First Friday of the year!


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.

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