The Shoe Factory Art Co-op  250 N. Goodman St.  Studio 212   Rochester, NY 14607
Past Art Shows
​"Boots and Shoes: Variations on a Theme"
Grand Opening, November 5th-December 4th, 2010
Over 100 artists participated in our premiere juried art exhibit!  The show featured footwear inspired artwork by Rochester regional artists and  participants from out of state.  Paintings, photography, sculpture, mixed media, fiber arts, glass, furniture, and jewelry were among the art mediums.  

"Hearts and Daggers:  A Rochester Love Story"  Feb. 11th - 26th, 2011
55 Rochester artists participated in this juried Valentine show which featured 
love inspired artwork!  Paintings, photography, sculpture, mixed media, 
fiber arts, glass, furniture, and jewelry were among the art mediums.  

"A Lynn Tate Retrospective"  March 4th - 26th, 2011
We introduced Lynn Tate to the Rochester art scene in her first solo show!
Having moved to Rochester from Connecticut, Lynn uncrated 39 original 
oil paintings for a ten year, traditional still life retrospective.  

"Hawks and Doves:  Perspectives on America and the World in Conflict"  April 1st - 30th, 2011
Conflict was the topic of this juried art show which coincided with April marking the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War.  Over 30 artists created paintings, photography, sculpture, mixed media, fiber arts, glass, and jewelry for this exhibit.  The Military History Society of Rochester, located in the same building, had a companion event on opening night exhibiting Civil War artifacts.  

"Colleen Virdi:  Left of the Dial"  May 6th - 28th, 2011
Rochester artist Colleen Virdi's colorful and whimsical acrylic paintings 
depicting her own social and political commentary were featured in her first solo show!  A portion of painting sales went to Colleen's favorite local charity, HUGS Foundation, whose medical team travels to developing countries to provide surgery for children in need with physical deformities.

"Earthly Delights: The Art of the Garden"  June 10th - 30th, 2011
54 Rochester area artists welcomed and embraced the summer 
season with creative expressions of flora and fauna in this juried exhibit!  
A garden-variety of art mediums were on display including paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture, mixed media, metalwork, and fiber arts. Also featured were unique art pieces such as handcrafted outdoor furniture, distinctive birdbaths, and decorative totems.

"6 by 6 FEET: Extra Large Art"  August 12th - 31st, 2011
25 artists rose to the challenge of creating artwork measuring 6’ by 6’, or 
with one six foot dimension. Some artists created work even larger than 6 feet. The exhibit featured paintings and wall hangings.

"Exposed! The Nude Self"  September  9th - 30th, 2011
30 artists interpreted their own nudity, literally and nonliterally, in this 
revealing exhibit.  Painting, photography, sculpture, fiber arts, and metalwork were on display.

"October Sunset: The Paintings of Nancy Jo Gambacurta"  
October 7th - 29th, 2011
A solo show for Shoe Factory House Artist Nancy Jo Gambacurta! Vibrant landscape paintings were featured inspired by her travels to the American West and the Adirondacks! Also on display were Nancy Jo's Garden paintings, Bathing Beauties, and African Violet series!  

"Once Upon a Coffee Table: Fine Art Furnishings"  
November 4th - 26th, 2011
From fine to funky! Showcasing 23 of Rochester’s finest furniture makers and artisans of home decor! This show featured hand crafted tables and other functional creations made with a scintillating variety of hardwoods, veneers, inlays, metalwork, glass, and paint finishes. Also on display were artistic handmade lamps and unique wall pieces. 

"The Greatest Gift of All"  December 2nd - 24th, 2011
A holiday art show for shoppers sick of malls and box stores. On display were handmade, original fine arts and fine crafts by 29 Rochester artists!

"A New Year's Painting Marathon!"  
January First Friday & Second Saturday, 2012
Eight local artists did a live painting demonstration! Visitors were able to wander through the gallery and observe the painters at work as each artist created an acrylic painting or two! Patrons were able to bid on artwork through silent auction.  Starring Shoe Factory members Phil Bliss, Rina Miriam Drescher, Stephanie Cusenz Green, Susan Jenkins, Scott Lamont, Doug Steward, Colleen Virdi, and Mollie Wolf!

"Unconditional Love: Cats and Dogs"  February 3rd-25th, 2012
An official World Spay Day event ! 48 artists celebrated February's Valentine’s Day and Spay Day with an art exhibit honoring our feline and canine best friends! On display were drawings, paintings, photography, sculpture, glasswork, mixed media, and metalwork depicting cats and dogs, as well as unique items such as handcrafted, organic dog biscuits. Some artwork was bid on through silent auction.  Silent auction funds and kind donations of cat food, dog food, and dollars will be given given to a local "No Kill" animal shelter.  

"Follow Your Bliss"  March 2nd-28th, 2012
Patrons experienced the talent, skill, and imagination of master plein air painter and award winning illustrator, Phil Bliss, in his first solo show.

"Cultural Crawl Painting Demonstration"  April 21st, 2012
Shoe Factory members Doug Steward, Scott Lamont, and Susan Jenkins gave a free painting demonstration in our gallery as part of City Newspaper’s second annual Cultural Crawl.

"Fly Me to the Moon: Celestial Bodies at Starry Nites Café"
June 3rd-August 25th, 2012
16 local artists created a variety of cosmic themed imagery to grace the walls of our satellite gallery at Starry Nites Café. Featuring moons, stars, skyscapes, and outer space fantasies in the form of paintings, mixed media, collage, and stained glass.

