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Another 6×6 Opportunity

Yo! While you’re in a 6″ x 6″ artwork frame of mind, I have a second opportunity for you to participate in artful fundraisers. You probably know about Rochester Contemporary Art Center’s 9th annual 6x6x2016. Deadline is April 17.

I learned of this next opportunity through honorary Rochester Artisan Marusca Gatto. Marusca is a super creative fused glass artist known by many here locally before she relocated to Delray Beach, FL, where she is the Director of Operations at Old School Square Cornell Art Museum.

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Extraordinary 6×6 Art Sale – Call for Entries

The Cornell Art Museum is pleased to announce its 3rd Annual Extraordinary 6×6 Art Sale featuring donated artwork from around the country. Participating artists are asked to submit/donate original works of art in compliance with the 6×6 regulations (see details below). The art pieces will be a feature exhibit at the Cornell Art Museum for Delray Beach’s First Friday Art Walk on July 1, 2016, and sold at the Extraordinary Art Sale on July 28. All proceeds benefit the Cornell Art Museum.

DOWNLOAD entry form.

June 17: All artwork must be received by 4:00 pm
July 1: ArtWalk, 6-9pm, featuring the 6 x 6 pieces.
July 1 –July 28: All donated artwork will be on display in the Museum
July 28: Extraordinary Art Sale, 6pm – 8pm.

• Artists 18+ and all mediums are welcome – paintings, drawings, photography, glass, wood, ceramic, textile, collage, metal, mixed media, etc. The only restriction is that the work must adhere to the theme size.
• All 2-D art must be sized at 6 x 6 inches, and must be framed and ready to hang.
• All 3-D art must be contained to a 6 x 6 x 6 inch format, be flat backed, and ready to hang.
• All work will be on display at The Cornell Museum from July 1 through July 28 at the event.
• Each artist and one guest will receive complimentary admission to the July 28th event.
• Each artist will receive 10% off a purchase in the museum store with artwork donation receipt.
• Artwork larger than 6 x 6 inches will not be accepted.

If you have further questions, please contact us:
Marusca Gatto: 561-243-7922, ext. 305,

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Call for Art: 6x6x2016


Join the International Small Art Phenomenon 6x6x2016!
June 4 – July 17, 2016
Artwork Entries due: April 17 or postmarked by April 16
Global Online Preview Begins: May 20 at 10am
In Gallery Preview (no purchasing): May 30 – June 3, 12-9pm
Opening Party & Artwork Sale: June 4, 4-10pm (admission: $15)
7:30pm raffle for buyer positions #1-20
8:00pm purchasing open for all other buyers
Global Online Purchasing Begins: June 7 at 10am
Artwork Purchase Price: $20 each
Sold Out Artists’ Names Revealed Online: July 1
Purchased Artwork Pick-Up: July 17 – 20, 12-6pm

6x6x2016 is such an incredible event, with thousands of artworks from around the world. These works are made by anyone and everyone: celebrities, local and international artists, students, designers, youths, and you! As you may remember, the only guideline for 6×6 is that each work must be 6×6 inches square (15cm) or be mounted to a 6×6 inch board. We exhibit these works in our gallery and on our website anonymously, so sign on the back! Each work is sold for $20 each to benefit RoCo, and it is only after the work has been sold that the artists’ name is revealed to the buyer. All works remain on display through July 17, 2016. It is completely FREE to enter work, and each artist may enter up to four works of ANY medium (2D or 3D)!



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Just for fun, I thought I’d try to submit my 6×6 artwork early for 2014, or at least not on the final deadline day like I did in 2013, with mere hours to spare. What?? It could happen!

Although it turned out to be a pretty good year for me 6×6-wise. My piece was chosen with 8 other pieces as RPO Bravo Winners. Each winning 6×6 piece will adorn the cover of a program for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

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I’ve emailed the RPO twice, asking when my piece will be on the cover and requesting that they mail me a copy. I’d like to frame it. I still haven’t gotten a response so I keep checking RPO Bravo Program Book web page to see if my time has come. At least I’ll know I can click there to get the PDF version, which I can share around and print myself, if I have too. I’m not quite done bugging them yet though!

