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First Friday, July edition

Posted in alternative spaces, first friday, pop-up galleries, quick pokes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 1, 2011 by Rebecca

I can’t believe it’s July already.

Here’s my little FF preview, originally printed in Rochester City Newspaper this week.

Many of the major galleries and museums are between shows for this edition of First Friday, giving you the opportunity to focus your attention on the smaller spaces and alternative venues you might not normally check out. 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, July 1, 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.

July’s featured artist at The Gallery @ Equal Grounds (750 South Ave., 242-7840) will be Tim Mack, who presents his wildly patterned and whimsical “Collection of Curiosities” 7-9 p.m. More creative strangeness can be found in the surreal works of Sean Madden, presented by Art to Zen Tattoo (4363 Lake Ave., 621-3515), which kicks off at 8 p.m. and will also feature live music by The Freakness.

Across town at the Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., 563-2145), check out the work of Jim Pappas, Jack White, and Eddie Davis. Next door, Image City Photography Gallery (722 University Ave., 271-2540) will host “Light & Form, Time & Place,” the architectural, abstract, black-and-white photos of D. G. Adams.


Just a bit down the road is collectible art-toy haven Plastic (34 Elton St., 563, 6348), where local artists Melissa Cantwell, Marta Filipek, Bryce Grantham, Bill Hand, Chuck Harrison, John Perry, and Bill Pifer will present a custom toy show entitled “The Lowbrow Art Project: Rochester Edition.”

At the Hungerford Building (1115. E Main St.), many artists and groups will have their studios open for the public to view the work and speak with them. The Main Street Artists (Door 2, Suite 458, 233-5645) will feature work by Sandy Grana Kesel, among other member artists, at a 5-9 p.m. reception.

In keeping with the tangle of fiber shows happening locally, Nazareth College Arts Center Gallery (4245 East Ave., will host “Sum of the Parts: Art Quilts by Pat Pauly,” with a 6-8 p.m. reception.

In addition to these events, NeighborWorks Rochester and Sector 4 CDC are transforming a vacant storefront (757 Genesee St.) into an art gallery which will feature works by more than twenty local and student artists. The show takes place 6-9 p.m.


That undying graffiti debate

Posted in alternative spaces, guerilla art shows, pop-up galleries, quick pokes on March 22, 2011 by Rebecca

I contributed to Rochester City Newspaper’s Annual Manual 2011 with a piece about outdoor art in Rochester, and the attention I gave to graffiti art annoyed one reader. View the piece here.


The "Legal Wall" behind Village Gate. CITY NEWSPAPER FILE PHOTO

Let’s open this discussion up to a wider audience. What are your thoughts on graffiti? Respond on City’s website or here.

First Friday, March!

Posted in alternative spaces, art collectives, first friday, pop-up galleries, quick pokes, upcoming shows with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 2, 2011 by Rebecca

So, we’ve had little teases of spring on and off, but now it’s back to frigidness (Rochester, she is a fickle bitch). Will we be bundling for Friday’s art trek, or liberated in, at best, 30something degree weather? (har)

In any case, here is a preview of some of the gems opening up this Friday (first printed in Rochester City Newspaper this morn)…

March’s art scene, like the weather, is rolling in as fiercely as a lion. First Friday, 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, March 4, 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:

1975 Gallery at Booksmart Studio (250 N. Goodman St., will present a new show by two members of Sweet Meat Co., “Nothing New: The Ruminations & Imaginings of Sarah C. Rutherford and St. Monci,” with new work by both artists as well as collaborations between the two.

One of Sarah C. Rutherford and St. Monci's epic collabs in "Nothing New..." opening this Friday. More on this soon...

“Winter Blooms” will open at the Firehouse Gallery at Genesee Pottery (713 Monroe Ave., 271-5183), and will feature artistic, functional ceramic work by Giselle Hicks and Kala Stein.