"A Very Brady Art Exhibit"  July 6th-25th, 2012
Shoe Factory member Colleen Virdi introduced her new body of work "Sitcom Series", acrylic paintings of pop culture television icons.

"Crow Show"  August 3rd-29th, 2012
25 artists created a variety of artistic interpretations of the notorious black bird in the form of paintings, sculpture, mixed media, glass, photography, and poetry.

"Clouds in My Coffee" August 27th-November 24th, 2012
11 local artists contributed original artwork for this clouds & coffee themed art show in our "satellite" gallery at Starry Nites Café! On display were mostly paintings, a bit of photography, and a smattering of fiber art!

"Green: What Does It Mean?"  September 7th-29th, 2012
In support of Rochester’s Greentopia eco-fest, 17 artists created their own interpretation of “green” with paintings, photography, mixed media, fiber art, found objects, and recycled glass. 

"I Want My Mona Lisa: Tribute to a Renaissance Icon"
October 5th-24th, 2012
46 versions of Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece were created in a variety of mediums by regional artists as well as art students from School of the Arts and School Without Walls

"Tone It Down a Notch: Minimal Art"  November 2nd-28th, 2012
18 artists proved that less is more by simplifying technique, form, size, or color in their paintings, mixed media, photography, digital art, and sculpture.

"Susan Jenkins: Mixed-Media Paintings" 
Nov. 26th, 2012 - Feb. 16th, 2013.
Sue Jenkins had a solo show at our satellite gallery at Starry Nites Café!  The exhibit featured her colorful, vibrant, figurative & abstract mixed-media paintings.

"...and to All a Good Night!"  December 7th-19th, 2012
Holiday exhibit featuring paintings, photography, mixed-media, fiber art, and jewelry created by Shoe Factory House Artist members.

"Let Them Eat Cake! Portraits of Pastries"  Feb. 18th-May 11th, 2013
​The Shoe Factory Art Co-op hosted a tasty art show at nearby Starry Nites Café. The exhibit whet the appetite of café patrons by displaying artistic depictions of baked goods by 15 imaginative artists. These delectable artworks of subjects such as cakes, muffins, donuts, and pies were in the form of paintings, photography, mixed media, fiber art, and glass.

"Lisa Johnson"  April 5th-24th, 2013
Rochester artist Lisa Johnson’s Beachcomber Designs jewelry show. On display were her handcrafted necklaces, bolos, earrings, bracelets, and rings made with simple found objects such as pebbles & weathered beach glass enhanced with silver, and her intricately woven beadwork jewelry.

"Mona Oates & Wen-Hua Chen"  May 3rd-May 29th, 2013
​A farewell art show for floral painter Wen-Hua Chen before returning to her homeland in Taiwan. Surrealist Mona Oates unveiled three new oil paintings in a series called Fleeting Stages and gave an artist talk in the gallery on Second Saturday.  

"Hex Signs & Barn Stars"  May 13th-August 3rd, 2013
​Inspired by the historic geometric designs painted on the barns of Pennsylvania Dutch farmland, Rochester artist Beth Brown created a series of colorful hand painted stars on canvas and wood. The Shoe Factory Art Co-op featured her art exhibit at Starry Nites Café.  

"Valerie Berner: Sunrise to Moonset"  August 5th-Nov. 2nd, 2013
​The Shoe Factory Art Co-op hosted a solo show for Valerie Berner at Starry Nites Café. On display were her acrylic paintings on paper depicting dynamic suns and moons within bold and colorful landscapes.  

"Bruce Bozman: Island Color"  Nov. 4th, 2013-Jan. 18th, 2014
​The Shoe Factory presented photographer Bruce Bozman's tantalizing abstractions of the Caribbean and other nature scenes for a Starry Nites Café exhibit. Compositions featured glimmering light on ship's bows, sterns, and sails, and weathered boats reflecting water and sky in hot colors. 

"O Come All Ye Art Lovers!"  Dec. 6th-18th, 2013
’Twas the season to visit our holiday art show! Our gallery featured paintings, photography mixed-media, fiber art, ceramics, and jewelry created by our House Artist members!  A spectacular Art Gift Basket was raffled!

"Gail Cunliffe: The Box of Eight Explodes!"  Jan. 20th-April 5th, 2014
​This Starry Nites Café exhibit hosted by The Shoe Factory featured acrylic paintings on canvas by Webster, NY artist Gail Cunliffe.  A variety of color rich painting styles ran the gamut from abstract imagery created with a palette knife to carefully planned architectural retro designs. 

"April Showers Bring May Flowers"  April 4th-May 10th, 2014
Our gallery’s spring exhibit highlighted the work of member artist Brandi Marino. Flowers are a cheerful and recurring theme in Brandi’s mixed-media paintings.​

"Puttin' On The Ritz"  April 7th-June 28th, 2014
The Shoe Factory's satellite gallery at Starry Nites Café featured far out and funky portraits painted on wood by Rochester artist Tom Ritz! ​ 

"Sirens & Seahorses"  October 3rd-November 8th, 2014
Mermaids and seahorses in a variety of art forms were on display for this exhibit. The fishy subject matter inspired 38 artists to create original paintings, drawings, mixed media, fiber art, and stained glass for this show!​

"Not a Full Deck"  Feb. 6th-March 14th, 2015
13 artists created imagery inspired by standard playing cards. On display were art pieces in the form of digital art, mixed media, painting, photography, and sculpture. 

"Richard Della Costa: Spill Box" March 4th-April 30th, 2016
Local artist Richard Della Costa's debut exhibit featured his found object sculpture and assemblage work.

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