First Friday for November 3rd, 2017

Features of Binghamton's Next First Friday Art Walk - NOVEMBER 3 

Artistic expression abounds in many different ways on First Friday from several fine art photography exhibits to "Soup for Syria" book sale and soup supper with an art exhibit to a Grateful Dead tribute concert as some of the highlights of Binghamton's next First Friday Art Walk. There's also two new First Friday venues among the 29 locations open November 3 from 6-9 PM, downtown, west side, and south side of Binghamton. 

The fine art photography exhibits include: 
1) Andrew Morgan: "Beyond the Garden": Photography / Images of Binghamton (Thru Nov. 11, 2017) at Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts/ABFA (186 State St., Artists' Row). 
2) "Freestyle": Student Works of the Photography Program at SUNY Broome, Fall 2017 (Thru Nov. 28, 2017) at The Bundy Museum of History & Art (129 Main St., 3rd Fl. Gallery). (There's an Opening Reception on First Friday, 6-9 PM; free admission.) 
3) Robert Bellospirito: Large Format Fine Art Landscape Prints (Nov. 3-Dec. 30, 2017) at Bundy Museum/Binghamton Photo's 1st Fl. Gallery (32 Cedar St., Binghamton). 
4) Photographs by Veterans at Broome Co. Arts Council/BCAC (81 State St., 5th Fl.). (In honor of Veterans Day from photography classes for veterans given by JW Johnston, professional photographer and SUNY Broome adjunct professor and William Bay. This photography show represents cooperative effort to involve veterans in the arts, in collaboration with the Josephine Herrick Project, Dept. of Veterans Affairs, and Broome Co. Arts Council). (Exhibit thru Nov. 2017, First Friday, 6-9 PM, M-F, 11-5.) 
5) Helga Stein: "Expressions of Nature" - Birds, Animals and Flowers (Thru December 2017) at Whole In The Wall Restaurant (43 S. Washington St.). 

"Soup for Syria": Book Sale and Soup Supper with an exhibit by Two Rivers Photography Club and environmental art by Claudine Jones will be held at The Sophia Center for Spirituality at First Congregational Church Fellowship Hall (30 Main St.) at 5:30 PM. The cookbook, "Soup for Syria" by author Barbara Abdeni Massad, will be on sale to benefit food efforts for Syrian refugees for $30 each. (FYI: Acclaimed chefs and cookbook authors worldwide have come together to help food relief efforts to alleviate the suffering of Syrian refugees. Each contributed a recipe to this beautifully illustrated cookbook of delicious soups from around the world. All profits from the sales of the cookbook will be donated to help fund food relief efforts through various nonprofit organizations. RSVP for Soup Supper by Wednesday, Nov. 1; call 607.644.0736.) 

A Grateful Dead tribute concert* by Voodoo Highway and Company will be held at Binghamton University Downtown Center/UDC on First Friday at 6 PM. The free First Friday concert will feature guest musician Rob Wenig of California, formerly of Jerry Garcia Band, Curtis Kendrick, dean of Binghamton University libraries, and members of local group, Voodoo Highway (Dana Stewart, Bob Rynone, Andy Gorman, and Tom D'Angelo), playing the set list from the Grateful Dead's Broome Co. Arena 1977 show in its entirety. (*Sponsored by the BU Division of Student Affairs.) 

The two new First Friday venues are: 
The ART Building (61 Prospect St., off Lewis St.): Lofts and Space in 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:, and Vishnu's Couch Yoga Studio on 4th Fl. with an open house every First Friday and classes daily (Contact/Vishnu's, 607.232.0410). 
Healing Elements Spa and Salon (222 Water St., 3rd Fl.): Grand Opening on First Friday with Ribbon-Cutting at 4 PM with Broome Co. Chamber of Commerce, followed by Meet-and-Greet with Healing Elements Staff, featuring: product samples, 15% off their line of Aveda retail products, door prizes, food by Phantom Chef and Saucy Hog BBQ, and local music, TBA. Also, a gallery show with up-and-coming artist, Maureen Stroka, with photography show titled "Breathe": A photographic expression of what is often overlooked in our busy and disconnected lives and "invitation" to notice the beauty that is around us every day (Thru Dec. 2017). 

