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:  

Argos Inn (408 E State/MLK St.)

argosPoetry of Stone

Nicholas Gilbert

A collection of fine mosaic stone artwork made with stones from around the world and some from local creeks and lakes

Call 319-4437 or

Visit or call

Benjamin Peters (120 the Commons)

benjamin petersLandscapes

by Carl Schofield

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

Call: 273-1371 Visit:

Buffalo Street Books (215 N. Cayuga St.)

buffalo street books
New Work by Celia Bowers

Recent oil on canvas paintings from the Aurora Series—studies in light and color based on early dawn skies. I will also be exhibiting a selection from a new series based on reflections of light in rainy New York streets.

Call 273-8246

Collegetown Bagels (203 N. Aurora St.)

Join us for First Friday Gallery Night at our Aurora Street location and view the opening of Annette Roberts acrylic on canvas show “Journey With Me”

We’re excited to be showing Annette for the first time, and hope you will join us for snack and wine on Friday, April 3rd at 5pm.

Call: 273-2848 or visit:

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

Alice Gant

Softer Books

Gant’s exhibit will feature long (up to 20 feet!), horizontal, folding fabric books. She uses a technique of her own design called “neo-reverse applique”. Although the pieces are certainly fiber art, they also recall stained glass windows, because of the black lines left behind when cutting away the fabric. Because they are narrative and pictorial, they inhabit a world apart from traditional quilt craft practices. Most pieces take many months to complete.


Decorum-Too Oriental Rug Store and Gallery (215 N. Cayuga Street, Dewitt Mall)


Trina Bruno

Having spent her childhood in Manhattan, Trina Bruno was surrounded by a myriad of sights and sounds. Through the years she has also been heavily influenced by mixed media used by fine craftsmen. Her work attempts to find the balance between city and country, using wood; paint; raffia and twigs.

Call 607-319-0944 or visit

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

new roots charter schoolAubrey Hetznecker

What We Remember We Burry  

Opening April 3rd, 5 to 7:30PM

Aubrey Hetznecker is an artist and educator currently residing in Ithaca, NY. Aubrey received her BFA from Cornell University and her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University. This work explores the notion of interstitial spaces through the accumulation of repeated forms implying spatial and social relationships. These forms are in a state of transition, desiring to be actualized in space.

Visit or call (607) 882-9220

Handwork (102 W. State/MLK St.)

Make your own Spring garland at Handwork Cooperative with local artist and illustrator Jill Hoffman. We’ll be using decorative papers, a variety of crafting techniques and beautiful pre-designed templates to help you create your own customized piece to take home with you. While supplies last. Donations are welcome.

Call 273.9400 or visit

Ithaca Health Alliance/ Free Clinic (521 West Seneca St.)

IthacaHealthAlliance_FreeClinic_Mary MilneThe Material World

The Ithaca Health Alliance invites you to our gallery reception and kick-off for our Peaks Fundraising Campaign! Local folk-artist Mary Milne’s fabric wall-hangings explore the theme of environmental health. With the warmth of brightly colored cloth, Milne celebrates the ideals of clean water, healthy food and the regularity of seasons. Using a variety of textiles, with delight in details, her work evokes a benign view of our place in the natural world. Talk to the artist about her technique and enjoy refreshments! and/or **

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

kitchenKitchen 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. “My tapestries exploit the tactile woven medium in forms that give the illusion of depth and monumentality. They are abstractions from human and landscape forms and Neolithic stone sites.”

Call: 272-0403

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Lot 10 (106 S. Cayuga Street)

lot 10Jen Ospina aka Angeni will be exhibiting her series “Illusions” will open Friday April 3rd during Ithaca’s 1st Friday Gallery Night.

Angeni incorporates colors and bodies to display a certain element of energy. Her pallate and brushstrokes are both smooth and rough, conveying images of sensuality.

For more info visit

Sarah’s Patisserie (130 E. Seneca St. at Seneca Place)

The Art of Surviving

The Advocacy Center is sponsoring our 5th annual art show, The Art of Surviving in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, April 2015. This show will offer survivors of sexual assault, child sexual abuse, and rape a chance to exhibit creative work that has aided in their healing process.

Call 319.0272 or visit

Silky Jones Bar and Lounge (214 E. State/MLK St., The Commons)

silky jonesClarissa Plank will be exhibiting her series of prints through April 30th. Through her work Plank continue to discover ways to combine techniques such as etching, aquatint and photopolymer to add depth to a single image. Her work is a study of object, memory nature and home.

