About

Kathy Clem

My art work is my life and what I love doing. Sometimes I work/play on my art 24 hours a day.

I started out as a technician working for Kodak when I was 21 years old. Went to night school while I worked at Kodak and got my BS in Chemistry. Left Kodak at 29 because I wanted to become an artist. Took many painting classes and at 35 and went back to school to get my MFA in painting.

I have been showing my artwork for more than 40 years now.

About 8 years ago I acquired the studio next to my studio and remodeled into my own gallery, this freed me up to be able to make any kind of art that I can imagine.

I see my art as a journey, a learning experience, a challenge to myself of something that want to learn more about.

Right now I am working on an alphabet of 20 letters that when completed will become an autobiographical book. Each letter of the alphabet is a chapter of this book and a themed art installation. Samples of my previous exhibits are: “A is for Art”“F is for Fantasy”, “M is for Mother”, “P is for Places”. “W is for WordPainting.”

Upcoming exhibits that I already started working on are: “G is for Gourmet” in 2016, “Destiny” a book installation and a collaboration with Martha Schermerhorn in 2017, “D is for DNA” in 2021, “H is for Henry” A screenplay/installation for a movie about my grandfather in 2023.

 living in Rochester, NY.

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  1. Hi there, It’s interesting that you studied two diverse subjects. Just wanted to thank you for following my blog at A Mom’s Blog. Best wishes, Zainab

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    • Thank you Zainab,
      Chemistry and Art are very similar, in both fields you are creating new things. Thank you very much for visiting and commenting on my blog. I am very new to this, I can learn a lot from you and what you are doing with your blog. I like your website and your stories. Thanks for commenting. I will be visiting your blog often. Thanks again and best wishes to you, Kathy

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  2. Thank you for dropping by my blog and deciding to keep tabs on my ‘experiments’! Appreciate it. Will be digging through your blog to gain a different perspective on Art. You sure are one talented lady!

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  3. hi kathy, i love that you combine your love of different art forms. i work in several different media as well, but have never really combined them beyond taping photos in a journal. your work is beautiful and inspiring and i look forward to seeing more.
    jennifer

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  4. Nice reading about you

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Be in touch. Browse through the category sections, I feel you may find something of your interest.

    Happy New Year !!!!!!! and best wishes for you in 2014 🙂

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  5. Victoria, Your blog is a pleasure to read. There is so much life and excitement in your writing. Your photos are beautiful. Whatever you write about you make me want to read more. Thank you for your love of life!

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  6. Kathy, I am honored that you have chosen to follow Petals Unfolding. May my blog be an inspiration to you as it is to me. I will keep an eye out for your beautiful gravatar as I saw today at Petals. It brings Great Joy to my Heart knowing that others are enjoying my Passions. My hope as well, is you feel the Love that Petals Unfolding is founded on. With my deepest respect, Amy

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    • Dear Amy, Thank you for your comment and for visiting my blog. I really enjoyed your blog and your love for the kitties, and I am looking forward to reading more.
      Best wishes for you, and lots of hugs for the kitties. ♡
      Kathy

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  7. Hi Kathy,
    Thank you for visiting my blog. I’m glad you liked it and decided to follow me.
    I think its great that you went back to school and decided to follow your artistic side. I went back to school, really only to please my grandmother. I took chemical engineering since I thought I would at least be able to get a good job. I already had a good job!
    Long story short, chemical engineering was NOT for me, tho I did like messing around in the lab. I got a degree in math since it was the easiest way for me to graduate. I’ve never used it and probably never will. But it made my grandma happy. 🙂
    I went back to doing what I love. Just hoping at some point I’ll be able to do more of all the OTHER things I love too.

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  8. Dear Capt Jill,
    Thank you for visiting my blog and your comment. It is very interesting that you got a degree in math and that then you went back to sailing and becoming a ship captain. I am glad you love what you are doing. Life is too short to be in a field that we don’t enjoy to the fullest. I really liked your blog and I am looking forward to continue to read more about your travels. I was wondering if you or your dad sailed or owner the schooner Ariadne from the Grenada Stamp?
    Best wishes♡.
    Kathy

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    • Hi Ronit, I am so happy to have found you. And very, very happy that you are also following mine. Your recipes look delicious. I am going to make the “Lemon Sole with Cherry Tomatoes” tomorrow night.
      Thanks so much!

      Kathy

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  9. Thanks for visiting and following my blog! Your art is lovely! I lived 8 years in upstate NY (Dryden, near Ithaca). I look forward to hearing more from you! Gail

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  10. Rochester? I seem to remember from man analog photo days that that’s where Kodak had their main site? How times passes by (faster and faster) and even a comapany like Kodak was more or less left behind . . ..
    Thanks for subscribing to my blog. Interested in Norway, there are approximately 2400 so called ‘full screen’ photos awaiting you. Please enjoy!

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  11. Yes, I was very lucky to have worked for Kodak in the 70’s, that is when Kodak was into a lot of different fields, including solar energy, one of the special research labs where I worked. I left Kodak at a good time, the decline started in the 80’s. It is sad, that there is not much left from Kodak now, about one half of the buildings have been torn down and made into parking lots, and most of the rest sold.

    I look forward to your blog and your beautiful photos from Norway. Thank you, and many thanks for the english translations.

