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, March 6th

Downtown Exhibitions:  

Benjamin Peters (120 the Commons)

benjamin petersEric Fitzpatrick “Old and New”

Eric Fitzpatrick enjoys painting places he’s visited locally and abroad. He especially loves painting old buildings for their intricate details and character.

Call: 273-1371


Buffalo Street Books (215 N. Cayuga St.)

buffalo street

I Remember When The Sky Was Blue

Minnie Jardine

A new series of oil paintings by West Danby studio artist Minnie Jardine. This narrative body of work is inspired by the demise of the last passenger pigeon in the early 20th century, and also by the artist’s unease about the changing climate of today.

Call 273-8246

Community Arts Partnership ArtSpace (171 State/MLK St. The Commons – enter at Visitor Center)

capHeidi Lee: Extended Family

Local abstract artist Heidi Lee is unveiling a new collection of paintings and collage, taking her art in a new, whimsical direction. The collages in this exhibit poke fun at our fixations while animals playfully vie for our attention. The paintings invite us to take a peek beyond the veil of this dimension into a realm of delightfully fluid critters peering back.


Crow’s Nest Cafe (115 The Commons)

crow's nest cafeElayne Weiner

Says the artist: “All my life I have been in love with color and form. From childhood, I have applied art to my life with a variety of mediums and techniques. My first choice of medium is watercolor, or water soluble materials…as a Pisces, I seek the flow of water applied to color and welcome the serendipity of the results. I am a constant student…always learning, always striving.”

Call 273.8239

Community School of Music and Arts (330 E. State/MLK St.)

csmaChris Oliver / Ann Reichlin: Inherent Structure

A dynamic show of large and small-scale works by contemporary sculptors Ann Reichlin and Chris Oliver. Pushing, tearing, shifting, modeling, scavenging, fabricating, and rebuilding, the artists investigate materials and process, honoring their unspoken meanings and beauty. Curators Rob Licht and Robin Tropper-Herbel have paired Oliver’s and Reichlin’s explorations of construction and artifact in context with dramatically changing built environments close to CSMA.

Call: 272-1474 or Visit:

Elevator Music and Art Gallery@New Roots Charter School (116 North Cayuga Street/The Clinton House)

new rootsKadie Salfi

Tippy Toe Dancers

Salfi has been making art for thirty years and started using ballerina images in 1998. She is attracted to the iconic image of a ballerina with her grace, power, femininity and beauty. The Elevator Gallery for the month of March will be filled with her ballerinas ranging in size and shape. Every week she will make changes to the space: take pieces away, add some, hang high or low to add movement to these graceful dancers.

Visit or call (607) 882-9220

Handwork (102 W. State/MLK St.)

handworkDreams in Mixed Media

Join us in celebrating Youth Art Month at Handwork Co-op. A Gallery Night exhibition featuring collaborative works by Handwork members and children, both friends and family. Come see their imaginative interpretation of dreams. Dreams can represent what you want to become, what you hope for, or maybe an adventure you had while sleeping! Refreshments and snacks provided.

Call 273.9400 or visit

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

kitchen theatre co.Paintings from the permanent collection of the work of Lynne Taetzsch

“My art is about energy, discovery, and improvisation. It’s the painting surface that I love–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. My 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.” –Lynne Taetzsch

Call: 272-0403 or Visit:

Sacred Root Kava Lounge & Tea Bar (139 West State/MLK St.*Geneva Street entrance)

sacred root kava barTotemicua

Luis Gonzalez III

A Rhode Island based painter, Luis is inspired by his heritage. Bright colors of the Caribbean and deep rooted emotion can be seen in the collection of tiki style faces entitled “Totemicua”. His inspiration comes from traditions and artifacts that have been long forgotten. Luis’s art re-connects us to that beautiful mystery of life and creation celebrated by our ancestors.

Call 272-KAVA or visit

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

sarah'sWHO ARE You?

Another new show by artist Alice Muhlback (also known as Spirit and Kitsch) at Sarah’s Patisserie 130 E. Seneca St. Stop in to find some philosophical images, cool boxes. and evocative characters gracing the beautiful deep turquoise walls of the Patisserie, and extraordinary desserts.

