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The Medina art party returns with some new twists

PLAY/GROUND image by Meccay Photography


A preview party featuring the exhibiting artists and sponsors of PLAY/GROUND takes place Friday, September 27, 7–11 p.m., with weekend hours to see the installations September 28–29, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. PLAY/GROUND is located at 324 Catherine Street (formerly Medina High School), Medina. Call 249-1320 or visit artplaygroundny.com/tickets for more information and tickets. 



PLAY/GROUND returns for a 2019 showcase after a hugely successful debut last year. The partnership between Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center and Rochester Contemporary Art Center presents anew the opportunity for patrons to enter wholly into a world of wonder, engaging all the senses with full-room art installation pieces. With thirty-five artists and collaborations participating, the experience is sure to be delightful and diverse.


This year’s exhibition will be held again at the former Medina High School building, which is much welcomed by the city of Medina. “The town had such a positive response from the exhibition that (officials) were anxious to host it again,” says Anna Kaplan, director of Anna Kaplan Contemporary. She notes that the town had never seen surrounding businesses benefit so much from a single event.


While the venue remains the same, the similarities end there. “The nature of the installations was tightly curated to make sure it was not repetitive at all, and provide a unique set of experiences,” explains Kaplan. The exhibition is utilizing areas of the building not used previously, and some installations have exterior components as well. This will, however, be the last time the site is used, as “we want to keep things fresh,” Kaplan says.


This year’s participating artists include: ABCDJ, Adam David Brown, Alicia Marvan, Allan Wexler and SACRA, Amanda Besl, Ani Hoover, Bethany Krull, Bruce Adams, Buffalo Aerial Dance, Caitlin Deibel (shown above), Claire Ashley, Colleen Toledano, Evan Hawkins, Jozef Bajus, Julian Montague, Kari Achatz, Kathryn Granchelli, Keith Lemley, Kristiina Lahde, Kyla Kegler, Lee Hoag, Marquis Burton and Tara Sasiadek, Michael Bosworth, Mizin Shin, Nate Hodge, Patrick Facemire, Revolution Gallery, Rich Tomasello, Robin Whiteman, Sara Di Donato, Tom Holt and Quincy Koczka, Torn Space, Ulysses Athwen, virocode (Peter D’Auria and Andrea Mancuso), and William Quintana and Christa Trautman.



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