May 5: State of the Art Gallery

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State of the Art Gallery 120 W State St

Margaret Nelson, EPHEMERA

Based on an ephemeral process, suminagashi, that results in a monotype (a print that exists as only a single copy); and she played on the idea of the transience of intellectual life to create the texts that accompany her prints.

Connie Zehr, ECHO

A small glass and sand pedestal installation, is the photographed object she’s used to develop multiple panel prints. The reflections in the glass canes and spheres are the subject of this series of images. This group of prints continues her interest in the connection between the image and the object.
Show dates: May 3-28, 2015 with a reception Gallery Night, Friday, May 5, 5-8pm. Hours:  Wed.-Fri., 12-6pm and Sat. & Sun., 12-5pm. 120 W. Martin Luther King, Jr./State Street with curbside 607-277-1626 and parking and ADA


May 5: Ten Forward Cafe

Ten Forward Cafe 115 E State St, 2nd floor of Autumn Leaves

Folk Art & Sculpture by Arnold Bradshaw

Arnold’s Gallery Night debut featuring several new series he has been developing over the last two years.

May 5: Mockingbird Paperie

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Mockingbird Paperie 142 E State St

Susan C. Larkin

“I want my camera to be an x-ray machine—capable of looking through the walls of a pod to the seeds inside. If that can’t happen, I think about what I could do with back light. Can I show the outline of a plant with light from behind? Or perhaps celebrate the color?  I am seeking the details people see every day but so often fail to notice.”

May 5: Ithaca Marriott Downtown on the Commons



Ithaca Marriott Downtown on the Commons 120 South Aurora Street

Ryan grew up in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains and Chapel Hill, North Carolina, spending her formative years surrounded by nature and learning to make art out of clay. After going to school for ceramics, Ryan received a BFA in Crafts/Material Studies with a focus in glass from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2006. Determined to broaden her glass horizons, Ryan moved across the country to Seattle, WA, a major epicenter in the glassworking community. She happily immersed herself in the wonderful world of studio glass by learning from some of her glass heroes and continuing her glass education.

In 2010, Ryan started traveling the world blowing glass for entertainment and sharing her love of the material with guests on Celebrity Cruises with the Blow Glass at Sea chapter of the Corning Museum of Glass. She had a source of endless inspiration for her glass creations in her oceanic surroundings and the many countries and cultures she was lucky enough to experience. After six years as a glassblowing sailor Ryan turned in her fins and finally put down roots in the beautiful Finger Lakes region in a city very rich in glass history, Corning, NY. The work displayed here is a sampling of pieces she enjoys making.

Please check out her website at for more examples of her work.

May 5: Community School of Music and Arts

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Community School of Music and Arts 330 E State St

In the Ring by Scout Dunbar

The Ink Shop presents In the Ring by Scout Dunbar at the Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) gallery. Through the exploration of pattern, mark-making, line, and material, Scout uses memory as a tool to re-visit childhood. She employs a range of mediums and processes such paint, ink, collage, oil pastel and colored pencil to create abstract images on paper. Her approach to aesthetics ranges; some works are left as simple line drawings and others are filled with color and pattern. Raised in Ithaca and a graduate of Alfred University, the artist is currently based in Brooklyn, NY.

May 5: Cellar d’Or

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Cellar d’Or 136 E State St

Rachel Philipson, Photographs of San Juan, Puerto Rico

In a very recent trip to San Juan, Puerto Rico to visit her mother’s family, Rachel Philipson put together a series of photographs. Her images show the silent corners of San Juan and how nature touches the city.

May 5: The History Center

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The History Center in Tompkins County 401 E State St

In conjunction with the First Friday Gallery Night, The History Center will present a new exhibition with a 6.30 PM presentation “The Altered and Preserved Landscape.”

This exhibition by students at Tompkins Cortland Community College examines the local landscape and is part of the larger celebration of the 200 year anniversary of Tompkins County. The artworks explore the visual and functional conditions of Tompkins County over time by drawing on primary source materials from The History Center.