First Friday Gallery Night
Here’s what’s on view in downtown Ithaca:
The Next First Friday Gallery Night will take place on Friday, June, 7th:
CAP Artspace (Center Ithaca, 171 State/MLK St. The Commons)
Local artist Gerry Monaghan mixed media sculptural basketry is inspired by the way male bowerbirds create beautiful and elaborate bowers to attract mates. The exhibit features wall and standing pieces and spinning hanging works. “Like Rumpelstiltskin, I am creating objects of art by weaving together the ubiquitous and the ephemeral instead of straw. My work is sculptural basketry. Tatlin meets the Appalachian Craft tradition and beautiful organic forms take shape.”
Call: 273-5072 or
Home Green Home (215 E. State/MLK Street)
Photographs by Fernando Llosa
Oasis/Green Star (The Dewitt Mall: 215 N. Cayuga Street)
McCall’s painting is about the love of painting. Enjoyment is the essential ingredient as he deploys oils, watercolors, spray paint, candle wax, wine and whatever is at hand to process down the line between perfect accident and liquid precision.
The Ink Shop (330 E. State/MLK St.)
Ink Shop Annual Members’ Exhibition 2013
The Ink Shop Printmaking Center’s Annual Members’ Exhibit features Ink Shop artists exploring many varied printmaking techniques. The Ink Shop has developed a solid reputation for providing professionally curated exhibitions. We have shown artists/printmakers from all over the world and been invited to show our work nationally and internationally, as far away as Japan. Our popular classes, taught by members, include intaglio, etching, lithography, bookbinding, wood cut and screen printing. Come June through August and explore our exhibit of over twenty member artists.
Call: 277-3884 or Visit: www.ink-shop.org
State of the Art Gallery (120 W. State/MLK St.)
According to the artists, the works for this show reflects an exploration with paper and various materials in an attempt to create abstracted landscapes. With a heavy focus in geometry and the organic form, they each strive to create 2 and 3-dimensional terrains defined by both detailed imagery and negative space. The goal is to create an environment saturated with imagery that speaks to the ethereal qualities of the world and universe.
Call: 277-1626 or Visit: www.soag.org
The History Center in Tompkins County (401 E. State/MLK St.)
June 7, 2013 – June 29, 2013
This June, The History Center in Tompkins County will be celebrating the final month of their exhibition, Decay to DJ: Exploring the Roots of Hip Hop. The exhibition, featuring photographs from South Bronx native, Joe Conzo, tell the story of the birth of Hip Hop in the Bronx in the early 1970′s. During the final month of the exhibition a silent auction of Conzo’s images will be held at The History Center. A portion of the proceeds will directly support The History Center’s future exhibitions and education programs.
Call 607.273.8284 or visit www.TheHistoryCenter.net
Collegetown Bagels (203 N. Aurora St.)
This bête noire collection of photos is the culmination of a three-year project by Abigail Bixby, a nature and landscape photographer with a particular fascination for the overlap of science, nature, psychology and art. These images of water and ice represent a new direction for her, into a more abstract, dark subject material, but they remain true to her passion of seeing wonder in the natural world.
Call: 273-2848 or
Mystic Water Kava Bar & Yoga Studio (109 South Cayuga Street)
The works of local artist, Gaia Woolf-Nightingall, draw upon powerful and archetypal female images from human cultures that span the globe. We are reminded of the tangible spiritual and physical connection mothers from all species of life have with one another on our vibrant living planet.
Call 607-229-5755 or visit: www.facebook.com/mysticwater.kavabarithaca
Crow’s Nest Café (115 W. State/MLK St.)
Jill Hoffman is a graduate from R.I.T. with a degree in illustration. Hoffman’s work is influenced by animal symbolism, folklore, and ghost stories. “It is undeniable that we feel strange, often times otherworldly connections to animals. In my work I try to honor the spirit of the animal, the symbolism behind it, and the guidance that they offer.”
Eliud Nieves is a visual artist, writer and storyteller from Spencer, NY. Nieves’s work strives to make a connection with the viewer. All of his work is signed simply with a lower case “e” because he feels that the artist is less significant than the connection between the viewer and the work itself.
Tompkins County Public Library (101 E. Green St.)
The celebration of Hip-Hop continues June 7, as Tompkins County Public Library hosts Ben Ortiz and DJ Rich Medina for an illustrated presentation, “Collecting Hip-Hop at Cornell”, at 6pm with slide shows throughout the evening.
Ortiz, the assistant curator of Cornell University Library’s Hip-Hop Collection, and Medina, DJ and 1992 Cornell grad, will offer an enthusiastic introduction to Hip-Hop history and culture and a fascinating overview of the Cornell Collection, which is designed to collect and make accessible artifacts related to Hip-Hop culture and to preserve these for future generations. TCPL’s exhibit, “Top2Bottom”, which includes photographs by legendary Hip-Hop photographers Tony Conzo and Ernie Paniccioli, facsimiles of party flyers, and other highly sought-after Hip-Hop memorabilia on-loan from local collectors, will serve as the backdrop for Ortiz and Medina’s presentation.
