Small Works and The Cup, The Mug open Saturday, December 3, 4–7pm.
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For Immediate Release: November 16, 2016

Contact: Bradley Butler, gallery director
20 W. Main Street, Clifton Springs, NY 14432 | (315)462-0210

Small Art and Drinking Vessels!

Two National Juried Exhibitions Open Saturday, December 3rd

Clifton Springs, NY – For the last slot of the year, Main Street Arts is pulling out all the stops and presenting two national juried exhibitions. The 3rd Annual Small Works show and The Cup, The Mug will open on Saturday, December 3 with a reception from 4 to 7pm. A total of $3,000 in cash awards will be announced during the opening!

"The end of the year is a time to celebrate and what better way to do so than with hundreds of works of art by talented artists from across the country! This year, we decided to host two concurrent national juried exhibitions, so in addition to Small Works we also present The Cup, The Mug, an exhibition of drinking vessels." — Bradley Butler, gallery director

Small Works 2016: In its third year, this year's annual Small Works show boasts 136 works of art by 116 artists from across the country. Artists from 24 different U.S. states are included with 58 being local to our region. Visitors can expect to see paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture, Jewelry, and more all under 12 inches. This year's exhibition is juried by Bleu Cease of Rochester Contemporary Art Center.

About our Small Works juror, Bleu Cease:
Bleu Cease currently serves as the Executive Director/Curator of Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo) in Rochester, NY and has worked as a museum professional, educator and curator for 14 years. Since 2007, he has led RoCo and curated numerous exhibitions of regional and national artists. Cease is also active with other arts & cultural community building efforts including initiating and administering First Friday, Rochester's Citywide Gallery night. Bleu also serves on committees at the Memorial Art Gallery and on the board of trustees of the Landmark Society of Western New York. 

The Cup, The Mug: This exhibition of drinking vessels presents 60 cups & mugs by 48 artists from across the country, plus cups by 5 artists selected by the juror, showcased along side the juried work. Invited artists include: Birdie Boone, Chandra Debuse, Mike Helke, Ted Neal, and Adam Posnak. Our juror for this exhibition is Rochester-based ceramic artist and instructor, Peter Pincus.

About our juror for The Cup, The Mug; Peter Pincus:
Peter Pincus is a ceramic artist and instructor. He joined the School for American Crafts at RIT as Visiting Assistant Professor in Ceramics in Fall 2014. His work has been exhibited in venues such as the Salon Art + Design, SOFA Chicago, Collective Design, Lewis Wexler Gallery, Duane Reed Gallery, Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, Independent Art Projects at Mass MOCA, Greenwich House Pottery and National Council on Education for the Ceramic Art. Peter's work can be found in numerous private and public collections.

The gallery is open to the public and as always, entry is free. Wine and snacks will be served at the opening reception on December 3.

PRINT-READY PRESS IMAGES (Click to get full-sized image)


Image Details (Artist, Title, Medium - Location) From Top Left to Bottom Right: 
1. Arday, Rebecca - Keeper's Attempt, glass  (Rochester, NY)
2. Chad Cleveland - Marissa, acrylic paint and charcoal (Canandaigua, NY)
3. Jim Conners - Cloud People, photograph (Clifton Springs, NY)
4. Kari Ganoung Ruiz - Around The Back, oil paint (Interlaken, NY)
5. Tom Insalaco - Blue Trane, oil paint (Canandaigua, NY)
6. Kristin Malone - House Hunting, watercolor (Rochester, NY)
7. Kathryn Noska - Mind Sweep, oil paint (Phoenixville, PA)
8. Richard Nolan - Cobra, cherry & black walnut hardwood (Johnson City, NY)
9. Patricia Stevens - Aerostat Adrift, digital collage (Auburn, NY)
10. Michael Tomb - Star of Heritage Beans, photograph (Rochester, NY)


Image Details (Artist, Title/Medium - Location) From Top Left to Bottom Right: 
1. Katie Bosley, Double wall porcelain cup (Atlanta, GA)
2. Ian Childers - Porcelain cup with crystalline glaze (Columbus, MS)
3. Jillian Cooper - Plaid stoneware mug (Plano, TX)
4. Yoonjee Kwak - Hand built porcelain cups with gold luster (Rochester, NY)
5. Renee Lopresti - Crashing planes mug, stoneware (San Marcos, TX)
6. Brooke Millecchia - Espresso set, stoneware (Fairport, NY)
7. Iren Tete - Pink and black porcelain mug (Lincoln, NE)
8. Fred Yokel - Woody tumbler, stoneware (Campbell, CA)

See a full list of artists in both exhibitions on the gallery's website, where you can also purchase artwork.

Artist Residency Program: Current artists in residence, Kira Buckel (Long Island) and Coty Calviera (Newark, NY) have been working hard in their studio spaces on the second floor at Main Street Arts. Visitors to the opening reception will have a chance to see their studios and chat with them about their work. The Artist Residency Program at Main Street Arts offers studio space to artists on a one-month or two-month basis.

Both exhibitions run Dec 3–Jan 6, 2016; gallery hours are Tuesday–Thursday, 11a.m.–6p.m. and Friday–Saturday, 11a.m.–7p.m. For additional information about this exhibition, please contact Bradley Butler, gallery director at (315)462-0210 or email or visit Interviews and video footage can be arranged upon request.


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