November 4: New Roots Charter School

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New Roots Charter School 116 N Cayuga St

Recent works by McKenzie Lauren Jones

McKenzie is a lyrical artist who loves to play with the stories we tell ourselves. She is fascinated by words and enjoys exploring how they sound, what they mean, how they look, and what they create. Her poems, greeting cards, and stencils touch upon the most heartwarming, grimy, funny, and genuine qualities of life.

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November 4: Sunny Days of Ithaca

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Sunny Days of Ithaca 123 S Cayuga St

Dave Pollot, Art with a Sense of Humor

Dave Pollot has always loved to paint, however, he finds his attention span is often outweighed by his eagerness to move on and learn something else. Repurposing old thrift art has become something of an answer to this problem. He takes abandoned prints and paintings found at thrift stores and garage sales and carefully uses oil paints to make new additions into the old pieces.

The challenge of blending his additions to their new surroundings in whatever style the original artist painted in keeps his attention. Part of the fun is not only taking some piece of pop culture and putting it into a place where it might not belong, but also making it blend in so well that it actually seems that it belongs.

Says Dave, “My art shouldn’t be too carefully considered for gravity; it’s meant to allow the viewer an escape from the serious, if only for the few moments that they spend looking at some bit of pop culture mischievously inserted into something that might have hung in their grandmother’s house.”

November 4: State of the Art Gallery

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State of the Art Gallery 120 W State St

Awaiting the Ark is an exhibition of recent paintings of endangered animals by Shirley Hogg.

What makes this work so remarkable is the artist has painted the animals life-sized. The show dates are November 2-27, 2016, with a reception for the artist Friday, November 4, 5-8 pm.

In conjunction with her show, there is this special event:  “Hogg Wild;  Painting Animals in Watercolor,” a children’s workshop with Shirley Hogg and Erin Deneuville, Saturday, November 12, 10-11:45 am for children ages 6-12 (fee, $15, reserve at bristleandturp.com/hoggwild). State of the Art is at 120 W. Martin Luther King, Jr./State Street. There is curbside parking and ADA accessibility. Hours:  W-F, 12-6pm and Sat & Sun, 12-5pm.  Contact info:  607-277-1626 and www.soagithaca.org

November 4: Benjamin Peters

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Benjamin Peters 120 E State St

Mariellen Brown, Paper Snowflake Art – First Exhibition

A childhood craft rises to a new level with intricate design and detail. Each delicate snowflake is hand-cut from archival buffered tissue paper, and carefully unfolded to reveal picturesque scenes within mesmerizing geometry. A first exhibition of 20 original pieces, each cut within the last year.

November 4: Handwork

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Handwork 102 W State St

Try your hand at decorating a clay holiday ornament using Handwork artisan Colleen McCall’s signature technique, sgraffito.

First, participants will hand paint brilliant under-glaze colors on a white porcelain surface. Then, draw through the layers of color to reveal the dark brown clay beneath. Use one of Colleen’s motifs or design your own. The drop in workshop is $5 per ornament. First come, first serve. Ornaments will be fired in the artist’s kiln and available for pick up as early as November 12!

November 4: CSMA

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Community School of Music and Arts 330 E State St

Online Auction Art on View

CSMA’s online auction – our annual fundraiser for scholarships and education programs – kicks off on Gallery Night and continues through November 21!

Local artists have generously donated works of fine art and craft, all on view in the gallery this month and on the auction website

http://www.gigkeeper.com/csma/auction.

You can also bid on dining, entertainment, merchandise and more donated by area businesses to support your local arts school!

November 4: Buffalo Street Books

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Buffalo Street Books 215 N Cayuga St

Beasts in Residence: Animals of Upstate New York

Paintings by Jodie Mangor and Johanna Husband

Inspired by the animals of the wild, of the farm, and of the home, Jodie Mangor and Johanna Husband created a show of oil and watercolor paintings. Enjoy colorful and detailed portraits of our region’s unique fauna.