December’s Featured Artists: Maureen Robbins & Shawn Conn

Join us on December 3rd for Art Night!

Exhibit runs from Tuesday December 3rd to Saturday January 4th

A chance to meet the artists while enjoying complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drink specials!

Artist’s Statement

Maureen Robbins: 

She found her calling from an old window at a Bed & Breakfast. Not by looking through it, but by seeing how it was turned into something new and fun: a message board adorned with gleaming stones and glittering jewelry pieces. Inspiration took over from there. Today, Rochester, N.Y., based artist Maureen Robbins embellishes ordinary objects all around her. 

A former educator and marketing pro, Maureen specializes in assemblage art—a technique of building new art pieces out of old findings and other novelties and treasures.  Her work has become a diverse range of sculptures, images and figures. Maureen’s palette is comprised of more than colors. It’s also about shapes. Jewelry. Glass. Metal. Found objects. All the little trinkets she encounters on her travels have potential.

Outside the studio she loves cooking, gardening, audiobooks. And that Sodoku puzzle—which she aspires to finish one of these days.”

 

Shawn Conn: 

“After 3 years at the Rochester Institute of Technology, studying painting and illustration under the tutelage of mentors like Judd Williams, Steve Loar and Fred Meyer, Shawn served 4 years in the Army.  After his time, in the Army, he has spent the last 25 plus years of his life as a successful tattooist and freelance illustrator, but he had never veered far from his first love, painting. In 2006, he began to paint fervently, working to define his style and artistic voice. He quickly began to exhibit in numerous group shows around the United States and globally, including in Denmark and Thailand.

 

After 2009, Shawn felt his work was becoming forced and uninspired, for the sake of entering numerous shows. So, he limited his submissions to shows, and spent the next several years redefining his style and defining his impetus for painting. In 2017, Shawn reemerged with a renewed vigor and defined purpose for painting. It was at this time, that he began experimenting with integrating traditional art with digital art in response to society’s explosive embrace of technology.

Shawn lives in Irondequoit with his wife and two of their five children and Ginger, their dog.”