First Friday Gallery Night

Here’s what’s on view in downtown Ithaca:

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The next installment of Gallery Night will take place on Friday, February 5th, 2016

Downtown Exhibitions:

The Just Be Cause Center (1013 W. State/MLK St.)

Art Club presents:

your art clubYour Community Art Project – Shadow Portraits/Shadow Films: Somewhere Between Darkness & Light

On Wednesday January 27th, Art Club invited the town to participate in shadow themed visual art and film stations at the Tompkins County Public Library with the purpose of gathering together to play and to create community art projects. On Gallery Night, we will proudly display these art pieces and films that were created by you, members of our community.


Basement of the Henry Saint John Building (301 S. Geneva St., Suite 110)

States of Mind Release Party

States 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

Buffalo Street Books (215 N. Cayuga St.)

buffalo street booksMary Beth Grable


BSB is happy to share the vibrant, multi-layered work of local painter Mary Beth Grable.

Call 273-8246

 Cellar d’Or (136 E. State/MLK Street)

cellar d'orMichael Sampson “Re-Worked”

I put aside and returned to these oil paintings for two years. As time went on the paint became thicker–a concrete or stucco–and as I worked and re-worked the paintings, they became denser. The end result is a thick impasto, which borders on relief.

Call 319-0500 or visit

Collegetown Bagels (203 N. Aurora St.)

CTBKent Goetz: Branching Out

Kent Goetz explores the way tree limbs intersect and collide with each other forming intricate, organic shapes and revealing the drama implicit in the way they integrate and conflict with the world they inhabit.

Call: 273-2848 or Visit:

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

_IMG1154.CAPElizabeth McMahon, “Dash, Lift, Slide”

With a spontaneous play of color, shape, and line, Elizabeth Wickenden McMahon moves in and out of abstraction and reality in her new paintings, prints, and collages.

Visit http://www.artspartner.orgVisit

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


Ben Altman addresses remembrance of intractable modern histories through 48 photographs of memorials, preserved sites, and evocative scenes and signs.

Call: 272-1774 or Visit:

Crow’s Nest Cafe (115 The Commons)

crow's nest cafeGerry Monaghan – A Curious Thing Happened on the Way to My Life – drawing, painting, collage, assemblage & weavings

Like Rumpelstiltskin, I am creating objects of art by weaving together the ubiquitous, found in junk shops & dollar stores, instead of straw. My work is sculptural basketry. Tatlin meets the Appalachian Craft tradition and beautiful organic forms take shape.

Call 273.8239

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

decorum tooCarlton Manzano

Carlton is a true Plein Air artist who creates his paintings from his mobile studio—a minivan—using the steering wheel as his easel Carlton’s use of colors appears extreme and brilliant, bordering on surreal upon close inspection. They are strong and very intense without being unrealistic.

Call 319-0944 or visit

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

Learning to See

Drawings by New Roots Charter School students.

Visit or call 882.9220

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

eyeAfter a short hibernation eye gallery will reopen on February 5th with The Otherworld of Jim Garmhausen. Jim is no stranger to Ithaca, as his murals adorn the walls of many eateries and public buildings. His is a world unto itself with colossal-headed men and a fiery sense of fun. He has done some cracking new work for the show and it’s sure to excite.

International star Mary Lorson of Madder Rose and Soubrettes fame will perform songs from her 11th album, Themes from Whatever.

Call 342.4414 or visit

Handwork (102 W. State/MLK St.)

handworkLaurel O’Brien is a metalsmith, jeweler and artist, living in Ithaca N.Y. – Laurel’s signature metalworking technique involves hand piercing delicate nature-inspired designs into her pieces, as well as hammering and forging on an anvil to add texture. Join us at Handwork for Gallery Night and learn about how Laurel creates her elegant, minimalist pieces from sterling silver, copper, brass, 14k gold fill and gemstones.

To learn more about these artist members visit

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

IC creative space galleryCarolyn Hoffman: Mind Vs. Body

The Creative Space Gallery features a solo show by IC alumna, Carolyn Hoffman. The paintings explore relationships at play within oneself and the polarity that can exist within a single character. It illustrates the interaction of mind vs. body. These pieces explore the self-deprecation that results when one state of mind overpowers those that are more vulnerable.

For more information, search Creative Space Gallery on Facebook.

Ithacamade (430 W. State/MLK St.)

ithacamadeValentines Day is just around the corner and Ithacamade is celebrating with love and heart themed work by many of our artists. We especially love Spirit and Kitsch’s “Cross My Heart”!

In addition to Decorum, Fibers, The Cat’s Pajamas, Ithacamade, Toko and Buffalo Street Books, the Dewitt Mall will celebrate First Friday with artfully baked goodies from Wide Awake Bakery, Live Music and light dinner fare from Cafe Dewitt!

