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Renee Mendler

Rochester based artist, Renee Mendler works in various mediums, but it's resin that allows for fluidity of movement and form. The colors are arresting. Take a look.

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Meredith Mallwitz

There's a mesmerizing quality to staring off at the horizon. Colors interact where the sky meets land or water. Local artist, Meredith Mallwitz reflects on the horizons she sees in the Finger Lakes.

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George Eastman Museum - Technology Vault

Since it's founding in 1947, the George Eastman Museum has collected and preserved the worlds largest collection of camera technology. With over 16,000 items in its collection. We were lucky enough to get a tour of their technology vault. 

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Constance Mauro

The second floor of the Hungerford Arts Building in Rochester, NY houses the studio of a curious artist. Constance Mauro is someone who is always exploring. Whether it's printmaking or encaustic, Constance is always producing unique work. 

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Lee Hoag

There is a sculptural quality to everyday objects and yet we don't necessarily consider them art. Rochester based artist, Lee Hoag is different. When he looks around he identifies the art in industrial objects. He deconstructs and reimagines to create sculptures that are strangely familiar. 

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Maria Victoria Savka

Maria Victoria Savka is a Rochester, NY based artist who draws inspiration from the world around her. She's a printmaker, painter, and collage artist and she loves to explore color and composition. Aired 3/30/18.

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Frederick Douglass Exhibit

There aren't many people who warrant having a year dedicated to them, but Frederick Douglass is certainly one of them. The Rochester Contemporary Art Center brought together a diverse group of artists to commemorate his legacy. Aired 3/2/18.

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Laura Wilder

Rochester is lucky to have such a rich art scene. We have master sculptors, painters, weavers, wood workers, photographers and printmakers just to name a few. One of these masters is Laura Wilder. Laura is a Roycroft Master Artisan and her work shows it. Take a look.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 


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