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




May 252013

The 2013 Rochester Art Club Annual meeting will take place Tuesday, June 4th at 6:30PM in the Rochester Art Club’s studio at the Hungerford, 1115 E. Main St. Studios 437-439, Rochester, NY 14609.

Final reports will be available. Bear in mind only Signature members can vote on the Board.

If you cannot attend the meeting copies of the final reports will be sent to all members.


Apr 222013

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!

Jean K. Stephens’ paintings are on display through the end of May in the tasting room of Red Tail Winery located on the west side of Seneca Lake. For more information go to, redtailwinery.com/featured artist.


Patricia Tribastone had an oil painting accepted into the Hilton Head Art League’s National Biennial Show on Hilton Head Island. The show opens  May 3rd & runs until June 1.


Patricia Tribastone, Chip Stevens, Harry Bliss, Phil Bliss, Deborah Hall, and Jean Stephens will be in the Oxford Gallery’s “The Four Humors “ show, opening Saturday April 27th through Saturday June 1st An artist’s reception will be held Saturday, May 4th from 5:30 to 8pm.

Edward Kennedy’s pastel painting, “Crossing” will be included in the IAPS Second Master Circle Exhibition held in Albuquerque, New Mexico June 5-9. The opening reception at Hotel Albuquerque is June 5, 5-7 p.m.  Ed was also inducted in the Master Circle at the IAPS Conference the same weekend.

Crossing pastel

Apr 272012

Nancy Lane’s illustrations appear in the newly released picture book “KoKoCat, Inside and Out”, written by Lynda Graham-Barber and published by The Gryphon Press.  Kirkus Reviews wrote, “Lane’s beautiful, bright watercolors depict an amazing array of emotions on the face of the realistic protagonist.”

Nancy Lane, new Signature member,  was juried in to the first Finger Lakes Plein Air Competition & Festival, which took place which took place in Canandaigua June 8th and 9th.  3 of her paintings were juried into the final exhibit on Sunday and one sold. The festival was a big success for everyone.  Barbara Jablonski was a co-chair for this inaugural event. Phil Bliss won a ribbon.

Suzi Zefting-Kuhn won Best in Show in the 2012 Women of the Finger Lakes Exhibition at the First Congregational Church on N. Main Street. The painting receiving the award (and a sale!) was titled Pondering. There were 45 women artists juried into this exhibition that ran from June 1st-June 3rd.

Patricia Tribastone, PSA, will be part of an invitation exhibition June 29th-July 29th at the Nazareth College Arts Center. Gallery Hours:Wednesday through Sunday noon – 5pm
Please call for special hours during the Dance Festival (585) 389-5073

M. Wendy Gwirtzman was recognized by RPO Conductor Arrild Remmereit for her work curating the first RPO Invitational Art Exhibition in conjunction with the RPO’s finale concerts, Pitctures at an Exhibition, the weekend of May 31st. Numerous Rochester Art Club members were on the organizing committee ( Suzi Zefting-Kuhn, Christine Waara, Kathie Belly, Elizabeth King Durand, M. Wendy Gwirtzman, Richard Harvey)and 40 local artists agreed to exhibit.

Roland E. Stevens, III AIA, NWS has been juried into the 2012 Mt. Maryland Plein Air in Cumberland MD. He is also exhibiting in an invitational exhibition at Oxford Gallery. Roland was juried into the Watercolor USA 2012 Springfield Art Museum exhibit and was awarded the Patron Purchase Award. Other recent acceptances have been in the Adirondacks National Exhibition of Watercolors in Old Forge, NY, The Rochester Art Club Spring Exhibition for Signature members at St John Fisher College and the American Society of Marine Artists’ War of 1812 Commemoration.

Lennie Muscarella has his ‘The Sculptor ‘ juried into the League of Long Island’s show. Burton Silverman was the juror. The show runs May 20th-June 17th at the Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery Dix Hill, Long Island.  Lennie also was juried into the Oil Painters of America Grand National Show with Daniel Greene as juror. The show runs from June 22nd-July 21st at the Evergreen Fine Arts Gallery in Evergreen Colorado. Congrats big time Lennie!

Brenda Cretney has been juried into the 2012 Women Artists of the Finger Lakes Exhibition in Canandaigua as well as the Watercolor Art Society of Houston  35th Exhibition and the Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society’s Spring Show. She also had a painting selected for Splash 14 Light Color.

Suzi Zefting-Kuhn, JoEll Cunningham,Nancy Lane and Patricia Tribastone, PSA were juried into the 2012 Women Artists of the Finger Lakes Exhibition at the First Congregational  Church, 56 North Main Street  in Canandaigua. The show opens May 31st and runs through June 3rd.

