February 2nd, Lifelong

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Lifelong, 119 W Court Street

Lifelong Artists – Art from the 2nd half.

Art is woven into the fabric of our lives, sometimes in the background, sometimes as a vocation.  Many of the artists in this exhibition had careers in medicine, construction, education, music, and other disciplines always appreciating art, but never being able to focus on creating it.  Some had never picked up a brush before coming to a Lifelong class.  Others found guidance and the opportunity to further develop talents that they didn’t have time to focus on before.  This exhibition features writing, ceramic art, collage, and watercolor by the participants and instructors of some 2017 Lifelong art and writing classes.  It will be up for the months of February and March.

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February 2nd, CAP ArtSpace

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CAP ArtSpace, Center Ithaca on the Commons, adjacent to Visitor Center

Through the Double Looking Glass: Photographs by Julia Gray

This recent collection of Julia Gray’s photographs centers around a lensball that captures local and scattered views. The voluptuous view of an orb takes the ordinary sight line and bends it to its will. The lensball also sees an everyday scene but places an unusual flip. Visitors are invited to come spin one and explore Julia’s views Through the Double Looking Glass.

”That which is below is like that which is above” -Hermes Trismegistus

The Community Arts Partnership thanks the Tompkins Trust Company for their 2018 sponsorship of a year of exhibits at the CAP ArtSpace.

February 2nd, State of the Art Gallery

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State of the Art Gallery, 120 West State Street

Members Show Part 2

“Members Show Part 2” features the work of half the gallery members: paintings, prints, sculpture and more. Show dates: Jan. 31 – Feb.25, 2018. Reception for artists: Friday, Feb. 2, 5-8pm, Gallery Night in downtown Ithaca. 120 W. Martin Luther King, Jr./State Street. Hours: Wed.-Fri., 12-6pm and Sat. & Sun., 12-5pm. Info: 607-277-1626, www.soagithaca.org

February 2nd, Padma Center for Natural Therapies

Padma Center for Natural Therapies, 114 W Buffalo St

Art by Sylvia Baily

I find painting to be what Diane Ackerman calls ”deep play”.  It provides a way to slowdown, notice, absorb, and respond to the beauty of this world.  With plain air painting I get to stand in one place for hours taking in everything.  I love the surprise, the simple, powerful illusions of painting. Look, miles of landscape captured in 35 square inches. Rumi said, ”There are a hundred ways to kneel and kiss the ground.” . This is a way I pray.

Series Title: Visions on Emei  shan by Christine Stockwell

The Mt. Emei Scenic Area (Emei shan) in Sichuan Province, China is a protected landscape of striking beauty and cultural significance.  It is one of the four sacred mountains of China and a World UNESCO site.  This series is a selection of twelve images of the more than 500 captured during a three day visit during October 2017.  The intention of this series is to share my sense of wonder in images presented as visual poetry.

About the artist: Christine Stockwell is a scientist by training and a visual artist by inclination.  She finds that she pays much better attention when she has a camera in her hands and looks for the visual poetry in the ordinary as well as extraordinary. She delights in calling Ithaca home although she looks forward to the stimulation of travel.

February 2nd, The History Center

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The History Center, 401 E State St #100

First Friday Gallery Night: “Ezra’s Gorge(s)” presentation by Dan McClure.

 Friday, February 2nd, 6:00 PM (at The History Center)

In conjunction with First Friday Gallery Night and the current exhibit “The Many Names of Fall Creek,” The History Center will be featuring a 6:00 PM talk on the historical perspective on Ezra’s Tunnel. The talk will be presented by Dan McClure, a Cornell Alum with lifelong interests in botany, geology, and history, has managed the restoration of all the gorge trails in and around the Cornell campus for the last 10 years.

February 2nd, Handwork

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Handwork, 102 West State Street

Jewelry by Charlotte Walsh

 Handwork member Charlotte Walsh will demonstrate the techniques used to create her unique watercolor earrings and jewelry. Get fine, handcrafted jewelry ideas for your sweetie at Handwork and enjoy hot cocoa and snacks to beat the winter blues!

February 2nd, Circus Culture

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Circus Culture, 116 West Green St (Press Bay Alley)

Around the Ring Cabaret (group show)

The circus arts come to life in this another exhilarating cabarets. Featuring performers of all ages and many disciplines, be amazed as performers soar above the ground or bound off it. Come see what’s happening “Around the Ring” at Circus Culture! Show starts at 7:30, refreshments and socializing and a Circus Movie to follow.