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, May 2nd.

Downtown Exhibitions:

 Amazima: Samite Studio & Gallery (123 South Cayuga Street, Studio 302)

 Music Heals! And Dust & Water

amazimaBoth “Music Heals” and “Dust & Water” exhibits continue. The first features photography from Samite’s work with former child soldiers and AIDS orphans, the later exhibit features his photographs from East Africa and his hand carved wooden bowls and platters. Samite will give a gallery talk on the “Music Heals” exhibit at 7:30 pm.

Call 441.6112 or visit

Benjamin Peters (120 the Commons)

Nick Longo: Varity

benjamin petersAccording to the artist, his retirement has given him the opportunity to focus on his love of photography and to explore the beauty and detail in his surroundings.

His first show includes a variety of subjects that have captured his eye.

Call: 273-1371


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

Rhythm and Rhyme

capIn conjunction with the Ithaca Festival’s theme, the Community Arts Partnership is curating “Rhythm and Rhyme”, a group show featuring over 30 local artists and featuring this year’s Festival Jay Stooks. Come see paintings, photographs, prints, collage, charcoal drawings, fiber and more! The Ithaca Festival is May 39 to June 1.   Visit to learn more. There will be two receptions: Gallery Night AND Friday, May 30th.

Call: 273-5072 or Visit:

Collegetown Bagels (203 N. Aurora St.)

CTBTwo Wheels to Freedom: Ithaca’s First Annual Juried Bicycle Art Show

May is National Bike Month. Two Wheels to Freedom features photography and paintings that celebrate the art of the bicycle and the bicycle in art. For more Info about the event, call 273-8686 or visit

Call: 273-2848 or visit:

CSMA (330 E. State/MLK St.)

csma“Hidden in Plain Sight: Photographs of Natural Areas”

Presented by Finger Lakes Photographers

Can a photograph make a difference? What constitutes a landscape? Finger Lakes Photographers, who met while studying at Tompkins Cortland Community College, present images of the preserves that form the Finger Lakes Land Trust and other natural areas in our region. Even when the trails beckon onward, these works suggest the rewards of pausing, allowing the eye to see the natural world in a new way. Participating artists are: Manuela Amzallag, Dan Finlay, Libby Hedrick, Ray Helmke, Susan Larkin, David LoParco, Andrea Murray, Marjorie Pryse, Nancy Ridenour, Connie Thomas, and Jane Walker.

Call: 272-1774 or Visit:

 Elevator Music and Art Gallery

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

Opening First Friday: 5 to 7PM

LED Circuits: By New Roots 11th Grade Science Class

The products of this exhibit blend art and science, to showcase the beauty of light through simple circuits. Behind each circuit is a student’s understanding of circuits, electrical behavior, and energy transformations.

Visit or call (607) 882-9220

Finger Lakes School of Massage (1251 Trumansburg Rd.)

lichtmann-FLSM-May 2014“Om Mani Padme Hum” by Kurt Lichtmann

Tibetan and Sanskrit mantra calligraphy – pen and ink on paper, framed original works. Photos of Northern areas of Nepal and India landscapes in the mid-1970s. One interactive piece with audio.

Call 272-9024

Gimme! Coffee (430 N. Cayuga St.)

Kaleb Hunkele

New prints from the founder of Standard Art Supply.

Call 280.9671

Handwork (102 W. State/MLK St.)

handworkHandwork member and potter Julie Crosby will be demonstrating slip inlay technique to create patterns on tea bowls. Julie Crosby’s wood and salt-fired ceramics have been included in many national juried and invitational exhibitions, select private collections and various publications. Darjeeling and Oolong tea specialist Niraj Lama from Happy Earth Teas will be demonstrating brewing techniques, offering artisan tea samples, and sharing tips for selecting and making tea. Niraj hails from Darjeeling, India, a region that produces some of world’s finest black teas.

Call 607.273.9400 or visit

 Home Green Home (215 E. State/MLK Street)

home green homeWater & Stone:

Photographs by Fernando Llosa

Upcycled Art Furniture by Paul Colucci

Call 319-4159



Jabberwock (110 State/MLK St.)

imagePresenting. Suzanne Tallman Sumner of ~Art by Szan~ who will exhibit a series of recent work in a variety of mediums and styles.

All pieces shall be available for sale at affordable prices.

Call 273.3976 or


Kitchen Theatre Company (417 W. State/MLK St.)

kitchen theatrePaintings from the Kitchen Theatre’s permanent collection of the work of Lynne Taetzsch

Taetzch’s art is about energy, discovery, and improvisation. It’s the painting surface that she loves–the lusciousness of color in its thick and thin varieties, flat and opaque to keep the eye on the surface, or transparent and airy to suggest deep space. Her goal is to stay as close to the edge as possible, to keep that sense of organic happening as if the painting had grown itself.

Call: 272-0403 or Visit:

Lot 10 (106 S. Cayuga St.)

lot10Artist Bradford Leiby from Corning, NY exhibits his series “Goofballs!”

Goofie cocktails will be available (21+). Exhibit will run through June 30th.

Call 607.272.7224 or visit

Call 273.2403 or visit

 PADMA (114 W. Buffalo Street)

padma“Scapes” a series of landscape and seascape photography by Glen M. Sanders and paintings Patty Porter. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

Call 607-351-7145 or



 Silky Jones (214 E. State/MLK St.)

silkyjones “Rest in Power: Hip Hop Luminaries Who Left Too Soon”

by Ben Ortiz, curatorial assistant for Cornell’s Hip Hop Collection.

