Jun 302013

Looking Forward into 2014

  • Spring Show at St John Fisher will be February 17-March 28, 2014
  • RAC & Arena Group Exhibition at Lumiere in February 2014.
  • Workshops under contract:  April 14,15,16, 2014   Michelle Dunaway  portrait/figure painting

April 17, 18, 19, 2014   Susan Lyon  Figure in Oil

August 18-22    Liz Haywood-Sullivan  Plein Air landscape and Business of Art

  • If our lawyer agrees we will look at a current revision of the Club’s by-laws
  • Working to design documentation that can be handed down to future Board members to insure that we operate properly as a 501 c 3. There has been a distinct lack of training.
  • Pushing the RAC forward into the 21st century utilizing social media and creative ideas
  • Upgrading the lighting and model situation in the RAC studio and finding ways to better accommodate our classes
  • Continue striving to make The Rochester Art Club the ‘go to’ for classes in Rochester
  • Provide interesting, thoughtful programs throughout the year and more regularly.
  • Getting our RAC members out in to the community as jurors, demonstrators via our local art organizations ~ Community Outreach will become a service for local program chairs to utilize when planning their yearly programs for their respective art organizations.
  • Our historical documents and older records have been retrieved from the MAG and our now in our possession here at the Hungerford. Hope to have all documents sorted, filed and those most important preserved in an archival way (online?).

Vote on Board 2013-2014

President         Suzi Zefting-Kuhn

Recording Secretary/Treasurer          Kath Hess

Programs        Jackie Lippa

Exhibitions       Lennie Muscarella

Education        Patricia Tribastone

Membership   Mary Stid

Community Outreach             Kathy Bolin and Ken Dodgson

Publicity          Peggy Martinez  (thank you to Joan Dwyer)

Board at large             Drew Baker, Kevin Feary


Respectfully Submitted by Suzi Zefting-Kuhn


Jun 302013

President’s Review of RAC’s Fiscal Year 2012-2103

  • We hosted two more successful workshops, one in August 2012 on still life with Elizabeth Robbins and another in March of 2013 with Steven Assael. We have gained a positive reputation nationally and for the first time this year I received an inquiry from a national artist asking to come to Rochester to do a workshop! She had been advised by other national artists to talk with me. Now I need to find a time slot for her. It is a very nice predicament to be in for sure! This, along with the New York Figure Study Guild also bringing in nationally acclaimed artists and both organizations collaborating on several of the workshops has served to put Rochester on the map within that realm.
  • We have teamed up with the New York Figure Study Guild as ‘sister’ organizations and will continue to pursue the strengths of this collaboration.
  • After sending out an email survey early last fall and receiving close to 50 responses it was clear that members wished to see more regular if not monthly programs. We have taken some ‘baby steps’ with these to test attendance and so far the ones we have provided have proved to be pretty well attended.
  • The Rochester Art Club website has been kept updated with member news and we recently added paypal buttons to both the workshops page and the members’ area to make payment of workshop installments and dues easier for members.
  • We have increased our number of likes on our facebook page and Peggy Martinez will be working to increase our presence on social media.
  • Our classes have done fairly well this past fiscal year.
  • We organized an exhibition with the RAC and the Arena Group, thinking out of the box a bit, which will involve 15 members from each group creating their interpretations of black and white photos provided by Lumiere. The exhibition will take place in February of 2014.
  • We renewed our membership with the Arts and Cultural Council this past winter and will be utilizing their complimentary legal aid to help us determine if we operate properly as a 501 c 3, and if our by-laws need to be revised etc. Our $200 membership fee is well spent for what could be a costly legal process. We have been paired up with Jon Schumacher who is a retired attorney from Nixon Peabody.
Respectfully submitted by Suzi Zefting-Kuhn
Jun 302013

RAC Final Reports May, 2013

May, 2013

RAC Education yearly report

The Rochester Art Club had its best year yet with the Studio Classes.  We had a full roster of classes for each of the Fall, Winter and Spring classes.  We have added several successful teachers to our faculty including Nancy Lane, Olivia Kim and Christine Waara.  During the Fall and Winter sessions, roughly 50% of the classes ran, with the Spring session running far fewer of the classes.

The class brochure has been the only expense in the education program.  The cost of the brochures has so far exceeded what we could bring in with rental fees for the instructors.  For example, the Winter brochure expense was over $635, while the receivables were only $150.  We printed fewer brochures for the Spring session, but fewer classes were run, resulting again in a net loss. To correct this, we will use another less expensive way of printing out the brochures, and revisit the rental fees.  The financial goal is to break even at this point.

During the April First Friday the faculty had a show of their work, along with promotion of the classes.  This was in an effort to stimulate awareness of the program and encourage participation.

The goal of the Education Program is to bring quality programs to the public.  The program began in 2011 offering only 2 classes, and during our busiest session (Winter) this year we offered 11 classes with 9 instructors.  Over time, the RAC studio classes will become more widely known and recognized as one of the major sources for art instruction in our area.

