Archive for January, 2011

New feature: First Friday follow up

Posted in call for submissions, first friday, upcoming shows with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 9, 2011 by Rebecca

Warm greetings, Rochester! One of the original intentions I had for this space was to respond to (not just preview) First Friday gallery openings. For years, I’ve done the FF trek nearly every month, visiting different spaces and checking out the new art offerings and considering what I might write about for City Newspaper. Some shows I choose to review, some I don’t, but I want to use this space, in part, to fill in those gaps — there are many more interesting shows than we have space for in newsprint.

Being that I was recovering from the worst cold I’ve had in recent history, my troupe had a bit of a short night this past Friday, and visited only 5 venues this time, but it was a cheerful trip around the local art circuit, and super sweet to run into familiar faces also braving the frigid-aired art trek…

Our first stop was Equal=Grounds Gallery, for the Jonha Smith show, “Adorably Human,” which featured colorful, shaman-y marker drawings of birds and other beasts, as well as one stunning collage. Definitely worth an extended peek next time you’re in for a latte.


Smith's work makes me happy.

While at the cafe, gallery manager Beth Bloom reminded me about this fun little call for work.

At Booksmart Studio Gallery, a duo of shows included “In Habitation,” which presented a small photography exhibit which explores “the landscape and infrastructure of America, the population responsible for it, and the symbiotic relationship between the two,” per the press release. Among these are Alison Smith’s double diptych that reveals the banal monotony found in organized neighborhoods, and Daniel Kariko’s aerials of new suburban sites; often single houses awaiting their neighbors to complete the loop, resting on scraps of encouraged greenery in a development-ravaged wasteland.

The second show is “Washington to Washington,” Joel Wellington Fisher’s series of portraits of seemingly innocuous, isolated, edge-of-suburbia landscapes of significance to the 2002 D.C. Sniper shootings that took place in. “Fear and terror have disrupted daily spaces,” say Fisher; the images are eerie scenes pregnant with recent aftermath and alienation in our paranoid, post 9/11 society.

From there, we journeyed upstairs to the Anderson Alley Studios — who host Second Saturdays open studio days complete with tours and classes; the next one is Saturday, February 12 — on the specific mission to check out the opening party for Matté Baxendell’s Nosferatu Studios. Matté creates lovely-dark photo collages which flirt with themes of revelry in light, death, decay, and remnants through the passage of time.

Matté designed "Arcana In Tabulatis" for a fundraiser for Ithaca's Museum of the Earth.

The Creative Wellness Coalition, in addition to a showing of expressive work by Coalition participants, hosted “Dimensions of Wonder,” a group of vibrant and fantastical paintings by young painter Kt Ferris, who will be off to the Fashion Institute of Technology in the fall.

Our last stop was over to the Genesee Center for the Arts & Education, particularly for the Firehouse Gallery’s exhibition of recent gorgeous carved stoneware work by Syracuse University ceramics prof David MacDonald, and the Book Arts Gallery’ s showing of witty and inspiring letterpress posters by Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr., who also has work up at the Art & Music Library at the University of Rochester’s Rush Rhees Library, and the Frederick Douglass Resource Center. Read about Kennedy’s visit to Rochester, workshops, and screenings of the documentary about him on the Genesee Center’s site. His work will also be part of a trio of shows up this February at High Falls Art Gallery.


First Friday of the year!

Posted in Benefits, first friday, upcoming shows with tags , , , , , , on January 5, 2011 by Rebecca


Hello, creative loves! As promised, here is your First Friday preview, originally printed in Rochester City Newspaper this very morning.

A fresh new year, and baby it’s cold outside; time to turn toward the community and think of others. January’s First Friday promises exhibitions that will get you thinking, and some even benefit charities. 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, January 7, 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:

At the Arts & Cultural Council (277 N. Goodman St., 473-4000), check out “Parallel Perspectives: 11 Views,” a multimedia exhibit by the women of DRAW (pictured). The exhibition opens 5-8 p.m.

Pictured is an image from "Parallel Perspectives: 11 Views," which will be shown at the Arts & Cultural Council. PHOTO PROVIDED


Booksmart Studio (250 N. Goodman St., 598-9322) will host two openings of photographic works, entitled “Washington to Washington,” by Joel Wellington Fisher, and “In-Habitation,” a juried socio-graphic interpretation of America. The reception runs 6-9 p.m. Over at the Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., 563-2145), Kamoinge, a collective of African-American photographers from New York City, will explore “Neo African Identities.” Catch that reception between 6 and 9 p.m. as well.

Next door, Image City Photography Gallery (722 University Ave., 271-2540) will host its annual juried show, “FOCUS,” which features more than 100 photographers. Equal Grounds coffee house (750 South Ave., 242-7840) will present the colorful drawings and illustrations of Jonha Smith.

Crocus Clay Works (Studio 225, Hungerford Building Door 2, 1115 E Main St., 414-5643) will present “Winter Warmth: a Soup(er) Benefit,” 5-9 p.m., at which you can purchase a $15 handmade bowl and enjoy a hot meal of delicious soup, bread, beverage, and dessert. All proceeds will be donated to Healthy Sisters’ Soup & Bean Project.

Gallery 821 (7 Schoen Place, Pittsford, 385-2131) will host a collaborative exhibit entitled “Exquisite Corpse,” based on the surrealist parlor game of taking turns drawing heads, torsos, and legs on folded papers, then unfolding the sheets to reveal the complete body created in unwitting style combinations. A portion of the proceeds from the art sales will be donated to the transplant unit at Rochester General Hospital. Catch this playful opening 6-8 p.m.

Couple of calls for work…

Posted in call for submissions with tags , on January 5, 2011 by Rebecca

Happy New Year! One of my goals this year is to post many more calls for work that pop up in and out of Rochester. Here’s a start, with a call from Equal=Grounds coffee house on South Ave:

Click to enlarge!

Also, The Shoe Factory Art Co-op has put out this call for work, for their Valentine’s Day show, entitled “Hearts and Daggers: A Rochester Love Story.”

That’s it for now, but expect a poke with your First Friday preview before noon today – FF is this Friday! Peace, babies.