Ortiz and Medina’s presentation will take place in the Library’s BorgWarner Community Room at 6 PM. Continuously running slide shows will run before and after the program. After-hours access to the Library will be through the BorgWarner Community Room entrance, behind TCAT’s Green Street bus shelter.
Sola Gallery (215 N. Cayuga St.)
There are examples of women gazing at the moon, gathering plum branches, diving in the sea, spinning silk, a dancer with her drum, and a beauty in an iris garden. Well worth a visit to the Solá Art Gallery.
On view June 7- August 31, 2013
Call: 272-6552 or
Kitchen Theatre Company (417 W. State/MLK St.)
Cheatle’s non-representational paintings are influenced by open skies, worked earth, shared histories and the passage of time. Some are built from layers of sand, mortar, plaster, water-based paints, charcoal and earth, while others are simply collections of marks made on fields of color. Through the history of working on a canvas may emerge a story told in lines, shapes, colors and texture.
Call: 272-0403 or Visit: www.kitchentheatre.org
Contemporary Trends (121 N. Aurora St)
A group show of paintings, photographs and prints throughout Contemporary Trends by a variety of artists. Highlighting new works by Alison Shull, Helena Cooper and Michael Sampson.
Call, 607-273-5142 or
visit: contemporarytrends.com, facebook.com/contemporarytrends.
Bloom in Ithaca (134 East State/MLK St.)
Young textile artist Kelsey Hogarth will display her one of a kind, handmade soft toys. Tea-stained and made from new and reclaimed materials, Hogarth’s dolls draw their inspiration from both the tradition of the rag doll and a chic modern sensibility. Beautiful enough for display, while strong enough for play, Hogarth’s creations will delight the whole family
Call 272-2012 or
Elevator Music and Art Gallery
@New Roots Charter School (116 North Cayuga Street/The Clinton House)
“Every day I see this elevator and notice the same thing: its gates are closed and locked. This elevator was once a marvel of engineering. People came from hundreds of miles to see it dump 60 gallons of boiling water in the street (it ran by use of an enormous hydraulic pump). Now it is a relic that has outlived its purpose. In order to preserve the historic nature of its shell, it must be gated and locked. It was these locked gates that made me want to turn the elevator into a Lite-Brite.
By turning the elevator into a Lite-Brite, I’m attempting to transcend (and reinforce!) the barriers while providing an opportunity to Play. This is a game – not for limitless creativity, but for playing within rigid constraints. Please re-arrange the light-pegs as you wish. There is no way to lose this game, but the only way to win is to Enjoy.”
Visit newrootsschool.org or call (607) 882-9220
CSMA (330 E. State/MLK St.)
2 shows this month!
June 7-July 26, Legacy Foundation Gallery, CSMA
Members of the Finger Lakes Chapter of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators present a sampling of some of their favorite wetlands species and habitats, in paintings and photographs!
Participating artists: Paula Bensadoun, Henrike Burton, Candy Cima, Marla Coppolino, Margaret Corbit, Camille Doucet, Gretchen Halpert, Phil Hutchings, Shirley Hogg, Iva Lesky, Liisa Mobley, Margy Nelson, Kathy Schlough, and Susanne Williams. Photographs are by our special guest, Daniel Elswit, of Mist, Light & Stone Photography.
June 7-28, Beverly Livesay Gallery, CSMA
“The paintings in this show are a collection of still lives, landscapes and portraits that will forever remind me of the years I have lived in Ithaca and taught at the CSMA. Enjoy these pieces of art that our vibrant Ithacan culture help inspire. “
Call: 272-1774 or
TEMPORAL: A POP-UP GALLERY (123 S. Cayuga St, at Corner of Cayuga and Green Streets)
The Temporal: A Pop-Up Gallery invited artists to transform a space on floor 2 from its conventional use to one that is community-based and artist-operated. Come join us and meet a vastly talented and eclectic group of local artists whose work spans the spectrum of mediums and generations.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or
SewGreen (112 N Cayuga St.)
Open House and Youth Design Showcase
SewGreen’s sewing store, community classroom, and youth design studio will be open for visitors from 6 to 8:30 pm. Come see our teen fashion apprentices’ final projects; explore our shop; and learn more about SewGreen’s summer camps, youth programs, and jobs for teens.
Call 607.319.4106 or email: email@example.com
Handwork (102 W. State/MLK St.)
Handwork is holding an open house during Gallery Night, June 7, from 5-8 pm. There will be live music and demonstrations by our members, including: fabric bowls by Mary Beth Larsen, wood carving by Bob Nagel, pottery by David Kingsbury, woodturning by Bob Silberman, and watercolors by Bill Mowson.
Call 607.273.9400 or