This First Friday promises exactly what we need right now: cozy comfort food, warmly colorful artwork, and a celebration of light amid these dismally dim days. Read on for our selections of choice art receptions, and don't forget to check firstfridayrochester.org and the calendar at rochestercitynewspaper.com for more listings of art receptions. Admission is free unless otherwise specified.
Cat Clay (Hungerford Building, 1115 E. Main St., door 2, suite 242) will host the annual "Winter Warmth, a Soup(er) Benefit" on Friday, January 3, 5-7 p.m. For a $20 donation, visitors may choose a handmade ceramic bowl (created by local artists including Richard Aerni, Carolyn Dilcher-Stutz, Hodaka Hasebe, Danielle Pagani, and Clifton Wood), and will receive a package of Healthy Sisters' soup mix. There will be delicious appetizers and desserts for grazing, and 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit Healthy Sisters' Soup & Bean Works, a non-profit that prepares women to re-enter the workforce. Following the benefit, Cat Clay will be open to First Friday. For more information, call 414.5643 or visit catclay.com.
Image City Photography Gallery (722 University Ave.) will host "The Magic of Light," featuring more than 170 photographs by 96 individuals. The show runs January 2-26, with receptions Friday, January 3, 5-9 p.m., and Saturday, January 4, 2-5 p.m. For more information, call Dan Neuberger at 482-1976 or visit imagecityphotographygallery.com.
Lanna Pejovic's colorful, abstracted "New Work" debuts at Spectrum Gallery (Lumiere Photo, 100 College Ave.) on Friday, January 3, with a reception taking place 6-9 p.m. The show will continue through January 31. For more information, call 461-4447 or visit lumierephoto.com.