Friday, June 5, 2015

First Friday: June 5

Posted By on Fri, Jun 5, 2015 at 10:59 AM

Rochester is busting with artful activity tonight. The following highlights are just a few of the events offered Friday, June 5; check out more options listed at and in our calendar. All events run 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight, and are free to attend unless otherwise stated.

Cat Clay (Hungerford Building, 1115 East Main Street, Door #2, suite 242) will host a one-night only pop-up exhibit of ceramicist Katie Carey's "About Sprouts." The show will feature fantastic new planters and chia sprouters, showcasing Carey's love of funky, clean forms and surface textures. Cat Clay owner, Clifton Wood's fun and functional clay objects will also be available for purchase, including the ever popular "Mug Shots" mugs. The show takes place 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, call 414-5643 or visit

Check out "A Further Exploration: A Visual Study of Jazz & Blues," new works by Rob Antonucci and Todd Stahl, at Joe Bean Coffee Roasters (1344 University Avenue). Stahl's work is portrait-based assemblages, while Antonucci's pieces are heavily influenced by American Abstract Expressionists. The reception will take place 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., and the show continues through June 28. A second, closing reception will be held June 26, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The coffee shop is open Monday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 319-5279, or visit

"Art Friends: Necessary Trouble" is an RIT School of Art summer art exhibition featuring paintings, sculpture, and installation work of Emily Bellinger, Danielle Burch, Zach Dietl, Shane Durgee, Nadine Longmore, Jacquelyn Marie O'Brien, Rachel Simonson, AbioseSpriggs, Mike Strobert, Sarah Taavola, and Kelly Wilton. A reception for the show will take place 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at a new art space located at 460 State Street -- more information about that space to follow in the near future. For more information, visit the facebook event page.

Later in the evening, the Bug Jar's gallery-in-residence, The Lobby (219 Monroe Avenue), will host a rock show and reception, "June Bug," with music by The Temptators, Drippers!, Buffalo Sex Change, and Roger Kuhn, and featuring new artwork by Holly B. Heckler, Brittany Rea, Sophie Signorino, and Jane Lichorowic. Doors are at 8 p.m. ($8 admission), with music starting at 10 p.m. For more information, visit or

"Genesee Valley QuiltFest 2015: The Universe of Quilts" kicks off today, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and continues Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hosted by the Genesee Valley Quilt Club and held in the Gordon Field House (RIT, 1 Lomb Memorial Drive), the show features more than 600 examples of quilts on display and for sale, a vendor mall, workshops, lectures, demos, special exhibits, and more. Tickets to the event are $10 per day ($8 for seniors/group rate) and $20 for a weekend pass ($16 for seniors/group rate), and children age 12 and younger are admitted for free. For more information and a schedule of events, visit

CITY will be out and about tonight to see the sights. Follow @roccitynews on Instagram to check out the art!

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