Rochester Contemporary Art Center’s (RoCo) international small art phenomenon returns with thousands of original artworks, made and donated by celebrities, international & local artists, designers, college students, youths, and YOU.

Each artwork must be 6″ x 6″ or mounted to a 6″ x 6″ board, and signed only on the back, to be exhibited anonymously. All entries will be accepted, exhibited and will be for sale to the public for $20 each (in the gallery and online for global purchasing) to benefit RoCo.

Artists’ names will be revealed to the buyer upon purchase and all artworks remain on display through July 13th. Anyone may enter up to 6 artworks of any medium (2D or 3D) and there is no fee to enter the exhibition. (If 3D, the 3rd dimension doesn’t have to 6″ but cannot be more than 6″.)

Beginning July 4th, the names of artists whose work has completely sold out will be revealed online next to their artwork(s). The 6x6x2014 Online Gallery will be available ( for previewing on May 23rd and global online purchasing will begin June 10th at 10am.

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The pieces are hung in the order they are received. RoCo has 6″ x 6″ mat boards available (free) on which you can create your art, if you’d like. Some people like to have 6×6 parties and make their creations together. The artworks are hung with 4 push pins (cradling the art, not piercing it) but I’ve seen heavier pieces hung on nails if necessary. Some 3-D pieces are displayed on shelves and pedestals. Celebrities submit pieces and in those cases, only Bleu Cease, Executive Director & Curator, knows the identity, not even the staff knows.

There is a lottery at the exhibition opening, for the first 20 buyer positions. I remember first hearing about this lottery, before I’d ever visited a 6×6 and thought it was a bit overkill. Then I went and realized “all the good stuff was sold”. Of course that’s not literally true but I understood why buyers covet those first 20 positions!

It’s a lot of fun and I highly encourage you to submit a piece or two. I always put up a 6×6 page on this website that shows off the artworks submitted by Rochester Artisan members. In keeping with the spirit of anonymity, I don’t post the names but you’d be surprised how many artists have very distinctive styles. (Members, kindly email me photos of your submissions!)

The entry form is here. You can drop off your artworks at RoCo during their regular gallery hours by April 20 (Wednesday – Sunday: 1pm – 5pm / Friday: 1pm – 10pm). Or you can mail them to RoCo, must be postmarked by April 19.

Note to self: April is never as far away as it seems!

“Money can’t buy happiness; it can, however, rent it.”

I added a new section to the Biz page of our website today – art studio space for rent.

Here’s how it came about.

One of my duties as a volunteer at the fabulous Rochester Contemporary Art Center is to distribute postcards about new exhibitions to specific places within the area. My “territory” this first time through, was the area I love most in Rochester: University, Goodman, Main Street, also known as Neighborhood of the Arts.

Besides stopping in various galleries & restaurants on my route, I was to leave postcards in the Anderson Alley Artists building and The Hungerford. I’m as shocked as you that I have never been inside either of these “artist colonies” before.

Anderson Alley, a former shoe factory, now houses 3 floors of artist studios, also The Shoe Factory Art Co-Op.

In the early-to-mid 1900s, The Hungerford building was a major manufacturing plant for the J. Hungerford Smith Company, who made “True Fruit” flavored syrups, as well as the flavor syrup for A&W Root Beer. It now houses 4 floors of artist studios, some single studios, some rented by organizations and co-ops.

So yeah, I had to walk around giant warehouses filled with artists. Please. Make it stop.

I left my postcards in as many public spaces as I could find, bulletin boards, display tables. I stopped to see some of the artists I know in these buildings and gave them each a small stack of postcards to pass out to their clients.

Everyone I talked to said all the artists are very friendly and welcoming. It definitely seemed like a nice artsy dormitory! My peeps! I spent a few minutes daydreaming what it would be like for me to rent a studio in one of those buildings. Maybe Rochester Artisans could have little shows there.

Then I snapped back to reality. It’s not the right thing for me, right now. Maybe someday, maybe not. But I really love what has been done with these spaces. And that’s what gave me the idea to list places that rent studio space to artists.

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