Visions of a Distant Ecotopia

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Return to Ecotopia

Organic Collage from the Urban Garden
Marcia Zach and Michael Tomb of Studio Michaelino

Image City Photography Gallery 

722 University Avenue, Rochester NY  14607
June 15 – July 11, 2021
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 12 pm – 6 pm and Sunday 12 pm – 4 pm

Each of the 22 photographs in “Return to Ecotopia” is of an ephemeral still life installed in a backyard open-air studio. The artists call their medium “organic collage.” Subjects are handmade using layers of homegrown vegetables, flowers, seeds, and found items such as bark and broken pots. The results depict fantasy realms inspired by Ecotopia, which is an imagined green society based on sustainable ecology.

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Petal Pointillism is a plant-based technique described as “Organic Collage” by Artist Marcia Z. Inspired by her own vision of Ecotopia. Her medium of choice is also influenced by great works using the impasto technique. From Rembrandt to Van Gogh to Pollock, there is a 3-D experience in their art that can only be appreciated in real life. Unlike those masterpieces, the impasto feel to Marcia’s art is ephemeral – gone before the day is over. Fortunately, it is preserved within our photographs

We are proud to present Marcia’s jewel-like compositions within our store including our series of art greeting card sets. Each card is printed individually on fine papers and inspected by the artist herself.

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Studio Michaelino Art Greeting Cards are available in our online store. Our cards are individually printed and inspected by the artist. This allows the use of fine art papers as well as the printing of one-off and special limited runs. Cards are completely blank inside unless otherwise noted. The card back often contains descriptions of the compositions, such as the varieties used in images of Celestial Vegetables or the history of the restored City of Flowers Collection botanic illustrations.

Card Shop – Featuring Affordable and Shareable Versions of Studio Michaelino Art.

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The Arboretum Up the Street - A new film from Studio MichaelinoThe Arboretum Up the Street is the latest film from Studio Michaelino.  The film features a little bit of history and a lot of personal reflection on the renowned Highland Botanical Park, which is an exquisite arboretum just a few minutes walk from the filmmaker’s front door.  Because the city parks we know have “always been there”, the public no longer remembers that many parks often had a controversial beginning where park advocates had to wage a political fight to create each treasure of “space and place and green.” In some cities, the park champions lost that battle.  This film give visual proof that the residents of Rochester, New York are blessed because, there, the makers of parks won.   This is a five minute film. Continue reading…

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City of Gardens - A new film from Studio MichaelinoCity of Gardens is a new short film in the form of a personal triptych of video essays explaining how “The Garden is with me“. First within my life and art, second: how gardens have always been part of the green legacy of my city, and in part three, I present a sampling of recent learnings and influences on the social relevance of gardening. All in five minutes.

City of Gardens premiered at the 2017 Fast Forward Film Festival held at The Little Theater and the George Eastman Museum.  The film took two top awards at this festival, including one of three juried Adult Category Award as well as the Adult Audience Choice Award.

It is currently available in a slightly expanded edition online at the Studio Michaelino Vimeo page.  And each of the three parts may eventually grow into connected but individual longer (but still short) films.

Music Score by:
Jeff Klein
frog land records

Morning &
The Inspired Piano

This film is dedicated to the memory of a good friend, artist, musician, neighbor and gardener: Carol Heveron.

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Century.  A new film from Studio Michaelino

Respect for the diversity of environments. Respect for the diversity of species. Respect for the diversity of people.

Together these serve their part within one response to a personal question asked thirty years ago about the future. While the original question came from a loved one now long gone, the reply comes now, here in the 21st century, in the form of a new short film from Studio Michaelino. Currently available online at this link

by Neslort and Rick Trolsen.

“A Tyrant’s Invitation”” used with permission
From the album:Mystical Scam

by GoGo Penguin
“Fort” used with permission
From the album:V2.0


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Five Seasons of the House of Glass - Click to See Poster and related images

Five Seasons of the House of Glass – Click to See Poster and related images

Studio Michaelino will be at three local events over the first two weeks of December.  Among the new works for purchase is a special tribute to one of Michael’s favorite inspirations: Lamberton Conservatory in Highland Botanical Park.  Now available is the poster at right. in two editions, as part of the studio’s series entitled “House of Glass”.  This series features images collected over the last decade celebrating the seasonal changes Rochester’s 100 year old public conservatory.   In addition to the poster, many other images collected over the last ten years are available in fine art prints and art cards.

Studio Logon Relief1100December 2006

Highland Park Neighborhood Association Annual Social and Holiday Market

December 1, 2015 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
Artisan Church,
1235 South Clinton Ave., Rochester NY
The HPNA will host its 7th Annual Social and Local Holiday Market on December 1st.   The highlight of this gathering is the “Very Local” Holiday Market, featuring the arts, crafts, food, and other products from over a dozen vendors.

First Friday @ RoCo Upstairs
December 4, 2015 6pm-10pm

Rochester Contemporary Art Center (2nd Floor)
137 East Avenue, Rochester NY 
Note: Fred Vine, master of “Piedmont Style” picking and Delta slide guitar, and blues harmonica player Rockin’ Red join RoCo Upstairs for December First Friday.

Metro Justice’s 34th Annual Alternative Fair

December 11th 5pm-9pm and December 12th 10am-2pm
First Unitarian Church,
220 S Winton Rd, Rochester, NY 

Family Holiday Shopping with a conscience at Metro Justice’s 34th annual Alternative Fair, featuring thousands of unique fair trade, earth friendly, and locally produced goods that support a strong local economy and a just and sustainable world. Continue reading…