Friday, June 28, 2013

RNEST Member Show Schedule July 2013

Lyndonville AFS 4th of July Artists & Craftsmen Show

July 4, 2013
11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Front lawn of L. A.Webber High School (facing Main Street/Route 63) 
 25 Housel Avenue
Lyndonville, NY 14098


First Friday

Friday, July 5, 2013
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
The Hungerford Building
(Suite 216)

Francesca DeCaire

Monday, June 17, 2013

June First Friday Freebie Winner!!!

Congratulations #15 Hannah Humphrey!!  You're the winner of JackBear Stamps First Friday Freebie item!!

Thanks to everyone who participated!!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

June 2013 Team Challenge Winner!

Congratulations to RNEST's Team Challenge winner for 
June's "Inspired By" theme...

MoyaLazyFactory with her You Are My Lobster - Felt Bunnies Couple
(Inspired by PapersaurusCreative's You're My Lobster Print)

Thanks to all the artists who participated 
and to everyone who voted!

Be sure to check back on July 5th for our next Monthly Team Challenge!

Friday, June 7, 2013

June First Friday Freebie

Welcome to the June First Friday Freebie featuring John Ballou from Jackbear Stamps!  During the monthly First Friday Freebie, you'll get a blog's eye view into the shop, get to know the artist, and get a chance to win something awesome! 

                       A blog’s eye view of Jackbear Stamps

Meet the Artist
John Ballou

RNEST: Tell us a little about yourself.
John: I am a husband, father, brother, and uncle. I have a full time job at the University of Rochester, which is where I also got a B.S. in Environmental Science. I grew up in northern New York state on the northern edge of the Adirondack mountains. I started hand carving rubber stamps in 2003. My first stamp was a bear paw with my trail name for letterboxing, “jackbear”. That name comes from my full name, John (Jack is a nickname my great uncle used who I was named after) and Ballou (Phonetically the same as Baloo the bear in the Jungle Book).

RNEST: What's your favorite part of being an artist?
John: The act of creation itself. Being able to ink up a stamp, flip it over, press it into some paper, and seeing that magical moment of lifting it off the paper to see what is left behind. It is pretty awesome every time I do it.

RNEST: Tell us about your creations or techniques.
John:   At this point all my stamps are hand carved, one at a time by me, myself, and I. Maybe some day I’ll get those vulcanizing presses I have sitting around to work, but for now, I’m cutting away with x-acto blade and linoleum gouge. I transfer an image to the rubber I use, then cut away the negative space. I like to mount on 6 mm black foam. I think it works the best for getting a nice impression on the paper. I also make some buttons, magnets, and some Artist Cards (ACEO’s, ATCs). 

RNEST: You've been at this for a while. Any advise for someone just starting out?
John: It’s not hard and it’s not expensive to carve your own stamps. It just takes time and practice. It has taken me 10 years to get where I am now. The way I carve isn’t the only way you can do it, but it is the way I have become confident in. So for advice, get sharp tools, and give yourself room to fail the first dozen times.

RNEST: How about shows coming up? Where can we find you locally?
John: My next show will be the Dichotomy show at Java’s on Gibbs Street in downtown Rochester on June 9 from 10 am to 6 pm. This will be a great show of lots of indie artists from the Rochester area. Please stop by my booth and let me know you are a fan, and I’ll give you a free “Greetings from Rochester” hand stamped postcard you can use.

RNEST: So, tell us about your giveaway item.
John: I would like to giveaway one of my Artists Cards called “Tell Tale Heart” as inspired by Edgar Allen Poe. I start with a deck of poker cards. I take out all the heart cards, and sand some of the printing off. Then I do some staining of the card, then print two hand carved stamps; one of Poe’s portrait, and the “Tell Tale Heart” text with anatomical heart. On the back I date and sign each one.

The Giveaway - Open Worldwide

To enter

1. Follow this blog.

2. Stop by Jackbear Stamps and give it a heart.
If you're already a fan, just say so in the comments.


1. Pick a favorite** piece in Jackbear Stamps and:
Tweet it using the Twitter button on the listing. (one entry)
Like it using the Facebook button on the listing. (one entry)
Pin it using the Pinterest button on the listing. (one entry)
**multiple favorites = multiple entries!!

2.  Like Jackbear Stamps Facebook page.

3.  Subscribe to Jackbear Stamps blog. 

4.  Pin Jackbear Stamps on Pinterest.

5.  Follow Jackbear Stamps on Twitter.

6. Tweet the contest using the Twitter button at the bottom of the post.

7. Share this contest on Facebook using the Facebook button on the bottom of the post.

8. Like the RNEST Facebook page.

This contest will run until Friday, June 14 at noon.
The winner will be selected using a random number generator so anyone can win!
Good Luck!

* Please post all entries below and remember to comment for each entry so that your multiple entries are counted.

RNEST Member Show Schedule June 2013

Rochester Brainery
274 North Goodman Street
Inside Village Gate Suite B134
Rochester, NY
June 8, 2013
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Historic Preservation District
Buffalo, NY
June 8 and 9, 2013
11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.


Outside of Java's on Gibbs Street
Rochester, NY
June 9, 2013
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.


Main Street
Philadelphia, PA
June 22 - 23, 2013
11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

A "Bazaar" Weekend! : Rochester Brainery & Dichotomy

There are 2 shows this weekend that some RNEST members will be selling at!

Rochester Brainery's June "Brainery Bazaar" is tomorrow (Saturday, June 8th) 10am - 6pm.

"Brainery Bazaar is a monthly arts & crafts show held at Rochester Brainery the 2nd Saturday of each month from 10am-6pm. Join us in June as we welcome back some of our May vendors and welcome new vendors, too! As always, the first 25 people through the door will receive a FREE Brainery Bazaar tote bag filled with free swag from some of our vendors!"

"Help up spread the word by sharing the event on your FB wall, please! Also, if you stop by tomorrow, remember to use the hashtag #BraineryBazaar if you snap a photo and please tag us at @rocbrainery."

And Dichotomy's "Art Bazaar" is the next day (Sunday, June 9th) 10am-6pm.

(One of the organizers of this show is our own Ashley of The Knotty Owl!)

"20 vendors, including painters, print makers, jewelers, potters, bookmakers, etc. 
 Raffle items from each artist will be on display and tickets are only $1! 
 Get a preview of work we will be carrying in our Park ave shop opening July 27th."

Come on out this weekend and support Rochester's independent artists!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

June Team Challenge: "Inspired By"

Welcome to RNEST's June Team Challenge! The theme for this month was 
"Inspired By" 

For this theme, we were inspired by each other!  

Earlier this month, we asked our RNEST members to get creative and submit items they've made that were inspired by another RNEST member's work...and now YOU, our loyal blog readers, get to pick the winner!  Here's the list of our contestants!

(Inspired by KiraArts' Fox Nubbin)

(Inspired by Jackbear's Hand-carved rubber stamps and HeatherVitticore's Printed Animal Pillows)

Giraffe Cards by MFcrafts
(Inspired by PapersaurusCreative's Zoo Animal Prints)

You Are My Lobster - Felt Bunnies Couple by MoyaLazyFactory
(Inspired by PapersaurusCreative's You're My Lobster Print)

Cast your vote for your favorite on the poll in the upper, right corner of the blog! 
(Deadline to vote is by midnight on Wednesday,  June 12th)

The artist whose item receives the most votes gets their Etsy Mini on the top spot on the blog!