First Friday Gallery Night

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

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Downtown Exhibitions:

Benjamin Peters (120 the Commons)

benjamin petersCotton candy everything

Bright cartoonish pop art paintings from local Sam Parlett. Painted canvases, framed prints, stickers and temporary tattoos with subject matter ranging from candy to anti-anxiety medication with nothing in-between.

Call: 273-1371 Visit:

Buffalo Street Books (215 N. Cayuga St.)

buffalo booksWynn Yarrow Landsapes

Wynn Yarrow will feature new landscape works created specifically for this magical show.

Call 273-8246


Cellar d’Or (136 E. State/MLK Street)

cellar d'orFigure in Landscape

This past September six artist drew, and painted from the model outside at The Newman Overlook on the Cornell Plantations. Model Gretchen Ernst, is an acrobatic hand balancer who’s dynamic poses serve as the focus for “Figure in Landscape”. Featuring works by Gabe Carraher, Carol Goodlin, Robert Grant, Bob Ivers, Robin Parkins, and Michael Sampson.

Call 319-0500 or visit

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

capSharp Knives, Erin Deueuville

This exhibition of oil paintings combines work from the past five years. Collectively, these portraits and kitchen scenes tell stories about generosity, vulnerability, and sharing a meal.


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

csmaAnnual Open Show

Works by 70 regional artists in painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, ceramics, fiber art, and mixed media assemblage will be on view from December through January at the Community School of Music and Arts’ much anticipated Annual Open Show. Curated this year by Terry Plater, a painter based in Ithaca, this exciting exhibition showcases a wide array of artistic talent and interests. Visit more than once to appreciate everything this show has to offer!

Call: 272-1774 or Visit:

Crow’s Nest Cafe (115 The Commons)

crow's nest use this oneSarah Thomson – As a 30 year Tompkins County resident I have learned that one need not travel far to observe incredible wildlife, landscapes and events. I have been playing with cameras since I got my first Brownie as a kid. A camera became almost another appendage for me and a way to document events and places visually that I might otherwise forget. Photography provides an opportunity to get intimate with a subject and I am always surprised by what I learn. I consider this time a real luxury.

Call 273.8239

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

decorum-tooFrance for Art’s Sake 2015

 A special aesthetic treat awaits those who visit the store and gallery in December: artists who took part in this summer’s painting excursion to France will display work — oils, pastels, drawings, and photos — done in and around Paris.   Come enjoy the work and learn about plans for the 2016 trip!

Call 607-319-0944 or visit

Elevator Music and Art Gallery

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

elevator musicAshley Click: Smoke and Mirrors

Click questions personal observations of her children related to gender…and how “a little boy” and “a little girl” approach the “monsters” before them. Using altered photos, she adjusts the background to comply with her personal iconography associated with gender. She asks the viewer to decide how they would approach their own monsters based on their own gender constructions: is it all just “Smoke and Mirrors?”

Visit or call (607) 882-9220

eye (126 E. State/MLK St., 2nd floor)

eyeThe Wondrous World of Giselle Potter

Artist Giselle Potter is like no other. Her colors are plucked from nature: her imagery, insanely appealing. She can take an everyday and make it extraordinary.. Come meet Ms. Potter on November 14th, 2 – 5pm, @ eye, for a book and print signing party, replete with cupcakes and more.

Call 342.4414 or visit

Handwork (102 W. State/MLK St.)

handworkJoin us at Handwork for our special December Gallery Night demonstrations.

Jewelry artist Lise Bouvet will demonstrate how she creates silver chains and discuss the processes behind her unique eco-friendly jewelry. Linna Dolph will be working on one-of-a-kind stained glass ornaments in store. Linna’s ornaments range from abstract pieces to delicate ginkgo leaves. Caroline Spellman will demonstrate the craft of quilling, which she uses to create wildlife art. See how strips of paper are curled and shaped to become colorful pictures, and take home a free holiday gift tag.

To learn more about these artist members visit

Call 273.9400 or visit

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

home green homeNew photographs & stone poems by Fernando Llosa

Call 607-319-4159

or visit

Ithaca College Art Department’s Creative Space Gallery (215 State/MLK St.)

Join us from 5-8pm on December 4th, 2015 for the opening of the Ithaca College Student Print Fair; an exhibition of etchings, woodcuts, lithographs, silkscreen, and more! Meet the artists, purchase unique prints, and check out Behind the Layers: Demons Within, new sculptural work by Stanislav Mehne.

For more information, search Creative Space Gallery on Facebook.

Ithaca Generator (116 W Green St.)

ithaca_genLaser Cut Gifts & RGB Votive Workshop

Come out for this special holiday edition of gallery night. Students from X’s ‘Make Better Stuff Lab’ will be selling original designs made from laser cut ash veneer.

Plus we’ll be hosting a RGB Votive Making workshop – there will be a materials fee for this workshop. Stay tuned for registration details.

