Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Fly Me to the Moon

The Shoe Factory Art Co-op, a cooperative art gallery on N. Goodman St., is hosting an art exhibit just down the road at Starry Nites Café on University Ave.  “Fly Me to the Moon: Celestial Bodies at Starry Nites Café” features the work of 16 local artists depicting a variety of cosmic themed imagery.  On display are moons, stars, skyscapes, and outer space fantasies in the form of paintings, mixed media, collage, and stained glass. 
Participating artists are Chloe Bennett-Larson, Phil Bliss, Beth Brown, Daniel Chadwick, Jan Feldman, Nancy Jo Gambacurta, Simoney Hanna, Kathy Juda, Mary Beth Lee, Stan Merrell, Barbara Mink, Jeanette Musliner, Mona Oates, Tom Ritz, Deanna Varble, and Colleen Virdi.
Shoe Factory director Beth Brown and Starry Nites co- owner Aaron Lefebvre believe that cross-promotion is a great way to support each other’s businesses in the Neighborhood of the Arts.  The busy coffee shop acts as a satellite showcase for the gallery and in turn, the juried art exhibit brings in new customers to the bistro while enhancing the atmosphere with original art. 

“Starry Nites Café is a street level storefront open seven days a week, day and night.  They get a lot of daily traffic”, Brown says.  “My gallery is in the Anderson Arts Building on the second floor and we are not able to be open for as many hours.  Although our art openings are popular and very well attended, it’s great to offer more exposure for our artists.  I’ve always wanted to work with other businesses in the neighborhood and this is a nice arrangement.”
The public is invited to meet the artists at a free reception for “Fly Me to the Moon: Celestial Bodies at Starry Nites Café” on Sunday, June 10th from 2-4pm.  Artwork is available for purchase as well as the café’s usual fare.   Patrons can enjoy specialty drinks, gourmet coffees, beer and wine, homemade soups, salads, sandwiches, and desserts. 
The exhibit runs through August 25th.  Starry Nites Café is located in the unique Flat Iron Building at 696 University Ave., Rochester, NY 14607.  Open daily.  Call (585) 271-2630 for hours or visit www.starrynitescafe.com .
Artists that missed the deadline for the current exhibit can enter the next Shoe Factory/ Starry Nites show in September called “Clouds in my Coffee”.  Submit your artwork by August 11th.  For more info, visit the Call for Artists page on the Shoe Factory’s website at www.shoefactoryarts.com . 
The Shoe Factory Art Co-op’s gallery is located at 250 N. Goodman St., Studio 212, Rochester, NY 14607. Phone: 585-732-0036 Email: studio212@shoefactoryarts.com  
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"Dance of the Planets", Jeanette Musliner
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