Show runs through May 31.

Food and drink specials will be available.

Sola Gallery (215 N. Cayuga St.)

sola“MIRÓ AND MORE”, 20th Century Prints

The Solá Art Gallery will be presenting a show of 20th century prints. Isn’t it time you saw a MIRÓ? Isn’t it time you owned a MIRÓ, a BRAQUE, a DELAUNAY, a JOSEF ALBERS? Here is the opportunity, at the Solá Art Gallery.

Call: 272-6552 or Visit:

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

stateofart eARTh

“eARTh,” at State of the Art Gallery will exhibit work that reflects concerns about the effect of climate change on our planet. Work in the show will range from abstract to representational and features a variety of media: paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, collage and sculpture. Each artist will bring his or her unique sensibility to the theme. This exhibition is in partnership with the Museum of the Earth and there will also be a smaller show by gallery artists at the Museum.

Call: 277-1626 or Visit:

 Studio West (516 West State/MLK St.)

studio west Tim Gera

From Burma to Buffalo: picturing the refugee experience

A picture is a hint of the greater story behind it. In 2009, Gera was in a group of documentarians, including Scott Murchie, Brett Williams, and Tom Haywood, who began a film named “Nickel City Smiler.” They wanted to relay what we’d witnessed while in a community of Karen refugees resettled from Burma (Myanmar) into Buffalo, NY. These photographs are pieces of that project, showing the individuals who’ve come here. Each image hints at the bigger story: of fleeing genocide for an unknowable future in a place hopeful yet still oppressive.

Call 607-277-5647

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

sunnydays “Art & Science”

Come see a live demonstration of how a 200-year-old art form (Lithopanes) can be created using modern technology (3-D printing). Timothy Weber, an engineer by day, will be producing small sample pieces that guests will be able to see being made and take home with them. On display will be more intricate pieces made from local photographs, including Sarah Blodgett Photography images.

Call 319-5260

TAITEM Engineering PC (110 South Albany St.)

Taitem EngineeringRecent work by Jared Jones in a LEED Platinum setting

Jones’s work invites the viewer to slow down and tune in to the natural world, encouraging a closer look and a heightened sense of awareness. Taitem Engineering will host a series of works in their recently LEED Platinum certified office space. Guests are invited to take a building tour and enjoy light snacks on the porch.

Call 227.1118 x 129 or visit

The Frame Shop (414 W. Buffalo Street)

FrameShopRecent Works by Patrick J. O’Connor

O’Connor’s assemblage features striking watercolor, acrylic and mixed media landscapes. This series was painted on a variety of boards, paper and canvases.

Call 272-1350

or visit

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

Switched On: The Birth of the Moog Synthesizer

Telling the story of Bob Moog and the development of the groundbreaking electronic instruments bearing his name, Switched-On will provide museum-goers an interactive, engaging opportunity to learn about this important chapter of our region’s history.

Call 607.273.8284 or

 The Ink Shop (330 E. State/MLK St.)

2 shows this month:

ink shop2014 Member Exhibit

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. Come and see what our members have been up to!

Cascadilla Glen/Fall Creek Gorge Trails

This exhibition is a portfolio of prints commemorating the 1915 document by Landscape Architect Charles N. Lowrie, which documents his proposal for the development of the Fall Creek Gorge and Cascadilla Glen Trails. The works represent current views of the trails while reflecting Lowrie’s interest in the trails sublime beauty, tourist attraction, trail access and safety. This project was a collaboration with the Introductory Print Media class of Gregory Page from the Department of Art, Cornell University and Todd Bittner, The Director of Natural Areas, Cornell Plantations.

Call: 277-3884 or Visit:

Titus Gallery (222 the Commons)


Featuring vibrant pastels and oil paintings by the award-winning artist Patricia Young. Young says she has been passionate about painting since she was a young child and now many years later she remarks, “I still must paint!”

Call 277-2649 or visit

 Special Events and Happenings:

 The Argos Inn(408 East State/MLK St.)

Star Wars de Mayo party weekend of fun! Friday May 2nd its the return of button making from 5 – 7. This month we blended our two favorite holidays: Cinco de Mayo and May the Fourth to come up with characters like Obi “Juan” Kenobi and Arturito!

Call 319-4437 or visit

Art + Circus Ithaca (Third Floor CSMA)

art circusArt Circus is the first event of its kind in Ithaca, engaging diverse physical performance artists from around the area in a one of a kind night of performance. The show celebrates the physicality, artistry, and diversity of circus arts – and showcases well-known local circus performers as well as newcomers. The main attraction will be presented at 8:30pm and is suggested for audiences 13+. At 4:30 pm, “Art Circus Kids” will be presented, geared towards ages 4-12. The show, as part of a growing presence of circus in Ithaca, will feature acts such as hand balancing, object manipulation, contemporary percussion, live painting, hoola hoop, dance, group acrobatics, juggling, and more – all with a twist like never seen before.

Proceeds from Art Circus will be donated to the Youth Farm Project.

Bloom in Ithaca (134 East State/MLK St.)

bloom“Hands, Heads, and Hearts: A Special Mother’s Day Art Event.”

“(S)he who works with her hands and her head and her heart is an artist.”

Come meet and see new work from several local designers who make jewelry, women’s accessories, and clothing. All women, all mothers, all heart; and only at Bloom.

Call 272-2012 or visit











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