Art can portray the world's most complex subjects: the passion of love, the horrors of war, and the despair of fruit waiting to be eaten. Celebrate emotive forms of expression with today's Groupon: for $12, you get one ticket to the 63rd Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition opening party at Memorial Art Gallery on Saturday, July 23, at 8 p.m. (a $25 value).
Curators at Memorial Art Gallery compile a vibrant collection that balances contemporary works with exhibits spanning more than 5,000 years of international art. The biennial exhibition honors 100 contributions—nearly triple the number of works displayed in 2007 and 2009—from artists currently working out of western and central New York. A pair of jurors representing both the commercial and academic art worlds has anchored the event around paintings, prints, and drawings, which are then weighted by down sculptures, video, and macaroni models of the solar system. Start staring contests with the imposing figures in veteran artist Joy Adams's meticulous landscape paintings, or wonder at newcomer Dale Inglett’s impressionistic images of light on the human body.
Party guests can purchase coffee, cocktails, and desserts to fuel heated arguments over which of the 49 artists will win one of the evening's eight cash prizes. Feet kick up their heels to tunes from rockabilly band Krypton 88 and the jazzy Howard Potter Vibes Trio, while arms cross in contemplation of ethereal installations by Kim Waale.