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, July 10th

Art in the Alley: July Edition (Press Bay Alley 116-118 W. Green Street)

art in the alleyThe July Edition of Art in the Alley is an opening celebration of the work of Kadie Salfi to be included in this year’s DIA “Art in the Heart” show.

Come and meet the artist, enjoy her delightful work, and sip free beer tastings from Bacchus brewery!

Buffalo Street Books (215 N. Cayuga St.)

“Stealing Scenes . . . The Illustrator’s Look at Shakespeare”

buffaloArtists: Johanna van der Sterre, Katie Vaz, Wynn Yarrow, Annie Zygarowicz, Marie Sanderson

Last year, when the world celebrated the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth, a group of regional illustrators and artists decided to pay homage by using passages from Shakespeare as their inspiration. Unique imagery and personal approaches to his timeless texts are the result. Their varied artistic practices and backgrounds, ranging from lettering to children’s illustration to fine art landscapes, make for a rich display of work.

Call 273-8246

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

capMary Roberts, “In Flight”

“In Flight” will feature a ceramic installation and a series of recent mixed media drawings. The installation, composed of hand built forms, was completed while Mary was in residence at Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center in Skaelskor, Denmark in 2012. She will also exhibit a collection of small sewn fibrous forms that reflect a sense of horizon; abstract clouds against the sky.


Elevator Music and Art Gallery

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

new rootsPhotography: The Science Behind the Art, and the Art Behind the Science

As 11th grade students at New Roots Charter School, we’ve studied light as electromagnetic energy, and the interactions between light and matter. In so doing, we’ve applied concepts from Physics, Geometry, Chemistry, and Art to create functional pinhole cameras and to reveal the photographs they produce. We’ve also used digital photography to capture scientific phenomena in nature. Come learn about how understanding the science behind something observable in nature can make our universe seem all the more fascinating!

Visit or call (607) 882-9220

Handwork (102 W. State/MLK St.)

Stu Gallagher-2Photography by guest artist Stu Gallagher

Based out of Syracuse, New York, Stu holds equal passions for landscape, portrait and family photography along with a broadening list of commercial clients. His landscape, nature and architectural work has been published in Edible Finger Lakes, Connextions Magazine, USA Today, Life In The Finger Lakes, Syracuse Magazine and the Syracuse Post-Standard. A selection of Stu’s landscapes will be on display in Handwork’s third room.

Call 273.9400 or visit

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

ithaca college creative space galleryMutations: Part 1

Please join us for an exhibition featuring students from drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpting studio classes curated by Andrea Aguirre and Tatiana Malkin. The first installation of a two-part series, Mutations explores concepts of time, change, growth, and repetition. Part 1 sets a melancholic tone foreshadowing the inevitable. The show runs from July 2 to August 2, 2015. Gallery hours Thursday through Sunday 12-5pm.

Lot 10 (106 S. Cayuga Street)

lot tenBradford Leiby will be exhibiting a new series of figures and still lifes through August 31. Leiby’s work represents the richness and movement of life. He combines realism and portraiture with an abstract flair that adds a playful edge to daily visions. The intricate emphasis on texture combines with a whimsical nature that offers viewers a look into a magical world reminiscent of Alice’s Wonderland.

For more info visit

Mental Health Association of Tompkins County (301 S. Geneva St., Suite 107 & 109)

States of Mind Release Party

mental health assocStates of Mind is a literary magazine focused on mental health. Authors and artists will be present at the release party to share their work with the public. Come eat, celebrate, meet the contributors, and get your free copy of States of Mind.

Visit or call 273.9250

Moving Box Studios (330 East State/MLK St.)

moving boxCourtney Beglin: Chaos Theory

Artist Courtney Beglin finds herself intrigued and inspired by the raw, rugged beauty found in nature, and the underlying repetition of pattern that creates a harmony of being with all living things. Courtney utilizes color and texture to represent the wildness and chaos of existence, juxtaposed with pen and ink patterns that blend seamlessly in and through each creature. With this collection, Courtney aims to instill a curiosity within the viewer for the wonder of creation, for all creatures great and small.

Call 607.273.2403 or visit

SewGreen and The Art and Found (112 N Cayuga Street)

sewgreenVintage Sewing Machines

SewGreen is displaying vintage and antique sewing machines, including a treadle machine, a hand-cranked machine from the 1880s, toy machines, and unusual models such as an Elna Grasshopper, and others. The exhibit relates to a talk about the paradoxical history of the sewing machine by SewGreen Director Wendy Skinner at The History Center on July 15.


