Art is Forever, Exhibits are Not: Shawnee Hill + Adam Francey Openings.

{ Artist Shawnee Hill’s work for Broken Ritual at Bug Jar – taken from Shawnee Hill Facebook. }

ART

IS

FOREVER

{ It’s a bit of a paradox. Art is destroyed, taken down, stolen, vandalized, whatever. But art is forever. No one can take away the experience of art–from the artist who creates or the patron who enjoys. No one can dismantle this creative process or remove our experiences. No one. }

intimate + accessible is the best way to describe art in Rochester. … and poppin’.

One of the most exhilarating parts? Capturing this experience during its lifetime. Rochester, NY is phenomenal for this. Thanks, in part, to galleries like 1975 { right behind Hart’s, 2Vine, and The Little Theatre }, which has FREE admission, where our Roc community can intimately + freely enjoy the works of local + national artists. And 1975 Gallery is just 1 spot.

The best part?? We don’t just have artists. We have artists who share their souls.

Interacting with the artists! Be it Wall\Therapy, were you can watch internationally, critically acclaimed street artists + graff writers produce art on the walls and souls of our streets, or openings at a myriad of coffee shops + businesses.

art in Rochester is alive + interactive

Artist + Muralist Shawnee Hill painting outside of Bug Jar.

Artist + Muralist Shawnee Hill painting outside of Bug Jar.

What’s up this weekend?

A lot.

Friday: Shawnee Hill opening at Bug Jar. #BrokenRitual

Saturday: Adam Francey solo opening at 1975. #BlessThisMess

What you need to know:

  • Friday – Shawnee Hill – Bug Jar  – Broken Ritual
  • Saturday – Adam Francey – 1975 – Bless This Mess
    • 7-10pm, Sat, February 7: Opening Reception
    • February 7 – 28, 2015: Exhibit
    • 1975, 89 Charlotte Street 14607
    • curated by Erich Lehman
    • Adam Francey: New Works in Folk Art + Solo Show + First Art Print Releases
    • HTB Press: prints
    • Adam Francey Tattoos: Francey is a renowned tattooer – see more of his work!

Need some more? Social Media fix:

Mural by Shawnee Hill taken from Shawnee R M Hill Facebook.

Mural by Shawnee Hill taken from Shawnee R M Hill Facebook.

  • Shawnee Hill

FACEBOOK | EVENT INVITE | INSTAGRAM

  • Adam Francey

FACEBOOK | EVENT INVITE | WEBSITE | INSTAGRAM

I am stoked to surround myself this weekend with incredible art that has come from the finger tips of incredibly soulful + talented people who live in my community. I cannot wait to share these experience with the friends I love. I feel honored to be present + in the same spaces as these creators.

See you there!

#brokenritual

#blessthismess

#artlocal

X.

Spotlight: WALL\THERAPY – Writes of Spring.

(Above: Queen Andrea, Brooklyn. Photo courtesy of the artist and on http://wall-therapy.com/news/.)

WALL\THERAPY

MURAL SEASON | APRIL – FALL 2014

a number of smaller curated events

FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM

ART IS ACTIVISM. Dr. Ian Wilson, who began WALL\THERAPY and Synthesis Collaborative with its IMPACT initiative knows this. He also creates spaces to advocate through it. {Great read from (585) Mag here!} As explained by About WALL\THERAPY, Dr. Ian Wilson sought to give back what our city gave him:

In 2012, the manifestation of that thank you became WALL\THERAPY, a community level intervention using mural art as a vehicle to address our collective need for inspiration.

Remember 1975 Gallery? These murals were painted by therapists. AKA a combination of world-renown artists, graffiti artists, graphic designers, and typographers who are “[rehabilitating]” our city through their art. How many? A lot. Men. Women. Local. National. International. Incredibly talented. Beautifully therapeutic. Check out the 2012 \ 2013 artist rosters here!

