The bleak season is upon us, so here's a little round-up of shows that focus, in one way or another, on diminished light and bits of nature. Most of the shows end soon, so be mindful of the provided end dates. And check with each venue for holiday hours before visiting. Admission is free unless otherwise stated.
Celebrate the season of shorter days with Ira Srole's photo exhibit, "Gathering Darkness: Nightfall Views of Rochester and Beyond," which is on display at The Little Theatre Café (240 East Avenue) through November 27. The exhibit is the result of a three-year labor of love, focusing on how scarce light makes subjects of shadows and shifts our sense of familiar places. The café is open Sunday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. 258-0400; thelittle.org.
Oxford Gallery (267 Oxford Street) through Saturday, December 2, is presenting "Continuum," an exhibit of work by Chris Baker and Jean K. Stephens. Baker is known for his crisp gouache depictions of Rochester's buildings and street scenes, and Stephens' work ranges from epic sweeps of rock formations to careful studies of natural minutiae that often contain subtle narratives. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., and by appointment. 271-5885; oxfordgallery.com.
Textile artist Evelyn Kitson through December 11 has a solo show of recent work, "Perennial Reflections," at the Kinetic Gallery (MacVittie Student Union room 209, SUNY Geneseo, 1 College Circle, Geneseo). Kitson grows many of the dye plants that she uses in her work, and creates leaf prints and marks on fabrics through an eco-print technique. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. 245-5000; firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Patricia O'Keefe Ross Gallery (Skalny Welcome Center, St. John Fisher College, 3690 East Avenue) through January 5 is exhibiting "Elements," a group show of recent work by Jappie King Black, Bill Stephens (pictured), and Bill Judkins. Each of the artists has created abstractions inspired by their impressions of the natural world. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 323-2711; sjfc.edu.