First Friday Gallery Night

Here’s what’s on view in downtown Ithaca:

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The Next First Friday Gallery Night will take place on Friday, August 1st

Downtown Exhibitions:

 Benjamin Peters (120 the Commons)

benjamin petersRoots of Nature Photography by Stephanie Emond

An exhibition of photographic images depicting the beauty of nature with an emphasis on landscapes set in fog and glowing in natural light.

Call: 273-1371 Visit:

 CAP Artspace (171 State/MLK St. The Commons – enter at Visitor Center)

Kaleb&NateCAPpicYou Can Get There From Here – Kaleb Hunkele and Nathan Lewis

Kaleb Hunkele and Nathan Lewis of Standard Art Supply & Souvenir and Ulysses Bunker Press, present new work: You Can Get There From Here. Hunkele & Lewis’ collaboration across modes of production meets here in a series of work on paper that takes up common tropes like education, travel, domesticity, military service, agriculture, and business only to challenge and recharge them with new meaning. Each piece in the series is a large-scale screen print on handmade paper.


 Collegetown Bagels (203 N. Aurora St.)

ctb2014Mandalas by 12th Moon

12th Moon received a BFA in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in 1975 and has been a practicing astrologer since 1982. He designs his mandalas on the computer using Corel Draw and chooses to have them printed as Giclee prints. These Giclee prints are printed locally by artist Stan Bowman on a high-end Cannon ink jet printer with the capacity to print on high quality primed canvass with UV resistant inks.

Call: 273-2848 or visit:

CSMA (330 E. State/MLK St.)


CSMAFor his second juried show at CSMA, writer and curator Arthur Whitman has assembled a collection of over forty pieces spanning a range of traditional and less traditional drawing media. Pieces include portraits and figure studies, landscapes and abstraction, still-lifes and sequential works.

Call: 272-1774 or Visit:


Decorum-Too Oriental Rug Store and Gallery (215 N. Cayuga Street, Dewitt Mall)

decorum-tooElizabeth Garrison: Mandalas

Elizabeth Garrison’s recent paintings are small personal improvisations on canvas reminiscent of traditional mandalas. Some are purely geometric symmetrical diagrams. Others contain symbolic imagery radiating from, or spinning around, the center. These colorful paintings are created with mindful attention to precision and detail.

Call 607-319-0944 or visit

 Elevator Music and Art Gallery

@New Roots Charter School (116 North Cayuga Street/The Clinton House)

 nonameMargaret Ann Poole

Born in Scarsdale, New York, Poole worked predominately with pen and ink and paint, often incorporating the two mediums. Long before reaching her full potential, Poole was diagnosed with leukemia. The work being displayed has been arranged by one of her four sons, Bryan, who believes she would have wanted nothing more than for her work to be exhibited. Her vibrant style and personality shines throughout her collection, exposing raw emotions and the ambiance of the 1970’s.

Visit or call (607) 882-9220

 Finger Lakes School of Massage (1251 Trumansburg Rd.)

FLSMNicholas Down

America Sublime

Nicholas Down’s collection of paintings cross boundaries from the ochres and reds of the deserts of Southwest America, to the interiority of landscapes of emotion and feeling. Evolving from the stylistic developments of the last few years, the paintings continue to be an extended homage to nature and are abstracted impressions of the many places he has visited in this beautiful country.

Call 272-9024

Gimme! Coffee (430 N. Cayuga St.)

Anke Hoffstaetter

New Work


I’d like to share a few photos from my daily walks to school during the past two years. These images stem from looking “down below,” where not much was to be expected. Oddly enough, many times I was quite surprised about what I found!

-Anke Hoffstaetter


Call 280.9671

Handwork (102 W. State/MLK St.)

Handwork Gallery Night Aug 1An Evening of Watercolors

Bill Mowson has been travelling around and painting the Finger Lakes since 2002 and feels that he has barely scratched the surface. Bill is well known for his serene and beautiful paintings of the regions lakes, gorges and waterfalls. A formally trained scientific illustrator, Christi Sobel’s passion for nature shows in her vibrant and colorful depictions of botanicals, animals and landscapes. Learn about Bill and Christi’s watercolor techniques and watch them paint at Handwork. Refreshments provided.