Patricia Tribastone, PSA won an Outstanding Pastel Award in the online Boldbrush Painting Competition for March, 2012 for her pastel titled ‘Captives’.

Jean Stephens will be exhibiting five oil paintings from her Coastal series at the Chocolate Church Art Gallery in Bath, ME. The exhibit runs Friday, April 26th-Saturday, June 5th. She is also offering two workshop the end of June through the Yates County Arts Center. For more information contact Jean at jeanthebean@frontiernnet.net

There is an exhibition of early Rochester Art Club members in the Forman Gallery of the Memorial Art Gallery beginning April 25th in honor of the MAG’s preparations for their upcoming centennial in 2013. On exhibit will be 8-10 paintings by RAC members pre-1900.

Richard Harvey will have two mixed media terra cotta works in the First Annual ‘Glass, Clay and Beyond ‘ Show at the Black Radish Art Gallery in Village Gate. The opening will be Friday, May 4th 6-10pm and runs through May 26th. Richard also has a solo show at The Red House Art Center, Syracuse NY from Thursday, May 17th 5-8PM  through June 23rd. On display will be works in encaustic painting, mono prints, mixed media and metal sculpture with ceramic faces and masks.

New Associate Affiliate member , Christine Norris, will be exhibiting her work in the Main Street Artists’ Gallery & Studio, 1115 E. Main St, Rochester NY Studio 458 as their Featured Artist for May. Opening event Friday, May 4th 5-9PM. Live music 6:30-8:30 will be by Mike and Mel of Violet Mary.

RAC members exhibiting in the Rochester Art Club Studio at 1115 E. Main Street, Rochester NY , Studio 437-439 will be Andrea Dionese, Rosemary Pergolizzi, Sandy Grana Taylor and Patricia Tribastone. The theme will be florals.  Opening Friday, May 4th 5-9PM.

Feb 292012

Where:  The Patricia O’Keefe Ross Gallery in the Joseph S. Skalny Welcome Center, St John Fisher College, 3690 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618

When:  Opens May 8, 2012 through June 29, 2012

Juror:  Kathrine Page

Important Show Dates:

Pre-registration deadline: Postmarked by Saturday, April 14, 2012.
Receiving: Monday, May 7, 2012 from 9:00am-10:30am.
Judging: Monday, May 7, 2012 11am-1pm
Hanging: Monday, May 7, 2012 1:30pm-3:30pm
Non-accepted work pick-up: Monday, May 7, 2012 3:30pm-4:30pm
Show Opens: Tuesday, May 8, 2012; continues Monday through Friday, Business Hours
Reception and Awards: Friday, May 18, 2012 6-8PM
Critique: Sunday, May 20th 4-6PM
Takedown/Painting Pickup: Monday, June 25, 2012 9:30AM-11AM
Click here for the Show Prospectus:
Feb 292012
  • Lois Zebelman, Associate, has 3 paintings that were juried into the Bridge  Gallery at the U of R office of mental health and 3 accepted into the Pittsford Art Group show at B and N.
  • Lennie Muscarella will be exhibiting at Keuka College Mar 12th—April 13. Reception March 22nd 4 to 7pm.
  •  Lenaria Brondum has been designated a master Silk Painter in the Silk Painters International. This designation is given by one’s peers in recogni-tion of the caliber of work done in this medium. Brondum, who is now enti-tled to use MSP after her name, will be acknowledged at the Silk Painters International festival in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2012.
  •  Connie Mauro, Liz Durand and GA Sheller are presently having an Exhibition of their work, Interpretations 3 at the Geisel Gallery, One Bausch & Lomb until March 12, 2012.
  •  Phil Bliss will be having an exhibition of his work, Follow Your Bliss,At the Shoe Box Factory Co-op, 250 N.Goodman St. March 2nd—March 28th. Opening Reception First Friday March 2nd from 5-9 pm.
Welcome to Our Newest Associate Affiliate Members:  Nancy  Lane, Nancy Murty, Laurence Keefe, Leslie Jacobs and Joni Monroe. By the way Joni Monroe’s late father, John Mack,  was a former RAC member.
Nov 292011

Rochester Art Club members take note:  pre-registration for the spring workshop with Susan Lyon April 11-15, 2012.  The workshop is on portrait drawing, all levels. The workshop is open to Rochester Art Club members first and note that there are only 15 spots available per the instructor’s request. Registration will open to the public on February 1, 2012. Fee for RAC members is $550 payable in three installments.  A $150 non refundable deposit is due with your registration form.

