Antidote for the Doldrums. Join us for another visual conversation with artist Judy Stewart Gohringer from the Anderson Arts Building

Antidote for the Doldrums. Join us for another visual conversation with artist Judy Stewart Gohringer from the Anderson Arts Building

judy 6As I entered Judy’s studio on a cold, grey, Rochester day, I was hit with walls of warmth – lots of color! What an antidote to Rochester’s doldrums.

judy 2Judy’s space is the smallest studio in the Anderson Arts Building on N. Goodman St. in Neighborhood of the Arts. She has filled this space with dozens of her acrylic paintings and shares it with her husband, Peter Gohringer’s sculptures. During First Fridays, Judy has to spread her paintings out into the wide hallway so that viewers can walk around in her studio.

judy 1Judy’s paintings are often abstract with the focus on colorful compositions and texture.  Some of her paintings reflect her love of nature; rock, trees, water and landscapes from the Canadian north where she summers.

“My love of art always centered on teaching kids. I taught grades K-12, in many City schools, and I love the authentic quality of kids art work.” Judy adds, “The process of kids creating, decision making, problem solving and expressing is the best learning – their first work!”

judy 7Judy, now retired from teaching art in the Rochester City Schools, can devote herself to painting, something she rarely did while teaching.  Recently she has started working in encaustic (pigmented wax)paint on wood panels. Besides using her years in the Canadian north for inspiration, she also loves Outsider art and Aboriginal art.Judy 3

Come in & warm up & visit! Judy’s work is available at studio #300, Anderson Arts Building, 250 N. Goodman St.,  and her website: Judy Gohringer








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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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