Biennial Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition in New York

Ayesha Mayadas. Swirls.  Gold and rubies

A new exhibition is opened at the Memorial Art Gallery through September 18. The biennial Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition includes paintings, photos, sculpture, jewelry, furniture, ceramics, fiber art and video work by artists from western and central New York. The small but exceptionally diverse 60th exhibition comprises 53 works (from 712 entries) by 49 artists; nineteen of them have exhibited in previous Rochester-Finger Lakes shows.

Visitors of the event can view boat made of medicine vials, a sheep watching a clown performing surgery and a young man moonlighting as a Renaissance saint and many other unusual works. The veteran of the biennale is Canandaigua painter Thomas Insalaco, who now has been in 19 exhibits. He presents «Nerdrum», a portrait of a male Medusa facing a particularly bad hair day. He has snakes on his scalp, a hippie headband on his forehead and a gorgeous fur collar around his neck.

Among other works on display are half-futuristic, half-classic «Amphora Vase» by a potter Stephen Merritt, Ayesha Mayadas’ «Swirls», necklace crafted from hammered yellow gold and rubies, Neal Barrett’s «Console Table», made from mahogany and African wenge wood, street photographer Joseph Selle’s images of pedestrians flashing by with dizzying speed, Donalee Peden’s painting «The Contemporary Medical Profession» showing a surgeon in a clown’s suit, awaiting his scalpel as a sheep looks on, etc.

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