First Friday returns August 4th, 2017

From our friends at the Gorgeous Washington Street Association. 

Top Picks of Binghamton’s Next First Friday Art Walk – AUGUST 4 

Top art picks of the next First Friday on August 4 at venues hosting art exhibits/shows downtown, west side, and south side, include: 

1) INSTALLATION | music by AmarA, an immersive auditory and visual experience at The Bundy Museum of History & Art (129 Main St.), in 3rd Fl. Modern Art Gallery (Thru Aug. 28, 2017) and the 2nd of 7 unique performances starting at 7:30 PM with AmarA and magician, John Wolfson. Featuring a variety of musicians and performance painter, AmarA, for a live and world-wide live-stream audience, this installation’s goal is to create a world wide conversation focused through music and visual creation, on giving tribute, on seeing problems and envisioning solutions with art as a vehicle for conscious interaction. [More info and live stream at: (The 0 is a zer0).] (Additional performances include: 8/3, First Brush Stroke; 8/5, g.nome & the soulless minions of orthodoxy; 8/8, Flying Old Crows; 8/9 Tri-Cities Opera; 8/10, Celestial Blue; 8/11, Last Brush Stroke.) Also, “Understanding the Landscape of Upstate through the Hudson River School” with the third/final art rotation by guest curator Astrid Tvetenstrand, on exhibit in the Bundy’s 2nd Fl. Gallery (Thru Aug. 29, 2017) from a local private collection. At Bundy Museum and Binghamton Photo’s 1st Fl. Gallery (32 Cedar St., Binghamton): “From a Haunting” – Photography by Matthew R. Browning: A phantasmagoric collection of Lith-printed photographs (Thru Oct. 3, 2017). 

More top art picks including on Artists’ Row (State Street between Henry and Lewis Streets) and other venue locations: 
2) “Borrowing Sugar”: A Group Exhibition – Exhibit A (Corning, NY) at ABFA…what happens when two galleries share ideas and swap spaces at Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts (186 State St.). Opening reception on First Friday, 6-9 PM; mid-exhibition reception on Sep. 1, 6-9 PM; exhibit ends Sat., Sep. 30. 
3) Aubrey Clark and John Thomson: “Renewal” and “Contrast” exhibits respectively (Thru Aug. 2017) at Cooperative Gallery 213 (213 State St.). “Renewal” features art by Clark and part of the process of revisiting work, materials, and ideas with reoccurring themes. Thomson’s “Contrast” show includes drawings and small scale sculptures reflecting a lifelong interest in the natural world representing a contrast between organic and geometric forms. 
4) Marc Schmisky: “A New Direction: Layers of Discovery” – Exhibition of paintings in cold wax and oil (Thru Sep. 25, 2017) at Orazio Salati Gallery & Studio (204 State St.). 
5) E. B. Schott: “Alternative Universe in Blue”* at Pop-Up Art Gallery/Exhibit (Back entrance of The Forum Theatre on State St.). [*On display only during First Friday, 6-9 PM.] 
6) Yelena Yeva (From Odessa, Ukraine): “Mothers and Daughters” and “At the Ballet” Photography … “I don’t make pictures, I capture Moments” … at Broome County Arts Council/BCAC (81 State St., 5th Fl.; exhibit thru Aug. 25, 2017, M-F, 11-5). 
7) Joanne Thorne Arnold: “MERGE” – An Exploration in Color with recent fused glass pieces/wall plaques (Thru August 2017) at Gallery at 5 Riverside Drive/Towers (5 Riverside Dr.). 
8) Zachary Wilson: “Encounters from the Right Away” – Latest Oil Paintings by Zach Wilson illustrating the lesser noticed fauna of Tomannex State Forest and earlier compositions that have never been displayed in Binghamton (Thru Aug. 2017) at Lost Dog Cafe (222 Water St.). [Meet-the-Artist Reception in Lost Dog Lounge from 6-8 PM. Music in the Lounge by DJ mjDUKE, spinning pop, dance & favorites at 9 PM.] 
9) Jan Wood: “Regional Artworks” – Oil Paintings of area attractions and venues at Christ Church (10 Henry St.). [In the Sanctuary: Naughty Bitz, 3-piece female band performing originals, classic and contemporary rock, from 7-9 PM.] 
10) Joanna DeRitis: Showcase* of acrylic on canvas pieces, mostly florals and landscapes at HealthLink NY (49 Court St.). (*Exhibit only on Aug. 4 First Friday from 6-9 PM.) 

