The Rochester Art Center's upcoming "Before the Bash" celebration is the first piece of a stretched-out celebration -- keep an eye on rochesterartcenter.org for more events during this winter and spring.

1. Don’t call it Art Bash. Oct. 9 was going to be the Rochester Art Center’s annual fete, with a live auction and dancing -- then COVID-19 cases cause by the delta variant started to rise, and executive director Pamela Hugdahl decided to spread the celebration out over several months. This is “Before the Bash,” an activity-filled day that still allows for masking and social distancing.

2. Leave your mark. The Art Center plans to roll out a giant scroll of paper for you to paint or draw on, around the theme of “past, present, future.” Bring the kids and go wild.

3. Seven exhibitions. A whole day of fun. The open house comes with free admission to the Art Center, including a chance to see all seven current exhibitions, including “The Human Scale” curated by Ryan Fontaine and Kristin Van Loon, “Ghosts of the Negative: The Last Soldiers” by Jocelyn Suzuka MacDonald, and the recent Queer Youth art exhibition. Also, check out the newest mural by Maggie Panetta and the summer’s Total Arts Day Camp students.

4. Small art, big impact. The Art Center put a call out to artists to pick up wooden, one-inch cubes to turn into artwork. They will be part of an Inch Art display/fundraiser in the future.

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5. There will be live music and food. From reggae-fusion band Push & Turn and Taco JED, respectively.

If You Go

What: Before the Bash

When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9

Where: Rochester Art Center, 30 Civic Center Dr. SE, Rochester

Cost: Free