Archive for Rochester Contemporary

August First Friday preview

Posted in first friday, quick pokes, upcoming shows with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 4, 2011 by Rebecca

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 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. 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, rochestercontemporary.org), 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, geneseearts.org), 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, lumierephoto.com) 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, crocusclayworks.com), 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.

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, no joke

Posted in first friday, quick pokes, upcoming shows with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 1, 2011 by Rebecca

Don’t be an April fool; go check out the multitude of art openings taking place this week. 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, April 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 out all the flyers in cafes and such for more events happening the same night. Here are just a few:

Rochester Contemporary (137 East Ave., rochestercontemporary.org) and The Surface Design Association will present the “Northeast Regional Contemporary Fiber Exhibit,” with artworks by 22 fiber artists from the region. The reception takes place 6-10 p.m. At FourWalls Art Gallery (179 Atlantic Ave., fourwallsartgallery@gmail.com), a photographic thesis exhibition by Sara Tkac entitled “You Look Just Like Her” will open 6-9 p.m.

During your travels through the Hungerford Building (1115 E. Main St., thehungerford.com) be sure to stop by Crocus Clay Works (Suite 225, 414-5643, crocusclayworks.com) to check out the functional and decorative ceramic wares, as well as “Bears and Brews,” featuring handmade works by John Ballou, the local artist behind JackBear Stamps, as well as local brews, 5-9 p.m. On the first floor, check out “Numb: Portraits from the Pharmaceutical Age,” by Lisa Zarnstorff at Grassroots Gallery (Suite 157, thegrassrootsgallery.com), 5-10 p.m., and artwork by Maidie Andrews at All Things Reggae Art Gallery (Suite 166, mamajahwit@yahoo.com), 6-10 p.m.

 

Check out Ann Porter's stained-glass works in the "Hawks and Doves" exhibit at the Shoe Factory Art Co-op.

“Hawks and Doves: Perspectives on American and the World in Conflict” opens 6-10 p.m. at The Shoe Factory Art Co-op and the Military History Society of Rochester (250 N. Goodman St., Floor 2. 732-0036, shoefactoryarts.com), with art contributed by a horde of 28 local artists, including some of my faves: Jim Mott, Stephen Dorobiala, and Ann Porter. On the same floor, head over to The Blackbird Press studio of Robert Marx (Suite 211-213) for an exhibition and sale of the artist’s paintings, prints, and sculpture, taking place 4:30-8 p.m.

This info-bit originally published on Wednesday in Rochester City Newspaper.

February First Friday Preview

Posted in alternative spaces, first friday, upcoming shows with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 2, 2011 by Rebecca

As seen in this morning’s Rochester City Newspaper

The bitter cold may be tempting you to stay in and skip February’s First Friday, so I’m here to tell you what you won’t want to miss. The monthly city-wide gallery night is held by non-profit, university, and commercial and indie art venues, 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, February 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:

Start your night off with a preview of art’s future with the Fourth Annual Invitational Showcase for Student Artwork at the Bevier Gallery (RIT, Booth Building, 132 Lomb Memorial Drive, 475-2646), 5-7 p.m., which includes work from more than 300 area middle- and high-school art students.

Rochester Contemporary Art Center (137 East Ave., 461-2222) will present its annual Mentors & Makers exhibition, this year featuring new sculpture by artists and educators Wendell Castle and Nancy Jurs, and their former students Tom Lacagnina and Bethany Krull. The reception takes place 8-10 p.m.; while there, check out the LAB Space exhibition, “Charlie Arnold: Pioneer of Electrostatic Art,” which is part of the “Thaw” area-wide collaboration of simultaneous shows.

 

A new work by Wendell Castle, part of the "Mentors & Makers" exhibit opening at Rochester Contemporary.

Another “Thaw” exhibition opens Friday at the Hungerford Building (1115 E. Main St.), with “Thaw: Melting Hearts” at Crocus Clay Works (Suite 225, 414-5643), which will include a variety of ceramic works by Christine & Brian Krieger, Sabra Wood, and Jennifer Buckley. The Main Street Artists’ Gallery & Studio (Suite 458, 223-2006) will feature art by Christine Norris as well as original small works.

Also part of “Thaw” is “No Boundaries: New Expressions in Black Art,” which opens 6-9 p.m. at the Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., 563-2145) and will include works by Hiram Cray, Edreys Wajed, Michelle Harris, and Shawn Dunwoody.

