2020 Vision will be the first comprehensive regional art exhibition focused on all women artists living in Western New York’s five counties. The art of nearly two hundred women will be on the gallery walls of this prestigious contemporary art museum on the grounds of historic Niagara University near Lewiston NY. Intended to show the breadth and depth of the work of women artists, this exhibit will allow viewers to hear all the voices of this region’s women artists. Asking the artists to submit works representing the experience of being a woman artist in Western NY encouraged all artists in the five Western NY artists to submit their work.

 

Local corporations, and especially businesswomen, are invited to participate in the Business Purchase Award program by purchasing a piece of art from this exhibit to support women artists. Art by women artists will support corporate diversity programs, enhancing corporate and personal spaces. The opportunity to purchase art with this program will start during the opening on Feb 20, 2020 and continue for six months. Signage will advertise purchasers to the 10,00 – 15,000 visitors expected at this exhibit. Castellani curatorial staff and local artist interpreters can advise corporations about selecting art from the exhibit. The Castellani is not responsible for art sales; all purchase funds will go directly to the artist.

 

The Castellani Art Museum is open 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Tuesday to Saturday, open 1:00 – 5:00 pm Sundays and closed Monday. Admission is free. The Castellani is a 30-minute drive from Buffalo-Niagara International Airport. In summer, the free Discover Niagara Shuttle drops people off at the Castellani and the NFTA bus #50 and #52 travels to the Castellani.

 

Combine a visit to the Castellani with the Niagara Power Vista, the Niagara Power Authority’s visitor center, just a short walk from the Castellani through Niagara University. Its power generation exhibits are on par with the best science museums in the country, the new virtual reality ride is gripping, and the Power Visa is sited on a visually stunning Niagara River overlook.  Admission is free. The scenic and historic Village of Lewiston with its excellent restaurants is just a short, few-minutes, drive away.

 

 

For more information:

Michelle Marcotte, Lewiston artist, writer and coordinator of 2020 Vision: Women Artists in Western NY

(marcotteconsulting@gmail.com; 716-299-0442)

Michael Beam, Exhibitions Curator, Castellani Art Museum (mjbeam@niagara.edu)

Susan Clements, Coordinator of Community Relations, (sclements@niagara.edu)


www.sayitwithvegetables.com

 

Greeting Cards featuring vegetables, fruit, the occasional piece of cake and laughter.  With over 40 designs with warm, useful, amusing greetings for all life's events and tricky situations.

 

Food is full of goodness; our world needs more goodness. Fun, difficult, tricky, warm, friendly, loving things need to be said, and we need to be nice to each other.

 

So, sayitwithvegetables.com was born to help you say the fun, difficult, tricky, warm, friendly, loving and amusing things that need to be said, with goodness at heart.

 

I paint the ideas in oils on canvas with the same care that I paint my fine art paintings. I write each card thoughtfully. The cards are printed by small, family businesses. 

It is a new design approach. Each card is nice enough to be framed as a print in a 5”x7” frame. 

 

About the artist

 

Sayitwithvegetables greeting cards are the brainchild of me, Michelle Marcotte, a Canadian-American painter, an artist, and foodie.  Ideas spring up from talking to family and friends, from life, from happy and sad events and in-between.

 

 

SAVE $$ on CARDS - Have cards ready when you need them!

 

Each card is $4.00 but if you buy 6 cards at the same time you will save $6.00 AND you will save $2.00 on shipping (six cards, shipping included = $20.00) 

 

YES! I can:

 

Produce larger volumes: If you want a really large printing of cards at a much reduced price, I can have my designs commercially printed on normal card stock. Email me for price quotes. 

 

Do your mailings for you: I can sign, address the envelopes, stamp and mail for you at an additional cost of $1.00 per card (and I will reduce the shipping cost by half (card, signed, addressed, stamped and mailed = $5.50)

 


United airlines had a wonderful big idea. A contest for women artists to paint an airplane. 

 

Here is the script of my video and my design submission:

 

As an artist I look for the elements, the lines that connect us all. Land - agriculture – food - connect us. Air connects us. And water connects us. Those elements inspire me and this design.

 

Fly over NY state and NJ and what do you see? Fields and forests and water. Cities that grew because of water. The Atlantic coasts of NY City and its bustling islands, the beach coasts of NJ, up the Hudson to the canals that lead to the Finger Lakes of Upstate NY. And finally, the Niagara River, the roar of Niagara Falls and the Great Lakes of Western NY. One can fly the blue skies or, one can traverse from NY city to Buffalo New York by blue water.

 

Connection is a Big Idea. Water, its connection to life and its importance to our region deserves a big platform – a United airplane platform.

 

This design starts with the Great Lakes and Niagara in United Blue. On large scale, Niagara Falls should be white. And that small bit of Canada shown near the nose is in Pantone Cool Gray. I’ve used Premium Purple to follow the canals to the Finger Lakes tracing up to Lake Champlain and down the Hudson River. You will find the land of NY, Long Island and the New Jersey coasts in Pacific Blue. The deep Atlantic is Atlantic Amethyst, and a thin line of Sky Blue runs along the top of the plane. Each component is emphasized with a crisp black line.

 




I’m Michelle Marcotte, an artist in Lewiston NY, along the Niagara River. I’m an exhibiting member of the Buffalo Society of Artists and the Buffalo Niagara Art Association. I paint land, agriculture, food and water. And in doing so, I paint life.

Women are 51% of all artists but we are under-represented in museums and collections. Women artists need art collectors to look up, way up and see that women hold up half the sky.    

 

Thank you.


