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, August 7th

Cayuga Aquatics (704 W. Buffalo St.)

cayuga aquaticsThe Living-Art of Reef Aquaria

Cayuga Aquatics showroom presents the amazing beauty of living coral reef aquaria. Professional aquarist Steve Lowes designs, installs and maintains these unique aquariums based upon the fundamental principles of art, conservation and education. This month Steve has teamed with local artist Nicholas Down and a presentation of his abstract oil paintings influenced by inspirational landscapes. The combined effect is a thought provoking exhibit of natural environments that are experiencing tremendous change.

Visit or call 607.882.1069

Collegetown Bagels (203 N. Aurora St.)

collegetown bagelsLandscapes and Still Life: New Work by William Benson

This large scale still life and landscape focused show is comprised of beautiful Finger Lakes inspired subject matter. For those familiar with William Benson’s work in the Ithaca area for the past twenty years or so, the exploration of visual art on this grand scale will encourage you to explore Benson’s fundamental style of painting and modernism.

Call: 273-2848 or Visit:

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

CAPSue Hertz, Oil Meets Water

Who says water and oil don’t mix? The oil paintings in this show feature water in its many forms. They depict moving water, tranquil water, roaring water, falling water, frozen water, misty water, and more. The scenes are from Sue’s local surroundings (our beautiful Finger Lakes region) as well as her travels to Ireland, Iceland, Switzerland, California, and Maine.

Learn more about Sue at

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

csmaFaculty Show

Join us for a group exhibition of works by CSMA’s visual arts faculty. Featuring paintings and drawings by artists Rob Licht, Kevin Mayer, Terry Plater, Miriam Rice, and Melissa Zarem, the show offers a glimpse of our instructors’ own creative work and individual styles prior to the start of fall classes. The show will run throughout August and September.

Call: 272-1774 or Visit:

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

decorum tooMarian VanSoest

Always a favorite, Marian VanSoest will present a variety of color-filled abstract paintings. Came join us at Decorum-too in the Dewitt Mall on August 7th to learn about the artist and ask questions about her work.

Call 319-0944 or visit

Elevator Music and Art Gallery@New Roots Charter School (116 N. 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.)

handworkCeramic Blooms at Handwork

Raised in the town of Catherine, Owen Mann is a self-taught, tool free, ceramic sculptor. His handmade “floramics” are influenced by the beauty of botany and the dwindling honey bee. His works range from free flow, abstract, flowers of imagination to rigid sequences of the natural world. For Gallery Night, Owen will be demonstrating and explaining his process of creating large-scale ceramic flowers.

Colleen McCall is a potter, sculptor, teacher and Handwork member. Colleen’s illustrated ceramics have been featured on the front cover of Ceramics Monthly Magazine and are currently exhibiting in the Upstate New York Ceramics Invitational at the Main Street Arts Gallery in Clifton Springs. During Handwork’s August Gallery Night, Colleen will demonstrate her decorating technique using layers of under-glaze colors, wax resist and sgraffito.

A selection of Colleen’s Double-sided Turkish Vases and Owen’s intricate ceramic flowers will also be on display in Handwork’s Windows.

Call 273.9400 or visit

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

creative spaceMutations: Part 2

Part 1 set a melancholic tone, Part 2 reveals the process of chaotic deconstruction. This group exhibition explores the tension and decay of order, illustrating the defining moment. Curated by Andrea Aguirre and Tatiana Malkin.

For more information, search Creative Space Gallery on Facebook.

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

sarah'sA New Day: Jacob O’Neil

Jacob O’Neil starts with what nature provides, adding a personal touch. Some of these are digital edits. Some are just Nature pictures from a unique angle. All are meant to inspire.

Call 319.0272 or visit

Silky Jones (214 E State/MLK St.)

silky jonesSarah Gotowka will be exhibiting her series of Lyrical drawings through the month of August.

For more info visit:




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

soag“Vrana and Spitznagel” opens August 5 at State of the Art Gallery. The prints and paintings in this show create personal moments that give visibility to emotions and the psyche. Through abstraction, both artists develop forms that do not follow logical criteria, but are based on imagination and subjective thought. This artwork invites the viewer into a conversation between the conscious and the subconscious. An opening reception will be held Friday, August 7, 2015, from 5-8pm at the gallery and the show runs until August 30. 1

Call: 277-1626 or Visit:

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

sunny days of ithacaSarah Blodgett

Townies ~ Feathered Friends Among Us

Sarah Blodgett is a fine art and commercial photography residing in Ithaca, NY. Her recent work focuses on wildlife photography with a concentration on birds.

This recent work portrays birds from in and around the Ithaca area, a major stop over on the bird migration highway. See owls, to waterfowl to songbirds in this collection of images on display for the month of August.

Call 319-5260

The Art and Found ( 112 North Cayuga St.)

art and found“Because Fashion is Art too!..”

The Art and Found features local pop-up vendors and designers on First Friday to celebrate local talent and creativity. For August 7th the featured designer is Jesse Beardslee of Themis and Thread designs. Her A collection will include beautifully simple clothing that makes you feel comfortable, sexy, and edgy all at once! Themis and Thread’s fashions are locally made with a passion for integration and whim; 100% customizable statement pieces made from a national award winning designer & brand! Opening will include refreshments and a fun give-away raffle! ”

Call (518) 522-2219

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

the history centerCome explore our exhibition Local History Matters: Early Treasures from the Collection. With two new display cases recently added, two scavenger hunts for kids, and a hands-on stereoscope station, there is plenty to see and do. After your exploration, tell us your favorite item on display and be entered into a drawing for a private tour of our archives and collections, genealogy research and more!

Call 607.273.8284 or visit

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

The Space Between

ian mccoy-space betweenThrough abstracted human forms, systematic patterning and geometric fields Ian McCoy, The Ink Shop’s 2015 H. Peter Kahn Fellow, creates dynamic compositions representing unspoken connections between people. Whether interacting with them personally or observing a distant conversation, he finds it fascinating the amount of information that goes unnoticed by both parties and the way that data is transferred without the need for words. Recently, this has developed into a pursuit of pressure (the weight of living; consumption, time, and presence) and a study of symmetry (the repetition of life and the constant need to create order).

Call: 277-3884 or Visit:

The Shop Café (312 E Seneca St.)

Kirsten Kurtz

Out of the Woods

BootKirsten Kurtz’s first solo show at the Shop Café reveals the artist’s preoccupation with the primal nature that lies beneath the surface of all existence. Titled Out of the Woods, the show consists of watercolor and mixed media paintings depicting objects, landscapes and figures that attempt to capture the essence of the wild outdoors. Glistening golden fields, animal skulls and other subjects in nature are drawn from the natural environment in Hector, NY where the artist grew up. In her family tree series, Kurtz, who works as manager of the Soil Health Lab at Cornell University, literally brings the outside in by painting with soil, deriving inspiration in the rich and complex possibilities offered by its materiality and earthy color palette.

Call 273.5028
































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