Strap on your strolling shoes and head to the Slatterly Park neighborhood Saturday.
The 800 block of 7th Avenue Southeast will be overflowing with the neighborhood’s Art on the Avenue get-together from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.
People new to Rochester will find the venue in Slatterly Park, three blocks east of K-Mart (left out the front door of K-Mart).
This year’s vendors plan diverse offerings, including many art forms such as blown glass, metalwork, handmade linen, stained glass, yard art, handmade soaps, paintings, handmade candles and many other locally produced items.
Local artisans vied to be chosen for commissioned works of art to be revealed and displayed during Art on the Avenue. All pop-up art was chosen by a collaboration between Art on the Avenue, the Rochester Art Center and Forager Brewery.
Many items, such as Amara Vercnocke’s hand-crafted dryer balls made with locally sourced wool, will be for sale.
“These are very durable wool dryer balls that have cut my drying time significantly and also have enabled me to quit buying unnecessary dryer sheets,” said Kelli Kyle, a loyal Amarama Art customer. “My clothes come out nice and soft and help me save on my energy bill by drying them for less time.”
The diversity of plants, gifts, yard ornaments, larger works of art and nicknacks available for the day will make Art on the Avenue entertaining, Vercnocke said.
“I like the idea that all ages and all walks of life can go and enjoy it,” she said.
She appreciates, in particular, the unveiling of a commissioned sculpture that gets placed at one of the homes in the neighborhood each year.
“Even after that event, they’re still there for the public to enjoy,” Vercnocke said.
The newest, permanent boulevard sculpture, the 11th installation overall, will be unveiled between 10 and 11 a.m. at 822 7th Ave. S.E. (check out previously installed Slatterly Park sculptures).
Vercnocke also likes that people who attend get to connect directly with artisans to learn about their work. For example, she’ll share with passersby that, over a 10-year period of using wool dryer balls, she estimates her family has skipped tossing 15,000 fabric-softener sheets into the trash. Each artisan has such tales, making Art on the Avenue intriguing as a yearly showcase for Slatterly Park.
“I have lived in the Slatterly Park neighborhood for the past nine years and absolutely love it!” said Janelle Wozniak, one of this year’s Art on the Avenue organizers. “The neighborhood is full of charm and I hope this event draws people into the area.”
Performances during the day will include Antares Tribal Dance, JM Orchestra, Words Players and live music
• 9:30 a.m., Jeremy Jewell & Kristen Kooda
• 11:45 a.m., Sterling Haukom
• 2 p.m., Fernando Ufret
• 3:15 p.m., Elle Pollock