Good weather seems to be upon us, which usually makes for a more lively First Friday scene. Here are a few key spots to check out in and around the Neighborhood of the Arts, but many more gallery and studio spaces will host First Friday receptions and events throughout the weekend. Check CITY's online calendar at Rochestercitynewspaper.com and Firstfridayrochester.org for more art events. All of the following events are free to attend unless otherwise noted.
Nosferatü Studios (Anderson Arts Building, 250 N. Goodman St., 3rd floor) will host its Annual Soirée on Friday, May 2, 5-10 p.m., with new works by Matté and jewelry by Super Science Lady. Guest artists include Dan Dangler Photography, Rona G., and John Magnus Champlin. Music will be provided by Hieronymus Bogs, and a drawing for artwork and other swag will be held. For more information, visit Facebook.com/events/271508163009870/.
Just next door at the Village Gate (1st floor atrium, 274 N. Goodman St.), a grand reveal for Steve Carpenter's new 27-foot-long, 7-foot-high mural will take place. The unveiling of "The Four Seasons Mural at Village Gate" will occur at 6 p.m. A reception for the artist will follow until 9 p.m. For more information, visit Stevecarpernterart.com.
Also on Friday, May 2, Axom Gallery & Exhibition Space (176 Anderson Ave) will host a reception for "Mad Sally with Things on Strings," new paintings by Joy Adams. The eccentric madcap character featured in Adams' work is partly autobiographical, representing a composite of English characters from her childhood during WWII. The reception will be held 5-9 p.m., and the show will remain on view through June 28. For more information, visit Axomgallery.com.
Oxford Gallery (267 Oxford St.) will open a themed show, "Proverbs and Commonplaces," Saturday, May 3, which will remain on view through June 14. For this exhibit, more than 50 artists have created interpretations of common sayings. An artists' reception is planned for Saturday, May 10, 5:30-8 p.m. and is open to the public. For more information, call 271-5885 or visit Oxfordgallery.com.