August First Friday preview

Holy crap, guys, it’s August. Here’s your FF preview, originally printed in Rochester City Newspaper on Wednesday, August 3.

We’re well past the mid-year threshold, and tumbling faster toward darker colder days. So let’s not squander one of this year’s last balmy First Fridays by staying in. 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, August 5, 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. Rochester Contemporary’s annual “State of the City” exhibition returns with “In the Loop,” featuring new artworks and projects regarding the divisive inner loop by Jim Mott, Cary Markerink, Mark Edward Grimm, The Landmark Society of Western New York, and Bartow+Metzgar with James Downer & Greg Stewart.


This exhibition kicks off the “Transitions-Rochester” project, which continues through November 13 and is an international collaboration between VSW, FOTODOK (The Netherlands), George Eastman House, and Rochester Contemporary. The reception for “In the Loop” takes place at the Rochester Contemporary (137 East Ave., 461-2222,, 6-10 p.m., and admission is $1 for non-members. An artist talk follows on Sunday, August 7 at 1 p.m.

At the Firehouse Gallery at the Genesee Center for the Arts & Education (713 Monroe Ave., 244-1730,, artists Allison Craver and Lynne Hobaica will close out their residency with their joint-exhibition “Curio.” The functional ceramics include Craver’s delicate treasure chests and Hobaica’s whimsical works with renderings of robots and dinosaurs.

"Ralph Gibson: Photographs" will open at Lumiere Photo's new Spectrum Gallery. PHOTO PROVIDED

The brand new Spectrum Gallery at Lumiere Photo’s new location (100 College Ave., 461-4447, will host a striking exhibition of “Ralph Gibson: Photographs.”  Cross the train tracks and visit the Hungerford building’s offerings, including Crocus Clay Works (Suite 225, 414-5643,, which from 5 to 9 p.m. will host “Adornments & Adorables,” a show of works by Casey Wright and Amanda Preske, the ladies behind the popular Mayday Underground craft fair. While in the building, stop at Grass Roots Gallery (Suite 157, Door 1) for “bART without Orders,” a collaboration between Stephen Lindsey and Colleen Virdi.

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