First Friday Gallery Night
Here’s what’s on view in downtown Ithaca:
The Next First Friday Gallery Night will take place on Friday, April 4th.
Amazima: Samite Studio & Gallery (123 South Cayuga Street, Studio 302)
This show features photographs of Samite’s humanitarian work in East Africa with the non-profit organization, Musicians for World Harmony.
Call 441.6112 or visit http://www.samite.com
Benjamin Peters (120 the Commons)
Jon Bosak majored in photography in college and then became sidetracked by the need to make a living. In this show, his first since 1973, he re-enters the art scene with a set of pictures featuring a variety of subjects whose common thread is simply the person who took them. They are presented this month as an introduction to several more tightly structured projects currently in progress.
Call: 273-1371 Visit: www.benjaminpeters.com
Buffalo Street Books (215 N. Cayuga St.)
This show features lively illustrations by Jennifer Gibson and Johanna van der Sterre, two local illustrators whose work has been nationally recognized and published. Gbson and Sterre share a passion for art that tells a story and their collection showcases intriguing characters, places and happenings.
CAP Artspace (171 State/MLK St. The Commons -enter at Ticket Center/Visitor Center.)
Linna Dolph, glass artist, and daughter Scout Dunbar, printmaker, have collaborated to explore line, shape, and form through their respective materials and processes. Through drawings and simple print making techniques Dunbar portrays her unique, almost childlike, images of animals and creatures while Dolph translates the images into three dimensional glass sculptures.
Call: 273-5072 or
Collegetown Bagels (203 N. Aurora St.)
An exhibition of gallery wrapped prints of landscapes taken in the Finger Lakes area and other regions.
Call: 273-2848 or
Crow’s Nest Cafe (115 The Commons)
Dreamscapes of the Surreal
Brockner’s paintings are based on landscapes of my imagination. To see places that would never exist. My worlds are populated with figures to ground us in that reality and at the same time to place the viewer in that scene.
CSMA (330 E. State/MLK St.)
Sorina Susnea utilizes the media of painting and photography to reflect on recent incongruous experiences, in new works placed at the boundary between abstraction and representation. Photographic documentation, road routes, the change of climate and landscape between Florida and New York; the way they collide and coalesce becomes the platform. Susnea describes her show as “the culmination of multiple interruptions in my creative process arising from the physical disruptions of my art studio during multiple moves over the last 3 years.”
Call: 272-1774 or Visit: csma-ithaca.org
Finger Lakes School of Massage (1251 Trumansburg Rd.)
A Closer Look
Two artists, two very different styles. Christina Larkin’s sculptures run the gamut from playful whimsy to monomaniacal precision. Susan C. Larkin uses a technique that allows her to look into the depths of the plants she photographs
More Characters from the book of Woodland Explorers. Time traveling portraiture by Sarah Blodgett
State St. Location: (506 W. State/MLK St.)
Large scale abstract paintings on wood.
Elevator Music and Art Gallery
@New Roots Charter School (116 North Cayuga Street/The Clinton House)
Opening First Friday: 5 to 7PM
By Maria Driscoll McMahon
“Still Life with Calving Iceberg” is an installation incorporating sculpture and drawing which explores the adolescent condition and identity formation through a central metaphor taken from the natural world: an iceberg that is falling apart, or “calving,” evoking not only catastrophic environmental destruction, but through a metaphor within a metaphor, a baby animal domesticated almost exclusively in rural areas.
visit newrootsschool.org or call (607) 882-9220
Handwork (102 W. State/MLK St.)
Artist Member Pat Halpen’s handmade leather and tapestry bags will be on prominent display as visitors learn step-by-step the process of assembling a one of a kind handbag. Pat plays with different colors, fabrics, leathers, and combinations and believes the process is akin to that of painting.
Call 607.273.9400 or
Kitchen Theatre Company (417 W. State/MLK St.)
An exhibition of painting deriving from a process-driven use of non-traditional tools and methods of application. Gecan’s work is concerned with natural processes, forces and replication across a range of materials.
Call: 272-0403 or
Moving Box Studios (330 East State/MLK St.)
A show of vibrant pallets, layered dreamscapes, representational portraiture blended with experimental mixed media techniques.
Call 273.2403 or
Sarah’s Patisserie (130 E. Seneca St. at Seneca Place)
PAINTED POEMS- A series of paintings by artist Alice Muhlback of Spirit and Kitsch inspired by word, memory and thought. The characters are filled with story and cryptic symbols from a place held close.
