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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.

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 of the year!

Posted in Benefits, first friday, upcoming shows with tags , , , , , , on January 5, 2011 by Rebecca

*UPDATE: GALLERY 821’s “EXQUISITE CORPSE” OPENING WILL BE POSTPONED UNTIL THE NEW GALLERY LOCATION OPENS*

Hello, creative loves! As promised, here is your First Friday preview, originally printed in Rochester City Newspaper this very morning.

A fresh new year, and baby it’s cold outside; time to turn toward the community and think of others. January’s First Friday promises exhibitions that will get you thinking, and some even benefit charities. 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, January 7, 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:

At the Arts & Cultural Council (277 N. Goodman St., 473-4000), check out “Parallel Perspectives: 11 Views,” a multimedia exhibit by the women of DRAW (pictured). The exhibition opens 5-8 p.m.

Pictured is an image from "Parallel Perspectives: 11 Views," which will be shown at the Arts & Cultural Council. PHOTO PROVIDED

 

Booksmart Studio (250 N. Goodman St., 598-9322) will host two openings of photographic works, entitled “Washington to Washington,” by Joel Wellington Fisher, and “In-Habitation,” a juried socio-graphic interpretation of America. The reception runs 6-9 p.m. Over at the Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., 563-2145), Kamoinge, a collective of African-American photographers from New York City, will explore “Neo African Identities.” Catch that reception between 6 and 9 p.m. as well.

Next door, Image City Photography Gallery (722 University Ave., 271-2540) will host its annual juried show, “FOCUS,” which features more than 100 photographers. Equal Grounds coffee house (750 South Ave., 242-7840) will present the colorful drawings and illustrations of Jonha Smith.

Crocus Clay Works (Studio 225, Hungerford Building Door 2, 1115 E Main St., 414-5643) will present “Winter Warmth: a Soup(er) Benefit,” 5-9 p.m., at which you can purchase a $15 handmade bowl and enjoy a hot meal of delicious soup, bread, beverage, and dessert. All proceeds will be donated to Healthy Sisters’ Soup & Bean Project.

Gallery 821 (7 Schoen Place, Pittsford, 385-2131) will host a collaborative exhibit entitled “Exquisite Corpse,” based on the surrealist parlor game of taking turns drawing heads, torsos, and legs on folded papers, then unfolding the sheets to reveal the complete body created in unwitting style combinations. A portion of the proceeds from the art sales will be donated to the transplant unit at Rochester General Hospital. Catch this playful opening 6-8 p.m.