The Hungerford Urban Artisans (The Hungerford, 1115 E. Main St., will present the “FLUX: THAW at the Hungerford” in Suite 258, and continuing on Saturdays 10 a.m.-3 p.m. through March. Arti Gras comes to Anderson Alley Artists (250 N. Goodman St., 442-3516,, with open studios, shopping, live Zydeco music and dancing, Friday 5-9 p.m., and continuing on Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. While in the building, be sure to check out “Collaboration Collisions” with work by local artist Heather Erwin and NYC artist Duane Sherwood, in Studio 215, 6-9 p.m.

The Mill Art Center and Gallery and The Rabbit Room (61 N Main St, Honeoye Falls., 624-7740, will host “Relevant: An HF-L Alumni Art Exhibition,” with work by Honeoye Falls-Lima High School alum, and includes work by internationally acclaimed artists. The 6 p.m. opening will feature live music by Steve Grills and the Roadmasters.

On the alternative-spaces front, check out “Book of Nights” work by Aydin Ture at Living Room Cafe (1118 Monroe Ave,, 6-8 p.m. And at the Gallery at Rubino’s Cafe (1659 Mt. Hope Ave., 271-0110), 5-7 p.m., you will find “Whimsical Art” by Margot Fass, Mollie Wolf, and Martha Schermerhorn.

PARK(ing) Day in Rochester

Posted in guerilla art shows, pop-up galleries, quick pokes with tags , , on September 16, 2010 by Rebecca

Very excited to transform a metered parking spot into a temporary mini park tomorrow in Rochester’s East End. Involved parties include Rochester Contemporary, Sarah C. Rutherford, and others. Come visit us and contribute random possessions, quarters to help feed the meter, or your person. We’ll be there all day and into the evening.

Info on PARK(ing) Day.

Fresh & Sweet.

Posted in art collectives, pop-up galleries, upcoming shows with tags , , , on March 3, 2010 by Rebecca

Art Front’s maiden voyage will focus on a recent shiny newness that Rochester’s art scene sorely needs: independent, audacious initiative, and the community’s attention and support. So, I’m about a month late with this, but I’m still excited to share…

Sweet Meat Co. panoramic

A panoramic shot of The Sweet Meat Co.'s EXTRAVAGANZA, yoinked from their flickr site.

Recently formed art collective The Sweet Meat Co. is comprised of talented young painters, graphic designers, and street artists including Sarah Rutherford, Lea Rizzo, St. Monci, Mr. Prvrt, and Erich Lehman of 1975 Gallery at Surface Salon. Naming their group for the old-timey term for candy, the collective pays homage to the Hungerford [which used to be a flavored syrup factory] where, on 01.30.10, they debuted the fruits of their one-month collaborative project. With guest artists Jordan C. Greenhalgh and Anjolee Wolfe, Sweet Meat Co. rented a 2500 square foot raw space in the Hungerford and completely rehabbed the place into an incredibly cohesive, multi-media art installation using paint and discarded objects found in the building.

Sweet Meat Co. Sarah Rutherford

Sweet Meat indeed. Photo by The Sweet Meat Co.

Both the opening and closing receptions [a week apart] were packed, signaling to the group that the community’s behind what they’re doing. The collective plans on continuing this pop-up gallery business all around the city, so pay attention.

The Hungerford was a “good starting point,” Rutherford says, because they were allowed the freedom to completely alter the space during the month of their collaboration. The group endeavor began with a few of the artists who had exhibited in Lehman’s gallery, and most of the members barely knew each other. Then more artists were invited in, a meeting was held last November, and things progressed from there.

“I really craved the community of working with other artists; it was a lot more challenging but very rewarding at the end,” Rutherford says, noting that seven artists who all have different work schedules, and are used to creating their art solo, makes for some complications. “But in that last week [before the show], everything just emerged and came together.”

The work of MR. Prvrt and St. Monci can be seen this Friday [Mar 5] at 1975 Gallery’s Saints & PRVRTS show, and at least three of the members will have work in Thievin’ Stephen Dorobiala’s ON THE CUT stencil show at FOURWALLS Gallery opening April 2.

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