Silky Jones (214 E State/MLK St.)

silky jonesPaige Satchwell will be exhibiting her abstract Pollock-inspired works through July 31. For more info visit

“I have adopted a variety of techniques that have become a signature part of my work. When creating my paintings I allow myself to respond authentically to my materials. What transpires during the process is between the canvas and myself. Lacking the need for much certainty in my life: I am inspired to create art that is risky, subversive, and edgy. Sometimes my work is suggestive or spontaneous, but it’s never uncomplicated. Uncertainty is the essential, inevitable ingredient for creating something that you never thought you could create.”


Sola Gallery (215 N. Cayuga St.)


The Sola Art Gallery will be showing prints of the Ukiyo-e era, 19th century,and Shin-Hanga, early 20th century. Featured is a beautiful triptych of Lord Genji with his ladies by the river, and a western woman on horseback.

Call: 272-6552 or


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


In July, Leslie K. Brill and Diane W. Newton will hold a two-person show at the gallery. Brill will show paintings and drawings in acrylic and oil and Newton will show landscapes in pastel and some new mixed-media abstract and figurative work. Reception for the artists is Friday, July 10. Show dates are July 1-August 2, 2015.

Call: 277-1626 or Visit:

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

Petrella studioThe Hand-Bound Book, with Pages from the Omnibus Obscura

Stop in and see how hand-bound books are made, from more common Western bindings like pamphlets, tapes and cords, to less common Western and non-Western bindings like Coptic, long-stitch, and stab-stitch, to alternative book structures that change the meaning of what it is to be a book. Visitors can participate in a walk-in workshop on how to make a book from a single sheet of paper, while discussing how books change information by distributing it over time.

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 daysHeather Renee Laughlin – HRLMS Creations

“Keepin’ it Funkey”

HRLMS Creations jewelry and other up-cycled items are inspired by the artist’s life, music, and the Finger Lakes region. Heather Renee Laughlin uses an abundance of mixed-media materials including items found naturally in the Finger Lakes, repurposed vintage items, and select antiques that include skeleton keys and sterling flatware. The story behind each piece is important, and great care is taken in recognizing the history of its elements.

Call 319-5260

The CommonSpot (126¾ State/MLK St.)

the common spotDomenica Brockman

An Exhibit of oil paintings depicting the local landscape in all seasons

Domenica Brockman’s work is inspired by the beauty of the natural world, particularly the effects of light on trees in the landscapes of the Finger Lakes region. She strives to capture the ever-changing colors and scenery, and no matter what the weather, she is always looking for the sun, as she seeks to depict its constant, reassuring presence in the form of light in the picture.

Visit or call 592.2222

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

THC JulyFFGN ImageMap Room Reopening!

Join us on Friday, July 10th, 2015 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm for the reopening of The History Center’s Map Room. Several historic maps will be on display, including early Tompkins County and Ithaca City maps, as well as topographical maps. At 6:30pm, Robert Kibbee, History Center trustee and former Cornell University Map Librarian, will give a talk on various interesting aspects of historic maps. Light refreshments will be served.

Call 607.273.8284 or visit

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

2 shows on view:

Leslie-Peebles_Gator-Love_535px.jpg ink shopAnimal Kin and Standing People | Leslie Peebles

Floridian Leslie Peebles’ show “Animal Kin and Standing People,” showing this July at The Ink Shop, is rich with the artist’s home state’s animal and plant life. She sees wild beings and humans as equals, interconnected on this earth, taught and spiritually uplifted by one another. She translates her experiences of the Florida the landscape, and all the life forms it nourishes, into brilliantly colored relief prints with a firm connection between the subject and ground that, along with radiant line-work, draws the viewer into the piece.

Feral Children & Their Animal Families

This Southern Graphics Print Portfolio created in 2006 features works of over 20 artists using varied printmaking techniques, each artist exploring the idea of animals as family, along with the concepts of “wild” and “domestic,” “animal” and “human.”. Man is often so far removed from his own instinctive behavior that he forgets the basic laws of functioning as a collective unit, supporting one another for the good of the many. These works remind viewers of nature’s healing affects, encouraging the audience to take the time to find quiet within nature.

Call: 277-3884 or Visit:

Titus Gallery (222 the Commons)


Chinese and Japanese Vintage and Antique art, the collection of Susan Titus and Matthew J. Peterson. Several hand printed Woodblock and Silkscreen limited editions.

This show continues until June 29th.

Call 277-2649 or visit

Waffle Frolic (Ithaca Commons, 146 E State/MLK St)

waffle frolicEric Draper will be exhibiting his abstract pieces upstairs and Peter Thompson will be exhibiting his series of black and white photography downstairs. Both shows will run through August 31.

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