Welcome to an artful summer, Rochester. Since the weather has been so lovely, and perfect for a road trip, why not journey out to Canandaigua and take in some of the Finger Lakes art scene? On Thursday, May 31, Wood Library (28 S. Main St., Canandaigua) will host a 6-8 p.m. reception for "The Finger Lakes: Above and Below." Gloria Betlam's paintings meld iconic and personal images of the region with illustrations of the geology of shale beds and pathways from fracking wells to aquifers. The show will remain on view through July 12, when it will travel to the Livingston Art Center in Mt. Morris. For information, call 394-1381.
Kick off your weekend on Friday, June 1, with First Friday openings in and around the city (firstfridayrochester.org). Studio 215 (Hungerford Building, door 2, floor 4, suite 443E, 1115 E. Main St.) will host "School's Out for Summer 2," on Friday, June 1, 6-9 p.m., featuring works by students from Buckman Heights Elementary School, inspired by the artwork of Dallas, Texas illustrator José Cruz. For info, call 490-1210, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also opening on Friday, 6-10 p.m., is "Wayward Dreams," a solo show of magical, nostalgic photographs by Alison Tyne, at Black Radish Studio Gallery (Village Gate D Entrance, 274 N. Goodman St., suite 501). The show remains on view through June 30; for more info contact email@example.com.
It's June, so it's time for one of Rochester's most successful and beloved art-based fundraisers. Rochester Contemporary (137 East Ave.) will host "6x6x2012: Bigger and Better" on Saturday, June 2, 6-10 p.m. If you don't know the drill by now, visit roco6x6.org to learn more, preview artworks, and find out which Buddhist monk and which acclaimed composer (among many other celebrities) created and donated artworks for this year's sale. Call 461-2222 or visit the site for additional info.
Erich Lehman, owner of the formerly nomadic 1975 Gallery, recently announced the big news that it has a permanent home at 89 Charlotte St., in the building that used to house The Little Bakery. The site is being made more charming than ever by clockwork crow murals and an ongoing installation, and on Saturday, June 2, 4-10 p.m., you can check out what they've been up to. "Spyglass" is a viewing experience brought to you by Sarah C. Rutherford and Brandon Colaprete. The installation will be viewable during limited showings through June 16. For more information and updates, check 1975ish.com and ourspyglass.com.
Ock Hee's Gallery (2 Lehigh St., Honeoye Falls) will display masterful sculptural works in "The Inner World of Dario Tazzioli," on view through August 25. The Italian artist will be present Saturday, June 2, noon-5 p.m. for a reception, and will conduct demos in stone carving and fresco painting during the course of the exhibit. For info, call 624-4730, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. — BY REBECCA RAFFERTY