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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…

Epiphany at The Fast Forward Film FestivalFor more new art from Studio Michaelino, visit us and the other open studios at RoCo Upstairs during the First Friday April 3, 2015 event from 6:00-10:00 pm. Have a conversation with artist Michael Tomb about his series “Skin of the Arboretum” and other digital works, including on his interest on digital framing and Trompe L’oeil.    Michael will also be be celebrating the exciting breaking news on the Studio Michaelino film: Epiphany that will be included in the Fast Forward Film Festival  which is part of Rochester Earth Week and why the photo below is relevant to that news.   Stay tuned!

PS    RoCo is also having an opening night event for “Ride It: Art and Bicycles in Rochester”,  If you are planning to attend that special show, please come upstairs and say hello.


Globe Still from Epiphany

An Image of Music: Bones in Motion

One of my recurring themes when creating images of musicians is to use motion and focus as a way to express my own personal sense of the music. Last year, during Bonerama‘s March 2014 visit to Rochester, I made such an image in tribute to one of my favorite bands – who also have become my and my wife’s friends.   This composition is built from multiple exposures which together I have entitled “Bones in Motion”. To complete the image, I created a virtual frame based on sampled portions of the trombone metal in the pictures.

This is the 2015 contribution from Studio Michaelino to the Threadhead Cultural Foundation Raffle.  It is a limited edition 16″ by 11″ print on archival matte paper which has been pre-mounted on a backing board.  And it is the only existing print signed by the three members of the band in the picture: Mark Mullins, Craig Klein and Greg Hicks as well as the artist Michael “Michaelino” Tomb.

The print is valued at $150.

Bones in Motion