Mayday, mayday! It's First Friday! This weather is perfect, eliciting looks of longing toward the window and fantasies about an early, outdoor dinner and a fun evening of art openings. The following highlights are just a few of the events offered tonight; check out more options listed at firstfridayrochester.org and in our calendar. All events run 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight and are free to attend unless otherwise stated.
An opening reception for "ReActivate" will be held tonight at Genesee Pottery's Firehouse Gallery (713 Monroe Avenue). The show features ceramics by Emma Moran and Alyssa Lown, who are earning their BFA's from RIT's School for American Crafts. This is a quickie show, so don't sleep on it: "ReActivate" will close on Saturday, May 9. Genesee Pottery hours are Monday through Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call 271-5183 or visit geneseearts.com.
Visual Studies Workshop Gallery (31 Prince Street) will host an opening reception for "Marion Faller: Flora and Fauna," an exhibition from the VSW archives featuring selections from three bodies of work by American photographer and VSW alum, Marion Faller (1941-2014): "Second Flora," "Snapshot Anthologies," and the book work, "Resurrection of the Exquisite Corpse."
Opening in VSW's MFA Gallery, "The Educators" features work by VSW alumni who have made an impact on their respective communities through their work as teachers. The majority of works in this exhibition have been drawn from the MFA thesis trace archives in VSW's Research Center. Both this show and "Marion Faller" continue through July 3.
VSW's Project Space will hold a closing reception for Laurie O'Brien's series of collages that explore a world that is becoming both increasingly more connected and distant.
Call 442-8676 or visit vsw.org for more details.
RIT's "Metal Interpretations" will be featured in Rochester Contemporary's RoCo Upstairs Gallery (137 East Avenue, upper floor). The exhibition is a showcase of student work from RIT's School for American Crafts, Jewelry and Metals Design Department, featuring work from students in all years, including both graduate and undergraduate students. For more information, call 461-2222, or visit rochestercontemporary.org.