Courtesy of Memorial Art Gallery
A ceramic sculpture byJan Jacque of Livonia, one of three Livingston area artists featured in the Memorial Art Gallery's Fine Craft Show and Sale.
3 Livingston area artists part of Memorial Art Gallery show
ROCHESTER — Three local artists will be featured in the Memorial Art Gallery’s Fine Craft Show and Sale.
The three-day event, running Nov. 1 to 3 at the museum, 500 University Ave., includes ceramics, glass, jewelry, metal, leather, wood and wearable art, among others.
Alonzo is a retired lawyer and judge who has gained renown in retirement for his work as a wood artist. This summer he had work selected for MAG’s Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition, the sixth time he has been chosen for that show.
He grew up in New Jersey and moved to Geneseo with his wife Kate after college and law school. He opened his law office and worked as a judge from 1977 to 2006.
For years, Alonzo kept his art interests and law interests separate, planning to split time between wood and the law, but after a few years he let those interests converge.
“To my pleasant surprise, each path enriched the other,” Alonzo says.
Alonzo’s formal art studies began at SUNY Geneseo in the late 1980s. He later received a master’s in fine arts in woodworking and furniture design from Rochester Institute of Technology, School for American Crafts.
His work, he says, is influenced by his surroundings.
“Every day I have the opportunity to experience the beautiful Genesee Valley with its farms, ancient oaks, hills, lakes and gorges. I celebrate the often overlooked things around us; that beautiful stone underfoot or bird flying overhead,” he says on his website.
Jacque, who sells and exhibits her pit-fired clay pieces throughout the United States, has been featured in local galleries, including the Lockhart Gallery in Geneseo and the Davidson Gallery at Roberts Wesleyan College. Four of her pieces are in the permanent collection at the Mint Museum of Craft and Design in Charlotte, N.C.
Jacque, whose been a full-time potter for 35 years, says her handcrafted creations in clay, wood and mirror, “express my deep admiration, respect and love for nature.”
“I have always been drawn to the forms, lines, asymmetry and delicate complexity in nature,” she says on her website. “Clay subtly implies earth. Wood and plant images reflect the growth of living things. Mirrors suggest water and sky. The vessels and mirrors you see are the result of my careful balance of all these elements.”
Jacque received a bachelor of fine arts from Rochester Institute of Technology, School for American Craftsmen in 1977.
Jae Hee Lee, who emigrated from South Korea and settled in Honeoye Falls to be near her sister, calls herself a felt and women’s fashion artist. Lee creates women’s garments using her own felted fabric, made from merino wool fiber on 100 percent silk using the nuno, or wet, felting technique.
“During the wet felting process live wool fibers are rather uncontrollable and require a great deal of skill to contain them in certain spaces following my design motifs. I am most fascinated by this challenging aspect of natural fiber and all my felted fabrics are the end result of a part letting-go and a part tight control over live wool fibers,” Lee says in an artist’s statement.
Lee says the uniqueness of her art is reflected in her ethnic background.
“ The colors and patterns of my fabric and the designs of my garments are deeply influenced by the rich Korean culture,” she says. “In fabric design my most significant achievement is that I was able to recreate the traditional Asian brush stroke painting –“Sumi – e” not by drawing but by felting. Early on in my design and garment construction I chose to make patterns of my design and use the cut and sew method instead of a single seamless felted piece. This way I can offer my garments in more varied sizes and my garments are comfortable to wear and very practical.”
The Show and Sale is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 2 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 3.
Tickets are $10 each day ($5 for students with ID) and include admission to the museum.
Both days will also include an exhibit of work by honors students at Rochester Institute of Technology’s School for American Crafts.
An opening party is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 1. The party will allow the public to mingle with the artists, enjoy live jazz, a craft beer tasting, complimentary beer tasting and an opportunity to purchase items before the show opens. Tickets, which cost $50, include one day’s admission to the Show and Sale. For reservations, call 276-8910.