May 5, 2017 Event, Binghamton, NY
New Venue at Downtown Greek Restaurant, Cuban Artist at Bundy Museum, Pop-Up Art Exhibit on Artists’ Row, Cinco de Mayo-themed Events Highlight MAY 5 First Friday
Ole`! It’s a Cinco de Mayo First Friday and top picks at Binghamton’s May 5 First Friday Art Walk with 31 venue locations, downtown, west side, and south side, include:
The newest First Friday venue, Despina’s Mediterranean Taste (20 Hawley St., corner State St.), will host a 3-Course Dinner* + Free Glass of Wine Special, $15, from 5-9 PM and Hemp Wine Tasting from Sovereign Vines during First Friday. (*Choose from Leg of Lamb over pilaf, Pastitso/Greek Lasagna, or Greek Spaghetti served with chicken, grilled salmon, or shrimp. Call 235.2406 to make a reservation.)
Cuban Outsider Artist Corso de Palenzuela at The Bundy Museum of History & Art (129 Main St.), paintings of Cuba depicting imaginative and idiosyncratic scenes in oil on plywood and cardboard often enhanced with symbolism from the Spanish-Hebraic mysticism and visions from his childhood experience in Cuba. Exhibit held in Open Art Gallery (3rd Fl.) thru May 30, 2017. May 5 Opening/Reception, 6-9 PM. In the 2nd Fl. Gallery: “Bottoms Up, Binghamton!” – Exhibit of glass beer, milk, wine & water bottles from Binghamton’s past and all produced, filled, popped & enjoyed in Binghamton (thru July 4, 2017).
Pop-Up Art Exhibit (State St., behind Forum Theater on Artists’ Row) featuring Shipping Container* re-commissioned to a modern gallery space with local artists exhibiting their artwork on First Friday from 6-9 PM. Gallery artist for May 5: Kelly Wu, who recently won the Binghamton University 24-hour drawing competition in March and is a Johnson City High School student. Exterior design/artwork is by Jesse Martinez. (*Inspired by travels and design work of Bruce Nelson of Newman Development, LLC, Vestal.) This represents the second month the Pop-Up Art Exhibit will be on display on Artists’ Row during First Friday.
Those First Friday venues hosting a Cinco de Mayo theme are:
Citrea Restaurant & Bar (7 Court St., Suite 3, on Riverwalk): Music by Sabor Latino from 7-10 PM and Cinco First Friday specials: Tacos, Tamales, $4 Margaritas, $12 flights of tequila with additional food & drink specials TBA. On exhibit in the restaurant is photography by Sean Murphy, “Untitled,” thru June, 2017.
The Colonial (56-58 Court St.): Featuring Mariachi singer on First Friday and another Mexican Pop-Up restaurant with a full Mexican menu, Tequila, and margaritas.
Lost Dog Café (222 Water St., corner Henry St.): Cinco de Mayo Party with DJ Eddie Fondu spinning underground Latin hits, Cha Cha Cha, Latin Lounge, authentic Mariachi, Cuban Dance Hall, South American Funk, from 9 PM-1 AM. There will be Cinco de Mayo food specials in the café and drink specials in the lounge. Featured artist in the café for the month of May is Lynn Capani-Czebiniak: “Eye Am; We Are” with a meet-the-artist reception from 6-8 PM in the Lounge.
Other First Friday highlights include:
“Elusive” – Photography by Jessica Fridrich (Thru May 27, 2017) at Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts (186 State St., Artists’ Row).
“About Face”: Digital Photography by Judith Present - Different Aspects of Faces exhibit & opening/reception, 6-9, at Broome Co. Arts Council/BCAC (81 State St., 5th Fl.). Exhibit thru May 27, 2017 (M-F from 11-5). Music, 6:30-8: Jazz by Jorden & The Wombats.
New Photographic Work by Artists Bill Gorman, “Conventional Beauty” of single flowers and regional landscapes, and Geof Gould, “Images of Yellowstone” and the vast beauty and splendor of this first National Park at Cooperative Gallery 213 (213 State St., Artists’ Row). Opening held on May 4 and a First Friday Reception, both from 6-9 PM. Exhibit thru May 27, 2017.
“Wax in Motion/Contemplation” – Encaustic Paintings by Danette Matteo at The Gallery at 5 Riverside Drive/Towers (5 Riverside Dr.). This exhibit, inspired by nature and flowing like the patterns and energy of our world, shows constant movement juxtaposed with stillness or contemplation, a balance the artist searches for in her art and her life (Thru June 2017). There’s First Friday Reception, 6-9, and Artist’s Talk at 7 PM in the River Room.
Binghamton University Candid Photography Club at 20 Hawley Street (Between Washington & State St.): In the Lobby of Luxury Housing Complex: “The Visual Elements: A Play on Colors – Photographs from Candid’s first club book, “The Visual Elements: Volume I” and series of black-and-white submissions. Music by Millenial Funk band; food & drinks.
