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, October 2nd

Downtown Exhibitions:


Benjamin Peters (120 the Commons)

decorum tooJoshua Snow, Finger Lakes landscape photography on mixed media

A collection of images from across New York, and the Finger Lakes, on mixed media (canvas and matted, framed metallic paper prints.

Call: 273-1371 Visit:

Buffalo Street Books (215 N. Cayuga St.)

buffalo books better picAngela Han: Burning Mortality (2015)

Burning Mortality is a reaction to feeling suspended, hung in a space of “in-between” — neither fully healed nor suffocating in pain. It is a reflection of time spent teasing, accepting, denying, befriending, and thwarting the human expiration date. Finally, it is a celebration of human capacity: powerful, unstable, and thoroughly awe-some.

Call 273-8246

Cellar d’Or (136 E. State/MLK Street)

cellar d'orSurface

This group show titled “Surface” features the photographs of Rachel Philipson, the oil paintings of Gabe Carraher, and the oil paintings of Michael Sampson. “Surface “ focuses on the treatment of various textures in all three artists’ work.

Call (607) 319-0500 or visit

Collegetown Bagels (203 N. Aurora Street)

Finger Lake Landscapes By Joshua Snow

This local landscape photography show is full of vividly colorful images.  The show has been a work in progress since 2012 capturing landscape contours, movement and depth in a warm and inviting tone.  The show is in exhibition until the end of October at Collegetown Bagels but you can meet the artist on during Gallery Night.

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

Roofer Alexis Austin photo/Robyn Wishna

Roofer Alexis Austin
photo/Robyn Wishna

Two events:

1 CAP ArtSpace

Robyn Wishna, “Manual Labor: portraits and narratives of work”

Through audio interviews and portraits, we get a glimpse into the lives of a few local people who work with their hands. This project intends to tell their stories – in their own words. It is a small homage to women and men whose work leaves an imprint on our lives. See more of Robyn’s work at

  1. CAP Office (located out back door of CAP ArtSpace)

CAP-a-Palooza Art Sale Extraordinaire

You’ll find over 500 pieces of art for sale that has been donated to CAP for the annual CAP-a-Palooza fundraiser. 450 works of art are being sold for only $25 each!! Other larger pieces are priced very low to sell! Much of the work was previewed in the CAP ArtSpace in September and will be moved into the CAP office for the sale. The sale continues through the weekend of October 3 and 4, and until all work is sold!

More at http://www.artspartner.orgVisit

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

CSMA-LHM image cropEspejos / Mirrors

Espejos / Mirrors is an exhibition of New York State-based artists whose work captures the complex and multilayered richness of the contemporary Latin@ American experience. Drawing inspiration from Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano (1940–2015), works in the show will be paired with excerpts of his writings. This exhibition is part of the Ithaca Latin@ Heritage Month celebration organized by ¡CULTURA! Ithaca and the Latino Civic Association of Tompkins County.

Call: 272-1774 or Visit:

Decorum – too (215 N. Cayuga St. Dewitt Mall)

decorumEtienne Merle

Discovering a trouvaille of metallic champaign caps, Nemcek was encouraged to create collages to commemorate all the “good times” their opening engendered. Eventually incorporating cigar bands and maps of places visited, memories flourished. The various pieces are to encourage the celebrations of the positive experience.

Call 319-0944 or visit

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

new rootsInter-connected

Photographs by Maria Claudia Gimma

I was born in Cali, Colombia with a love for nature, people and places. As a child I would sit and observe how everyday life inter-connects. These connections would form impressions without the necessity of words, beautiful sensory impressions that blossomed into defining my sense of place. As I got older I started to capture these impressions through film and photography.

Visit or call (607) 882-9220

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

eyeJustin Hjortshøj will premiere a few never-before-seen photographs for the second leg of his exhibition. If you haven’t made it to eye yet, please do so. Justin’s work is like no other and I have no doubt you’ll be as wowed as many visitors to the gallery have been thus far.

We are also delighted to be hosting Harry Segal and his jazz band: the evening promises to be a feast for the eyes and ears!

Call 342.4414 or visit

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


New fiber creations by Joan Reuning and Connie Shipos.

Call 607. 277.2777

Handwork (102 W. State/MLK St.)

handworkKatagami Stencils

Barbara Marmora is a fiber artist specializing in the traditional Japanese technique of Katagami: carving paper stencils. Barbara will be demonstrating this craft at Handwork for Gallery Night. The stencils represent one stage in the art of Katazome in which the paper stencils are used when applying dye to fabric. The stencil paper (SHIBUGAMI) consists of laminated layers of hand made mulberry paper that are strengthened when bathed in the juice of unripe persimmons and smoked as a preservative. This demonstration at Handwork represents the second stage of basic Katazome, the craft of stencil cutting on Shibugami paper with a variety sharp knives, and hole punchers. Presently Barbara is carving nature images such as decaying leaves, mollusks and shells.

