SMfacebook_circle_gray-128.png  SMtwitter_circle_gray-128.png  SMinstagram_circle_gray-128.png  SMyoutube_circle_gray-128.png  

Victoria Connors

Whether it's First Friday at the Hungerford building or a sunny morning in the Grand Teton mountains, Victoria Connors is eager to describe her process to first-time viewers. Rather than using brushes or paint to depict vast landscapes, she uses needles and wool. Here's a closer look.

Learn More>>
Miguel Cardona

Meet Miguel Cardona, a Rochester based artist who has gained notoriety for working on an unusual medium, coffee cups. Take a look. Aired 1/19/18

Learn More>>
Gaelynn Lea

Gaelynn Lea's music is haunting. It's no wonder she won NPR Music's 2016 Tiny Desk Contest. She recently visited Nazareth College and we were there to capture her performance. Aired 1/12/18.

Learn More>>
Gingerbread Houses

Nothing says holiday season like an artfully crafted gingerbread house. We recently popped into the George Eastman Museum to see the extensive display of sweet creations. Aired 12/29/17.

Learn More>>
Connie Ehindero
Local artist, Connie Ehindero, has been painting for years, but when she discovered encaustic she really fell in love. Painting with wax adds depth and texture. Just take a look at how Connie interacts with the surface of her artwork. Aired 12/22/17.Learn More>>
Comedy Improv
When you think of comedy improvisation, maybe the television show "Whose line is it anyway?" comes to mind - short, funny scenes with zany props and ideas. But there's much more to improv than meets the eye.Learn More>>
Hitch & Cord

You'd be wrong if you thought macrame was more craft than fine art. Just look at the detail and creativity that goes into one of Hitch + Cord's decorative wall hangings!

Learn More>>
Aweful Kanawful

Austin Lake is a 24 year-old musician from Rochester, New York. His alter-ego is Aweful Kanawful, a musical virtuoso backed by his Rubber Husband’s Band.

Learn More>>
Small Fry Art Studio

Perched above the Public Market is an art studio dedicated to inspiring the youngest among us. Whether it's a Saturday morning market day or one of their weekday classes, Small Fry Art Studio is teeming with joy as kids as young as eighteen months paint and draw and explore their creativity. 

Learn More>>
Laural Hartmann

As we know with art, there's generally a deeper meaning behind a painting, drawing or sculpture. Recently, Rochester artist Laural Hartmann invited WXXI's Need to Know into her studio to learn more about the significance of her work. 

Learn More>>
RMSC Diorama

The Rochester Museum & Science Center is home to numerous fascinating exhibits. One of them, a diorama of Rochester in 1838, was in desperate need of repair. Luckily, the talented staff at the museum have tirelessly restored this historic gem.

Learn More>>
Spencer Christiano

The Vietnam War touches so many lives. Here in Rochester, playwright, Spencer Christiano has written a play that conveys's he and his families experience losing a loved one during the war. We were lucky to catch a performance of M.I.A. at MuCCC Theatre. Aired 9/15/17. 

Learn More>>
Mandi Antonucci

Local artist, Mandi Antonucci, spends countless hours meticulously drawing every piece of art she works on. Using colored pencils as her preferred medium, she is able to create vivid images that practically jump off the page. Take a look. Aired 9/8/17.

Learn More>>
Richard Harvey

Local artist, Richard Harvey, has spent years exploring the potential of the human face. Through sculpture, painting, encaustic and digital, Richard has filled his studio, and his hard drive, with face after face after face. Take a look. Aired 8/25/17.

Learn More>>
Andy Nahas

Music has a way of reaching the seemingly unreachable. There's plenty of evidence that proves how powerful music can be for people suffering from Alzheimers and dementia. And it can brighten the day of just about anyone who is feeling down.

Learn More>>
More Fire Glass Studio

Local glass art studio, More Fire, creates works that are featured in magazines and adorn homes across the globe. Artists, Elizabeth Lyons and Jen Schinzing, work hard in their fiery studio to create these beautiful works. Aired 8/11/17. 

Learn More>>
Margery Pearl Gurnett

Local artist, Margery Pearl Gurnett, has worked in glass for many years. But it wasn't until she discovered mixed media collagge and resin that she truly found a passion for storytelling and abstraction. We visited her in her studio to learn more. Aired 8/4/17.

Learn More>>
Virginia & Jordan

When you read, do the words come to life in your head? Do you see the scenes unfolding in your imagination? Well, when a local painter read the work of a local poet, that's exactly what happened. Artist, Virginia McDonald painted her vivid interpretations of the words of a local poet, J.

Learn More>>
Brittany Williams

The past two years have been a whirlwind for local artist, Brittany Williams. From Wall\Therapy in 2015 to showing work in Berlin to her first solo show, she's worked to find her voice and perfect her style.

Learn More>>
Jason Tennant

Local artist, Jason Tennant, connects with nature in a way that's almost spiritual. He spends his free time at his remote cabin in the woods. He forages, not just for the elusive morel or chantrel, but for American Chestnut, most of which was cut down nearly 100 years ago.

Learn More>>
Brian Manning

Brian Manning's paintings depict a deep connection with nature. Local filmmaker, Cat Ashworth, captured his passion in a short film that premiered at the recent Fast Forward Film Festival. Take a look. Aired 7/7/17.

Learn More>>

How do you think animations are made? These days they're probably made with a computer, right? Well, for the most part you're right, but right here in Rochester is Animatus Workshop, an animation studio that's committed to old school techniques. They draw their animations by hand, cell by cell...Learn More>>

Interstellar Lovecraft

Jewelry is arguably one of the most personal forms of art. Adorning oneself can communicate personality, style, and even philosophy about the world. Local jewelry maker, Marisa Krol, uses her craft to convey emotion and her perspective. Take a look. Aired 4/21/17

Learn More>>
Woodlanders - David & Chara Dow

The series of short films, Woodlanders, highlights artisans who thrive on nature. Hudson Valley based filmmaker, Costa Boutsikaris, came to Rochester to feature local furniture makers David and Chara Dow. His short film takes us on a journey into the life and work of these local artisans.

Learn More>>
St. Michaels Woodshop

From ancient Egypt to modern times, the skill and art of woodworking continues to hold a place in society. And as WXXI's Need to Know recently learned, if anything it's a craft with benefits that might far outweigh what you might expect.

Learn More>>
David Cowles & Maria Friske

Local artists, David Cowles and Maria Friske, have collaborated for over two decades. They started out working together as illustrators for the Democrat & Chronicle and have been thick as thieves ever since.

Learn More>>
Adrian Esposito

Local filmmaker, Adrian Esposito, may be young, but he has already made many films, often about social issues. Having Aspergers himself has made him passionate about telling stories about people with disabilities.

Learn More>>
Katie Jo Suddaby

Artwork is something most of us would want to preserve. Well, as a lesson in impermanence, sand mandalas are created to be destroyed. Let's visit with local sand mandala artist, Katie Jo, to learn more. Aired 2/10/17

Learn More>>


WXXI names Teej Jenkins as host of Arts In Focus, a television series that celebrates arts and culture in Rochester, NY and beyond.

Teej has a degree in Communication and Media Arts from Monroe Community College and 17 years of television experience at WXXI Public Broadcasting Council. She is currently Manager/Producer and liaison to the City of Rochester government access channel City 12, programmed at WXXI. Teej is also the director of the City of Rochester television series CityWise.   

Arts In Focus airs on WXXI Friday nights at 8:30pm and Saturdays at 6:30pm. It also on City 12 Sunday nights at 7pm. 


Submit an Idea

Back to Top