Behind the Mask with Marlene Weinstein: TVM Shopper and Local Artist



Behind the Mask with Marlene Weinstein: TVM Shopper and Local Artist

We always love it when you share your farm-to-fork recipes made from fresh, local finds purchased from our Farmers Market.  A few weeks ago TVM regular Marlene Weinstein shared her dinner pics, and we caught a glimpse of some amazing artwork;  that’s right, it wasn’t only food, it was art!

Last week I caught up with Marlene to talk with her more about her artwork, life as an artist, and what she is showing at the Gallery North Art show this Friday.

Tell us a little about Marlene Weinstein 

I’m a photographer and mixed media artist, and I love to experiment!  I’ve lived on Long Island for over 40 years and feel really connected to the Three Village area, so you’ll find lots of local landscape images at my booth.  I think a lot of locals know me and my camera by now.  Most of my images convey a sense of serenity and calm – I like my art to provide refuge and joy in a busy and chaotic world.  

I used to paint, so I really enjoy making one of a kind mixed-media pieces.  These artworks involve layering a photograph with Japanese paper, some hand-painting, and acrylics.  My latest fascination has been printing cyanotypes.  This is a traditional, 200 year-old process that uses sunlight to produces blue and white prints – all without a camera!  The results are totally unpredictable and a lot of fun.

Where do you create your art, and what materials do you use?

I have a small studio space at home that is really way too tiny for me now!  My stuff has been slowly invading the rest of the house.

As for equipment, I have a Canon SLR and a batch of lenses that I love for high-quality photography, but I also use my phone a surprising amount to create some images.  I print, mat, and frame everything myself, and buy all my framing materials from local frame shops.

Since I experiment so much, I have loads and loads of art materials.  Printing papers, brushes, Panpastels for hand painting, acrylics and watercolors for mixed media, and all sorts of gorgeous Japanese papers.

For cyanotypes, there’s light-sensitive solution, watercolor papers, and household items like hydrogen peroxide, vinegar and washing powder. I create my images from plant clippings or digital negatives of my photos, and anything else interesting that I find along the way.

What’s your favorite piece?

That’s such a difficult question.  I think it changes depending on my mood and which medium I happen to be working with at the time!  Most of my favorite photographs were taken on foggy mornings in winter.  I love the mystery of fog and the beauty of bare tree branches.  I also like images with paths or worn sheds, or both! For the cyanotypes, I’m really partial to the ones I printed on hand-made paper, because I had so much fun making the paper and it makes the image unique.

What would you like us to know about what you are showing this Friday at Gallery North?

I’m really excited to be participating in an art show after all these months.  It’s been a challenge making art in isolation and not being able to share it in person.  Nothing can compare to being able to see and appreciate art up close.  I’ll have a combination of photographs, mixed media pieces, and cyanotypes available.  I think this collaboration between the Farmer’s Market and Gallery North is a wonderful idea!

After Marlene shared her dinner and images, it got me thinking, I did a quick search and come up with the recipe below—let us know if you create art.