Call 607.273.9400 or visit

Sarah’s Patisserie (130 E. Seneca St. at Seneca Place)

Jo Gravely ~ Recent Work

sarah's patisserie

Concepts of time, energy, and wisdom are explored through photographs of various “artifacts of nature,” such as bones and nests, to suggest multiple layers of meaning and symbolism.


Call 319.0272 or visit


Silky Jones Bar & Lounge (214 E. State St.)

silky jones

New work by Steve Decker, a “street-art” inspired artist from Binghamton. Show runs through August 31. Food and drink specials will be available.


Email or visit

Sola Gallery (215 N. Cayuga St.)

sola“MIRÓ AND MORE”, 20th Century Prints

The Solá Art Gallery will be having its annual collection of Japanese woodblock prints. Artists included are Utamaro and Eizan from the late 18th to the early 19th century, and samurai prints by Kuniyoshi and Yoshitora.

Call: 272-6552 or Visit:


State of the Art Gallery (120 W. State/MLK St.)

gallery night SOAG aug 14

Up Close and Personal

a two-person show of work by Diana Ozolins and Margy Nelson

Diana Ozolins and Margy Nelson will be showing works on paper and canvas. They are long term friends who met as natural science illustrators. Thirty years later, they still share an enduring love of nature, while exploring different styles and media. Diana paints primarily with oil and palette knife, and Margy draws in line and color on the computer.

Call: 277-1626 or Visit:

Studio West (516 West State/MLK St.)

studio westMonroe Payne

Hands: An Intimate Portrait Exhibit

If the eyes are the window to the soul, then the hands are the outward manifestation of the soul’s work.

Hands are not always pretty, not always soft, and not always those of a young couple in love. Instead, they show the wonderful range of emotions and actions that they have experienced over their lifetimes; hard work, caresses, strength, joys, reassurance, and yes, of course, romantic love. Enjoy the images from the youngest (under a week) to the oldest (a couple married 69 years) and everyone in between.

Call 607-277-5647

Sunny Days of Ithaca (123 S. Cayuga St.)

sunny days

Mark O. Johnson – ‘Through an Old Window’

Reverse-on-glass paintings on antique windows


Father. Husband. Shepherd of many pets. High school biology teacher. Artist. Mark O. Johnson finds the best of both worlds with the unpredictable Upstate New York weather – driving around, exploring, and scouring for old windows on sunny days and then painting them on rainy days. Any wall is the perfect background for these unique, original pieces, where the 3D effect of the shadows behind the trees helps to beautifully capture elements of the local landscape that you might not have a view of through your “real” windows.

Call 319-5260

The Ink Shop (330 E. State/MLK St.)

ink shopFellow Strangers: Prints & Paintings by Alex Contino,

2014 Ink Shop H.P. Kahn Family Fellow

This work reveals a story of personal experience and the human condition. The figures don’t always represent specific individuals; they embody emotions, experiences, environments. The environment thus created is one where joy and excitement are flanked by anxiety and sadness.

Call: 277-3884 or Visit:

The Frame Shop (414 W. Buffalo Street)

Frame Shop

Barbara Mink- Small Works

Colorful miniatures and smaller pieces from Ithaca painter Barbara Mink, usually associated with large-scale abstracts.

Call (607) 272-1350 or visit

The History Center in Tompkins County (401 E. State/MLK St.)


Switched On: The Birth of the Moog Synthesizer


A special Gallery Night performance by Moog musicians, Josh Oxford, Scott Callan, accompanied by cellist Kayla Sewell, as part of the interactive exhibition that tells the story of Bob Moog and the development of the groundbreaking instruments bearing his name.

Call 607.273.8284 or visit

Special Events:

 Art in the Alley

Located in the alley way off of Green Street (between Cayuga and Geneva)

 Art in the Alley: August Edition 

This month’s Art in the Alley will feature fantasy art by award winning artist and illustrator Steve Ellis, a flow arts demonstration with flaming hoops, poi, and staff spinning by Ithaca’s Circus Culture, and demonstrations of 3D printers and the laser cutter at Ithaca Generator.




























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