First Friday for December 1st, 2017

 By Ken Morrison

 It's that time again! (It's also December - insert scream and heavy sighing HERE). Binghamton's First Friday Artwalk returns Tonight from 6-9pm. This might be the last Art Walk while we have acceptable weather, so get out if you can for some fresh air and of course - ART! 

Also don't forget that in addition to the Art Walk, the 2017 Student Experimental Film Festival runs tonight and tomorrow at the Art Mission Theater. You can find all the details for that in our Blog.

Here is the mostly complete lineup for First Friday, thanks to our Friends from the Gorgeous Washington Street Association!

Features of Binghamton's Next First Friday Art Walk - December 1, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

"Tis the season"...for holiday art/artisan, light and anniversary shows, performances of A Christmas Carol, CANDLECHANT a cappella music sung in candlelight, a Native American presentation on peace, debut of Binghamton University and SUNY Broome events at the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator, Labyrinth Walk indoors, and more at Binghamton's next First Friday Art Walk. These represent some of the highlights among the 32 venue locations open December 1 from 6-9 PM, downtown, west side, and south side of Binghamton. 

The holiday art/artisan shows include: 

Annual All Member Holiday Show with unique & affordable gifts of art at Cooperative Gallery 213 (213 State St., Artists' Row) (Thru Dec. 23, 2017). 

Holiday Show showcasing eight artists: Fern P. Lynn and Mud & Fire-Pottery; Marie LoParco-Mixed Media; David LoParco-Photography; JDS Designs/Janis Schimsky-Jewelry; Marc Schimsky, Laura Monforte, Orazio Salati-Painting (Thru Jan. 2018) at Orazio Salati Gallery & Studio (204 State St., Artists' Row). 

Holiday Light Show with Music and Christmas Theme at The Colonial (56-58 Court St.) with the lighting of their building, starting Dec. 1 First Friday thru Christmas from sundown to 9 PM & shown every 15 minutes. 

"A Christmas Carol" performances by In the Studio 271 Productions at Phelps Mansion Museum (191 Court St.) on Dec. 1-2, 8-9, 15-16 with two shows a night at 7:30 and 9:30 PM by reservations only. Admission, $30, single; $50 for 2; more info & to reserve tickets, call 722.4873. 

CANDLECHANT a cappella music sung by The Trinity Men in candlelight at Trinity Memorial Church (44 Main St.) from 7:30-8 PM. 

Holiday Jewelry Sale and Open Studio*: Sophia Sophia Jewelry Designer and Wally Dion Visual Artist at The ART Building (61 Prospect Ave., off Lewis St., lower level on State St. side). [*Only on Dec. 1 First Friday, 6-9.] 

2017 Home for the Holidays at Roberson Museum & Science Center (30 Front St, featuring hundreds of trees, dazzling displays and international forest (Thru Jan. 7, 2018). 

Additional First Friday highlights include: 

"14 Years: Anniversary Group Exhibition": Selection of New Works by ABFA Gallery Program, along with some new artist additions (Thru Jan. 27, 2018) at Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts/ABFA (186 State St.). 

Aksel Sand Pedersen: "Still Life Themes and Variation"-The School of Paris: Paintings at Broome Co. Arts Council/BCAC (81 State St., 5 th Fl.) with a First Friday opening reception, 6-9 PM, with period music by piano stylist Ken Martinek. (Exhibit thru Dec. 28, 2017, on view M-F, 11-5.) 

Jan Peterson, print maker: Embossed Paper Prints (Thru Dec. 2017) at The Gallery at 5 Riverside Drive/Towers (5 Riverside Dr.). 

Lizzy James, jewelry designer: Collection of stylish, versatile jewelry with each piece carefully handcrafted in the U.S. by local artists at The Goldsmith (31 Lewis St. in Kilmer Bldg.). (Open First Friday, 10-8.) 

Other top First Friday events on Dec. 1: 

"HAUDENOSAUNEE* CULTURE"-Treaties and the Great Tree of Peace presentation, preceded with a display/sale of Beadwork by Artist Karenlyne Hill and Paintings by Karen Kucharski, will be held at American Civic Association/ACA (131 Front St.). HAUDENOSAUNEE presentation held 6:30-8:30 PM with speakers: Hickory Edwards-Onondaga and Dan Hill-Cayuga Nation on canoeing, flute-making & the meaning of wampum belts; doors open at 6 PM. Admission/suggested donation: $5/individual; $15/family; contact ACA at 723.9419. (*HAUDENOSAUNEE are the indigenous people of the region, aka the Six Nations, Iroquois & People of the Longhouse. This project was made possible with public funds from Chenango Co. Arts Council's Decentralization Grants Program, a re-grant program of NYS Council on the Arts, with support from Gov. Cuomo & NYS Legislature.) 

"Art @ INK"*: Work of over 20 Binghamton University student artists on display at Koffman Southern Tier Incubator (120 Hawley St.). [*Only on Dec. 1 First Friday from 6-9 PM.] (Sponsored by BU's Office of Entrepreneurship & Innovation and Harpur Edge.) 