Respectfully submitted by Pat Tribastone, Education Coordinator


Rochester Art Club Publicity Report

July 2012- June 2013

Submitted by Joan Dwyer

The contact list was updated once again.  Suzi Zefting Kuhn has continued to submit information for the First Fridays.  Information was submitted for the Fall (2012) and Spring (2013) shows, for the Fall RAC Retrospective Show and for the Steven Assael workshop presentation held at the Memorial Art Gallery and open to the public.  Submissions were sent to all local publications and also to the local art clubs.  JPGs of past first prize winning art works were sent with each press release to increase the impact of the press release.  Results were disappointing and a more personal approach is recommended.  I made a number of attempts to work with City to write an article about one of our members, with no success.  However, they may be more receptive at another time, so I suggest trying again next year.


Programs Final Report July 2012-June 2013

The Total cost of Programs was $300.

We had a Panel Discussion on Thurs. Nov. 15,2012….our presenters split $100 four ways…(Dick Kane, Jeanne Lindsay, Pat Tribastone, g.a. Sheller)…We had a great turnout and positive feedback.

Our December program was our annual Holiday Party…Dec. 6…Suzi graciously offered her space…We all felt it accommodated our needs (traffic flow, buffet table , Dining tables) much better.  The RAC exhibition space was used for appetizers and mingling to live music beforehand.

We did not have a Jan./Feb. Program.

We had a presentation by Steve Assael on March 21.(Interpreting Color in the Portrait)….this was scheduled during the  time frame that Steven was here for a workshop.  Those who took it feel very fortunate to have seen this genius at work.

On April 18, 2013 we had a Program/Presentation on Encaustics by Kathryn Bevier…informative, interesting…enjoyable.

Our May Program was a Portrait Sculpture Presentation/Demo by RAC Signature Artist Olivia Kim.  It was truly inspirational.  Thank you Olivia.

Respectfully submitted by Jackie Lippa, Program Chair


RAC Community Outreach Program Report for Fiscal Year  2012-2013

This past year, I put together a simple, easy to read form to distribute to outlying art groups. The purpose of this was to promote Rochester Art Group members who teach and demonstrate. It is being targeted to the program chairs of the different art groups to use primarily to facilitate filling their program needs for the upcoming year. It can also be used to identify, for members of the other art groups, those artists who teach classes and workshops.

The list should be updated annually, with an opportunity to present newer examples of art work and any changes in data (e-mail contacts, websites, additions or subtractions to the list, etc), and then redistributed to the existing or new  program chairs as changes occur in the outlying art groups. The prime time to do this would be in late May to mid-June, when the incoming program chairs for the different art groups are voted on, and before their programs for the upcoming year are in place.

To put the list together, I first came up with a format that was brief and to the point, easy to read and included topics that the artist would demonstrate/ discuss at a monthly club meeting. After identifying pertinent information to include, I made up a excel sheet with columns that included the following:

Name of artist, phone number, e-mail and website, medium(s) the artist uses, demonstration topics for programs, availability to serve as judges and an example of their work.

This year, I sent the information to the following art groups and contacts within those groups:

Suburban Art Group     Chris O’Handley,  cohandle@rochester.rr.com

Batavia Society of Artists       bsa@bataviasocietyofartists.org

Irondequoit Art Club      Jim Dawson, jpdawson1938@yahoo.com

Webster Art Club     Peggy Martinez, pegh61@aol.com

Penfield Art Association     Corky Geck, 35 Parkerwood Lane, Penfield, NY 14526

Pittsford Art Group     Kathy Bolin, kmbolin@hotmail.com

New York Figure Study Guild      Susan Schiffhauer, smschiff@hotmail.com


Respectfully submitted by Kathy Bolin, Community Outreach




Jun 162013

Brenda Cretney‘s  watercolor ,Three Horses, has been published in the recently released watercolor competition book Splash 14. http://www.amazon.com/Splash-14-Watercolor-Light-Color/dp/1440320918                   

Three Horses



Jerry Alonzo will have a piece “Hawk and Stone” in the Finger Lakes, and will be giving the July 18 Finger Lakes Exhibition Artist Lecture at the MAG at 7PM.

Renee Simone-Lee’s oil painting Autumn Woods was accepted into the 64th Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition at The Memorial Art Gallery. The show opens to the public July 14th through September 8th 2013.

Olivia Kim has a glass sculpture that has also been accepted into the 64th Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition at the Memorial Art Gallery.

Kathie Belly’s watercolor painting “Highland Magnolias” has been accepted into the 64th Rochester Finger Lakes Exhibition, July 14 through  September 28th at the Memorial Art Gallery.

Alice Gold has two paintings accepted in the 64th Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition. The Rochester Art Club is making a good showing this time!

Lennie Muscarella’s drawing was one of the finalists in the drawing competition for the 2012-2013 ARC  Salon!  http://www.artrenewal.org/pages/salon_winners.php?contest=2012-2013%20Salon&page=Drawing



Jun 102013

Nancy Lane, RAC Signature member, had 2 paintings accepted into the Women Artists of the Finger Lakes exhibit in Canandaigua. One oil painting entitled “Bristol Schoolhouse” won second place– and also sold.