May 5: Mink Gallery

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Mink Gallery 614 N Cayuga St

Start First Friday at the Mink Gallery in the heart of Fall Creek: then leave your car and walk to the Commons. Colorful abstracts, large and small.  Up the driveway at 614 North Cayuga, to the back.

May 5: Padma Center for Natural Therapies

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Padma Center for Natural Therapies 114 W Buffalo St

Donald Cook, Recent Work

Donald Cook has worked as an artist for over 40 years, and began illustrating books for children in 1989. His best known titles are, “Abe Lincoln’s Hat,” “Pirates,” and “The Bravest Dog Ever, the True Story of Balto.” He and his wife Lili live in Washington County, New York, between the Hudson valley and the Green Mountains of Vermont. He is currently writing and illustrating children’s books for self publication.

“My pastel landscape and still life work reflect my observation of rural life and the interaction of people with the land,  as well as the interaction between the inner and outer worlds, which we inhabit simultaneously. My illustration- based work uses human and animal characters and their interrelationships to create narrative moments which evoke and nourish childlike consciousness.”

May 5: Decorum-Too

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Decorum-Too 215 N Cayuga Street, The DeWitt Mall

Sue Hertz, Views from Here and There

This show comprises an array of oil paintings of different sizes depicting local and non-local scenes.  The magical parks in our Fingerlakes region are featured in many, as I’m fascinated by the interplay of the rocks and water and how the same landscape can completely transform depending on the season and weather conditions. My paintings capitalize on the versatility of oil paints, which can be applied thick or thin to achieve a range of effects. In my other life, I am a speech synthesis researcher particularly interested in the acoustic cues through which people perceive and comprehend speech.  I see these cues as analogous to the contrasting colors and textures that I use to bring my paintings to life.

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May 5: Press Cafe

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Press Cafe 118 W Green St

Recent Digital Collage Work by Ken C. Hill

My collage work merges, blends, and weaves digital photographic images I’ve taken around Ithaca and the surrounding areas over the past few years, forming them after my own dream-like vision. My visual language includes insects & plant life, buildings, natural settings, waterways, night scenes, starscapes, seasonal change, and characters I create to inhabit my magical/unreality-infused reinterpretation of everyday objects and places.

I created these images almost entirely on my Android smartphone, relying on portability and ease of use, supplemented with a mixed set of inexpensive clip-on lenses. These vary from a wide-angle fish-eye lens, to macro-scale magnifiers, to telescopic. I want to show that compelling visual stories can be told without spending thousands on specialized gear and dedicated facilities, but with what has become a widely-available, economically necessary, and at-hand everyday life tool.

I invite observers to contemplate both the engaging visual tales presented in the images as well as the process and improvised rituals behind the creation of each one.


May 5: Tompkins County Public Library

Tompkins County Public Library 101 East Green Street  

Mapping Tompkins:  A Community Exhibit

A commemorative project designed to showcase, for our and future generations, what it means to live, work and study in Tompkins County. Local residents were asked to illustrate a pre-printed map of Tompkins County, highlighting the places that are important in their lives– from where to find the best ice cream to where you met your spouse, to the places you play, worship, shop or explore.  At 6 pm in the Borg Warner Room, we will also have a reading of Carol Kammen’s “9 Towns and a City”, a play about how our county was formed.  Part of the Tompkins County Bicentennial.

More Than A Book:  Works by Janet Edwards,  Kumi Korf, Lee-Ellen Marvin,  Maude Rith, Laura Robert, Teresa Yatsko; and books from the collections of Susan Currie and Tom Burns. Curated by Maude Rith.

Books can be more than the physical holder of a story or of information: they can contain the memories of its owner: of their childhood, of the mother who read that book to them, of the lover who gave the book.  They are also inspirations for art forms such as the altered book. This exhibit explores what books are and the forms they can take.  Displayed through June.

May 5: Sunny Days

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Sunny Days 123 S Cayuga St

McGraw House Creates!

McGraw House, a Senior Residential Center in the heart of downtown Ithaca, has its share of creative people.  Artists working in oils, acrylics, watercolors, collage, photography and mask creation were among the twenty-two residents sharing in a recent in-house exhibit – a sampling of which will be on display for this month’s First Friday art walk.  While some people have worked at their craft all their lives, others have discovered an outlet for their creativity only in recent years.  Come and see these varied and stimulating works of art.