Come by and enjoy beautiful new art and an amazing dinner at our

Art Reception on the 1st Thursday of Every Month, 5-7pm.

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

Solar Eclipse with Dr. Tyler Nordgren

April 11th, 5-7 pm

We are excited to announce that Mendon 64 will be kicking off the official poster art series of the 2024 Solar Eclipse!! The reception event will be hosted by Visit Rochester on April 11, 5-7pm.
Dr. Tyler Nordgren is a professional astronomer and artist. He holds a Ph.D. in Astronomy from Cornell University where he did work on dark matter as well as a B.A. in Physics from Reed College. For over a decade he has worked with the National Park Service to turn the national parks into the single largest source for public science and astronomy education in the world. His popular science book “Stars Above, Earth Below: A guide to astronomy in the national parks,” reveals what visitors to America’s national parks can observe in their dark night skies. The color illustrations in this book include both his night sky photography as well as vintage-style “travel posters” he designed to help the public learn about and see the astronomical wonders in the sky. For the 2017 “Great American Eclipse” he wrote the book, “SUN MOON EARTH: The History of Solar Eclipses from Omens of Doom to Einstein and Exoplanets,” describing the vast array of social and scientific influences eclipses have had throughout history. Dr Nordgren also produced a series of 30 eclipse travel posters for communities, state, and national parks in the path of totality. These posters are being collected by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. In addition to the Smithsonian, Dr. Nordgren’s work has appeared at NASA Headquarters and the White House where he designed the poster for President Obama’s final White House Astronomy Night.  In 2012, NASA’s Curiosity rover joined Spirit and Opportunity on Mars, each carrying sundials, or “Marsdials” which Dr. Nordgren helped design through his science and art. Dr. Nordgren also leads astronomically themed tours for various companies to see the beauty of the northern lights in Alaska, dark skies in the Grand Canyon rafting the Colorado River, and locations around the world following the shadow of the Moon to share the glory of a total solar eclipse with the general public.

David F. Burke

March 9th, 6-8 pm

My artwork has always been primarily inspired by nature, and by my connection to the life of the earth and that greater Mystery beneath the manifest world. I love how the effects of light and shadow, color and composition, evoke subtle emotions and memories. And as our physical environment and the habitats of the other living beings we share this planet with are becoming more and more threatened, expressing the interconnection and sacredness of all life is even more important to me now. Since the last half of 2021, I’ve been getting away from purely figurative painting to explore different ways of applying paint, and experimenting with abstraction and abstract expressionism. It’s been very exciting to push myself to try new ways of seeing and painting, and I love using spontaneous intuition to begin an artwork without any preconceived idea of what the end result will be! It makes it easier for me to express the subtle, intangible energies of Life that I feel all around us.

About Me: I was born in 1956 and live in Western New York, not far from Rochester. I’ve loved making art for as long as I can remember, but for much of my adult life I would draw or paint or take photographs sporadically every few years while engaging in other work or activities. I finally decided to go back to school and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the State University of New York College at Brockport in 1999, where I studied painting and ceramic sculpture. For several years since then I’ve made numerous concrete sculptures for our gardens and have done some painting on and off (and helped raise and homeschool our two children). In 2015 I realized that making art is what I love and what I want to do for the rest of my life; especially acrylic painting. I’m fortunate to have more free time now to pursue my passion for creativity.

website: www.davidfburke-art.comemail: [email protected]