized cutting machine, which cuts the shapes and the tiny stitching holes. She then stitches each piece by hand with needle and thread, one stitch at a time.

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Molly O'Riley - Darling Rage Creations