Rochester In the Civil War (and more!)

On Friday, November 4th from 6-9 pm, please join us at the Rundel Building (Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County) at 115 South Ave. The Rochester Public Library will open for a dual First Friday event. First Friday is a monthly city-wide gallery night that encourages collaboration between non-profit, university and commercial art venues in Rochester. This program showcases area artists and art institutions by promoting the First Friday evening of each month from 6-9pm and will be a community night for experiencing art with two exhibits on display at the Library, “Rochester in the Civil War” and “The Art of the Book.”

The first exhibit “Rochester in the Civil War” explores the city’s reaction to the war and the lives of some of the local soldiers who served. A variety of documents, photographs and artifacts where gathered from the collections of the Rochester Public Library, Rochester Museum & Science Center, and the Military History Society of Rochester. Entertainment will be provided by Civil War re-enactors and a fife and drum band.

“The Art of the Book” exhibit is intended to showcase the magic of books not only as carriers of knowledge but celebrate books as objects of art. The pieces range in size from tiny, delicate handmade books, to massive, frothy arrangements of cut and folded paper. They display a wide range of craft and technical skill in their construction. The 39 works selected for the exhibit represent artists from as far away as Seattle, WA and Austin Texas, as well as several well known local talents.

The show will present three categories: book arts and artist books, from which artists create and transform into entire books. It will include bindings and illustrations. Also, altered books where books or pieces of existing books have been transformed into new and different forms, illustration and pictures that all tell a fascinating story.

These exhibits are free and open to the public. Please enter through the Rundel building only. Library services will be not available after 6pm.

If you can’t make it to the First Friday event, “Art of the Book” runs through December 7, and “Rochester in the Civil War” continues through January 31. Both are opening during regular library hours.

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