Kristin Donovan and Brent Joseph

Q: Who do you consider to be your greatest artistic mentor? A: Brent: Adrienne Leban. She taught me to not conform to what society’s definition of art was, but to find my own path in it. Kristin: Brent Joseph. Before we met, I hadn’t made any art in a very

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Annessa Mingoea and Michael Filipek

Q: Who do you consider to be your greatest artistic mentor? A: Michael- My wife Annessa is my mentor. Read more…

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Steven Peet and Yixuan Lin

Q: If you could learn a new skill, what would it be? A: Yixuan- I am a very practical person and I want to know how to program. A: Steven- Definitely to fly helicopters. Read more…

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Peggi Fournier & Paul Dodd

Q: What is your favorite exhibition you’ve experienced at RoCo? A: Paul: My favorite exhibition at RoCo is the annual members show. Read more…

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Debora McDell-Hernandez

Q: If you could have one artist create your portrait, who would it be? A: I’d love to have my portrait done by Kehinde Wiley. Read more…

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Werner Sun

Ithaca is full of public art. One of my favorites is a 1500-foot mural painted by artist Alice Muhlback along West Spencer Street. Another favorite is the “21 Boxes” project, where electrical utility boxes around the city are given to different artists to transform into works of art. Read more…

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Kevin Cooper

I grew up on the west side of Rochester, attended SUNY New Paltz, and spent a semester studying pre-Renaissance art in Siena, Italy. I returned to Rochester after college with a B.A. in Art History, and a minor in Italian and I was confident I would find employment in the

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Ian Wilson

If you agree that “art enhances life” then support artists. Periodt. Read more…

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Stephen Reardon

If I had to pick a local artist to do my portrait it would be Clay Patrick McBride for sure. Clay is truly a master of light and lenses. His portraits capture the spirit and identity of his subjects. His approach is not cookie cutter setups. He approaches each assignment

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Frank Argento

I’d like to have my brother-in-law Ramón Santiago, (R.I.P.) paint a portrait of me. He painted a portrait of my mother “Grace” in his unique style. My wife, Linda, and my family cherish the portrait. Read more…

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Jenny Jean

“The Days The Artists Spoke” series was really fun and interesting. Hearing from others about their artist statements and viewpoints was amazing. It was interesting to see the congruencies and incongruences between the art being presented and the process/statement of the art. It was also interesting to see how individuals

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Stanley Van Horn & Marc Goldman

“State of the City 2011: In the Loop” was especially meaningful to us. The exhibit gave a sense of the history and a feeling that Rochester was poised for some re-imagining. Now when we walk, bike or drive past the parts of the Inner Loop that are now filled in,

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Henrik Sjöström

I became a RoCo member to support the effort in promoting international art in North America. To be able to join exhibitions outside of the EU is important for many artists, as it offers the possibility to be seen by more people. Read more…

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Greg Townson

RoCo is so completely unique to our city. I love the way it connects local, regional and international artists, both as a way for the artists to present their work and as a way to educate and share ideas in our community. Every time i’ve stopped in i’ve had an

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Casey Sanders

My favorite past exhibition is Vanish, because of the powerful and thought-provoking message that the artists involved in it conveyed through their unique perspectives on loss. State of the City: Street-ish will always hold a special place in my heart though, because my earliest memory of RoCo takes place during

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Torre/Hall Family

We love RoCo because it offers an amazing array of contemporary art in an urban and intimate setting. They feature local, national, professional, and amateur artists, something from/for everybody. RoCo is unique to Rochester, and a place where we always feel at home and far away at the same time.

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John Tracey & Martha Bush

We just love the energy the 6×6 show brings to the whole city. We love how it turns new people into artists and gets them talking about the work they made and the work they purchased. Every year I [we] have interesting conversations about art with people both inside RoCo

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Robin Whiteman

My most extraordinary experience at Roco was sitting in the audience listening to my mentor Richard Hirsch talk about his work, feeling so grateful to be showing with him and the other fabulous ceramic artists invited to participate in that show.Read more…

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Sonia James-Wilson

RoCo has played a major role in helping to maintain a sense of vibrancy in the East End. I think we all have a responsibility to create the type of community in which we want to live, and being a member of the Gallery is an easy way to do

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James Farley

The Member Show in the fall! To be able to appreciate just how much talent we have here locally in the community among some of the fellow members that I know and so many that I’d like to know is incredible. I bought my first piece from RoCo at the

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Laurel Bahe

I love RoCo because (I live in Colorado) the first time I entered RoCo 6×6 my pieces all sold on opening night and I added to my resume a line about selling out at my first New York show! It catapulted my art sales in Colorado Springs to have that

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Vivian A. Palladoro, EdD

RoCo provides a window to the current world of art which is often linked with social issues. This gallery is unique and plays a pivotal role in our community. It excels in bringing people together around a topic. Read more…

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Marlene Boutet & Stephan Quessy

First and foremost, we love RoCo because of it’s strong support of both emerging and local contemporary artists. RoCo is also very creative in putting forth events and exhibitions that attract new people to art. We also cherish the opportunities RoCo provides to art lovers like us to meet the

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Zac Braun

6×6. Not only am I a fan of multiples, I love the energy that’s created when everyone is encouraged to participate – young and old, near and far, celebrated artists and those who have never lifted a brush. 2014 was a first for me (along with my family), and it

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Shree & Kishan Pandya

We love 6×6 and the Members Exhibits. The 6×6 brings out the artist in each of us, and the Member Exhibits provides an opportunity to appreciate local artists. Read more…

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Bill Garvin

I collect a variety of types of art. Masks from Africa, Europe, S. America, Asia, as well as from local artists. Native American pottery. Watercolors, oils and woodblock prints. Metals and glass. I tend to be an impulse buyer. If something appeals to me, I’ll purchase it right away. I’ve

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Peter & Gloria Monacelli

All in all, we treasure our relationship with RoCo. It adds a necessary modern flavor to the entire western N.Y. area. We love RoCo because of the vision that Bleu Cease brought to this wonderful contemporary art gallery. In fact we joined for just this reason. Read more…

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