This year is “lucky 6” for the 11th season of Rochester Contemporary Art Center’s “6x6” international small art phenomenon.
Bleu Cease, executive director, said the gallery received 6,600 pieces of art from all over the world by its mid-April deadline — the largest number, since RoCo limited entries to four per person. Another location was added to the exhibit’s growing number of countries: Kathmandu, Nepal.
“We are amazed by this year’s turnout,” Cease said. “It is always fun to receive artworks from all around the world, yet when the total number of artworks takes a big jump up, we were surprised and thrilled. As always, we are so grateful for everyone’s generous contributions to ‘6x6,’ and look forward to the opening reception on June 2 and an exciting ‘6x6’ season ahead.”
RoCo staff and volunteers catalogued all the art pieces for the online preview that starts at 10 a.m. on May 18. For those who prefer to see the artwork in person to find favorites and prepare for the opening, the in-gallery preview extended its hours from 1 to 9 p.m. on May 28-June 1. Artwork from all over the world in all styles, genres, types of media and dimensions costs $20. Artist names are anonymous until purchase.
Just before her death, U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter sent in her “6x6” entry of the downtown train station, “Memory of the old and rejoicing in the new.” It will be in a place of prominence during during the exhibit, and will not be for sale. The station was renamed the Louise M. Slaughter Intermodal Station in Rochester in the late congresswoman’s honor.
Among this year’s artists are State Sen. Richard Funke, R-55th District; Cheryl Dinolfo, county executive; Mayor Lovely Warren; Ward Stare, music director, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra; Anne Kress, president, Monroe Community College; Gerald Rooney, president, St. John Fisher College; John Magnus Champlin; Carl Chiarenza and Heidi Katz; Roberley Bell; Robert and Frances Marx; Michael Taylor; film critic Jack Garner; and familiar names from WXXI and local TV.
Attendees at the June 2 opening party and artwork sale can enter a raffle to win one of the first 20 buyer positions starting at 7:30 p.m. For all others, 8 p.m. signals the art-buying frenzy. Both the raffle tickets and colored dots signifying that an artwork is sold can be purchased from 4 to 7:30 p.m. on June 2, as well as during the party. RoCo’s biggest fundraiser, “6x6” runs through July 16, with special hours during the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival.
RoCo is offering a “6x6” opening party and atwork sale couples package that includes two admission tickets, three artworks and six raffle tickets to increase the chances of selecting a favorite artwork. Call (585) 461-2222 or visit rochestercontemporary.org for information.
Opening party tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door and $8 for members.