It has been just over 6 months since we opened our doors and we have had so much happen in that short period of time. I thought that it was appropriate, as we near the end of 2013, to reflect on the key moments in our short history. Here they are, and here’s to an exciting 2014!
The building was open to visitors during the annual Sulphur Springs Festival. No art yet, but we rode in a Dodge Victory 6 in the parade.
The gallery opens its doors for business with the first exhibition, Locality. Over 30 artists participated in this exciting inaugural exhibition.
We had our grand opening and were welcomed by the community with open arms! Over 200 people were in attendance and we had a great jazz trio to add to the atmosphere.
The first exhibition spanned June–August and made for a great first impression for the gallery. The diversity of the work on display set the tone for what people could expect to see when they came in the future. Artists included: Ashley Billings, Peter Blackwood, Michael Buell Bradley Butler, Kathy Calderwood, Andrew Cho, Bobbi Clifford (B Still) , Steve Duprey, Shannon Elliott, Bonnie Farnsworth, Maria Galens, Michael Goscinsky, Nick Gurewitch, Colleen Griffin-Underhill), Hintery, Mary Housel-Demanchick, Marisa Krol (Interstellar Love Craft), Meredith Mallwitz, Mitch Messina, Caitlin Pallischeck, Lanna Pejovic, Peter Pincus, Jose Enrique Portas, Jan Romeiser, Lisa Rouse (Swallowtail Studio), Bob Snyder, Mark Stash, Sam Stumpf, Joe Tarantelli, Mike Tarantelli, Jean Tidd, Karen Tretiak, Amy Vena, Derek Walborn, and Kate Whorton.
Watch the Locality Documentary here: http://vimeo.com/70291218
Our second exhibition, Landscape: Subject and Stimuli opened. This exhibition featured Meredith Mallwitz of Farmington, Zerbe Sodervick of Rochester, and Chad Grohman of Buffalo. Watch a video from the opening reception here: https://vimeo.com/75100336
We hosted our first art documentary film screening and we started out with a great one! William Kentridge, Anything is Possible. Watch the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/15192552
We started running classes, got some great press on our exhibitions and continued showing interesting work from talented artists from the Upstate NY region. After our first exhibition ended, we started using the second floor as a space for an “ever-evolving-always-rotating” exhibition that spans genre and medium. This has been a great way to showcase a lot of the talent this region has to offer. This also allows us to show a large variety of art while also showing thematic exhibitions, solo shows, and juried group shows on the main floor. We also began carrying art supplies in our gallery shop and started hanging artwork at Warfield’s Restaurant and Bakery (across the street from the gallery). The first show at the restaurant included the work of Jose Enrique Portas and Mark Stash.
The opening reception for our 3rd exhibition, Fabulous Fibers which featured 28 artists in the Rochester Area Fiber Artists group.
Small Business Saturday brought lots of first time visitors in to the gallery and introduced the idea to many that art makes a great gift! We also began tweeting around this time, if you are on twitter…follow us @MainStArts!
Rochester Area Fiber Artists hosed a trunk show at the gallery during the annual Clifton Springs Festival of Lights.
2014 will be an exciting year and we are starting out with a spectacular exhibition called Being Human, featuring 16 artists. This coming year will also be when we host our first state-wide juried call for work with a show called Flora, focusing on botanical themed art. We will also have our first solo show with ceramic artist, Peter Pincus and by the end of the year a national juried show is on the books! Plenty of exciting exhibitions and events sprinkled in between as well. Lastly, on January 23rd we will be showing a film called From Nothing, Something and will host a Q and A with the director afterward. Please plan on joining us for this amazing film on the creative process (Details here).