First Friday, the snowfall edition.

Hi, friends. Here’s your FF preview for this month, originally printed in Rochester City Newspaper. We’ve currently got a skyful of downy, dreamy flakes; for the past hour they’ve been tumbling earthbound. First accumulation of the season. Any one want to bet if it sticks or not? Will our art trek be a slushy one this Friday?

December’s First Friday predictably heralds in much holiday-themed artwork, as well as opportunities to support your local arts and crafters by shopping with them instead of the malls. 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, December 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. Here are just a few:

Check out the public preview of the 20th Annual Members Exhibition at Rochester Contemporary (461-2222,, where supporters of the arts get a turn on the gallery’s wall. The Friday opening runs 6-10 p.m., with another opening reception Saturday 6-10 p.m. “Winter Craft” is the annual holiday show at the Firehouse Gallery at Genesee Pottery (713 Monroe Ave., 271-5183), and will feature pottery, letterpress cards and art books, and many more great handcrafted gifts 6-9 p.m.

A preview of some of the goodies you can scoop at the Genesee Center's "Winter Craft" show, open this Friday. PHOTO PROVIDED

The Hungerford Urban Artisans (The Hungerford, 1115 E. Main St., will present the “Hungerford Unwrapped” Holiday Event on Friday 5-9 p.m., and continuing on Saturday noon-4 p.m., affording you the option of checking out more than 25 open studios throughout the behemoth building. Another group exhibition at the Mercer Gallery at MCC (1000 E. Henrietta Rd., 292-3121), encourages you to celebrate “Lost Toys: The Ones that Got Away” by brining your inner (or actual) child to see the show 7-9 p.m.

In a totally unrelated vein, reprise summer (and bohemian art culture) with “Photographs of the Burning Man Festival” by Laura Jacket at the Williams-Insalaco Gallery 34 (Finger Lakes Community College, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua, 785-1369). A discussion with the artist takes place at the show opening 1-3 p.m. on Friday, with the reception 5-7 p.m. on December 10.

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