Call: 272-1396 or Visit: 

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

kitchenOpen Doors – An Art Exhibition by Sally Ryan

Kitchen Theatre Company’s Judith Holliday lobby gallery features a new show this month: Open Doors – An Art Exhibition by Sally Ryan. These vibrant paintings light up the space. As the artist says, “I want my paintings to offer an experience of inner longing meeting joy, for even in the midst of disappointment and sorrow we can find ease.”

Call: 272-0403 or Visit:

Lot 10 (106 S. Cayuga Street)

lot 10Dan Emerson

This Gallery Night will be the opening of Dan’s exhibit “Vivisect Portraits”. The series embodies artworks of abstracted facial features arranged on the canvas at, what may appear, random. The show runs through February 28. Exhibits at Lot 10 are curated by Allison DeDominick.

For more info visit

Mockingbird Paperie (144 State/MLK St.)

mockingbirdWild at Heart: Portraits of Wildlife by Melissa Groo

Melissa Groo’s intimate photographs of wildlife from around the world will be displayed throughout the store, in a range of sizes, on both metal and paper. The show will include new work as well as some of her favorites.

Call 277.0809 or visit

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

soag“Lyric Visions, Part II” Gallery members show work created in response to the poetry of sixteen regional poets invited by Tish Pearlman, poet laureate of Tompkins County in 2013-14. This exhibition features paintings, drawings, photographs, prints and sculpture.

Call: 277-1626 or Visit:

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

sunny daysTony Serviente, Serviente Glass Studios

Being a native of the New Jersey suburbs (i.e., wanting to escape the shopping malls, power lines, and exhaust fumes) played an important role in the path that Tony Serviente took prior to settling in the beautiful Finger Lakes region where he set up his glass studio/shop in Fall Creek more than 30 years ago.

An award-winning artist whose glass can be found on every continent (including McMurdo station on Antartica!), Tony current splits his time between developing new kiln-formed work (lamps, sculpture, vessels, and tableware), working on stained glass commissions, and teaching in his local studio, as well as Corning Museum of Glass and the Pittsburgh Glass Center, among others.

Call 319-5260

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

the history centerClub Essence, John Henrik Clarke Africana Library, and Alpha Phi Alpha

Celebrate Black History Month with us! Founded in 1973, Club Essence is a grassroots organization that promotes unity, fellowship, and support among African-American women. Stop by The History Center at 5:30 PM for a presentation on the club by Martha Smith, President of Club Essence. Cornell University’s John Henrik Clarke Africana Library is responsible for providing reference and library instruction/consultation in the area of Africana Studies. Stop in at 6:30 PM for a presentation about the library by Eric Acree, Director of the John Henrik Clarke Africana Library. Members of Alpha Phi Alpha, the first African-American, inter-collegiate Greek-lettered fraternity, will speak at 7:30 PM.

Call 273.8284 or visit

Thrive (112 N. Cayuga St.)

thriveHouse of Choclet Valentine’s Day Runway Show and Exhibition

House of Choclet Recession-Wear Boutique presents latest work. All one of a kind hand-printed upcycled garments. Amongst the NYC designer’s signature images from American culture–hot rods, crowns, skulls, and chandeliers–Valentine’s Day has inspired the theme of Love and Death. “Life is short, do what you love.” Male and Female models will walk the runway at 8:00. Poetry, performances, and music to follow.

Visit or call 342-1222

Titus Gallery (222 the Commons)


Original art and limited edition silkscreens by well known artists including Leonard Baskin,

Mercada and Daphne Sola, to name a few.

Call 277-2649 or visit

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

tcplProject for a Re-volution in New York an exhibit organized by Todd Ayoung and Krishna Ramanujan opens at the Tompkins County Public Library

Feb. 5, 5–8 p.m.

The opening features:

Poetry Readings from a Soap Box, by Melissa Tuckey, author of award-winning “Tenuous Chapel” (ABZ Press, 2013)

6:00–6:10; 6:30–6:40; and 7:00–7:10

Film Screening, “Last Year at Marienbad” (1961), directed by Alain Resnais, written by Alain Robbe-Grillet. With live, improvised musical accompaniment by GK2


With Informal interventions by Jim Costanzo and the Aaron Burr Society

5:00 – 8:00

Project for a Re-volution in New York features installations by 22 local, national and international artists. The Project asked artists to contemplate the meaning of revolution in all its connotations, as a rotation, an overturning, in its Marxist sense, and as an action of a whirling mechanical device.

The exhibit is made possibly in part by funds from the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County and the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation.

Other exhibits on display in the Avenue of the Friends include “Hats, Shoes and Accessories from the Downton Abbey Era” and the winners of the MLK Poster Contest.

Call: 272 4557 or E-mail or visit

Waffle Frolic (146 E. State St., The Commons)

waffle frolicHannah Leeber

Hannah will be exhibiting her photo series “The 5th Stage”. The show runs through February 28. Monthly exhibits are curated by Allison of ARTe,

For more info visit









































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