This Saturday, Main Street Arts’ biggest show of the year will open with a reception from 3 to 6 p.m. Small Works—now in its ninth year—features 200 works of art by 200 artists from 32 states. Among the 200 artists included in Small Works, 92 of them are local to the Finger Lakes and Western New York areas.
A national juried exhibition of artwork 12 inches or smaller, this year’s Small Works exhibition was juried by Main Street Arts executive director and curator, Bradley Butler.
“Being the person who has installed Small Works over the past 9 year, I was excited about the idea of being the juror this year. When I started the review process, I was both delighted and terrified at how much good work there was. The terror came from not being sure I could pare down the the number of pieces that would actually fit in the gallery space. Given the high quality of the submissions, I made a purposeful decision to only include one piece from each artist—which allowed me to include more artists overall.
My criteria for selecting work for the show included: things that made me laugh, things that made me think, things I liked, and things that made me say ‘wow’. I am a fan of all of this work and we are excited to present this show to you!” — Bradley Butler, executive director and curator and Small Works exhibition juror
The opening reception will be held this Saturday, November 5, from 3 to 6 p.m. with award announcements at 4:30 p.m. Award announcements will also be streamed live on Facebook and Instagram at 4:30 p.m. EST
Small Works 2022 runs November 5–December 23. Gallery hours are Tuesday–Wednesday, 11 a.m.–3p.m. and Thursday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Artwork in the exhibition can also be previewed and purchased at MainStreetArtsCS.org, where you will also find guest blog posts by selected artists from this year’s exhibition in Main Street Arts’ ‘Inside the Artist’s Studio’ feature. Blog posts will be shared throughout the duration of the exhibition.
About the Juror:
Bradley Butler is the executive director and curator at Main Street Arts, a 501(c)3 nonprofit arts organization in Clifton Springs, NY. He has been director since the organization’s opening in June of 2013. In addition to his role at Main Street Arts, Bradley is also a painter and has been making and exhibiting his work since 2006. His work has been featured in solo, group, and juried exhibitions regionally and nationally. Bradley received an A.A.S. at Monroe Community College in 2004, B.S. at Nazareth College in 2007, and M.F.A. from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2010.