The Wildroot Group at Main Street Arts
A Group Exhibition by Five Longtime Collaborators
Clifton Springs, NY – Main Street Arts will host an exhibition by the Wildroot Group, an artist collective founded in 1978 in Rochester's South Wedge. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, August 8 from 4 to 7pm
. Known collectively as The Wildroot Group,
will feature paintings, photography, and found object assemblage sculpture by the five artists: Nancy Holowka, William Holowka, Peter Monacelli, George Wegman, and Robert C. Whiteside.
“I believe that our original purpose was to support the arts and artists with a community-access gallery. We have all expanded on this support with our choice of careers, through teaching, supporting organizations that reflect our sincere values, as well as our support to the arts and other artists.”
— Robert Whiteside
The gallery is open to the public and as always, entry is free. Wine and snacks will be served at the opening reception on August 8. The artists will be present at the opening reception for general schmoozing and for recounting what has happened to the group since 1978!
The Upstate New York Ceramics Invitational can be found in the gallery on the main floor at Main Street Arts. More info on current and upcoming exhibitions, workshops, and events can be found on the gallery's website.
About the Wildroot Group
The Wildroot Group exhibition runs August 8–September 30, 2015; gallery hours are Tuesday–Thursday, 11a.m.–6p.m. and Friday–Saturday, 11a.m.–7p.m. For additional information about this exhibition, please contact Bradley Butler, gallery director at (315)462-0210 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.mainstreetartsgallery.com. Interviews and video footage can be arranged upon request.
The Wildroot Group consists of five friends and artists who, along with their partners and spouses, founded the Wildroot Gallery decades ago in Rochester’s South Wedge neighborhood. The gallery opened in 1978 as a small, non-profit cooperative in a former barbershop on South Avenue (the artists named the gallery after a bottle of Wildroot Quinine Bouquet hair tonic the previous tenant left behind). The gallery flourished for four years, showcasing work by the group, guest artists, and neighborhood children in exhibits that often spilled outdoors onto the sidewalk.
After closing the gallery to tend to families and careers, each of the artists continued to create and show their own work. Nancy Holowka’s work has been seen in the prestigious Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition at the Memorial Art Gallery; William Holowka’s paintings have also been displayed at the Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition and as part of a group show at the Carborundum Museum of Ceramics; and Whiteside’s paintings have been exhibited and are in collections in galleries all around the world. Wegman and Monacelli have consistently exhibited their works widely throughout the region in solo exhibitions and juried shows over the past decades.
Thirty years after closing their gallery, the Wildroot Group mounted a retrospective at the Veteran Outreach Center’s OurHouse Gallery – ironically located in the same space as the old Wildroot Gallery. They continue to exhibit their work both individually, and most recently as a group at RIT’s Ohringer Gallery, at the Colacino Gallery at Nazareth College and the at the Mercer Gallery at MCC.
About The Artists
NANCY ANNE HOLOWKA
received her B.S. in art history and studio art from Nazareth College. A former coordinator of the Visiting Artist Program at the Monroe County Public Library System, she also worked as an exhibition assistant at Ward Gallery and as executive assistant to the director at the Memorial Art Gallery. Holowka has exhibited at the Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition and Clothesline Art Festival.
received his B.S. in studio art from Nazareth College, where he received the President’s Purchase Award. He has worked as a pictorial artist for Patrick Media Group and as a carousel horse artist at Seabreeze Amusement Park, and is currently senior preparator at the Rochester Museum and Science Center. Holowka’s exhibitions include a group show at the Carborundum Museum of Ceramics in Niagara Falls and the Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition.
holds degrees from Monroe Community College and Empire State College. He is an adjunct member of the art department at MCC, where he was recently elected to the Alumni Hall of Fame. He has also served as art director of the Little Theatre Café Gallery and taught high school art in the Rochester City School District. Monacelli’s exhibitions include the Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition; For Drawing’s Sake: Makers And Mentors at Rochester Contemporary; and a solo show, Social Art Commentary, which traveled to 10 colleges in New York state.
received his B.A. from SUNY-Fredonia and M.F.A. from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He has exhibited his work widely, including at 696 Gallery, RIT’s Bevier Gallery, the Pyramid Art Center, and Warren Phillips Fine Art (solo show). He has received awards at the Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition and Schweinfurth Memorial Art Gallery’s Made in New York Exhibition.
ROBERT C. WHITESIDE
received his B.A. from SUNY-Fredonia, his M.F.A. from Rochester Institute of Technology, and a post-graduate certification in art therapy from Nazareth College. He currently serves as the Creative Arts therapist at the Jewish Home in Rochester and has taught fine arts at Nazareth College, Genesee Community College, and Monroe Community College. Whiteside’s other work experience includes pictorial master painter for Patrick Media Group and carousel horse artist at Seabreeze Amusement Park.