How an Animal Portrait is Done in Pastel …………

Portraiture is my first love whether it be of the human kind or the animal kind. I choose the medium of pastel for most of my animal portraits/commissions because of its textural quality. You can really get a visual of the fur with this medium!

Currently, in my studio at the Hungerford, Studio 452, I am nearing completion of a pastel portrait of a majestic lion from a photograph I took while visiting the Portland Zoo in Oregon this past April. I stood in the same spot for nearly 15 minutes waiting for this creature to look up from his afternoon snack, a bone.

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Following are some progress shots of this animal portrait beginning with the drawing on sanded pastel paper (Sennelier La Carte to be exact) with pastel pencil, to applications of color beginning with the darks:

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As I said in the beginning the portrait is close to finish. Stop by Studio 452 on First Friday, September 5th to see it in person! Plan to spend the evening exploring the work of the wonderfully talented artisans in the Hungerford!

Suzi Zefting-Kuhn  Studio 452-458 along with The Main Street Artists’ Gallery & Studio


We are all in this together

A visitor in my studio this week asked me about my experiences in the Hungerford. She seemed to believe that the building HAD to be divided both physically and emotionally. Every person for themselves- She had seen that in other buildings. Neighbors rarely speaking, back stabbing and competition among the artists. She believed that must be the nature of humans who share a building.

I (gratefully) shared with her that she couldn’t be further from the truth.

“We are a family!”, I confidently shared with her.

I explained to her that we met at least once a month to brainstorm opportunities for growth and success. While each studio runs individually, we are happily working together for the greater good. I was saddened by her surprise. But continued to explain that in my opinion most of the studios actively support the others. Encouraging great work, critiques, sharing opportunities, promoting each other’s work and more.

She suggested that this was SO against typical collectives.

I suggested that the Hungerford was a special place.

The Hungerford IS a special place. It is a place where someone has a spark of an idea and another person keeps that spark lit- a third might implement the idea. It is a place where if there is need, other souls rally to assist. It is a place where we work towards the greater good, toward excellence, toward fulling our life’s mission. The HUNGERFORD- is not just a building but a home to souls who believe in what they are doing, who draw strength from the other souls working away in the studio next door and understand without doubt….

we are all in this together.



First Friday, August 1

HUAJoin us at the Hungerford, this Friday, August 1st from 6–9pm and explore multiple floors of unique art created by artists and artisans. Additional parking is available at the Credit Union, on the east side of the building and at Greenovation.

Can’t make it this Friday? Join us for Second Saturday, August 9th from 10am–3pm

open studios:

Airigami, #234
Cat Clay, #242
Create Art 4 Good, #201
Fine & Splendid Things, #414
Francesca DeCaire, #216
Genesee Libby, #225
Happy Earth Tea, #228
HessMess Creations, #406
Hungerford 318, #318
Kumagama Clay Studio & Gallery, #228
Lucinda Storms, #320
Main Street Artists’, #452-458
Rituals In Metal & Stone, #344
Rochester Art Club, #437-439
Suzi Zefting-Kuhn Artworks, #458
The Tea Pottery, #420
VonBrake Spices, #222

Hungerford 318

Hungerford Profile

5 Artists Selling Handcrafted Goods in suite 318

First Fridays, 6:00-9:00
Second Saturdays, 10:00-3:00
By Appointment – Email us at

Purple Clutch with Francesca Bead

Jean Keane – Fabric accessories for you & your pet.

Lori Prince Embossed Pendants

Lori Prince – Artisan made sterling silver, copper, polymer clay and resin jewelry.

Turq & Burg Sticky Notes

Stefani Tadio – Hand stitched paper art; notepads, framed art, paper jewelry.

Blue Bowl

Mary Terziani – Fused glass plates, bowls, platters, and vases.

Cast Glass

Tom Zachman – Glass art (stained glass panels, fused glass, recycled wine bottle chimes).

Darjeeling Second Flush 2014 has arrived!

Happy Earth Tea - Second Floor - The Hungerford
Happy Earth Tea - The Hungerford


Second Flush Arya Ruby is prized by Darjeeling tea enthusiasts for its rich muscatel and a floral-fruity complexity.

DRY LEAF: Very stylish leaves that are long, wiry, tippy and well rolled. The appearance of the tea reflects the care in the manufacture. It has a nice bloom and is clean without any stems and flakes. The dry leaves are fragrant with notes of muscatel, caramel, apricot and some spice.

INFUSION: A coppery infusion with a greenish hue still present in some leaves. Because of the partial oxidization, there is a touch of first flush crispness to the tea. The nose is rich in muscatel, hints of caramel, apricot and pepper. [Read more...]

Named a Finalist

Suzi Zefting-Kuhn (studio 452)

Suzi Zefting-Kuhn (studio452) was named a finalist in the Portrait of a Professional Artist competition, which was part of Professional Artist Month, in June. Her image, ‘A Dream Fulfilled’, pastel, 24” x 26” will be included in the competition album on the Professional Artist Facebook page beginning the week of July 21st.

Prayer Flag Workshop

Join Susan at Create Art 4 Good (suite #201) - The Hungerford

Join Susan at Create Art 4 Good (suite #201) for aPrayer Flag workshop August 18th from 1pm

Prayer flags date back thousands of years, to pre-Buddhist Tibet. Traditionally primary colors were used on cloth. Symbols and writings embodied the elements – earth, water, fire, air & space. The flags were used for healing ceremonies.

This workshop invites you to create your own prayer flags. We will create on pre-stitched cloth and use a more contemporary mixed media approach to this spiritual art. NO experience is required- it is only necessary to bring your sense of adventure with you (and a bunch of your friends) What might you create a prayer flag for? Your intent might be for peace in the world, a burden on your heart or simply for light in the world.

Gather your friends and CREATE @ Create Art 4 Good Studios- all supplies are included, however if you have something special you would like to add to your flag, please feel free to bring it with you. You will have the opportunity to create your prayer flag.

Large Scale Build!

Airigami (studio 234) The Hungerford
Airigami (studio 234) just completed a 65-foot tall, 30,000 balloon, 1/3 scale Space Shuttle sculpture in Houston, TX. Working with eight crew members and hundreds of volunteers, the installation was completed over a span of four days. Video of the construction can be seen here.