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 1st

Downtown Exhibitions:  

Art in the Alley:

May Edition

(Press Bay Alley 116-118 W. Green Street)

art in the alleyArt in the Alley returns!

Join is in Press Bay Alley for the triumphant return of Art in the Alley our monthly outdoor art show.

This month will feature the return of our fire spinning troop.


Benjamin Peters (120 the Commons)

Landscapes by Carl Schofield

Benjamin PetersCanvas and satin fabric gallery wrapped prints of landscapes photographed in the Finger Lakes region and other areas.

Also, at 6pm ITHACAPPELLA, an Acappella group from Ithaca College, will be performing in the store.

Call: 273-1371


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

Two shows on view:

  1. Peter Kahn Retrospective

csma, ink shopIn coordination with the Kahn Family and Ruth Kahn, the Ink Shop presents the H. Peter Kahn Retrospective, curated by Christa Wolf in CSMA’s main gallery. As a Professor Emeritus of Cornell University, Professor Kahn’s life-long passion for prints, drawing, painting, and calligraphy are spotlighted. This show offers a rare look at the breadth and depth of his repertoire, and will celebrate the career of this beloved teacher, artist, and cultural icon.

Better Together: 2015 Ithaca Festival Artist Todd Ayoung

The Ithaca Festival presents new works by Todd Ayoung, the 2015 Ithaca Festival Artist, in CSMA’s Beverly Livesay Gallery. Ayoung explores social engagement and change through his powerful images, and will exhibit sketches and debut this year’s official Ithaca Festival artwork representing the theme “Better Together.”

Call: 272-1474 or Visit:

Handwork (102 W. State/MLK St.)

Original Watercolors and reproductions by David Keihm

Handwork Gallery NightInternationally recognized, David’s work has earned him a BBC 2013 Wildlife Artist of the Year award. His paintings depict stunning portraits of great horned owls, foxes, cranes, corvids and a variety of other animals in their natural habitats. Watercolor demonstrations will take place throughout the evening and refreshments will be provided.

Call 273.9400 or visit

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

ithacaCollegeShowPlease join us to celebrate the grand opening of Ithaca College Art Department’s Creative Space Gallery. The exhibition, In Theories, will feature the work of art majors enrolled in the Theories of Art Practice seminar. Paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings and video will be on display and will highlight the diversity of work from the class.

Come enjoy live music, food and refreshments.

The show will be open Saturdays and Sundays 12-5 until May 17th.

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

Jesse Townsley, ArtScience Experiments

capFor three decades, Jesse has been searching for new shapes, concepts, and awarenesses in science and taking them into the world of art. This show involves a number of scientific fields, including the study of Paleolithic cave art, and things seen under microscopes. “I’ll be looking at how science functions from a social perspective and show some of the things that can happen when an artist attempts to function in the world of present-day science.

Visit http://www.artspartner.orgVisit:

Crow’s Nest Cafe (115 The Commons)

Corey Field

Final print of the ’13 semester.“Art serves innumerable purposes. When you witness something that benevolently captures your attention, it can often brighten your mood and cultivate joy. My own work tends to serve a similarly hedonistic function- nothing more or less. Everyday scenarios and images possess their own simple allure; one needn’t employ flamboyant or profound drivel to

embellish it.” –Corey Field

Call 273.8239

Elevator Music and Art Gallery

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

new rootsIthaca Festival takes a look back at the past 38 years of “Celebrating the Artist in Everyone,” with posters, buttons, t-shirts, artwork and photos from Central New York’s largest annual community arts festival. Learn about the history of Ithaca’s most beloved event, then head over to the downstairs gallery at CSMA, where artwork by 2015 Ithaca Festival Artist Todd Ayoung explores themes of social engagement, including this year’s festival theme: Better Together.

Visit or call (607) 882-9220

Fibers Boutique (215 N. Cayuga St./DeWitt Mall)

IMG_6475-2Fibers Fashion Show, featuring clothing and accessories by Joan Reuning and Connie Shipos.

Call 277.2777

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

kitchen theatreKitchen Theatre Company’s gallery will feature tapestries by Mary Kester.

Kester travels regularly for inspiration to Neolithic sites in Ireland, France and England, then creates layered tapestries, which she exhibits locally, regionally and nationally.

Call: 272-0403 or


Lot 10 (106 S Cayuga St.)

Lot10On exhibit at Lot 10 will be the intricate and illuminated drawings by Anne Eller. Surrounded by Ithaca’s natural beauty, Eller draws inspiration for her continuing series of trees from Ithaca’s East Hill Recreation Trail and the Cornell Plantations.

The exhibit was curated by ARTe: Finger Lakes Art Coordination.

