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Ceramic show highlights 'Good Things in small packages'


By Caurie Putnam | Democrat & Chronicle | December 2, 2016

Good things not only can come in small packages, but also can be small packages. To see for yourself, head to the Genesee Center for the Arts & Education now through Dec. 17 to see its exhibit "Good Things … come in small packages." Read more.


Back to darkroom basics with 'Under Safelight'


By Rebecca Rafferty | City Newspaper | November 30, 2016

There's much to be said about the disappearing scientific element of making art and the stalwart enthusiasts keeping it alive. Chemistry and creativity have strolled hand-in-hand throughout human history, but just as the majority of painters stopped grinding their own minerals when they could buy any ready-made hue, most photographers' understanding of chemistry and calculations faded with the onset of digital tech. Read more.


Flower City Pottery Invitational fills the weekend


By Rebecca Rafferty | City Newspaper | October 14, 2016

The second annual Flower City Pottery Invitational, hosted by the Flower City Arts Center, kicked off Thursday morning with (many sold out) classes offered by some of the exhibiting artists. The event, which last year drew nearly 1,000 visitors to the center, continues through Sunday, October 16, with an opening reception Friday, October 14, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and with artist demos and talks throughout the weekend. Read more.


Flower City Pottery Invitational starts Oct. 14


By Robin L. Flanigan | Democrat & Chronicle | October 7, 2016

Twenty-one premier ceramic artists from nine states and Canada are showcasing high-end, contemporary clay pieces at the Flower City Arts Center’s Flower City Pottery Invitational. The show and sale includes an artist reception, pottery exhibitions, workshops and talks. Last fall’s event drew about 1,000 people. Read more.


'Good Hair' exhibit unravels identity and politics


By Rebecca Rafferty | City Newspaper | August 17, 2016

Although her primary training is in art bookmaking, recent Flower City Arts Center resident artist Amanda Chestnut has branched out to a variety of media to hit her points in her most recent body of work. Her compact show, "Good Hair," includes photographic and letterpress prints, mixed media art books, and other objects, and treads the waters of long-standing social and political conflicts that are ever-frequently shouted about in today's media and online chatter. Read more.


Artist residencies give space to focus and create


By Amanda Chestnut | Democrat & Chronicle | July 23,2016

In my career as an artist, a constant that has helped me develop my work, learn new techniques, and make connections for exhibits is artist residencies.

I am currently preparing for an exhibit that will culminate my 2015-2016 residency at Flower City Arts Center (GCAE).

Good Hair will open on Aug. 5 along with Domestic Digest by artists-in-residence Ian Park and Kelly Justice. As this residency draws to a close, I find myself reflecting on how important residencies are to artists. Read more.


College Collective show opens Friday


By Robin L. Flanigan | Democrat & Chronicle | June 14, 2016

All four gallery spaces at the Genesee Center for the Arts & Education will be dedicated to exhibits of photography, ceramics and book arts for College Collective, a national juried show featuring current college students and alumni within two years of graduation.

Fifty-five emerging artists from 42 colleges in 22 states are participating in the show, opening Friday. Read more.


ART | "A Possible Result of Wanderlust"


By Rebecca Rafferty | City Newspaper | March 23, 2016

Six years ago, artist Lynne Hobaica was a resident artist in the ceramics program at Flower City Arts Center's Fire House Gallery (713 Monroe Avenue). After relocating to four different cities across two continents, Hobaica is back at Flower City Arts Center as the ceramics studio manager. In her new body of work, "A Possible Result of Wanderlust," currently featured in the center's Firehouse Gallery, she reflects on her journeys and the dynamics of human relationships. Read more.


Beyond the selfie at Wilson academy


By Erica Bryant | Democrat & Chronicle | March 16, 2016

You might have seen the little man peeking around the corner at the Memorial Art Gallery. Emani Rogers, age 12, wrote a poem about him. "Little Man in a little life waiting for something good to arrive," it begins. She is part of Studio 678, the Flower City Arts Center's photography club for students at Wilson Foundation Academy. Read more.


Woman to Watch: Megan Charland


By Leah Shaw | Democrat & Chronicle | January 04, 2016

As the new communications coordinator at the Flower City Arts Center, Megan Charland is doing what she loves: inspiring the community in visual arts. Read more.


In a migrant world, images capture unexpected bonds


By Todd Clausen | Democrat & Chronicle | November 04, 2015

Through a camera lens, Ed Stone documents what life is like on many local farms. ... Stone has been capturing photographs of work life on the farms through a 13-week photography course offered at the Flower City Arts Center in Rochester. The Social Reportage course doesn’t teach photographers new skills, but instead immerses them in various experiences. Read more.


Social Reportage exhibit focuses on harvest workers


By Rebecca Rafferty | City Newspaper | November 03, 2015

"Farm to Table: Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers" includes about 40 images by seven photographers, ranging from teen to retired, who participated in Thaler's third Social Reportage course. Images in the show reveal the proud faces of the harvesters, their work-worn hands, the kinds of produce they handle, the tools and machines involved in the harvest, livestock, and the orchard, farm, or farm stand environments. Read more.


Woman to Watch: Lynne Hobaica


By Leah Shaw | Democrat & Chronicle | October 19, 2015

Lynne Hobaica couldn't be happier in a career choice that has led her to Rochester. As the new ceramics studio manager at Flower City Arts Center, she teaches three classes — two drawing-related, and one wheel throwing course. She completed her residency at the center in 2011 and came back just a few months ago. Read more.


The Show on Monroe highlights eclectic offerings


By Meaghan M. McDermott | Democrat & Chronicle | May 30, 2015

When artist Rebecca Lomuto's friends from Brooklyn visit and check out the space at the Flower City Arts Center for the Arts on Monroe Avenue, they can't hide their jealousy. Read more.


Rochester's Refugees


By Rebecca Rafferty | City Newspaper | December 31, 2014

There's a lot of talk of "two Rochesters" — cities divided by the different experiences of the haves and have-nots — but we might argue that there are as many Rochesters as there are people who live here. Some of these Rochesters remain obscure to others; while some of them expand as they come into contact with one another, swelling to include other versions. The current photo exhibit at Flower City Arts Center's Community Darkroom explores Rochester's refugee population, depicted through the earnest lenses of some citizens who seek to spotlight what is relatively invisible. Read more.