Steve Carpenter has followed his passion for painting and teaching from the United States to Europe and back over the past four decades. A native of the Pacific Northwest, Steve moved to Rochester, N.Y., in the late '90s after a successful 30-year career in Monaco. Since 2002, he has operated the Steve Carpenter Gallery and Art Center, a school and gallery modeled on the European "l'atelier de peintre," in a renovated industrial building on Anderson Avenue in Rochester's Neighborhood of the Arts.
In 2001 , while teaching at the Memorial Art Gallery Creative Workshop, Steve decided to open his own studio in Village Gate Square on North Goodman Street in the Neighborhood of the Arts. The 800-square-foot space soon proved to be too small to accommodate the number of students in Steve's school and, in January 2002 , he added 400 square feet by renting his neighbor's space and tearing down t. from three contiguous counties surrounding the Rochester area. Open Figure Drawing - This is an open studio session offered throughout the year on Monday evenings. No instruction is given. Nude models are available to draw from. Professional artists, including sculptors and conceptual artists, will periodically direct the evenings, giving new insights and way to experience the human form.