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First Friday in the sunshine

Posted in first friday, quick pokes, upcoming shows with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 3, 2011 by Rebecca

First Friday is tonight! Here’s the preview, originally published in Rochester City Newspaper

It’s June, which means a few things for the arts community. Many – but not all – of the local college galleries have gone on vacation. It’s the sixth month, which means Rochester Contemporary’s super successful, annual “6×6” show and sale is back. And finally, the weather allows you to fully enjoy your First Friday art trek. 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.

You can preview Rochester Contemporary‘s “6x6x2011: Global” exhibition Wednesday-Friday, June 1-3, 1-10 p.m. (as well as online at roco6x6x.org). The actual opening party and artwork sale takes place Saturday, June 4, 6-10 p.m., and admission is $5. By now you know the drill: buy numbered stickers for $20 each, stalk your favorite pieces, and at the signal, claim them. Online purchasing follows on June 6 at 10 a.m.

At the Record Archive (33 1/3 Rockwood St., 244-1210), a group of Rochester artists will pay tribute to another in “Declan Ryan: An American Icon,” with a variety of works by Trudy Feikert, The Professor of Rap, the Family Storms, and more.

Over at the Hungerford Building (1115 E. Main St., thehungerford.com), The Rochester Art Club Studio (Door 2, Suite 437, 439) will feature work by Kathleen Hanney and Phil Bliss at a 5-9 p.m. reception. Stop by Crocus Clay Works (Suite 225, 414-5643, crocusclayworks.com) to check out “Graffita: Not Your Average Brazilian Post Card, Sabbatical Artwork by Kaaren Anderson,” also 5-9 p.m. For one night only, 6-9 p.m., you can visit post-apocalyptic “Museum of Future Past” (Door 2, Suite 129), which through artifacts and Marvel comic story arcs will bring viewers into the mythos of superhero and super-villain characters no longer with us. “The age of heroes has come to an end,” says artist Chris Wells, “but hope still remains.”

Studio 215 in the Anderson Alley Building (250 N. Goodman St., 490-1210) will host “School’s Out for Summer,” a collaboration with students who want to express themselves outside of the art room. Artist and educator Heather Erwin will be on hand to aid with exploring the creative process, and supplies will be provided while they last. Over at the Firehouse Gallery at Genesee Pottery (713 Monroe Ave., 271-5183), take in “Intake,” an exhibition of new work by artist and Nazareth College professor Mitch Messina. The Renaissance Art Gallery (74 St. Paul St., 423-8235) will hold a reception 6-8 p.m. for “Through the Artist’s Eye,” a show of new oils and watercolors by Judy Soprano.

An image from Judy Soprano's "Through the Artist's Eye," at Renaissance Art Gallery. PHOTO PROVIDED

First Friday: May edition

Posted in first friday, upcoming shows with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 4, 2011 by Rebecca

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 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.

The Hungerford Building (1115 E. Main St., thehungerford.com) 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, crocusclayworks.com), 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


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 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:

1975 Gallery at Booksmart Studio (250 N. Goodman St., 1975ish.com) 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., thehungerford.com) 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, secondsaturdayartists.com), 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, millartcenter.com) 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, thelivingroomcafe.com), 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.

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.