Face It! Theatre: “Printed Matter” Satire/Spoof on the Post Office & more with two shows at 6:30 and 7:30 PM at The Salvation Army (127-131 Gorgeous Washington St.). Info: faceittheatre.org.
The 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 downtown, west side, and south side, and open May 5, from 6-9 PM, unless noted otherwise.
Besides those already listed, other venue locations open on May 5 First Friday are:
Community Options New York, Inc. (182-184 State St., Artists’ Row): Artist/Exhibit, TBA.
Orazio Salati Gallery & Studio (204 State St.): Kathy Armstrong: Juxtaposition: Obsolete Machines – Resilient Nature New Paintings in oils and acrylics (Thru May 17, 2017).
Uncorked Creations Binghamton (205 State St., Artists’ Row): “Sip and Sing” with Dana LaCroix, 6-8 PM, free. Sing along to class favorites under Dana’s direction in 3-part harmony, no experience necessary.
City Light Coffee (254 Washington St., near The Forum Theater): Music, 6-9 PM, by Oh Eternity, 4-piece band, and Hailey Wiggins, singer/songwriter.
Garland Gallery (116 Gorgeous Washington St.): Pat Raube, singer/songwriter, from 6-9 PM.
The Shop (219 Washington St.): Featured Art: “Cabin Fever” - Acrylic on Canvas by Nate Gorman. Cold Brew Samples (cold brew coffee), 5:30-8:30, and Happy Hour, 5-7 PM.
Broome County Urban League’s Urban Star Vintage Boutique (75 Court St.): “Intuition” by Andrea, (certified coach/counselor/medium); readings $35. Local Artist, 15-year-old Olivia Cornwell.
Doc Crecrescence Kava, Tea, Elixir Bar & Social Club (89 Court St.): Mary Blaise Turgeon: Dreamscapes and Archetypes – Pen and Colored Pencil Drawings, exploring the spiraling cycles of nature, birth, growth, death & rebirth. Marie Salva: Paintings, Collage, Natural Sculpture, Jewelry & more, using recovered materials (bones, rocks, lichens) in her art forms & accompanied by Kali Cornwell, singer/ukulele player, performing Jazz, Folk, Pop, R&B covers. Bizi Fit Treasure Hunt/Gold Mine location.
HealthLinkNY (49 Court St.): Patti Schwartz: “Patti Loves Bing” – Showcase of her photographs, “Faces of Binghamton and Bizi Fit Treasure Hunt exhibitions with the latter an end zone location featuring vendors including: The Discovery Center, Binghamton JCC, CoreLife Eatery & Southern Tier Photo Booth.
Imagicka (39 Court St.): James Burns and The Nukporte Ensemble – African Drum & Dance with his Binghamton University students performing. Also, Tarot by Lise, aka “Light” Weaver.
Parlor City Trolley & Tours from Phelps Mansion Museum (191 Court St.): Three historic tours by PAST (Preservation Association of Southern Tier) at 6, 7 & 8 PM. Trolley circulates along a route from 6-9 PM; riders can get on or off at any time, free.
Phelps Mansion Museum (191 Court St.): Pej Reitz presents her annual Student Piano Recital. First floor of Mansion will be open; guests may enter from front or ballroom entrance, free admission.
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 features Italian Specialty Foods, Gifts & Little Venice Favorites.
Roberson Museum & Science Center (30 Front St.): Exhibit: “Nature’s Best Photography” – Up to 50 stunning prints on display thru June 2017, an alliance with Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.
Christ Church (10 Henry St.): In the Great Hall: John Knapp of Knapp Knoll Woodworks: “Having Fun with Heirloom Toys” – Hands-on exhibit of locally-sourced/made heirloom toys. In the Church Sanctuary: Four of Hearts: A Cappella quartet singing a wide variety of music with shows at 7-7:30, 7:45-8:15, and 8:30-9 PM. In Church Lounge: Broome Co. Veterans for Peace & Broome Co. Peace Action: Readings of Julia Ward Howe’s “Mother’s Day Proclamation” and Mark Twain’s “The War Prayer.”
The Goldsmith (31 Lewis St.): May 5, 10-8: Botanically-Themed Original Mixed Media Art by White Dawn Designs & Artist Lisa Dawn White: Collages of handmade & painted papers with botanical specimens in multiple layers & finished with hand painting the botanicals to maximize their color preservation.
Trinity Memorial Church (44 Main St.): 7:30-8 PM in the Sanctuary: Organ concert: Tim Smith playing the Casavant Pipe Organ, performing a colorful variety of music, free admission.
Art Mission & Theater (61 Prospect Ave., off Lewis St.): Gallery: Exhibit: “Summer Tones” – Art by Victor Lay – Summer-themed art done in color pencil & oil pastels from life & original photographs.
Whole in the Wall Restaurant (43 S. Washington St.): Sean Murphy: Photography (Thru June 2017).
The First Friday schedule is subject to change without notice.
For more information on May 5 First Friday Art Walk, contact Jesse Wheeler (Chair of Gorgeous Washington St. Association) at Davidson Fox & Co., LLP, EM: firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit GWSA’s website at: gorgeouswashington.com.