First Friday preview for lovely September

OMG OMG a blog post! Apologies to the faithful readers for the absence of updates! It’s been a very busy time, but this post comes with a promise of a much stronger commitment to this project.

So here it is, your September First Friday preview, to be followed up with a post on Friday night or Saturday. This originally appeared in print in Rochester City Newspaper this morn and is available online as well.

An image from Sean Dyroff's "The Beginning" exhibition of cyanotypes, showing at The Gallery @ Equal=Grounds. PHOTO PROVIDED


The monthly city-wide gallery night is held by non-profit, university, and commercial and indie art venues in Rochester, where we all trot about from station to station, filling our eyes and ears with what’s new and exciting in our community. On Friday, September 3, 6-9 p.m. (and sometimes later) you can check out art openings, poetry readings, and musical performances in various locations. Visit for a list of this month’s participating venues, and check out all the flyers in cafes and such for more events happening the same night. September’s First Friday skedge is rife with thoughtful new shows held at indie galleries and alternative spaces. Here are just a few:

Equal Grounds coffeehouse (750 South Ave, will host an opening reception for “The Beginning,” an exhibition of cyanotypes by Sean Dyroff, “created to explore the beginning moments of the universe or the beginning moments of life, when the absence and presence of light define experience,” per the artist’s statement. At Chait Fine Art Gallery (234 Mill St., schait@chaitstudios), Stu Chait will present watercolor abstractions of the rise and fall of life in “Vinifera – An Unseen Sensitivity.” The reception takes place 6-9 p.m.

The Gallery at the Record Archive (33 1/3 Rockwood St., 244-1210) presents “My Talent is Dreaming,” paintings, sculpture, and assemblage work by A. Bogs, who will also perform musically in Bogs Visionary Orchestra at 7 p.m. The reception runs 6-9 p.m.

I’m anticipating great things from 1975 Gallery, temporarily occupying Booksmart’s Gallery Kunstler (250 N. Goodman St.,, which will present the enigmatic “The Worst is Yet to Come: The Unfortunate Decay of Communication Culture,” by skateboard-industry designers Mark Penxa and Don Pendleton. The promo card for the show, which opens at 6 p.m., arrived like an invitation to interpersonal communication’s calling hours, with “deepest sympathies” from the artists. Shake a fist, brothers.

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