Call 319.0272 or visit

Silky Jones Bar and Lounge (214 E. State/MLK St.)

silky jonesJay Stooks, the 2014 Ithaca Fest featured artist will be exhibiting his work through March 31st.

For more info visit or

 Sola Gallery (215 N. Cayuga St.)

solaShin Hanga and Contemporary Japanese Prints

Shin Hanga are early 20th century prints where the classical art of woodblock printing was being revived.

Call: 272-6552

or Visit:

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

soagState of the Art holds its twenty-sixth Annual Juried Photography Show this month. This competition has become a major exhibition event for photographers in the central New York area and beyond. Entries selected for the show represent numerous and varied ways photographers are currently working. Up to $600 may be awarded by prize judge at the reception

Call: 277-1626 or Visit:

 STREAM Collaborative (123 S. Cayuga St.)

stream colab Ithaca Character Gallery

Form Ithaca will present a gallery and interactive experience documenting and codifying the best of Ithaca’s neighborhood character. Gallery participants will have a chance to discuss, sort, question and discuss the past and future of development in the City and Town of Ithaca. Form Ithaca will present photography and digital illustration and GIS computer mapping.

Visit or call 319-9099

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

 sunny daysLocal Landscapes and More by Mary Ann Barr

Central New York presents vistas that are very different from the southern Connecticut scenery where Mary Ann used to live and she enjoys the challenge or portraying this “new” landscape. Her preferred mediums are watercolor, pen & ink, pencil and her intent in each piece is capture something of the beauty and intrigue of the subject matter.

Call 319-5260

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

the history centerThe History Center in Tompkins County invites you to join us in officially welcoming our new executive director, Rod Howe. This First Friday in March will conclude his first week as executive director, and we wish to invite the community to welcome Rod by sharing stories from the past, and ideas for the future. We hope to see you there!

Light refreshments will be served.

Call 607.273.8284 or visit

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

MalkinTatiana_Paper-Cranes-2Selected Prints and Artist Books | IC Students and Faculty Exhibit

This exhibition will highlight the best prints and artist books by students and faculty at Ithaca College

Call: 277-3884 or Visit:

The Potter’s Room (109 E. State/MLK St.)

potter's roomFinding My Way

Marty Kepecs

A self-proclaimed ‘outsider’ artist for having been self taught, Kepecs works mainly in acrylics and in collage, often including found materials in his work. This show of colorful abstractions represents the artist’s interest in color, form, and the place where lines blur and spaces are lost.

Visit or call 413.262.8988

Titus Gallery (222 the Commons)

titus galleryTHE STONE WITHIN



A recent graduate of RIT, Sarah works as a Geospatial Image Processor and freelances as a Mineral and Gemstone photographer. She is Chief Photographer for a new Lapidary Magazine being announced in 2015. Her passions for photography and the gem, mineral and fossil

world are captured in this show.

Call 277-2649 or visit

Tompkins County Public Library (101 E. Green St.)

1936_MHvyCCrew_Action2-2Two new shows opening in March:

Seniors from LACS present Inspiring Ithacans a gallery of photographs and interviews featuring the unsung heroes of our community.

The Cornell Boys (and Girls) in the Boat: an exhibit complementing TCPL’s non-fiction book discussion of “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown, is made possible by Cornell Athletics and features artifacts and images dating back to the 1930s and the Epic Quest for Gold at the 1956 Berlin Olympics .

In addition the exhibit Island Mountain Glacier – Photographs by Anika Steppe continues on display. And you may catch the Book Bird in Flight.

Call: 272 4557 or E-mail or visit

Waffle Frolic (146 E. State St., The Commons)

waffle frolicFor the next two months Waffle Frolic and ARTe will be featuring 2 artists! Michelle Wright will be exhibiting her photography in the upstairs loft space and Ariana Olsen will be exhibiting her drawings downstairs. The shows will run through April 30th.

For more info visit

Special Events:

Lot 10 lounge (106 S. Cayuga St.)

The Ithaca Native Landscape Symposium is bringing around 130 folks to Cinemapolis on March 6 and 7 for our 7th annual conference. We are hosting a reception for attendees and the general public on March 6 at  featuring two sets by Joe Crookston with some special guests – the Invasives – from 5:30 to 7:30pm. Hope you can join us!























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