Other top First Friday art exhibits and artist/artisan shows: 
"The Art of Binghamton": Celebrating 150 Years of Art - The city's past, innovation, progress, and beauty at Art Mission and Theater (61 Prospect Ave., off Lewis St.). A premiere gallery experience of art created by local artists and based on Binghamton's Sesquicentennial featuring eclectic mix of media (Thru Nov. 3, 2017). 
Joanne Thorne Arnold, "Shelter" and Jean Luongo: "Current Work" (Nov. 3-25, 2017) at Cooperative Gallery 213 (213 State St., Artists' Row). 
Amy Hoi-Ngen Hsiao: "Ice and Fire / Recent Work" - Exploring shapes and spaces between the lines (Nov. 3-25, 2017) at Orazio Salati Gallery & Studio (204 State St., Artists' Row). 
Victor Lay*: Color pencil and oil pastels at Phelps Mansion Museum (191 Court St.). [*Only on Nov. 3 First Friday from 6-9 PM.] 
Jan Peterson, print maker: Embossed Paper Prints (Nov. 3 - Dec. 2017) at The Gallery at 5 Riverside Drive/Towers (5 Riverside Dr.). (First Friday opening reception, 6-9 PM, and Artist's Talk on embossed paper technique at 7 PM in River Room; free admission.) 
Alexis Bittar, jewelry designer: New collection of bold, fashionable, easy-to-wear adornments at The Goldsmith (31 Lewis St. in Kilmer Bldg.). (Open First Friday, 10-8.) 

Besides those already listed, other venue locations hosting a First Friday event on November 3 are: Community Options New York, Inc. (182-84 State St., Artists' Row): Carol Lanois: "Upcycled Luminaries" and Acrylic Paintings*. [*Only on Nov. 3 First Friday from 6-9 PM.] 
Uncorked Creations (205 State St./Artists' Row): New Ceramics Studio open: Pick your piece and create! (Cheese or chocolate fondue on special in 3rd Fl. Wine Loft.) 
City Light Coffee (254 Washington St., near Forum Theatre): First Friday event, TBA. 
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 (thru Nov. 2017). Music by Sabor Latino playing 7-10 PM. 
Doc Con's Kava Bar & Social Club (89 Court St., corner Chenango St.): Artist Zuri and guitar mastery of Tom Jolu (Thomas Joseph Lewis): Soulful singing and heartfelt lyrics; plus, Parlor City Vegan at Doc Con's. 
HealthLinkNY (49 Court St.): Health & Wellness Fair* featuring chiropractors, massage/aroma therapists, Yoga instructors, and representatives from Truth Pharm and Fidelis. [*Only on Nov. 3 First Friday from 6-9 PM.] 
Imagicka (39 Court St.): Sara Delafied of Red Feather Retreat: Display and Sale of Goddess Art, info on upcoming classes, plus pre-holiday specials. 
Urban Star Vintage Boutique (75 Court St.): Book Sale from 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.) 
Despina's Mediterranean Taste (20 Hawley St.): First Friday 3-course dinner special, 5-9 PM; choose from Greek Spaghetti with salmon, Mousaka (w/eggplant), or Pastisto (Greek lasagna), served with soup or salad + dessert, $15. Reservations, call 607.235.2406. 
Christ Church (10 Henry St.): Ann Marie and Peter Graham: "Cornucopia of Art": Multimedia (Acrylic, Graphite, Pastel) and Photography - Florals and Landscapes of Broome County. Music by The Parlor City Flute Ensemble, directed by Melanie Valencia, from 7-7:50 and 8:10-9 PM; flute quartet music of all styles performed on piccolos, C-flutes, alto, and bass flutes. 
Trinity Church (44 Main St.): A Handbell Spectacular featuring The Trinity Ringers performing a lively 30-minute program at 7:30 PM for bells, chimes and organ; free admission. 
Lost Dog Cafe (222 Water St.): Cynthia Rotella: "Color Escape" - Abstract Expression: Oil on Canvas, Charcoal/Oil Pastel on Paper (Thru Nov. 2017) with Meet-the-Artist from 6-8 PM on First Friday. Fall Creek Brass Band from Ithaca area playing in the Lounge, 9 PM-Midnight. (Cafe open 1st Friday to 11 PM; Lounge to 1 AM.)

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