A collage homage to the Public Market with Lynne Feldman

A collage homage to the Public Market with Lynne Feldman

At Lynne Feldman’s studio in Anderson Alley 1/1/16

At the January 1st First Friday art events in Anderson Alley, Lynne Feldman’s studio was a bright oasis cast against the inevitable darkness of a winter. Like many, I was immediately struck by Lynne’s almost completed collage homage to the Rochester Public Market.

When Lynne explained the collage is a collaborative project in conjunction with Foodlink’s plans to become a permanent presence in the Public Market, I had found a story needing to be told.

Lynne grew up on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, attending the High School of Music and Art, New York University and Columbia University for her master’s degree. Her formal art training began at age of 12 at the Art Students League where she studied drawing and painting for the next 15 years. Lynne’s paintings, prints, collages and illustrations have been exhibited in museums, galleries and public spaces throughout the country.  Lynne has been a bright fixture in the Rochester art world for decades.  And glad to learn she rarely misses Manhattan!

Market collage Jan 4th 1

Market collage Jan 4th [Photo: Lynne Feldman]

Lynne’s story:

When I moved to Rochester from New York City in 1978, the first place that I
was taken to, by the mother of a friend, was the Rochester Public Market.  I
immediately felt an incredibly  deep connection to the place. It was as if I
had tapped into something very ancient that we, as humans,  have been doing
since we  first stopped wandering the forests and plains, laid down roots
and started planting crops.  But for me as an artist there was also an
aesthetic part to it.the colors and shapes, the fabulous array of vegetables
and food stuffs. It just filled my senses. So 35 years later I was inspired
to somehow try to intertwine my art with my love of the market. I created a
scale model of my plan and started showing it market officials and city

market painting detail Januay 4

market painting detail January 4

On one of my weekly market visits I noticed that Foodlink, an amazing
organization whose goal is to end hunger in our community, had an outdoor
table where a volunteer was presenting a program on the preparation of
healthy vegetables. When I later read in the paper that the market was going
to be re-building its main shed, I saw the possibility for a collaboration.
In the soon-to-be-built new market shed, Foodlink hopes to have a more
permanent indoor space where nutrition education can take place year round.
A permanent presence in the market will also help raise its profile so that
the general public will have a  better understanding of the incredibly
important work that it does.  This is where I want my artwork to be.

Market painting detail Jan 4 vertical

Market painting detail Jan 4 vertical

The piece I am working on  is 60″ x 72″ and is a fabric collage on canvas
painted with acrylic paints.  The image is of a fabulously laden table with
the sort of foods that the market sells, the people who sell them and the
shoppers who buy them. I want to convey the life and spirit of the Rochester
Public market.

Market painting maquette (1)

Market painting maquette

Another public art project: Jill Gussow

Jill Gussow’s homage to the raucous crows of the South Wedge

Our previous visual contribution: Michelle Turner

Photographer Michelle Turner joins our visual conversation

Healthy food stands stand for healthy communities

About The Author


Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History and a Storyteller in Residence at the SmallMatters Institute. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, the CITY, Lake Affect Magazine and Brighton Connections. My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.


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