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Obsolescence: A Photographic Series by Max Collins at Ro

First the venue, Ro, which if you, the cultural signifying public, have not yet visited, is a vintage home furnishing and accessories store holding down the corner of Breckenridge and Elmwood. Since changing its name from Re-Imagine last year to Ro—Scandinavian parlance meaning something like calm or serenity—the shop continues to display local artists who have taken the bit in their teeth and mounted their work in a specialty retail enterprise.

AC cover art from the Gerald Mead Collection at Ashker's Juce Bar

Since its founding in 1990, Artvoice has frequently used an artwork by a Western New York artist as the cover image for its publication. Most often, it coincides with the fact that the artwork is on view in a solo or group exhibition that week. For the artist (and venue of the exhibition), there is a special thrill associated with “getting the cover of Artvoice.” Local photographer and photo-muralist Max Collins, whose work has appeared on the cover of five issues of Artvoice in recent years, describes the experience as “high visibility acknowledgement by the press” and mentions that the status of Artvoice as a “cultural staple” of the community makes that experience even more meaningful.

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