Hello Everyone, Having fun getting ready for the holidays? Completely ready? Gifts selected, greeting cards ready to mail?? NO! Well, neither am I. But I have a plan and want to suggest one for you too.

My fine art website (www.michellemarcotte.com) has lots of colorful and meaningful paintings to spark your decor. Take a look; if you think you would like to see how a painting might look on your walls, email me and I will happily arrange to bring that painting and a couple others to your home or office and let you try them out. 

The still-in-print bilingual (English-French) children's book "ABC Vegetables - Abecedaire des legumes" written by me and Joel Beddows and with my illustrations is available from its publisher www.greyborders.com . 

I'd be happy to have you enjoy one of my creations, but I also wanted to give you my annual or semi-annual art update in case you haven't heard from me in a while. I have had a productive year painting about life and family through the foods that define our lives. Sometimes warm, sometimes humorous and sometimes symbolic or surreal these are great paintings for your kitchen or dining room or food-related business. Just like a great dish provides layers of flavors, there are layers of meanings in my paintings. Just take a look at www.michellemarcotte.com

This year I had a successful and fun one-woman show of many of my food paintings at Wine on Third restaurant in Niagara Falls NY. My food paintings looked terrific in that location of luscious wines, tapas and great bistro food.

I exhibited paintings in several shows of the Buffalo Society of Artists, the Buffalo Niagara Art Association and the Gainesville (Florida) Fine Art Association. In fact, the Gainesville Fine Art Association has included five of my paintings in their winter showcase and I have really marked great prices on those paintings. They are located on South Main in Gainesville Florida. The GFAA winter showcase exhibits  many excellent painters, wood turners, potters and sculptors; you are sure to find something at an excellent price.

In the spring I helped organize the Archer Florida Historical Society paint out where I and several other artists sold paintings of the historical buildings in the small town near where I live. It was a fun small town event with music and art, including the art of the local elementary school kids. 

I am now the gallery manager of the Good Eats Cafe gallery in downtown Ottawa Canada (473 Albert St). The program gives artists an inexpensive opportunity to exhibit in a hip, downtown cafe. I mentor and approve the artists, get them ready to exhibit and plan the schedule; the artists hang and market their own work. Exhibits change monthly. The location is excellent and the food at Good Eats is great, so in just a few months of organizing we are booked until late 2019.  If you have the time to hang and remove an exhibit of your work in Ottawa Canada at a great location, email me with your website. 

My greeting cards seem to be finding a happy audience. They are now sold at the Spice Harbor in Lewiston NY, Glitzy Jools and Antiques in Port Dalhousie (St. Catharines) Ontario and the Colden Market in Colden NY (near Orchard Park NY). My retailers get a kick out of seeing their customers laugh at my useful and amusing greeting cards. And in these trying times I am happy to give people something to laugh at! You can find them at those retailers and at www.sayitwithvegetables.com. Take a look at my inclusive holiday greeting card too. It is THE greeting card you can send to everyone on your list, or just send it to the persons who would appreciate a holiday greeting that includes their holiday greeting, as well as Merry Christmas.  You can order 10 inclusive holiday greeting cards for $20 or hand-painted, dishwasher safe wine and prosecco glasses from www.sayitwithvegetables.com or directly by sending me an email to marcotteconsulting@gmail.com.

And I am going to have a terrific year in 2019 working with the Casellani Art Museum in Lewiston NY on the grounds of Niagara University as I coordinate their "2020 Vision -- Women Artists of Western NY" art exhibit planned for February - June 2020. A huge task, a never-been-done-before exhibit concept for our region and I am so excited to be working with the Castellani director, curator and staff on this show.

So, I truly wish you a wonderful holiday season, a great, kicking New Year and most of all, the love of family, food and life in general! I would love to hear from you. 

Cheers!
Michelle Marcotte 
 
"Fatherhood" by Michelle Marcotte. Oil on canvas. !6" x 16" . Priced on www.michellemarcotte.com
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Hello, Niagara Falls in September! Perfect time to visit, fewer tourists, perfect views of Niagara Falls, new spaces at the NF State Park to see, some fall colors, better weather ------ AND I am having a one-woman show of my food paintings at a terrific wine bar and restaurant downtown. 

 

Come for the opening or closing parties on September 2 or September 30th from 6:00 - 9:00 or drop in during the month. 

 

Terrific food on the walls and in the restaurant. Come and see how people and family and life in general can be described through the food we prepare and enjoy.

 

Hope to see you there!

Cheers!


Michelle


Lewiston in Western NY (just across the Niagara River from Canada), and its restaurants, wineries, local breweries -- and a couple of us artists and artisans who work in the context of food and wine -- will be involved in the quite swanky Taste of Lewiston May 26th from 10:00 am - 8:00 pm. 

 

Come and visit me to see my hand painted wine glasses, my greeting cards with food illustrations (and quirky but useful messages), and of course, my so-colorful paintings that use food to spark conversations and memories about life and family. 


Today I am excited that Artist Run Website has published a blog post about my paintings. You can find it at http://www.artistrunwebsite.com/blog/2495/The+Simple+Things+in+Life%3A+Art+by+Michelle+Marcotte

 

It is always interesting to hear what people have to say about my work. I would love to hear from you too! 

 

Cheers!

Michelle


I am having a holiday sale by lowering the price on virtually all paintings by $100 - $200 and sometimes more! If you have had an eye on a painting, now is the time to buy! I have won two awards in juried shows this year, and my works are now being exhibited in Gainesville galleries as well as in Western New York. So, prices are bound to increase in the future.