Contact Suzi Zefting-Kuhn at suzi@suzizefting-kuhn.com if you would like to be placed on a wait list.

Download the full registration form here: Susan Lyon full Registration Form for RAC members only


Pastel pencil portrait drawing by Susan Lyon

Oct 042011

First Friday Event! August 5th 5-9PM Office Manager Lisa Zaccour is looking for members to exhibit for the month of August. She would like our newest members (fall and spring Jury results) to exhibit. Contact her at 507-7154 no later than July 8th. Expect a phone call soon!

RAC Fall Show at Barnes & Noble, October 31st-December 4th. Receiving, hanging and judging will take place on October 31st. Show will open November 1st. We need a show chair or Co-chairs ASAP! If you are willing to help out contact Suzi at 233-5645 or Lennie Muscarella at 924-2824. The show Prospectus will be included in the September/October newsletter.

The RAC Studio will be closed for the September First Friday due to Labor Day.

October 7th First Friday: The RAC Pastel Painters will exhibit this month.

November 4th First Friday: Let’s try a small works show. Small works accepted no larger than 60″ perimeter, framed . Three paintings per member but if space gets tight understand that we will hang at least one per member. Holiday shopping time! Think green!$$$$ Let Lisa know by October 15th if you wish to participate. No jurying, just a chance to exhibit.

December 2nd First Friday: Lennie Muscarella has agreed to exhibit his work. We need several more members to exhibit with him. Call Lisa by November 1st if you want to exhibit. Remember that most First Fridays the studio at the Hungerford enjoys at least 250-300 visitors!

Model sessions: we now have a model in the studio twice a month each month. Nude one month and clothed the following. Watch for emails regarding dates. Participants share the model fee. Minimum is 4 artists.

2011 Workshop Confirmed with California Landscape Artist Frank Serrano!

To learn more on the Frank Serrano Workshop page

Rochester Art Club Studio Invitation to Exhibit The Rochester Art Club now has the Studio space #437-439 at the Hungerford Building, 1115 East Main Street fully functioning. We participate in the City Wide First Friday Events, and we welcome our members to exhibit in the space. Each month 4 artists may exhibit their work, with the opening on the First Friday of each month. The artists who are exhibiting get exposure for their work, possible sales and commissions. You are welcome to bring prints of your work to sell, note cards, and other items related to your artwork. The club does not charge a commission for any sales. The artists are responsible for bringing refreshments for the opening and being there for questions/potential sales and referrals during that First Friday event. November exhibiting artists will be Joy Argento, Joan Dwyer, Peggy Martinez and Christine Waara. In December we will have Kevin Feary, Dick Kane and Sari Gaby exhibiting. We are now proud members of RoCo’s First Friday website, www.firstfridaysrochester.org We currently have openings for 2011. The studio is closed for the January First Friday. If you are interested, please call our office manager, Lisa Zaccour at 585-507-7154 and leave a message. She will return phone calls on Tuesdays unless it is urgent.

Have you been to the studio yet? It’s beautiful!! You are welcome to use it anytime! For your convenience it is equipped with a refrigerator, a microwave, air conditioners, sinks, easels, coffee maker, table and chairs.

  • For drawing and painting sessions
  • Group get-togethers
  • Classes
  • Art Library

We hope to see you there soon!

We are in need of several easy chairs/a floor lamp/bookcases if you have something you no longer need and can donate it to the space for members’ use. Contact Lisa if you have something.

We are now on Facebook! Look for The Rochester Art Club the next time you are on facebook and ‘like’ the page! This is your page too so advertise your shows/ accomplishments etc. Pose questions/discussions.
Jun 082011


Best of Show
Marilyn Belle-Isle In Silence

Rochester Art Supply Award
Lennie Muscarella Sore Thumb

Juror’s Awards
Brenda Cretnay Mailboxes
Elizabeth K. Durand Apron Strings
Alice Gold Good Fortune
Alice Gold Tilt
Valerie Larsen, NWS We’ve Lost our Marbles
Sherry Tulloch Os-The Source of Language from
The Rune Poem

Merit Awards
Charlotte Barnard Infinite Wholeness
Elizabeth K. Durand Rock ,Water ,Drill
Alice Gold Assumption
Dick Roberts The Pale of Winds of Memory, Poem
By Dick Roberts
Pat Tribastone, PSA,MC Playing Games
Sherry Tulloch Old School

Juror Jeanne Raffer Beck’s Comment:

Lovely works, lovely show-The pieces where the connection was more evident to the challenge of the theme were chosen for awards.

The RAC thanks Show Chair Sherry Tulloch for her hard work and dedication.