One of the things that I have dreamt of for a long time (over a year!) is to write a reoccurring blog post from my point of view as a gallery director and a curator. So far, I have only dreamed. I have not yet put the pen to the paper… or in this case, the finger to the key. This changes now, with the first post. I will call this series From The Director, and I hope it will offer insight into the behind-the-scenes activity at the gallery along with my own perspective on exhibitions, artwork, and the artists themselves. This first post is a bit of a preview of what is coming up this year.
First, I would like to announce that my wife, Sarah Butler, has joined us at Main Street Arts. She started at the beginning of 2017 as our gallery manager and is also taking on all of the graphic design projects at the gallery. She comes to us with a Masters in the Business of Art and Design from MICA and a BFA in Graphic Design from RIT. I know I am biased but she is a wonderful addition to the gallery team! If you have not had the chance to meet her yet, please feel free to introduce yourself the next time you come to the gallery.
2017 is going to be a great year for exhibitions at Main Street Arts! Our first show, Trying To Understand The World has just ended and was very well received. It was a great way to start out the year on a high point. You can read a review by Rebecca Rafferty here, in Rochester City Newspaper.
I will be discussing our next show, Alternative Photographic Process in a full post soon. Until then, here are a few highlights of other shows that are coming up this year:
April 8–May 12, we are ecstatic to have an exhibition featuring John Greene and Robert Marx! The exhibition is called Re-emerging Artists and as the name suggests, these two artists have emerged, become established, and are now “re-emerging” to a new audience and a new generation. The show will feature more than 50 paintings, drawings, and sculptures by the two artists.
Our upcoming national juried exhibition, Utopia/Dystopia will open on May 20 and will be juried by John Massier, curator at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center in Buffalo. The deadline for submissions is March 27, and we welcome submissions in all media. Learn more about this call on our submissions page.
Another exhibition of note, is our Upstate New York Painting Invitational at the end of the summer. It will open on August 26 and will feature painters in a variety of media and styles. I have been doing studio visits with painters in the region and will continue to do so as the exhibition begins to come together.
Visit our website and stay tuned to our social media outlets to learn more about these shows and the others that are coming up on both floors at Main Street Arts. We also have new artists in residence coming through the gallery for one or two-month residencies and a regular schedule of workshops.
We hope to see you at our next opening on Saturday, February 25, 4–7pm for Alternative Photographic Process. An exhibition of sketchbooks by Genine Carvalheira-Gehman and Andy Reddout also opens that same day in our second floor gallery space.