Call 273.9400 or visit

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

ithaca college creative spaceJoin us from 5-8pm on October 2, 2015 for the opening of The Big Draw; the “world’s biggest drawing festival.” This year’s theme is Every Drawing Tells a Story and we are aiming to get the community involved with this interactive exhibition that will evolve throughout the month.

For more information, search Creative Space Gallery on Facebook.

Ithacamade (430 W. State/MLK St.)

New Beginnings

Join Ithacamade for our Grand Reopening Celebration in our new location at the Dewitt Mall.

New work, live music and baked treats from Wide Awake Bakery!

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:


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

soagOctober is the month for two shows at State of the Art–a preview exhibition of the Greater Ithaca Art Trail and a Members’ Show! Art Trail artists will show their work at the gallery AND in their studios on two OPEN STUDIO WEEKENDS– October 10-11 and October 17-18. 37 studios will be open simultaneously—11:00am to 5:00pm each day! At the gallery, visitors can sample their work, all month long, Wednesday through Friday, 12:00 to 6:00pm and Saturday and Sunday, 12:00 to 5:00pm. Also in the gallery, SOAG members will show paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculpture, collage and more.

Call: 277-1626 or Visit:

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

sunny days of ithaca“The Artists Eye” – photography by Corinne Sterns

Corinne Sterns’s photography lends itself to looking closely, often with a macro focus, at line, design and shadow in nature, industrial settings and the human face or hands. Her choices involve out-of-this world, moody landscapes that appear abstract, taking a painterly perspective through the use of light, thoughtful editing and composition, making everyday objects or scenes seem magical. Some of her favorite subjects include vintage machinery, historic architecture, repetitive patterns and people, especially children, at work or play.

Call 319-5260

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

the ink shopGreg Page | Motifs from the Global Backyard

Cornell Professor Greg Page has been part of the Ink Shop since its inception. His lithographs reveal his love of the natural world, and his nuanced approach to plant life is revealed in the subtle lithographic technique that reveals a particular depth of information in the leaves of plants.

Call: 277-3884 or Visit:

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

the history centerIn Memoriam: Cemeteries of Tompkins County

Join us on Friday, October 2nd from 5:00 to 8:00 PM for the opening of a new exhibition! There are hundreds of cemeteries in Tompkins County, and The History Center will be featuring several of them in a new exhibition In Memoriam: Cemeteries of Tompkins County. We will examine the historical, genealogical, environmental, and architectural heritage of these places where we remember our past, our loved ones, and the people who came before us.

Call 273.8284 or visit

Thrive and SewGreen (112 N. Cayuga St.)

thrive and sew greenEthical Fashion Show at Thrive and SewGreen

A fashion show starting at 7 pm on Gallery Night will feature locally-made jewelry by Draya Designs and ethical fashion by Eileen Fisher, Citizens of Humanity, Blue Canoe, Winter Water Factory, and other small independent American brands. Organized by Draya Koschmann, owner of Ithaca’s new ethical fashion boutique Thrive, and Wendy Skinner, of SewGreen, the show will be all about the ART of ethical and sustainable fashion. The models will strut their stuff on a sidewalk runway from Thrive to SewGreen and make a inside loop through the stores. Come early to get a good spot to watch; stick around to see the fashions up close and meet Draya and Wendy.

Visit or call 342-1222

Titus Gallery (222 the Commons)


Lovely Oil and Pastel paintings by award winning artist Patricia Mae Young.

These paintings are of her travels to Martha’s Vineyard and Italy.

Call 277-2649 or visit

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

TCPLTompkins County Public Library is pleased to present Streetscapes, a new exhibit that brings street art inside the Library.

Curated by Jay Potter Streetscapes will feature a collection of work that draws on creativity and inspiration from our urban surroundings. Using a mixture of diverse media, artists will explore the influence of the urban environment through color, energy, movement and personal experience culminating in sincere straight-from-the-gut expression. Streetscapes is an inherent appreciation of urban culture, in all its dangerous, poetic, authentic – and sometimes rebellious – glory. The work of some of the artists featured in this exhibit can also be seen on buildings and in garages in the City and Town of Ithaca.

Rhino Toys by Rich Tomasello is also on view in the Avenue of the Friends Exhibit Cases

This though-provoking exhibit by Buffalo-based artist Rich Tomasello uses hand-crafted toys to explore current events and social issues, such as war, school shootings, the pervasiveness of the media, and social injustice. Tomasello will be present at TCPL during Gallery Opening Night to talk about the work.

Call: 272 4557 or E-mail or visit







































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