“Shedding Light” by Pamela Vander Zwan will open at Visual Studies Workshop (31 Prince St., 442-8676), with a companion show, “A Reading Room for Shedding Light,” at the Link Gallery at Central Library (115 South Ave.). The reception takes place 6-9 p.m. and will feature work that “asks fundamental questions about participation in democratic society” (per the press release) through the pairing of “photographs of blindfolded people in situations that demand the use of sight or adaptation to a lack of sight,” with Braille reading stations “that put the viewer into a situation in which sight does not automatically equal awareness.”

Since the bar stays open until 2 a.m., the “Lux Be a Lady” show at Lux Lounge (666 South Ave., luxlounge.com) might be your last stop of the evening, though the opening’s official hours are 6-9 p.m. It’s ladies night for the next month or so, featuring work by Rheytchul Chickenbone, Sarah Rutherford, Stacey Mrva, Juni Moon, Lea Rizzo, and Sara Purr.

 

I'll drink to this.

First Friday, the snowfall edition.

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

Hi, friends. Here’s your FF preview for this month, originally printed in Rochester City Newspaper. We’ve currently got a skyful of downy, dreamy flakes; for the past hour they’ve been tumbling earthbound. First accumulation of the season. Any one want to bet if it sticks or not? Will our art trek be a slushy one this Friday?

December’s First Friday predictably heralds in much holiday-themed artwork, as well as opportunities to support your local arts and crafters by shopping with them instead of the malls. 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, December 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. Here are just a few:

Check out the public preview of the 20th Annual Members Exhibition at Rochester Contemporary (461-2222, rochestercontemporary.org), where supporters of the arts get a turn on the gallery’s wall. The Friday opening runs 6-10 p.m., with another opening reception Saturday 6-10 p.m. “Winter Craft” is the annual holiday show at the Firehouse Gallery at Genesee Pottery (713 Monroe Ave., 271-5183), and will feature pottery, letterpress cards and art books, and many more great handcrafted gifts 6-9 p.m.

A preview of some of the goodies you can scoop at the Genesee Center's "Winter Craft" show, open this Friday. PHOTO PROVIDED

The Hungerford Urban Artisans (The Hungerford, 1115 E. Main St., huastudios.org) will present the “Hungerford Unwrapped” Holiday Event on Friday 5-9 p.m., and continuing on Saturday noon-4 p.m., affording you the option of checking out more than 25 open studios throughout the behemoth building. Another group exhibition at the Mercer Gallery at MCC (1000 E. Henrietta Rd., 292-3121), encourages you to celebrate “Lost Toys: The Ones that Got Away” by brining your inner (or actual) child to see the show 7-9 p.m.

In a totally unrelated vein, reprise summer (and bohemian art culture) with “Photographs of the Burning Man Festival” by Laura Jacket at the Williams-Insalaco Gallery 34 (Finger Lakes Community College, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua, 785-1369). A discussion with the artist takes place at the show opening 1-3 p.m. on Friday, with the reception 5-7 p.m. on December 10.

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.

First Friday 4/2 preview bits n’ pieces…

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

It’s time again for your monthly First Friday travels, and your dose of fresh new art happenings in the city…

Visit firstfridayrochester.org for a list of participating venues, or check out all the fliers in cafes for the indie ones. Make sure to put these on your itinerary:

Step into “Other Worlds” at Rochester Contemporary Art Center with colorful, whimsical, new sculpture by Paul Knoblauch and densely packed drawings by John Kastner, including his recent illustration project of Nannette Nocon’s “What’s UP with Yuk?

FourWalls Art Gallery and Thievin’ Stephen Dorobiala will present “On the Cut,” a stencil show featuring the talented Thievin’ Stephen, Crook (FUA), Downer, Biles, Jeff Copp, Kurt Ketchum and The Sweet Meat Co’s: MR. PRVRTSarah Rutherford, and St. Monci. Enjoy live turntablism by The NYAC Crew (Fresh Fingaz, Tim Tones, Silly Cutty, & Naps), a performance by the neo-funk band Lifeforms, and a video installation by The NGB.

The Record Archive is keeping the fabulous Allie Hartley’s lovely-dark illustrations and mixed-media mummy sculptures in house for another month!

Gallery r will be showing the Senior Fine Arts Studio Exhibition, and similarly, Image City Photography Gallery is hosting “Through the Student Lens,” an impressive show of student – and teacher – work.

Just around the corner in the same building is Gilded Square Picture Framing and Gallery, with the First Friday reception for the current showing of Lanna Pejovic’s “New Work: Paintings, Drawings, Prints.”

*This is a modified version of my FF bit originally printed in City Newspaper.