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ART | "6x6x2013" 

Rochester Contemporary Art Center's annual "6x6" fundraiser, during which you can purchase small-format, unlabeled artworks donated by artists from Rochester and around the world, takes on a special significance this year, as the art center is in the midst of a capital campaign to purchase the building it currently rents. RoCo (137 East Ave.) will present the event June 1-July 14 this year, with a global online preview beginning May 24 at 10 a.m., and in-gallery previews (no purchasing) May 29-31, 1-10 p.m.

The opening party and artwork sale will take place Saturday, June 1, 6-10 p.m. The space's typical $1 admission will move up to $5 for the night, and eager art lovers can purchase the numbered sticker dots ($20 each) that you use to claim your art works at the appointed moment, as well as raffle tickets that can put you in the running for buyer positions 1-20 ($5 each). Emcee duo Nancy Jurs & Wendell Castle will announce the raffle winners at 7:30 p.m., at which point winners may select artworks. At 8 p.m. all other sticker holders can vie for the artworks they desire. Global online purchasing begins Tuesday, June 4, at 10 a.m., and the names of artists who made sold artworks will be revealed online on July 5. Artwork pickup dates are July 14-16, 1-7 p.m.

Precisely 6,021 works of art have arrived from 51 countries, made by more than 2,600 artists, with more than 900 new contributors. Contributors of note include internationally renowned composer Philip Glass, visual artists Carolee Schneemann and Robert Marx, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, City Councilwoman Elaine Spaull, film critic Jack Garner, Robert Marx, TV chef Dan Eaton, and Grant Holcomb, director of the Memorial Art Gallery. For more information, call 461-2222 or visit roco6x6.org.

REBECCA RAFFERTY

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