For more info on the artist and ARTe visit

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

padmaRe-Visioning Mary: Contemporary Icons of the Feminine Divine is an imagistic and poetic exploration of the figure of Mary as a universal symbol.   Acrylic paintings on oval canvases are inspired in part by titles ascribed to Mary in several ancient litanies in her honor. The series invites contemplation of ourselves as mirrors of the Sacred Feminine. Yvonne M. Lucia is a multi-media artist living in Binghamton, New York.

Sacred Root Kava Lounge and Tea Bar (139 W. State/MLK St. (entrance on Geneva)

sacred root kava bar The Everyday Art of Touching Sacred

Angelina Blasich

Says the artist: “Sacred lives at your fingertips, at the edge of your willingness. Please reach out today and touch these feltings of sacreds and such, these renderings of gorgeous and ridiculous. Give a little, receive a little back. Invite yourself to engage life through tactile experience.”

Call 272-KAVA or visit

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

state of the art gallery“May is Members’ Month!” The gallery’s thirty members will show paintings, prints, drawings. photographs, sculpture, collage and mixed media from April 29-May 31. A reception for the artists will be held on Gallery Night, May 1, from 5-8pm. Hours: Wed.-Fri., 12-6pm and Sat. & Sun., 12-5pm. 120 W. State/Martin Luther King, Jr. Street. ADA accessibility and curbside parking.

Call: 277-1626 or Visit:

Studio West (516 West State/MLK St.)

Into the Light

studio westPhotographer Elaine Derby was inspired to create the series because she feels that women healers embody the values of compassion, wisdom, intuition, and healing. She feels that the nurturing energy of the Feminine is needed more than ever, to bring our troubled world back into balance. “I wanted these women to be recognized for their important contribution to our community, and to create an awareness of how the work of women healers is serving others.”

Visit or call 607-277-5647

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

 SONIC SYMMETRY: Visual Projections and Synthesizer Performances

On Friday, May 1st, 2015 The History Center in Tompkins County will open its doors for the First Friday Gallery Night event ‘SONIC SYMMETRY: Visual Projections and Synthesizer Performances.’ 5:30 to 6:30pm – Paper Armies will perform accompanied by visual artist Carrie Cooper. 7:00 to 8:00pm – You Still Have Friends will perform accompanied by visual artist smebody. Done in partnership with Ithaca Underground. Doors open at 5:00pm. FREE and OPEN to the public.

Call 607.273.8284 or visit

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

the potters roomIndie Stratton

Ink and Watercolor Forms

Indie Stratton enjoys using art as a means of creatively expressing herself. She believes that visually representing herself can convey more powerful messages than words can. She especially enjoys exploring the medium of watercolor and ink but also experiments with other visual mediums. The theme of this show explores the transcendental essence of creepy and unusual creatures.

Visit or call 413.262.8988

SewGreen (12 N Cayuga Street)

May is for Moms

apron SewGreenSewGreen and The Art and Found present a show of vintage aprons from the 1940s and ‘50s that will make you think of fresh baked apple pie. The show opening also celebrates moms with illustrated mini-pottery by local artists Jill Hoffman and Dana Kingsbury.


Silky Jones (214 E State St, Ithaca)

SilkysBenjamin Slatoff-Burke will be exhibiting his series of drawings and illustrations. As an artist, Ben has experimented with a broad range of styles, subjects and mediums, in an attempt to become as versatile as possible. Visit to view more series by Ben. The exhibit was curated by ARTe: Finger Lakes Art Coordination.

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

 Antique Painted Windows by Mark Johnson

sunny days use thisInspired by the colors of spring, Mark Johnson (one of our resident artists) created some beautiful scenes that have been reverse-painted onto antique windows.

His work combines two of his favorite hobbies: driving the countryside looking for salvaged windows and painting. And the outcome is incredible!

Call 319-5260

Titus Gallery (222 the Commons)

Leapard Frog and Little Brown BatMEDITATIONS ON GREEN

Limited edition Digital prints by Margy Nelson. Margy is a Botanical Illustrator whose creations are happy, cleaver and beautiful.

Open Gallery Night May 1 through May 31

Call 277-2649 or


The Studio at Ithaca College (171 E. State/MLK St.)
 “No Fare” (short film)
student photography from Ithaca College
No Fare is the first film project produced by The Studio at Ithaca College. This short film is written and directed by Daniel Masciari and produced by Elena DeLuccia.
Complementing No Fare, Ithaca College student photography will also be displayed.

Waffle Frolic (146 E State/MLK St.)

WaffleFrolic-2There will be 2 exhibits this month. In the downstairs area Laura Sinclare will be exhibiting “Figures in Color”, artworks in ink, oil and watercolor. In the upstairs, Jen Fisher will be exhibiting her new series of illustrations in pen & ink and watercolor. Both exhibits were curated by ARTe: Finger Lakes Art Coordination.

For more info on the artists and ARTe visit





























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