    Kathy

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  12. So I guess you have just become one of The Spikey’s, that small clan of folk known to be followers of Uncle Spike 🙂

    Thank you… I really appreciate that as I for one, know how many interesting and entertaining blogs are out there.

    My aim is to deliver an eclectic offering of posts, from my ‘point n shoot’ attempts at photography, to the sharing of my travel adventures since the 70′s, as well as day to day happenings on the farm. Oh, plus a few observations on life as I see it. Of course, if you have any suggestions for me, I’d love to hear from you, serious.

    In return, I promise not to be overbearing with perhaps 2-3 posts a day tops. But if you are at a loose end one day, maybe you’ll enjoy trawling through some of my older stuff too. I have added plenty of categories to help in said digging process.

    Thanks again for your vote of confidence, and hope you have a great day…

    UNCLE SPIKE

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  13. Thank you for the follow over at my place. I look forward to learning more about you as I play here at your house. I am 69 and have been doing art ect most of my life and I too have been enjoying retirement steeped in my creating. We are so lucky to be able to indulge. I also love backpacking.

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  14. Rose,
    Thank you so much for commenting in my blog. I am so glad I found your blog. I love your hand made books. They have inspired me to make a few and maybe a complete exhibit. Thank you also for the great bibliography. Also in your last post I noted how you very lovingly described your garden and said that you talk to your plants and flowers, I do the same.
    I am curios as to where do you like to go backpacking? I have done parts of the Appalachian trail, the Adirondack’s, but my favorite place is the backcountry in Utah.
    Again, thanks so much for your comment.♡

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    • I just got around to realising you asked a question. Where do I like backpacking. Anywhere but I have to say the best so far was my friend and I were booked on a backpacking tour of Syria and surrounds but it was cancelled 2 days before we were to leave due to the troubles there. We booked a flight to Istanbul, booked into a little hotel on Gulhaine, bought a Lonley Planet book on the way to the airport and spent seven weeks roaming around. We had no accommodation booked other than three days in Istanbul and we travelled all on public transport. I cannot speak highly enough of Turkey and her people. We had the very best time not just in the tourist areas but with the local people all around.

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  15. Thank you for taking the time to drop in at Unload and Unwind. I thought I might take a moment to visit your blog and take a peek at what you are working on. After seeing what you are building here I can’t wait to see what is coming next. Jenni.

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  16. I have just been roaming around your blog ‘again’ and I just wanted to say how much I love your work. Each time I visit it in the galleries and opening nights I marvel at your talent.

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  17. Rose,

    Thank you so much for your beautiful comment. I was away for a few days. Went to see a few art exhibits in NYC. Was exhausted after I finished my last show… It is beautiful comments like yours that keep me going and make it all worthwhile.

    Again, thank you and much love,

    kathy

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    • Nannus,
      Thank you so much for your blogs. All are very interesting. I am just starting to read these. I look forward to reading these in more detail. Again, thanks so much.♡

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  18. Thanks so much for visiting my blog! I appreciate it very much. I’ve enjoyed my visit here and look forward to following your posts. 🙂

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    • Dear Jackie,
      Thank you so much for your comment and following my blog. I am enjoying your beautiful photography. I am very sorry for your loss of Samantha. What a beautiful sweetheart. I am so sorry…
      Much love to you.♡

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  19. I’m honored at your chancing on and following my haphazard blog, dear Kathy.

    I thank you, so glad you did so allowing me to discover a special artist from a city I used to frequent when I lived in the Thousand Island region, in the 70′, in fact.

    I’m intrigued by your works and touched by your themes and expression. Following you will be an esthetic and human pleasure. ❤

    Here's wishing you a wonderful WE and continued success with a new fan from Europe. 🙂 mariana/aka il neige sur Liège

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    • Mariana,

      Thank you so much for following my blog, I am honored and delighted. I was taken by your snow clad trees and your poetry.
      Very interesting how very small the world is… I am very familiar with the Thousand Islands. My father was a Seaway Pilot and he took the large ships from Massena to Cape Vincent through the Thousand Islands.
      I look forward to your blog,
      Best wishes, Kathy

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  20. I love that your understand the creative connections between chemistry (science) and art. I worked as a lab tech in a couple of different fields before quitting that at 29 (sound familiar?) to run away to sea. Travel became my life and I finally have a chance now to write about all of that. Thanks for making my site one of your ‘blogs I follow’! I will try not to let you down. Hope to run into you again on blogging 101.

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  21. Dear Barbara,
    Thank you very much for following my blog. You have a gift for storytelling, I am glad that I will have the chance to read your stories. Best wishes, Kathy💝

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  22. Thank you Ellie, I found you through the IWWG website. I am also a member, a very nice group. Learned a lot from them through the years. Looking forward to learning about diets from you. Thanks again for your comment. 💝

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  23. Such a talented artist… thanks for stopping by and visiting my blog as well. I sure am glad you did. I loved coming over and seeing your great works! My brother is an artist and would love to have a gallery like yours!!

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  24. Dear Nancy, Thank you for your nice comment, I appreciate this, I enjoyed reading your blog. The gallery has been a lot of work, a labor of love, but it frees me up to do what ever I like.
    Again, thank you for your visit, 💝

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    • Thank you very much for your comment. My art is more about learning and discovering and challenging myself. I am most happy when I learn something new and accomplish a new project and show this to my friends. I really appreciate your comment.💝♡✰

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