Whimsical Art Display February 19 through May 22

National Museum of Play News Release
One Manhattan Square Rochester, NY 14607 585-263-2700 museumofplay.org

January 27, 2011

For Immediate Release

Contact: Susan Trien, 585-410-6359, strien@thestrong.org
Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365, srhinewald@thestrong.org

Walk the Whimsical Art Trail at the National Museum of Play® February 19 through May 22

Take a walk on the whimsical side at the new Whimsical Art display at The Strong’s National Museum of Play® beginning Saturday, February 19 through Sunday, May 22.  Receive a trail guide when you arrive at the museum admissions desk and discover imaginative pieces by local artists Gary Carlson, Raphaela McCormack, and Meredith Schreiber, on view throughout the museum. Whimsical Art is a series of rotating, non-juried displays that offer local area artists an opportunity to showcase their playful three-dimensional creations at the National Museum of Play.

On Saturday, February 19 from 1 to 4 p.m., meet the artists, view their unique works, learn about their creative process, and see the raw materials of their craft.

Gary Carlson: Gary Carlson, a Geneva artist, creates delightful sculptures from found objects. For the last 25 years he has operated the Side Show Bar in Geneva where about 30 pieces of his studio art are displayed. Says Carlson, “I can’t remember not being attracted to stuff, things, junk, odds and ends. My dad was in charge of a bus company lost and found and he would bring home the findings from passengers every week or so: keys, charms, jackknives, baubles, jewelry, lucky pieces—anything and everything that might fall off of a person or slide out of a pocket. So I had a big drawer in a kitchen cabinet full of my stuff and sometimes I would put stuff together and make things out of it.” Carlson’s fanciful vulture, for example, is made of a softball, buttons, a plastic jug handle, a scrunchie, sink trap, trash can, suit coat sleeves, leather gloves, fake fingernails, hand fan, bones, wristwatch, and bleached log. You can learn more about Carlson and see his whimsical creations at www.artgutz.com.

Meredith Schreiber: Rochester artist Meredith Schreiber’s fantastical works in clay, ceramics, copper, and found objects are out of this world.  Says Schreiber, “I’ve spent my entire life surrounding myself with art. My childhood was spent digging clay out of my parent’s backyard and transforming it from mush to monsters. Not much has changed since I was a kid. I’m still fascinated with the invention of creatures that don’t exist on this earth. I’m enthralled by the weird and whimsical, anything that brings more wonder to this thing we call life.” Schreiber’s works include a red-capped gnome whose mouth is open in a wide belly laugh (Gnome Bowl), an alien-looking ceramic bust (Frank), and a chicken (Mooster, Cheecken, and Tegger) hatched from the oddest eggs anyone has ever seen. To learn more about Schreiber and her otherworldly creatures, visit www.mereware.com.

Raphaela McCormack: Rochester artist Raphaela McCormack creates delicate, handmade paper sea-going vessels and ceremonial urns. Says McCormack, “I was born in the West of Ireland and I lived there until my late twenties. . . . As I reflect on this, Ireland’s textures, colors, materials, and forms provide the language to capture the meaning of this experience. I then create my vessels in accordance with this root language. I use pulp, fiber, rope, cord, driftwood, stones, seed pods, and other detritus. I create colors of lichen, the sky, and the earth.” Among her works are ethereal canoes and boats of handmade paper, found wood, raffia, and seed pods.  To enjoy McCormack’s works, visit http://www.raphaelamccormack.com

The Whimsical Art display is included with general museum admission fees.



Museum Hours:

Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Admission Fees:

General Admission (does not include admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden®): Adults $12; Seniors $11; Children (2–15) $10; Children younger than two free; museum members free.

Admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden®:

General Admission fee plus $2 for members, $4 for nonmembers; Children under 2 free. Entry is by timed ticket only. Please call 585-263-2700 to reserve and purchase tickets.

Parking:  Free parking is available at the museum for all guests on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that, on high visitation days, the museum lot may reach capacity early in the day. If space is not available on site at the time of your visit, additional parking is available at neighboring municipal garages for a fee. The Strong is not responsible for fees incurred at off-site locations.