My fifth grade helpers drew simple curved or jagged lines on pieces of paper for me for the drawing club after school. These helpers do so much for me. They clean, organize, make me laugh. They are a gift from the art gods.
Every day is collaboration day at Buckman Heights. The students and I work together to make the world a better place and fill our immediate world with ART. Selected students are preparing to put on a show at Studio 215 to end our year together. There is no better way to celebrate student success than a formal reception and First Friday event. Beautiful Fun Indeed. The “School’s Out For Summer Part 2” show will be coming the First Friday in June!
Heather Erwin’s gallery, Studio 215, originated in the Anderson Arts Building in the Neighborhood of the Arts in Rochester, New York. The gallery/art studio moved in November 2011 to the Hungerford Building where the studios are called “Suites.” The Hungerford Building (1115 East Main Street) is located in Rochester’s thriving Public Market District. In the spirit of Dada and “Beautiful Fun” Ms. Erwin kept her DBA, Studio 215, and can be found on the fourth floor in Suite 433. Her experience as a curator and working artist is both vital to her art and her teaching. It gives her the opportunity to collaborate with other artists in different venues, including poetry and music. It also allows Ms. Erwin to continue to reflect upon the ways the world impacts her life and the lives of those around her. In her latest project, URALIAR, she merges video and lighting technology with painting and elements of graphic design, creating a multi-sensory gallery environment.
In addition to teaching full time at Buckman Heights Elementary school, Heather Erwin operates STUDIO 215 on the fourth floor of the Hungerford Building in Rochester, New York while fostering several collaborations with other local artists and continuously exploring new creative outlets (visual, musical and language).
The ability not only to allow yourself to dream, but to be encouraged to follow those dreams, is central to Erwin’s philosophy of teaching and life. “In life we take risks and I talk to students about starting a business and taking risks,” said Erwin. “You put yourself out there and you take risks and you follow your heart. That’s what I’m trying to teach them, that it’s okay to follow your heart.”