"SUNY Broome's Celebration of Innovation*: Exhibits and presentations by SUNY Broome's Collaboration Lab at Koffman Southern Tier Incubator (120 Hawley St.). [*Only on Dec. 1 First Friday from 6-9 PM.] Labyrinth Walk featuring icons placed around a replica of the Chartres Labyrinth, a non-linear walking path designed to reflect inwardly as the images* are encountered at Christ Church (10 Henry St.). Also, in the church lounge, exhibit by Cheryl DeLuke: "Bud"-All media. During First Friday, she will create a loose watercolor portrait of her dog, Bud, using a photo for reference. 

Also, there's the Parlor City Trolley and Tours by PAST/Preservation Association of Southern Tier departing from the Phelps Mansion Museum (191 Court St.) with Carol Hawley hosting one tour at 6 PM. From 7-9 PM, the trolley will circulate along a designated route and riders can get on/off at any time. A surprise holiday guest is expected to ride the trolley during First Friday. 

Besides those already listed, other venue locations hosting a First Friday event December 1: Community Options New York, Inc. (182-84 State St., Artists' Row): Frank "Frankie Picasso" Feitsma: Featuring the work of Frank Feitsma who suffers from MS and finds joy in creating paintings using his mouth & wheelchair. [*Only on Dec. 1 First Friday from 6-9 PM.] 

Uncorked Creations (205 State St./Artists; Row): New Ceramics Studio open: Pick from hundreds of choices to paint and create. (Cocktails and appetizers available in 3rd Fl. Wine Loft.) 

City Light Coffee (254 Washington St., near Forum Theatre): Pool, an alternative groove band made up of Binghamton University students, performing 7-9 PM. 

Garland Gallery (116 Gorgeous Washington St. between Hawley & Court St.): Pat Raube, singer/songwriter, 6-9 PM and 30% off everything on the walls. 

The Shop (219 Washington St.): "The Wall" acrylic mural by Nathan Gorman; "We <3 Graffiti," photos on canvas, and "Binghamton Herald" wall graphic by Eugenie and Zoran. (New menu items and happy hour, 5-7 PM with $1 off beer, wine & sparklers.) 

Citrea Restaurant & Bar (7 Court St., Suite 3, on Riverwalk): Sean Murphy: "Untitled"-Photography. HealthLinkNY (49 Court St.): Dr. Jagmohan S. Sidhu*: "Abstract Art in Pathology" at HealthLinkNY (49 Court St.). [*Only on Dec. 1 First Friday, 6-9 PM.] 

Little Venice Restaurant (111 Chenango St.): Binghamton's original Art Gallery: Over 150 signed paintings on display throughout the restaurant, including several by Binghamton artist Armondo Dellasanta. (Open until 10 PM every Friday. Also, The Shop at Little Venice: Italian Specialty Foods, Gifts & Little Venice Favorites.) 

The Bundy Museum of History & Art (129 Main St., 3 rd Fl. Gallery): "It's Never Just a Dream": Pen and Ink Drawings by Connie Kovac (Thru Jan. 2, 2018). (There's an Opening Reception on First Friday, 6-9 PM; free admission.) Bundy Museum Gallery 131 (131 Main St., located next to the museum): "The Art of Peter Keil-A Retrospective"-Expressive paintings with impressive color and dynamic shape. (This exhibit on loan from a private collection.) Bundy Museum/Binghamton Photo's 1st Fl. Gallery (32 Cedar St., Binghamton): Robert Bellospirito: Large Format Fine Art Landscape Prints (Thru Dec. 30, 2017). 

Chatterbox Cafe (21 Main St.): First Friday Food/Bar Specials: Unlimited Spaghetti & Meatballs for $10.99 and $5 Martinis. 

The ART Building (61 Prospect St., off Lewis St.): Open house every First Friday and classes daily at Vishnu's Couch Yoga Studio on 4th Fl. with an open house every First Friday and classes daily (Contact/Vishnu's, 607.232.0410). Also, The ART Building: Lofts and Space, solar-powered building with an electric car charger (Info:; home of The ART Mission and Theater, local, nonprofit art house and gallery open 6 days/week (Info: 

Art Mission and Theater (61 Prospect Ave., off Lewis St.): Annual Members' Show (Thru Dec. 2017). 

Whole In The Wall Restaurant (43 S. Washington St.): Helga Stein: "Expressions of Nature"-Birds, Animals and Flowers (Thru December 2017). 

Lost Dog Cafe (222 Water St.): Teresa Arcodia and Robert Hoover: "Friends and Painters"-Paintings-Acrylic on Canvas (Thru Dec. 2017) with Meet-the-Artists from 6-9 PM. The Groovy Boys, a Binghamton University student funk/jazz band in the Lounge, 9 PM-Midnight. (Cafe open 1st Friday to 10 PM; Lounge to 1 AM.) 

Two First Friday venues TBA for Dec. 1 are: Doc Con's Kava Bar & Social Club (89 Court St., corner Chenango St.) and Imagicka (39 Court St.). At Healing Elements Spa and Salon (222 Water St., 3 rd Fl., rear entrance), will host a gallery show: Maureen Stroka: "Breathe": A photographic expression of what is often overlooked in our busy and disconnected lives thru December. Call 677.0640 for more info and spa/salon hours.

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