First Friday: May edition

Here’s your FF preview, loves, originally printed this morn in Rochester City Newspaper

Here we are in the merry month of May, when all of the freshly graduated art students spill out into the world and on to their creative paths. But first, they must present their thesis exhibitions, allowing you to preview the fresh talent that’s about to hit Rochester and the world. This First Friday, hot spots for thesis shows are not only on college campuses, but also in the rambling Hungerford Building and in gallery spaces around town. 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, May 6, 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 our online events calendar at for more receptions and exhibits.

The Hungerford Building (1115 E. Main St., will host loads of thesis exhibitions, including “Current” by ceramics MFA student Virginia Pfau, which takes place 6-10 p.m. in suite 311; “O’WHAHSA’,” Leah Shenandoah’s MFA show with sculpture, fashion, jewelry, and music, and a 7 p.m. performance in suite 404; the RIT metals and jewelry BFA exhibition in suite 310, including Lia Beauchemin’s “Every Other Day” and Kate Cosden’s “Reflex.”

While you’re in the Hungerford, check out functional and decorative ceramic wares Crocus Clay Works (Suite 225, 414-5643,, which will also host “Bird’s Eye View,” a show of handmade bird houses by Carol Snook. Throughout the building, more than 25 resident artists will host open studios for the Leap into Spring at the Hungerford event, 5-10 p.m. Travel southbound on Goodman to the Village Gate (320 N. Goodman St., unit 209) to view the RIT Industrial Design Senior Show, with more than 20 artists who contributed work under this year’s theme, the symbol “#.”

“Off the Newsprint,” a showing of work by a team of former illustrators for the Democrat & Chronicle, will be on view at Studio 215 in the Anderson Alley Building (250 N. Goodman St., 966-5953). Participating in the exhibit are Heather Erwin, David Cowles, Maria Friske, Joanne Andrews, and Christopher Fisher. The Firehouse Gallery at Genesee Pottery (713 Monroe Ave., 271-5183) will host ceramic sculptor Tybre Newcomer’s “Sanctuary,” which pays homage to the role of tools through the creation of reliquaries for the objects. At the American Association of University Women’s Perkins Mansion (484 East Ave., 244-8890), photojournalist Kris Dreessen provides a look into the consequences of industrialization in post-civil-war Central and South American communities in “Life in Remote Places: A Fragile Balance.”

An image from Kris Dreessen's photo exhibition, opening at Perkins Mansion this Friday. PHOTO COURTESY KRIS DREESSEN

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