Bob Conge's art of darkness
Bob Conge has been collecting vintage toys for 50 years. They fill the barn attached to his 1840's farm house on a Wayland, New York, property that also includes a cemetery and a collection of 1950's and 60's robots.
Now in its ninth year, the Sankofa Evening of Theatre and Jazz Festival is a late-summer staple on the Rochester arts scene, and an important showcase for original plays by African-American writers. The featured play for the first weekend is "4 Men on a Couch," an "urban comedic drama" by award-winning playwright Anne L. Thompson-Scretching, who will be present for the opening night performance and reception on Saturday, August 25. The second weekend will feature seven contemporary one-act plays in settings ranging from the Civil War to Motown, dealing with such topics as crime, racism, and family relations.
Pittsford fine art photography venue Gallery 96 opened the exhibit "The Winning Images," last week, featuring work by the Niagara Frontier Regional Camera Clubs. The NFRCC is a coalition of 17 camera clubs, spread across an area from the Niagara Peninsula in Southern Ontario, through Western New York, and into Pennsylvania.
On Thursday, a fundraising event will be held for the Student Arts Foundation, a non-profit that supports art education and artistic advancement for students in Rochester. The Wave Fest will bring together art, fashion, and music for a party at E|R Studios (470 State Street).The night will feature live painting by Bariq Cobbs, the creator of hand-painted T-shirt line Miskeen Originals, and works by locals Lujar Art, Fleezy Art, Ahgee the Artist, and Oshi, and student artist Nassor Myers.
There's still a little time left this summer to catch a vintage base ball game in the Silver Base Ball Park at Genesee Country Village and Museum. Matches at GCVM are played according to the rules adopted on December 14, 1864, by the National Association of Base-Ball Players in New York — meaning no gloves, woolen uniforms, brown balls, umpires in top hats, and period-correct field, bleachers, press box, and vendors selling peanuts.
Big changes are afoot with the Arts & Cultural Council. Last Thursday, the board elected philanthropist Dawn Lipson as its new
Rochester has a variety of neighborhoods full of history and
art. And on Friday, August 19, 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., you can get a unique look
at one of them at the Historical Urban Art Walking Tour in the Susan B. Anthony
When locks are loaded
Although her primary training is in art bookmaking, recent Genesee Center resident artist Amanda Chestnut has branched out to a variety of media to hit her points in her most recent body of work. Her compact show, "Good Hair," includes photographic and letterpress prints, mixed media art books, and other objects, and treads the waters of long-standing social and political conflicts that are ever-frequently shouted about in today's media and online chatter.
East End City Celebration is wrapping up the summer with one more downtown party. Similar to its other celebrations during the summer, there will be one stage with performances by Sophistafunk — indie, funk, hip-hop out of Syracuse — and local groups Subsoil and Upward Groove.
The Arts at the Gardens festival is back in Canandaigua with more than 100 artists from across the country showcasing and selling their work, including ceramics, digital art, fiber, glass, jewelry, painting, wood, and more. Live performances will take place near the wine and beer tents, featuring Jackson Cavalier, Tahlia Cott, Ryan Johnson Project, Music After Dark, Big Blue House, and Meyer and McGuire.