THIS WEEKEND:

shoe - from artistBONES - artist

peeta - artist

(Clockwise from Top Left: Niels Shoe Meulman \ BONES \ Peeta. Photos courtesy of the artists and on http://wall-therapy.com/news/.)

WRITES OF SPRING

a typography focused weekend.

APRIL 25 – 27

INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS

queen andrea II

Queen Andrea
Photo courtesy of the artist and on http://www.superfreshstudio.com/.

CELEBRATE THE ART OF THE LETTER

NIELS SHOE MEULMAN | AMSTERDAM

MAX RIPO | SPAIN

QUEEN ANDREA | BROOKLYN, NY

PEETA | ITALY

BONES FUA | ROCHESTER, NY

max ripo - artist

Max Ripo
Photo courtesy of the artist and on http://wall-therapy.com/news/.

more to come – stay tuned!

LOCATIONS \ WALLS

2014 INDIEGOGO FUNDRAISER

WALL THERAPY | JULY 18 – 27

FACEBOOK TWITTER INSTAGRAM | NEWSLETTER

help out

CERENSTO COOL CHILIStuart’s Spices seasoning in Special Edition bottles painted by therapist \ artist Cern, aka Cernesto Wonder. 25% of sales go back to WALL \ THERAPY.

cernesto cool chili seasoning

Cern
aka Cernesto Wonder

art local \ activism art

I am so stoked and so proud that our city hosts creative, inspiring, empowering people like Dr. Ian Wilson and projects like Wall \ Therapy. Major thanks, also, to Erich Lehman, owner of 1975 Gallery, who has helped to curate these sessions!

#shoplocal

#artlocal

#walltherapy

XO.

Around Town: 1975-ish.

{ Photo Cred Courtesy of Erich Lehman: Clockwise from top left: }

Binho, Mike MingSt. Monci & Erich Lehman, Ryan Bubnis & Lucas Irwin 

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1975 

Exposing talented artists to our community + facilitating the would-be art collector

89 Charlotte Street Rochester, NY 14607

FACEBOOK TWITTER SHOP

P: 585.466.4278
E: info@1975ish.com

Gallery Hours
Wednesday: 1-8pm
Thursday: 1-8pm
Friday: 1-8pm
Saturday: 12-5pm
Sunday: 12-5pm
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed

EXHIBITS. EVENTS. ART.

Entrance to exhibits is FREE. Donations are accepted. BUY THE ART online.

This evening I checked out “All Things Wild and Free,” the art exhibit-fundraiser by artist Mr. Prvrt, his debut at 1975 Gallery. I also had the pleasure of sitting down and chatting with Erich Lehman, owner, curator, collector, and all things Rochester.

CURRENT EXHIBIT

ALL THINGS WILD AND FREE

3.15 – 3.29

MR. PRVRT

MR. PRVRT EXPLORES MYSTICAL

NATURE OF ANIMALS AND HELPS

RAISE FUNDS FOR WILD WINGS

SHOP ARTWORK ONLINE

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 COLLECT LOCAL

Positioned just off Union Street and past Rochester’s East End, behind The Little Theatre and Restaurant 2 Vine (where The Little Bakery once … baked), 1975 Gallery (1975ish for Social Media handles) bolsters Rochester’s burgeoning subculture art scene. A scene that has some gnarly teeth.

First + foremost, 1975 Gallery directly connects our community to local artists + artists’ work who otherwise would be unknown. Artwork, available for purchase, is found online. Admission to The Gallery, itself, is free, so proceeds from openings + art purchases fund the entire project and accompanying fundraisers. Lehman explains that viewing art in an open space, such as 1975 Gallery, is communal. Owning art from a local artist–interacting with it, honoring it, allowing it to sink into you–is body + soul. Collecting local art transforms.  

APPROACHABLE GALLERY

If 1975 Gallery bites. Erich Lehman, owner + curator, devours.