Call 269-7436

Ithacamade (430 W. State/MLK St.)

ithacamadeDecember First Friday at Ithacamade features the work of Under the Tree leather artisans, Scott & Crystal VanGaasbeck. In their own words, “Our mutual love of working with our hands and our dedication to high quality craftsmanship ties us together. Old tools, old methods, and new ideas are our passion, and we hope the joy we experience in our work shows.”

Scott & Crystal will demonstrate their craft, while we celebrate Gallery Night with live music and refreshments.

Call: 272-1396 or Visit:

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

KentRocks1-2Kitchen Theatre Company is pleased to announce a new exhibit in the Judith Holliday lobby gallery: “LOOKING WITHIN: Finding Substance in the Shadows – paintings by Kent Goetz.” Kent Goetz has been the Resident Scene Designer at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts since 1991. In LOOKING WITHIN, he utilizes the principles and techniques of scene design in a series of abstract paintings inspired by nature photography.

Call: 272-0403 or Visit:

PADMA Center for Natural Therapies (114 West Buffalo St.)

padmaMelissa Groo is an award-winning wildlife photographer who has focused her career on the passion she has for communicating the beauty of the natural world onto her spectacular photographic palate. She finds herself at the intersection of photography as fine art with the power of images to convey feeling and instruction and considers herself a “wildlife biographer” as much as a wildlife photographer.

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

sarah's patisserieGlimpses of Nature: Color, Form and Light

Nature inspired digital photograph’s by Laura Hogan and Frank Muller. Laura Hogan and Frank Muller have been keenly studying the natural world through their camera lenses for a combined 70+ years. They share a collection of new images at Sarah’s Patisserie in their December 2015 Show.

Call 319.0272 or visit

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

sacred rootFemale Figure in Eclectic Form

Join Gaia Woolf-Nightingall at Sacred Root Kava Lounge to explore her vision of the female figure in eclectic form, through sweeping circular motion on canvas to delightful prints emboldened with decoupage frames.

Call 272-KAVA or visit

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

soagState of the Art hosts artists from the Ithaca area and beyond in its 2015 “Juried Show” during December. All media except photography will be shown in the exhibition–paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, collage and mixed media. Work in the show will be awarded up to $600 in prizes by a guest judge. Prize winners will be announced at a reception for the artists, Friday, December 4, 5-8pm.

Call: 277-1626 or Visit:

Stephan Petrella Studio (123 S. Cayuga St., Suite 304)

stephen petrellaThe Hand-Bound Book, and pages from the Omnibus Obscura

Stop in and see how hand-bound books are made, from traditional Western bindings to less common models, to alternative book structures that change the meaning of what it is to be a book. Participate in a walk-in workshop on how to make a book from a single sheet of paper, and learn about the creative possibilities that can be contained in simple book.

Also on display, courtesy of the Omnibus Obscura Society, is a selection of hand-made, custom-typeset papyrus pages from this theoretical compendium, including partial results from a test of the infinite monkey theorem, an excerpt from a book in the Library of Babel, and portions of leaked top-secret government documents.

Call 229.0531

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

sunny daysThrough and Old Window by Mark Johnson

Inspired by nature, Mark Johnson gives new life to old antique windows. His work, which mostly features native trees, casts beautiful shadows behind the glass on which they are reverse-painted. We welcome you to meet the artist and watch a live demonstration.

Call 319-5260

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

history centerAn Excerpt from The Spirit of Christmas Present: A Poetic Carol in Three Movements

Start time: 6:30pm

A theatrical production presented by the Civic Ensemble, The Spirit of Christmas Present is influenced by the humanitarian vision of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. The production is inspired by the denizens of West End during the 19th and early 20th century, including the Rhiners. The performance is silent — a connection to the name Silent City. It really communicates the ethos that none of us may have very much materially but we can still take care of each other with human kindness.

Call 273.8284 or visit

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

ink shopThe Ink Shop is celebrating artists who have a connection with both states. Pamela Drix, Jenny Pope and Kathleen Friedrich moved to Ithaca from Michigan. Ladislav Hanka, Mary Brodbeck, and Katie Platte all live in Michigan making prints. Katie is also sharing a collection of broadsides from the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center.

Call: 277-3884 or Visit:

Thrive and SewGreen (112 N. Cayuga St.)

thriveEKaterina Anible’s 2015 Winter Couture Collection and Fashion Drawings

Ekaterina Anible has been designing and sewing her couture clothing since she was a teenager. Her Fall/Winter Couture Collection was inspired by the style of Thrive and created from rescued and donated Sew Green fabrics. Each piece is one of a kind and interspersed with her fashion drawings, which are both plans and works of art in themselves.

Visit or call 342-1222

 Titus Gallery (222 the Commons)


Recent paintings of the Finger Lakes by Brian Keeler, as well as landscapes

of New England and Italy. This award winning artist’s paintings

will be on display until December 31st. This is our last guest artist show as the Titus

Gallery will close when we retire in Spring 2016.

Call 277-2649 or visit








































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