ArtSpace36 opens ‘Falling or Floating’ exhibit

Photo of woman behind a large cloudlike art installation
Davana Robedee is shown with one of her recent installations. Her work will be featured in a new exhibit at FLCC’s downtown Canandaigua gallery, ArtSpace36.

Finger Lakes Community College will celebrate a new exhibit at its downtown Canandaigua gallery, ArtSpace36, with a virtual reception and artist’s talk on Friday, Feb. 5.

The exhibit, titled, Davana Robedee: Falling or Floating“ features a selection of its namesake’s multi-media installations. Robebee draws inspiration from her experiences with phenomena such as visual aura, lucid dreams and hallucinations.

She will expand on that during the virtual event from 5 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5, the day after the exhibit’s opening. The public is invited to join the free online event; a link is available at (click on “upcoming exhibition”).

The exhibit can be viewed In-person at the gallery through April 1. It is located at 36 S. Main St. Hours are 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Robedee resides in Syracuse and works as the program director at the Schweinfurth Art Center.

She earned her master of fine arts degree from Syracuse University and her undergraduate degree from Southeastern Louisiana University. Her work has been shown in numerous exhibitions including “The Instability of Nothing” at Riverviews Art Space in Lynchburg, Va., and at the View Art Center in Old Forge. She has participated in residencies at Weissensee School of Art in Berlin and Kimmel Harding Nelson in Nebraska City.

“Because I am personally aware of the ways in which the brain performs ‘trickery,’ I am always questioning the nature of human consciousness,” she said of her work. “Many of my pieces function as direct metaphors representing the line between thoughts and matter, dream and wake, and consciousness and unconsciousness. I am interested in age old questions like, ‘How do things become alive?’ and particularly, ‘Where do we go when we die?’”

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FLCC’s ArtSpace36 offers portfolio show, auction

colorful artwork by Jeanne Beck
This piece, titled “Joy,” was created by artist Jeanne Beck and will be among the items up for bid.

ArtSpace36, the downtown gallery of Finger Lakes Community College, will celebrate the opening of a student portfolio show and a community art auction on Thursday, Nov. 19.

A virtual reception will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. and can be accessed via links posted online at and  The show and auction items can also be viewed in-person at the gallery at 36 S. Main St., Canandaigua, during normal business hours: 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

The portfolio show will run through Thursday, Jan. 29. It is offered in collaboration with the main campus gallery, Williams-Insalaco Gallery 34, and features a range of works created by students in the college’s Portfolio Prep course taught by Sarah Morgan, associate professor of art at FLCC.  The students will give presentations during the virtual event.

“As professional artists, they can expect to have these types of experiences,” said Morgan. “This gives our students important, real-world experiences before they graduate.”

Pen and ink drawing of a house with a tree and stone wall
FLCC art student Leah Herring’s pen and ink will be included in the portfolio show.

Those who attend the virtual reception will be able to bid on auction items. Up for bid are a range of works in various mediums, including drawings and paintings. Contributors include Sarah and fellow FLCC faculty members Barron Naegel, Barbara Senglaub and Lacey McKinney, and professional artists Jeanne Beck, Pat Tribastone, Kim Ratzel and Karen Sorce, among others.  All items were donated; proceeds will support programming at ArtSpace36.

Online bidding for the virtual auction will continue through 5 p.m. on Dec. 4, when winners will be announced at a live online event.  As with the portfolio reception, a link can be found online at

Those with questions can email

ArtSpace36 celebrates new exhibit by Chad Cleveland

Picture of artist Chad Cleveland painting
Canandaigua artist Chad Cleveland will open a new exhibit in ArtSpace36.

Finger Lakes Community College will host two events to celebrate a new exhibit by Fairport native Chad Cleveland at its downtown Canandaigua gallery, ArtSpace36.

Visitors can participate as follows:

  • In-person viewing of the exhibit begins Thursday, Oct. 1. The gallery is located at 36 S. Main St. Hours are 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
  • A question-and-answer with the artist via Zoon is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. Click here for the Zoom link.
  • A reception is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. Registration is required for the in-person event; visitors select a half-hour time slot. Click here for the registration link.

To raise funds for ArtSpace36, Cleveland, a Canandaigua resident, has donated four paintings to be given to the first four people who contribute $100 to the gallery. Those who make a $50 contribution will receive a print of one of his paintings.

Originally from Fairport, Cleveland works predominantly in the medium of acrylic painting but also draws and utilizes mixed media. He earned a master of fine arts and a master of teaching at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Click the image above to take a video tour of Cleveland’s studio.

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