It’s First Friday, here are all the Art Shows I wish I could hit up tonight.

I’m probably only going to have time for two or three of these 😭😭😭

The Yards January Residency Final Showcase
The Yards Gallery Space 
50 Public Market Way
Feb 1, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

February’s First Friday at event will feature five artists that participated in our January 2019 Collaborative Residency Program. Each resident had the month to explore their practice, develop new techniques, and learn from the Rochester community. Please stop by from 6-10pm on February 1st to support this amazing group or artists!

Nationally Recognized Sand Artist Katie Jo Suddaby at Tupelo Interiors
Tupelo Interiors
215 Norris Dr
Feb 1, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Katie Jo Suddaby has studied the ancient art of Sand Mandala in Nepal with the Monks. She will be at Tupelo Interiors demonstrating her creativity from 5 to 9pm. Stop in to see her amazing talent and to see the new merchandise at Tupelo.

Hidden in Plain Sight Closing Reception
Haus Capital Corporation
383 Park Avenue Suite B
Feb 1, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join Haus Capital Corporation and Norchar – “Local Real Estate Experts” for Hidden in Plain Sight: A Photography Exhibit. Featured artists, Tharin Beeman, Brandon Mark, Kylie Newcomer, and Teagan West, force viewers to enter their worlds through the precision of their lenses and a mastery of mood through form and light. You won’t want to miss this show!

Black AF February at The Avenue Blackbox Theatre
The Avenue Blackbox Theatre
780 Joseph Ave.
Feb 1, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Every First Friday at The Avenue Blackbox we get together to co-create a multidisciplinary art space where creatives and lovers can chill in a safe, bold and inclusive co-created moment in time. A couple artists will be feature, a couple more will table their wares, and all the others will just contribute to the vibe. For our Black History Month Kick Off this month our featured artists are: Gatekeeper Adrian (multimedia + film + performative art) and DebMaisha (poetry + jazz). At the end of the night we hope to leave you more inspired than when you came in, or at least hungry for the the next time we come together — BLACK AF!

A Day’s Gonna Come
RIT City Art Space
280 East Main St (Liberty Pole Plaza)
Feb 1, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Zach Dietl and Jacquelyn O’Brien, both graduates of RIT’s Fine Arts Studio MFA program, return for a two-person exhibition of sculpture and installation, using a wide mix of materials to point toward cultural and environmental reckoning in their show titled A Day’s Gonna Come.

Love Potion # Mine
Cat Clay
1115 E Main St, Ste 242
Feb 1, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Self-care offerings from Wild Thistle Herbal, plus collecting spare change for Planned Parenthood. And enter our contest – worst Valentines gift ever. Be someone’s valentine – Bring new leggings and hairbrushes for Willow – help break the cycle of abuse. And a one-night stand presented by Pop Up Roc. Part of Heartbreak Hungerford – celebrating the best and worst of romance. Additional parking at credit union and Greenovation. Please don’t park in front of Happy Feet – your car will be crushed.


“You know, there are certain words in every academic discipline that soon become stereotypes and clichés. Every academic discipline has its technical vocabulary. Modern psychology has a word that is probably used more than any other word in modern psychology. It is the word “maladjusted.” You’ve heard that word. This is the ringing cry of modern child psychology. And certainly we all want to live well-adjusted lives in order to avoid neurotic and schizophrenic personalities. But I must say to you this evening, my friends, as I come to a close, that there are some things in my own nation, and there are some things in the world, to which I am proud to be maladjusted and to which I call upon all men of goodwill to be maladjusted until the good society is realized. I must honestly say to you that I never intend to become adjusted to segregation, discrimination, colonialism and these particular forces. I must honestly say to you that I never intend to adjust myself to religious bigotry. I must honestly say to you that I never intend to adjust myself to economic conditions that will take necessities from the many to give luxuries to the few. I must say to you tonight that I never intend to become adjusted to the madness of militarism and the self-defeating effects of physical violence, for in a day when Sputniks and explorers are dashing through outer space and guided ballistic missiles are carving highways of death through the stratosphere, no nation can win a war. It is no longer the choice between violence and nonviolence; it is either nonviolence or non-existence. And the alternative to disarmament, the alternative to a greater suspension of nuclear tests, the alternative to strengthening the United Nations and thereby disarming the whole world, may well be a civilization plunged into the abyss of annihilation. And I assure you that I will never adjust to the madness of militarism.

You see, it may well be that our whole world is in need at this time for a new organization—the International Association for the Advancement of Creative Maladjustment—men and women—men and women who will be as maladjusted as the Prophet Amos, who in the midst of the injustices of his day could cry out in words that echo across the centuries, “Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream”; as maladjusted as the late Abraham Lincoln, the great president of our nation, who had the vision to see that the United States could not survive half-slave and half-free; as maladjusted as Thomas Jefferson, who, in the midst of an age amazingly adjusted to slavery, could etch across the pages of history words lifted to cosmic proportions: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”; as maladjusted as Jesus of Nazareth, who could say to the men and women of his day, “He who lives by the sword will perish by the sword.” And through such maladjustment, we will be able to emerge from the long and desolate midnight of man’s inhumanity to man into the bright and glittering daybreak of freedom and justice.

May I say to you that I still believe that mankind will rise up to the occasion. In spite of the darkness of the hour, in spite of the difficulties of the moment, in spite of these days of emotional tension, when the problems of the world are gigantic in extent and chaotic in detail, I still have faith in the future, and I still believe that we can build this society of brotherhood and this society of peace.”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., London, Dec. 7th, 1964