RIT Teeth { alumnus and faculty member }

KRUDCO Teeth { former Creative Director }

WALL THERAPY { Leader Organizer }

THE YARDS { affiliant }

His tastes have class and his appetite, voracity. With teeth sunk into numerous endeavors, Lehman might be the name behind any movement in Rochester. Especially Shop Local. In 2008, when he sunk his teeth into 1975, Lehman built The Gallery so that it would be approachable. For artists. For community. For Rochester. Inside, 1975 is ordered for style. Outside, the walls are covered with graffiti/street art (Wall Therapy). The 1975 Gallery is a space for all art lovers and patrons, youth and experts to share. To explore. To see. And that’s exactly what 1975 Gallery and its artists are.

Visionaries.

Muses.

Imaginators.

Dreamers.

The communal connection viewers experience in the open palette that is 1975 Gallery, fills viewers eyes and minds, inspires viewers bodies and souls.

Catch all the 1975 Exhibits (booked through November!) + Events. (LIKE TONIGHT’S AT THE LITTLE.)

I promise you, gallery life tastes priceless.

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EVENT TONIGHT!

MR. MOUSTAFA’S PRIVATE PARLOUR PARTY

3.21

8:30PM – 12:30AM

1975 GALLERY

FOLLOWING THE SCREENING OF THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

INVITE HERE

LIVE MUSIC – THE PICKPOCKETS

HORS D’OREUVERS – HUNGARIAN + OTHER

DRINK – ROC BREWING

COSTUME – DRESS AS YOUR FAVORITE WES ANDERSON CHARACTER

UPCOMING EXHIBIT

 4.5 – 4.26

VULNERABLE GEOMETRY

JAIME MOLINA

VINCENT COMPARETTO

MAX KAUFFMAN

OPENING RECEPTION: 4/5, 7PM-10PM

 

#shoplocal

#collectlocal

#artlocal

#allthingswildandfree

#1975

XO.

RocArt. Rochester Is the Coolest Urban Small Town: St. Monci.

St. Monci. I don’t know the precise way to pronounce his name, but I am indubitably enamored and entranced by his art. Two weekends ago I had the pleasure of heading downtown with 2 awesome friends, Dani + Dan (they date, see above), into the lesser known alleys of Rochester’s East End. I remembered it as a bakery and was fascinated to know that this tiny, geometric building, near to some Rochester Wall Therapy, had become the 1975 art gallery. From September 7 – September 28, the gallery features Adventures in Technicolor by St. Monci, a solo collection of geometric patterned paintings and multimedia work. Check out the exhibit’s flyer here or here. For a preview, please explore St. Monci’s website + Facebook page. To experience it2-D paintings popping out in 3-D color, encased within an open rectangular space whose walls’ angularly painted features grab you into the pieces–stop by 1975 on Charlotte Street (near Union). Now.

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“1975 presents Adventures in Technicolor by St. Monci.” Framed it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To learn more about St. Monci, check out his website. Check him out on Facebook. Follow him on Twitter. And try not to like every single thing he posts on Instagram. (Try it.) Another super cool endeavor St. Monci contributes to Rochester is Wall Therapy. I’ve only seen a few murals in print, and even fewer in person, but sometime soon, before beloved Rochester is covered in snow, I plan to tour our city streets to imbibe as many murals as possible. Somewhat of a Un-Tourist’s Tour. Even had I seen all of the walls and neighborhoods so graced by these therapists and their paint, I could never begin to convey the movement’s altruistic roots and genuine reach. Please visit the website to learn more about the initiative. Tour Rochester to see them on your own.

One of my favorite posts on St. Monci’s website? Video of him spray painting a mural on the back of the Fine Arts Theatre building in the South Wedge on Gregory Street + South Ave. I hope you enjoy his work as much as I.

(Vote Best of Rochester 2013 for St. Monci, 1975 Gallery, + Wall/Therapy, which is on there several times!)

#RocLove

#RocArt

#RocLocal

#RocWallTherapy

#1975

#stmonci

XO.