The first Friday of the month is quite a busy one for the Albright-Knox, with M&T’s First Fridays at the Gallery program packing the day full of events for both members and non-members to enjoy. From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., guests and their families can stop by the gallery for special exhibitions, tours, art classes and more. Some of the day’s events do come with a fee for non-members, but those who are already members of the gallery can enjoy it all for free.
In order to pre-register for any of the classes or tours being held on First Fridays, you can call 716-270-8292 to make a reservation, or you can download a registration form from the website (PDF). Many of the events are free, while those that do involve a fee for non-members are reasonably priced (usually around $10). Listed below are the events for the July 6th First Friday at the Gallery program. Events shown with an asterisk symbol are ones that require a reservation.
• 11 a.m.-noon Family Fun Tour* (FREE)
A family-oriented tour of works in the 1962 Knox Building
• 12:30-1:30 p.m. Toddler Art Class (Ages 3-4)* FREE for Members / $10 for non-members
• 1-3 p.m. Studio Art Class for Adults* FREE for Members / $10 for non-members
• 1:30 p.m. Public Tour (FREE)
A tour of works in the 1962 Knox Building
• 3 p.m. MUSEenfants’ (Ages 3 and under)* FREE for Members / $10 for non-members
With MUSE (Musicians United for Superior Education)
• 3-5 p.m. Afternoon Tea and Coffee
• 4 p.m. ”What’s Your Vision?” Tour (FREE)
• 5-7 p.m. Artist-hosted Art Activity for Kids (FREE)
With Gerald Mead from Young Audiences WNY
• 5-7 p.m. Jazz and Happy Hour
With music by George Kane and John Murphy
• 5:30 p.m. Performance with Young Audiences WNY–Rodney Appleby: “Trick the Devil” (FREE)
Musician, teacher, and performer Rodney Appleby performs this one-man play, rooted in storytelling and music, describing one’s personal journey to the truth.
• 6:30 p.m. Performance with Young Audiences WNY–Dramatic Solutions and the Wondermakers: “Catch the Reading Bug” (FREE)
Children will be invited onstage to help the Wondermakers present Russian, Italian, and American folk tales.
• 7:30-9:30 p.m. Studio Art Class for Adults* FREE for Members / $10 for non-members
• 8:30 p.m. Made of Motion: A Concert of Contemporary Dance by Melanie Aceto: FREE for Members / $5 for non-members
Melanie Aceto Contemporary Dance presents a beautiful evening of contemporary dance that will inspire, inform, and challenge audiences to perceive more fully.
The Albright-Knox is located at 1285 Elmwood Avenue. For a list of events taking place in future months (through September), visit the First Fridays website.