McQuaid Jesuit Pallbearers for the Homeless in Rochester, NY <3 Heart Work


McQuaid Jesuit students volunteer as pallbearers for the homeless in Rochester, NY. Read more here in the latest issue of POST Rochester Magazine… Arleen Thaler Photography


Photo City comes back to Rochester


One Take Film Festival 2018 and Explore Rochester presents PHOTO CITY, April 19 and 21!

Home to the Kodak company for over 125 years, Rochester, New York is a city uniquely defined by photography. Photo City focuses on the lives of the city’s photographic and creative community as they struggle to maintain a link to their analogue past and to forge an identity in this new digital age.

Featuring an eclectic cast of characters, from former Kodak factory floor workers to the father of digital photography, this is a film about how a city is shaped by its people. Their personal and professional struggles give us a glimpse of what it means to be a creative today and how in a company town weighed down by its own history, some moments never fade. The film also features interviews with professor/filmmaker Carvin Eison, writer/photographer Frank De Blase, along with members of the Democrat and Chronicle.

Directors John Murphy and Traolach O’ Murchú will be in attendance and will participate in an audience Q&A following each screening. (OTFF)


Former Ballerina Aesha Ash is wandering around inner city Rochester in a tutu to change stereotypes about women of color and inspire young kids


Bhai Tika in the ROC

One Love <3


New to America, a relative of friends now living in Warsaw, NY. Several Nepalese families have relocated from Rochester, NY and are now small scale farming and creating a new life for themselves. Sharing in Dashain, a very special Nepalese festival. C=celebrating good ruling over evil, the Documentary Photography class was blessed with receiving Tika of rice on our foreheads by the elder family member. A special day with old friends! Happy Happy.

Documentary Photography class
@ Flower City Arts Center

New to America <3


Over several weeks the Documentary Photography class at Flower City Arts Center will be immersing themselves with our New American friends now living in Warsaw, NY. Several Nepalese families have relocated from Rochester, NY and are now creating a new life for themselves. There are many reasons that brought them to the country away from the city. Violence, self sufficiency, space, and the ability to small scale farm to name a few. I look forward to sharing our adventure and their story while catching up with our old friends from Rochester, NY and those new to America who still live there. 

This is Mary’s Place
Mary’s Place is a non-profit refugee outreach center in Northwest Rochester, NY. Our mission is to reach out in love, hope, and service to refugees of all faiths and nationalities, particularly those in the Maplewood/Edgerton neighborhood.

Starting Over in Rochester, NY


Hani Ali doesn’t know where she was born except that it was in the back of a pickup truck, somewhere between Somalia and Uganda. An elderly woman—a stranger—traveling with them delivered Ali as her parents were fleeing a civil war in their country. Even so, her parents named her Hani, which in Arabic means “happy.” “Nobody thought I was going to live. But there I was, everyday,” says Ali, now 25 and a Rochesterian…

Story: Carlie Fishgold
Photography: Arleen Thaler
for POST Rochester Magazine On newsstands now in Rochester, NY
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EcoPark #RecycleMonroeCounty


An innovative partnership between Monroe County and Waste Management to provide a “one stop drop off” for residential recycling. 

Plastic: Our Weakness


Plastic litter harvested along the shores of Lake Ontario at Hamlin Beach State Park.

We love plastic for its functionality, bend-ability, and durability. Every single day, everywhere around the world people come in contact with plastic. As we consume plastic daily, we discard it equally so. The earth is trimmed like a Christmas tree and lit by the colors of discarded plastic. Like bait we are hooked. Our culture of overconsumption has created a culture of waste. Plastic pollutes the water we drink, the air we breathe, and the very land we live on. Despite the many benefits plastic has to offer, the side effects are inescapable.

Plastics: Our Weakness is a photographic exploration of the plastic that is left to degrade along our roadsides, beaches, and parks.

~Exhibition Dates: August 4th – September 2nd, 2017 in 2nd Floor, Photography Gallery, Flower City Arts Center, 713 Monroe Ave, Rochester NY

~Reception: Friday August 4th, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. in 2nd Floor, Photography Gallery, Flower City Arts Center, 713 Monroe Ave, Rochester NY