For more info visit


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

EGM_collage_Ap_2015_dpSeries and Progression

Elisabeth Gross-Marks, a gallery member for 25 years, will have a solo show of paintings and collages this month. She says her work is different for this show; it is about composition, colors of shapes and repetition. She says, “To repeat a form over and over is like singing a song of the Middle Ages where the melody was repeated several times.” A reception for Elisabeth will be held on Gallery Night from 5-8pm. Show dates are April 1-26, 2015

Call: 277-1626 or Visit:

Studio West (516 West State/MLK St.)

studio westSarah Gotowka

I Could Drink A Case of You

A new body of work composed of lyric drawings made from dry-pressed flowers.


or call 607-277-5647

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

sunny days 1st Place Winner of the Essence of Ithaca Photo Competition

Open to the public! Submit a photo that you think best captures the Essence of Ithaca and it will be displayed April 1st for voting. Great prizes! 1st place winner’s photo is highlighted for Gallery Night and the month of April. Email photo to by March 25th.

Call 319-5260

 The Art and Found ( 112 North Cayuga St.)

the art and foundArt at The Art and Found

Abstract designs by Wendy Skinner will open in the new arts event space at The Art and Found, which has moved to North Cayuga Street between SewGreen and the Bandwagon Brewpub. Visitors are invited to enjoy Skinner’s intricate drawings, and tour the new family of connected shops: SewGreen, Art ReStart, and The Art and Found, for artful materials and sustainable fashions.

Call (518) 522-2219

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

history centerWeirding Module \\ Sunken Cheek

The History Center in Tompkins County invites you to join us for two synthesizer performances done in partnership with Ithaca Underground. Come hear Weirding Module from 5:30 to 6:30pm followed by Sunken Cheek from 7:00 to 8:00pm. Doors open at 5:00pm. FREE and OPEN to the public.

Call 607.273.8284 or visit

The Ink Shop (330 E. State/MLK St.)
2 Shows on View:

Witchcraft | Camille Chew

Digital prints and mixed media artworks exploring Ink Shopthe fantasy world of Camille Chew.

Chew is an Ithaca native who recently graduated from Alfred University and who was chosen as a summer intern at the Ink Shop. Camille is one of many fine young artists earning degrees from Alfred University’s prestigious printmaking program, who have impressive work. The Ink Shop is delighted to showcase this talented young artist.

Ink shop 2DUETS: Reveling in Remembering
Laurie Snyder will be exhibiting recent photographs and artists books at the Ink Shop Printmaking Center April 3-28, 2015. The new series, “Duets: Reveling in Remembering” reflects her response to the profound changes in her life. With the death of her husband, the artist John Wood, the move back to Ithaca, and the retirement from a teaching career in Baltimore, Maryland, the past few years have been a time of profound transition and loss. It also has been a time of re-learning, re-membering, re-making, re-garding and re-creating.

Call: 277-3884 or Visit:

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

the potters roomThis group show speaks to the multi-disciplinary forms of art that local artists explore and share together at The Potter’s Room. The artists share a vibrant and collaborative community of ceramic media and explore other mediums such as painting, drawing, and watercolor. This show is about conveying the strong sense of unity and home that is fostered at The Potter’s Room. Artists in the show include the owner Tomas Black and other members of The Potter’s Room

Artists: Tomas Black, Gerry Monaghan, Carl Whittaker, Owen Mann, and Abigail Fink.

Visit or call 413.262.8988

Titus Gallery (222 the Commons)

Harvest Mice (w/ haiku)GLIMPSES OF NATURE

By Margy Nelson

Margy Nelson derives inspiration from the small lives that go on around us. In her adult life, Ishe has meandered along a complex trajectory, from neuroscientist specializing in the neural basis of behavior in insects, to her current dual career as scientific illustrator and as artist in watercolor and digital media. This collection represents her efforts to capture glimpses of the wonderful complexity of the natural world.

Call 277-2649 or visit

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

waffle frolic 1For the next two months Waffle Frolic and ARTe will be featuring 2 artists! Michelle Wright will be exhibiting her photography in the upstairs loft space and Ariana Olsen will be exhibiting her drawings downstairs. The shows will run through April 30th.

For more info visit


Preview to May 1st Gallery Night:

Downtown Exhibitions:

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

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

Canvas 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 Visit:

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

Two shows on view:

  1. Peter Kahn Retrospective

In 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

Internationally 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.)

Please 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

For 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

“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)

Ithaca 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)

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

Call 277.2777

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

Kitchen 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 Visit:

Lot 10 (106 S Cayuga St.)

On 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.)

Re-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)

 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.)

“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

Photographer 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.)

Indie 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

SewGreen 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)

Benjamin 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

Inspired 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)


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 visit

Waffle Frolic (146 E State St, Ithaca)

There 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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