Other First Friday highlights: 
A) York Productions (140 Front St.): New First Friday venue hosting an Open House featuring a sampling of the many services York Productions provide, performances by local musicians, acoustic acts, and more by other talented artists from the area. 
B) Binghamton Live on the Waterfront/LOTW* (Off Court St. on Riverwalk/Chenango Promenade): Small Arts/Farm Goods/Music Festival from 5-8 PM with live music on August 4 by Reality Cult at 5 and Devinne Myers at 6:30 PM on the Peacemaker Stage. Also, free beer/wine tastings from local craft breweries and wineries, arts and farm vendors, and food trucks. (*LOTW event is coordinated by the Binghamton Economic Development department.) 
C) Author Madis Senner with Book Signing of “Sacred Sites in North Country” at Imagicka (39 Court St.). 
D) Hemp Wine Tasting by Sovereign Vines at Despina’s (20 Hawley St., corner State St.) with 3-course Greek dinner* for $15 with one free glass of wine from 5-9 PM. (*Choose from Leg of Lamb, Pastisto/Greek Lasagna, or Greek Spaghetti served with chicken, grilled salmon, or shrimp. Call Despina’s at 235-2406 to make a reservation.) 

Besides those already listed, other venue locations hosting a First Friday event on August 4 are: 
Atomic Tom’s (196 State St./Artists’ Row): Binghamton Live Songwriters with Host John Kanaz and Friends performing in the Alley at Atomic Tom’s from 6-9 PM []. 
Doc Concrescence Kava/Tea/Elixir Bar & Social Club (89 Court St., corner Chenango St.): “Surreal Polynesia” – Original music, ‘21st Century songs by a 20th Century man,’ Craig Russell. Also, Kava Jar Specials and the Culinary Art of Parlor City Vegan; festivities start at 6 PM to close. 
Phelps Mansion Museum (191 Court St.): Exhibit in the Ballroom, 6-9 PM: Artwork by Phoenix Kacyvenski from Vestal. (He recently participated in Broome Co. Arts Council’s 2017 Emerging Artists Show and in Tioga Co. Historical Society’s 2nd annual juried art exhibit, “Sky” 2017.) 
Urban Star Vintage Boutique (75 Court St.): Back-to-school event with art and activities for kids. 
Yoga Body Shop (7 Court St., Suite 3, on Riverwalk): Mike Natale: Display of his artwork, consisting mainly of high-fired functional stoneware. 
Little Venice Restaurant (111 Chenango St.): Binghamton’s original Art Gallery: Over 150 signed paintings on display throughout the restaurant, open until 10 PM every Friday. The Shop at Little Venice: Italian Specialty Foods, Gifts & Little Venice Favorites. 
Equinox Broadcasting at Holiday Inn Binghamton (2-8 Hawley St.): COOL 106.7 presents Cans ‘N Clams in downtown Binghamton: Entertainment by SPLASH, 6-10 PM; fun, prizes, food, drink specials. 
Trinity Church (44 Main St.): CANDLECHANT by The Trinity Men, performing ancient chants and harmonies, bells and organ improvisation to the light of hundreds of candles from 7:30-8 PM; free admission. 
Whole in the Wall Restaurant (43 S. Washington St.): Adam Maxwell Schultz: Display of newer and older work in acrylic, spray paint and mixed media (Thru August 2017). Open Thu. - Sat., 11 AM-9 PM with patio dining, weather permitting. 

Those First Friday venues listed as TBA for August 4: Community Options New York, Inc. (182-184 State St., Artists’ Row); City Light Coffee (254 Washington St., near Forum Theater); Garland Gallery (116 Gorgeous Washington St.). 

Also, there are three, free historic trolley tours by Joan Sprague from PAST (Preservation Association of Southern Tier) at 6, 7, and 8 PM, departing from Phelps Mansion Museum (191 Court St.) during First Friday. The trolley circulates along a route and riders can get on/off at any time. 

First Friday Art Walk, presented by Gorgeous Washington Street Association/GWSA, is sponsored in part by M&T Bank (lead sponsor), Equinox Broadcasting, and Triple Cities Carousel, with venue locations open August 4, from 6-9 PM, unless noted otherwise. First Friday schedule is subject to change without notice. For more information on August 4 First Friday Art Walk, contact Jesse Wheeler (Chair of Gorgeous Washington St. Association, at Davidson Fox & Co., LLP), EM:, or visit GWSA’s website at:

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