April 4, 2008 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PRESS CONTACT: Douglas Rice Office: (585) 473-5787 Mobile: 917 224-2347

The second biennial ARTWalk ARTAuction and Grand Exhibit kicks off the spring with one evening to remember in the heart of the Neighborhood of the Arts. On Friday, April 25th from 7 to 11 p.m., over 75 local artists and businesses have donated artwork, products, services, and gift certificates to be auctioned at this fundraising event for ARTWalk. For example, the House of Guitars has donated a signed guitar from Gene Cornish of the 1960s hit rock and roll band, the (Young) Rascals.

Filling over 60,000 square feet, the Auction features hundreds of works on display. Hosted in the new loft spaces at the Village Gate, each room offers an intimate area to exhibit art and an entertainment stage to enjoy live music and dance performances of a latin and jazz flavor. Special performances are by Janet Beaman and Te’ Naj, Borinquen Dance Theatre with Nydia Padilla-Rodriquez and Orquesta Antonetti.

Artists represented in the auction and silent auction include Frank Argento, Courtney Gruttadauria, Cheryl Amati Martin, Leonard Urso, Achille Forgione, Steve Carpenter and his students, Maria Friske, Jill Gussow, Shawn Dunwoody, Peter Macon, Colleen Schreiner, and the professional artists collectivethe Arena Group.

Another section of the exhibit is a juried selection of artists, which include Christopher Bacon, Megan Carapezza, Harold Copp, Jason Crane, Michaela Cultrara, Barbara Fox, Adam Heckle, Lisa Romanowski, Crystal Jackel, Phillip Light-Goff, Kate Lipsky, David Majchrzak, Mark Rice, Adrian Tucker, Robin Uline, Mike Weintraub, Jennifer Woodworth, Ariane Wrobel, and the Community Arts Connection.

Advanced tickets are $25, and sold at Wegmans, the Bop Shop, Record Archive, Lakeshore Alternative Music, Parkleigh, Starry Nites Café, Gallery Salon & Spa, L’Avante Garbe. Tickets are $30 at the door, and special group discount tickets of 10 or more can be purchased for $20 at the ARTWalk office located at 179 Atlantic Ave, Rochester, NY.

The event underwriters of Stern Properties, Gallo Displays, and ARTWalk have joined forces to present this event. Also in support of this event is the honorary committee, which includes Mayor Bob Duffy, Senator James Alesi, Jimmy Catalano, Charlotte Clarke, Lois Giess, Roz Goldman, Suzanne Gouvernet, Jennifer Leonard, Sandra A. Parker, Bill Pritchard, Curtis Rivers, and Friederike Seligman.

For more information: www.rochesterARTWalk.org | ARTWalk@rochester.rr.com | |(585) 473-5787