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Clothesline Festival

September 13, 2017 , In: 2D Art, Culture, Fiber, General, Inspiration

Back on Sunday I attended the 2017 M&T Bank Clothesline Festival at the Memorial Art Gallery.  You may recognize the name as I briefly touched on this gallery in a blog post in May. 

Memorial Art Gallery

Sunday was a gorgeous day with temperatures in the 60’s.  Perfect for the 375+ artists at this event.  

You’ll find a wide variety of art here; ceramics, fiber, painting, photography, metal, wood and more!  Unfortunately, we also found some buy/sell imported things which were trying to pass themselves off as handmade.  Not cool. 

Instead of focusing on what shouldn’t have been there, I’d like to show you some of the wonderful things we did see!

Maria Wiklund Fiberworks

The first gem I came upon was fiber artist, Maria Wiklund.  Maria creates gorgeous nuno-felted wearable art.  I couldn’t stop touching her work…the textures…oh the textures!  

Fairy doors

My friends, Blue Toucan Studios were there selling their hand-crafted fairy doors.  They design, cast and paint each fairy door in their studio at MADE ON STATE (they are down the hall from my studio). 

Dave Pollot

If you like your art with a sense of humor then you’ll love Dave Pollot’s work.  Dave Pollot takes old thrift store art and adds comical pop culture humor to each piece.  You can buy both originals and prints from him. 

Victoria Connors Felt Art

My big purchase of the show was in Victoria Connors booth. Victoria “paints” with felt.  Yes, all those pieces in the photo are created entirely in fiber.  

I’ll actually be taking a wet felting workshop with her in late October.  If you live in Western New York, check out Main Street Arts for all the details. 

So much to see!

Memorial Art Gallery

If you still have any energy after walking through 375+ artists, you can take a trip into the gallery as admission is included for the day. 

Food Trucks

Hungry from all that shopping? There are many food trucks to choose from.  Rochester has a fantastic food truck scene!

Live Music

There were also bands playing.  You can enjoy your food truck yummies, look at your new art purchases and enjoy some music.  

I enjoyed Clothesline 2017 and will be back again next year.



Diana Ptaszynski

Powered by the magic of all things containing sugar, Diana spends her day making beads out of porcelain and stoneware.  She also enjoys needle-felting, bead embroidery and metalsmithing. A Jersey girl at heart, Diana now resides in Rochester, NY with her husband and three cat children.  You can find Diana in her studio at Made On State, spreading the bead love at Let's Bead in East Rochester or all dressed up at a cosplay event! 
    • Sarajo Wentling
    • September 13, 2017

    Looks like a fun event!

    • Marcia
    • September 14, 2017

    Thanks a lot. You are an inpiration for me evereday. I am a newly artisan. I made jewels.

    Marcia Pozo

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    Live the fairy doors but OMG the nuno felted shawls are gorgeous!!!

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    Looks like a fun time! I used to go when my kids were little. It was just “Clothesline Art Show” back then and entirely original art (not the imported stuff). But its nice to see its still around and artists are still showing up. 🙂

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