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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 firstfridayrochester.org for a list of this month’s participating venues, and check our online events calendar at rochestercitynewspaper.com 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.

PHOTO COURTESY 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., naz.edu) 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.

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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.

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.

First Friday 11/5 preview

Posted in alternative spaces, art collectives, first friday, upcoming shows with tags , , , , , , , on November 5, 2010 by Rebecca

This brief preview of tonight’s First Friday openings originally printed in Rochester City Newspaper.

Nov FF events include the maiden show hosted by The Shoe Factory Co-op, featuring boot & shoe-themed work. Photo by Michael Rivera.

November seems to be photography exhibit month, but that’s not the only media Rochester has in store for you this 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, November 5, 6-9 p.m. (and sometimes later) you can check out art openings, poetry readings, and musical performances in various locations. Visit firstfridayrochester.org 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:

Equal Grounds coffee house (750 South Ave, gallery@equalgrounds.com) will host an opening reception for “A Flash of the Surreal,” an exhibition of high-contrast black-and-white photography by Laura Prochilo, 6-8 p.m. “Simplicity” is another photo show of work by the Community Darkroom Monitors, which opens at the Community Darkroom at the Genesee Center for the Arts and Education (713 Monroe Ave, 244-1730) 7-9 p.m.

The Gallery at the Record Archive (33 1/3 Rockwood St., 244-1210) presents works from the “Dreams” series by D.C.-based photographer and painter Tré, with a reception 6-9 p.m. featuring music by Tommy Brunett. And at Image City Photography Gallery (722 University Ave, 472-2005), John Francis McCarthy shows us “The Finger Lakes: Glimpses of Paradise” and signs books 5-8:30 p.m.

On the new-gallery front, we have painting, sculpture, photography, and more in the “Shoes and Boots: Variations on a Theme” show at the Shoe Factory Art Co-op (250 N. Goodman St., studios 212 & 215, shoefactoryarts.com), a new art collective made up of local artists Jim Mott, Beth Brown, Russ Lunn, and Heather Erwin, and featuring a multitude of local artists. The 6-10 p.m. opening reception will also feature live “sole” music, and guests are encouraged to sport their favorite footwear.

First Friday preview for lovely September

Posted in first friday, upcoming shows with tags , , , , on September 1, 2010 by Rebecca

OMG OMG a blog post! Apologies to the faithful readers for the absence of updates! It’s been a very busy time, but this post comes with a promise of a much stronger commitment to this project.

So here it is, your September First Friday preview, to be followed up with a post on Friday night or Saturday. This originally appeared in print in Rochester City Newspaper this morn and is available online as well.

An image from Sean Dyroff's "The Beginning" exhibition of cyanotypes, showing at The Gallery @ Equal=Grounds. PHOTO PROVIDED

 

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, September 3, 6-9 p.m. (and sometimes later) you can check out art openings, poetry readings, and musical performances in various locations. Visit firstfridayrochester.org 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. September’s First Friday skedge is rife with thoughtful new shows held at indie galleries and alternative spaces. Here are just a few:

Equal Grounds coffeehouse (750 South Ave, gallery@equalgrounds.com) will host an opening reception for “The Beginning,” an exhibition of cyanotypes by Sean Dyroff, “created to explore the beginning moments of the universe or the beginning moments of life, when the absence and presence of light define experience,” per the artist’s statement. At Chait Fine Art Gallery (234 Mill St., schait@chaitstudios), Stu Chait will present watercolor abstractions of the rise and fall of life in “Vinifera – An Unseen Sensitivity.” The reception takes place 6-9 p.m.

The Gallery at the Record Archive (33 1/3 Rockwood St., 244-1210) presents “My Talent is Dreaming,” paintings, sculpture, and assemblage work by A. Bogs, who will also perform musically in Bogs Visionary Orchestra at 7 p.m. The reception runs 6-9 p.m.

I’m anticipating great things from 1975 Gallery, temporarily occupying Booksmart’s Gallery Kunstler (250 N. Goodman St., 1975ish.com), which will present the enigmatic “The Worst is Yet to Come: The Unfortunate Decay of Communication Culture,” by skateboard-industry designers Mark Penxa and Don Pendleton. The promo card for the show, which opens at 6 p.m., arrived like an invitation to interpersonal communication’s calling hours, with “deepest sympathies” from the artists. Shake a fist, brothers.