Call 319.0272 or
SewGreen (112 N Cayuga St)
Celebrate African fabrics at SewGreen, which has absorbed inventory from Diaspora Gallery. Learn about wax prints, batik, and mudcloth and how to use these fabrics in sewing projects. Take home a swatch kit and instructions for a simple project.
Sola Gallery (215 N. Cayuga St.)
Katie Baldwin is a professor of wood-block printing and letterpress, who uses the Japanese technique of mokuhanga (woodblock printing with water-based inks), a practice that is particularly well-suited to her images which are both delicate and challenging.
Call: 272-6552 or
State of the Art Gallery (120 W. State/MLK St.)
2014 marks “The 25th Annual Juried Photography Show” at State of the Art Gallery, which is also celebrating its 25th year in the art business in Ithaca. This event attracts photographers from the Ithaca area and beyond and entries selected for the exhibition represent numerous and varied ways that photographers are currently working. During the reception, up to $600 in prizes will be awarded at 6:30pm.
Call: 277-1626 or Visit: www.soag.org
Studio West (516 West State/MLK St.)
Studio West celebrates their two year anniversary as Ithaca’s West End coworking space with a group exhibit by coworking members and community groups who have utilized the space to further their community impact. The show will feature graphic design by blink! digital graphics, permaculture planning by SEEDS Sustainability Consulting, and the Durland Alternatives Library’s “Celebrate People’s History” poster series by Just Seeds Artist Coop, among others.
The First Unitarian Church of Ithaca (306 N Aurora St.)
This show features figurative sculptures by Lansing artist, Donna Faivre Roberts inspired by natural forms found in Cayuga Lake. Opening night is first Friday, March 7 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Show runs from February 27 through April 17th at viewing hours 9-4.
For more information call 607 241 2997 or email email@example.com.
The History Center in Tompkins County (401 E. State/MLK St.)
The History Center is home to over twenty coverlets. With this exhibition, The History Center will explore and document the coverlet collection, understand the historical significance of coverlets, and create awareness of the collection within the community and beyond.
Call 607.273.8284 or
The Shop (312 E Seneca St.)
Margaret Reed works in charcoal pencil and chalk pastels. Symbolism and storytelling are important parts of how she creates her imagery. This collection of original drawings shows her unique take on mythological characters.
Titus Gallery (222 the Commons)
Mark Oros, lapidarist, will be showing his latest creations in carved stones & faceted gems. These locally cut gems can be purchased at the Titus Gallery on Gallery Night. Also a new show of Abstract & Contemporary paintings & prints by several famous artists will be hung.
Call 277-2649 or visit http://www.titusgallery.com
Tompkins County Public Library (101 E. Green St.)
On creating the perfect back yard habitat for native birds
Gallery Night presentations will take place in the BorgWarner Community Room
5:00 Reception and light refreshments
5:30 Professor Josh Cerra will introduce the Ithaca YardWorks project and talk about design principles for creating bird habitat in urban gardens
6:30 Slide show presentation on native plants for native birds by Joel Baines and David Ruppert
7:15 Guided tours of student landscape design boards
Sponsored by Cornell University’s Senior Design Class and Cornell Cooperative Extension
Also on display will be For the Joy of Dancing curated by Sally Grubb celebrating dancers and dancing with images in a variety of media by local and regional dancers.
Entry to the Library after 5 PM on Gallery night is through the BorgWarner door behind the bus shelter on Green Street.
Events and Happenings:
Cornell Cinema (104 Willard Straight Hall)
Ilya & Emilia Kabakov: Enter Here (2013)
Saturday, March 8 at 7pm – $8 general/$6 seniors/$5.50 students
Sunday, March 9 at 11am – $5/all w/complimentary coffee & bagels
Directed by Amei Wallach, the film explores the fascinating lives and work of the Kabakovs, a husband-and-wife team who are Russia’s most acclaimed visual artists.
1 hr 43 minutes
Ithacamade (430 W. State/MLK St.)
Channel your “Inner Artist” at Ithacamade with our DIY Art Night. Silkscreen and stamp your own print or bring a shirt and create away! Live old time music with Stefan Senders & Friends, tasty local foods and new work by our resident artists. We’ll celebrate the coming of Spring!
Call: 272-1396 or Visit: www.ithacamade.com
The Argos Inn (408 East State/MLK St.)
Argos Inn LOVES art. And cocktails. Join us for a bit of both! First Friday’s at Argos Inn means allowing you to become the artist through craft making, printmaking, silk screening and more. Always free and open to all.
Call 319-4437 or visit http://www.argosinn.com