March 3: Benjamin Peters

Benjamin Peters 120 E State St

Fred Zappia, Recent Works

I majored in Art History in the late 1960s, did some studio work with acrylics. After graduation decided to pursue an MFA, but my father became disabled and I became responsible for the family business. I retired in 2013, and for the first time in 42 years set up my easel in the garage.

Working initially in oil pastels for several months, I slowly regained control of the drawing and colors, began painting on canvas with oils- primarily figure studies. I struggled, and after several months decided the canvas was too absorbent. My brush strokes disappeared when the paint dried. I preferred working wet-on-wet. I felt I needed a smooth surface. I went to the art store and searched every multi-media pad until I felt the surface of smooth parchment paper. I tried it. It was the answer. I became very comfortable working on that surface. Obviously it is delicate, but I have completed almost 100 paintings in the past 9 months, and no issues yet.

This painting of a Naples fish market comes from an Italian travel book. I have done several other scenes from this book, all with figures involved. This subject was one of my first efforts. Since then I have done sports scenes, street scenes, landscapes, and still lifes. I still gravitate towards figures. I am now 70 years old, regret the lost years in business, but most appreciative of this late opportunity to paint.

March 3: Cellar d’Or

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Cellar d’Or 136 E State St

Michael Sampson: Paintings on Paper

Done over the course of the last year, these paintings on paper are abstracted from the figure using gesture, shape and line to create images that allude to the figure without becoming representational.

March 3: Community School of Music and Arts

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Community School of Music and Arts 330 E State St

Chronicling Brief Lives: Botanical Portraits in Watercolor by milly acharya

A retrospective exhibition of works by American Society of Botanical Artists award-winning illustrator, milly acharya. Intimately detailed water colors honor the plants whose lives acharya explores, documents, and portrays.

Join us from 6:30 – 7:00 pm for a Gallery Night talk by the artist, “History and Heroes of Botanical Illustration.” A studio master class taught by acharya on March 18-19 will also accompany this show; see for info.

March 3: Handwork

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Handwork 120 W State St

Youth Art Month at Handwork

Join us for a walk-in monoprint workshop for children 5+ and adults who want to play! Workshop is first come first served. We will be using craft paints and plates to create colorful prints to take home with you. Drying time is needed and adult supervision/assistance required.

On display in Handwork’s 3rd room windows: Paintings and drawings by students from Allison DeDominick’s CSMA class. In Allison’s class, students explore the fundamental skills of drawing and painting as well as the styles and techniques of famous artists.

March 3: Mimi’s Attic

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Mimi’s Attic 430 W State St

In-House Artists

Works by Yen Ospina, Shanna Fiorucci, Megan Kadlecik and Melissa Zarem.

An eclectic show of visual art made by four female staff members of Mimi’s Attic and Mama Goose. These hard-working and multi-talented women create art using a variety of medium including watercolor, oil painting, ink, crayon, graphite, fabric and reused materials. There will be cider tastings provided by Good Life Farm as well as bread to sample from Wide Awake Bakery. Art will be displayed Friday-Sunday.

Piece above done by Yen Ospina.

March 3: Tompkins County Public Library

Tompkins County Public Library 101 E Green St

“Putting Her Back into History,” a Women’s History Month Installation

“What Would MLK Say Today?” Poster Contest  

Two new installations open at TCPL at March Gallery Night.  “Putting Her Back into History” is curated by filmmaker Sue Perlgut and will be installed on computer monitors in the library.

At 6 PM there will be a staged reading and screening of Perlgut’s “Women’s Wisdom Project” in the Borg/Warner Community Room. Check for more information.

Winners and other entries of the TC Office of Human Rights third annual poster contest will be displayed in front of the portrait of Ezra Cornell. The theme this year is Voting Rights.

Refreshments will be served.  Entry to the Library after closing time (6 pm)  is through the BorgWarner Entrance behind the bus shelter on Green Street.

March 3: The Studio, Ithaca College


The Studio, Ithaca College 171 E State St, Basement of Center Ithaca

Join us on Gallery Night for a program of short films made by Ithaca College students and presented by The Studio.  This program showcases two documentaries by and about women athletes.  

“2,000 Meters Out” follows Emily Morley, a rower on the IC Women’s Crew Team, through the highs and lows of her journey to the Olympics.  This is a work-in-progress; come learn about how documentaries are made from the student filmmakers Maeve Berry, Bailey Doran, Abby Mellinger, Rebecca Veninsky, and Julia Williamson.  

“A Champion for Women” by Brenna Dowd is about Olympic gold medal swimmer Nancy Hogshead-Makar.  Later, as a civil rights lawyer, she vigorously applied Title IX to prohibit discrimination against girls and women in any educational program or activity that receives federal funding.