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July 3, 2015 Event, Binghamton, NY                                                                                                                                    

Kick Off the 4th of July Holiday Weekend in Arty Style at Binghamton’s Next First Friday Art Walk – JULY 3  

The Place To Be on First Friday … Downtown Binghamton, NY, to kick off the 4th of July 4th holiday weekend in true arty style!  Enjoy Artists’ Row gallery shows, the myriad of arty offerings on Court Street including a new restaurant venue, the “Red, White and Blue” crafts and games for kids at the Y, plus an overnight hotel package, debut of an art exhibit by three residents of 5 Riverside Drive/Towers, and more at 19 venue locations at Binghamton’s next First Friday Art Walk on July 3.

          A First Friday must see includes the newest First Friday venue, **Citrea Restaurant and Bar (7 Court St., Suite 3, on the Riverwalk), featuring artists Mayumi and Friends with their artwork display; music, tba.  Open on Friday at 4 PM, Citrea, Mediteranrean-inspired restaurant, features woodfire pizza, small plates, and full bar; more info on their website:  Citrea, located on the Riverwalk around the corner from the Court St. bridge and RiverRead Books, is open 7 days a week, including brunch on Saturday and Sunday.

          A short walk from Citrea, there’s several Court, Hawley, and Water St. venues, including:
**Imagicka (39 Court St.): Featuring Artist Abby Ponterio: "Art of Healing" Series. Madis Senner: Presenting and Signing his new book, "Vortices and Spirals" - Unlocking the mystery of our dynamic relationship with Mother Earth. Also on First Friday: BPRS/Binghamton Paranormal Research Society; Tarot Readings with Brandon; Rune Readings with Sam; and vendor/artist Janet Smith of Jans' Healing Pendants.
**Merlin’s (73 Court St.): July Exhibit: Bared. Bound. Beautiful. The Men of MRM Photography.
**River Read Books (5 Court St.):  Soft Jazz Music with Jeff Guevin and Jesse Bennett from 7-9 PM.
**Holiday Inn Binghamton (2-8 Hawley St.): Art Exhibit in Lounge & Upper Atrium, 6-9 PM:  Featuring:Megan Smey: Plein Air Oil Paintings. First Friday Overnight Package at Holiday Inn Binghamton, $139.00 plus tax (Includes Deluxe Accommodations, 2 Glasses of Wine, Breakfast for 2), and offered on First Fridays only. Contact the Hotel Front Desk at 607-722-1212, or Email:, and specify the First Friday package when making a reservation. Also, Drink Specials available during First Friday at the bar.
**Water Street Brewing Co. (168 Water St., across from Boscov’s): July Exhibit:  Artist Blake Carlsen:  “Nature Revisited” - Mixed Media...Exploration of the Marvels of Nature with delicate textures, rich colors in a mixture of mediums (Thru July 2015).  On First Friday, Meet-the-Artist from 6-9 PM.

          On Artists’ Row on State Street (between Henry St. and Lewis St.), be sure to stop by **Cooperative Gallery 213 (213 State St.) for their New Dual Exhibit, “The Body Electric / London & Beyond” (July 2-25, 2015): Paintings/New Work by Glenda Blake and Black and White Photography by Chuck Haupt, respectively.  "The Body Electric" exhibit celebrates the beauty of the human body with a series of nude figures seen from the back & side in dark studio interiors, in ambiguous dance-like postures. [Artist website:]  With the "London & Beyond” exhibit, Chuck Haupt, photojournalist: Leads the viewer on a profound visual journey. “Photography freezes moments in time forever” ...“The camera alone does not make the picture; I make it, using my eyes, emotions, and heart,”  says Chuck Haupt.  [Artist website:]

          Another First Friday highlight includes **The Gallery @ 5 Riverside Drive/Towers (5 Riverside Dr.) with the opening of “Talent at the Towers” exhibit featuring three residents of 5 Riverside Drive condominium complex.  The show, which continues thru August 2015, features: 1) David Menichello, former Art Educator at BHS, Abstract Wood Sculptures. 2) Dolly Wilson, Paintings.  3) Skip Ford, retired Chief of Police, American Primitive Style Paintings. Meet the Artists at a Gallery Talk on First Friday at 7 PM.

          At the YMCA of Broome County/Binghamton Y (61 Susquehanna St.), there’s the July 4th preview with their “Red, White and Blue Games and Crafts for kids, ages 0-12, on First Friday.  Cost:  $15 first child, $8, additional child.  Also, at the Binghamton Y, there will be free HIIT/High Intensity Interval Training Class from 5-6 PM and Lifequest Praise Band performing free from 6:30-9 PM.  Both Binghamton and Johnson City YMCAs will be open all day on First Friday, free of charge.

          This First Friday Art Walk, presented by GWSA and sponsored in part by Equinox Broadcasting, M&T Bank, and Triple Cities Carousel, will feature 19 locations in Binghamton, downtown, west side, and south side, and open Friday from 6-9 PM, unless noted otherwise. 

          Like in June, there are free trolley tours and rides, departing from Phelps Mansion Museum (191 Court St.), which will continue through September.  See below listing on Court St. for more info.

          Venue locations on July 3 are:
          — On STATE Street and Artists’ Row:
**Connelly Gallery (205 State St.): July 3, 6-9 PM: Featuring: Kareemah Johnson:  “The Seven Deadly Sinz” – Acrylic Paintings.  Website:;
**Cooperative Gallery 213 (213 State St., Artists’ Row): See listing on page 1. (Gallery Hours:  First Friday, 3-9; Friday, 3-6; Saturday, 12-4; Third Thursday, July 16, 7 PM, with both artists, Glenda Blake & Chuck Haupt, talking about their work.)  Website:
**Orazio Salati Studio and Gallery (204 State St.): Mitchell Visoky: “Encaustic: An Engagement With Wax” – Encaustic Combined with Mixed Media (Thru July, 2015).  (Gallery Hours: 1st Friday, 6-9 PM; Saturdays, 11-3 & by appointment, 772.6725.)  Website:

          — On GORGEOUS WASHINGTON (Between Hawley & Court Sts.): 
**Garland Gallery (116 Gorgeous Washington St.): First Friday Special: 30% OFF the Walls.  Music by Pat Raube, singer/songwriter, performing from 6-9 PM.  Website:
**Portfolios Cafe (137 Gorgeous Washington St.):  July 3, 5-8 PM: Featuring:  1) New Artist, Andy Kwiat:  Abstract Acrylic Paintings, inspired by Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol.   2) Constance Kovac (Owego, NY):  Pen and Ink Drawings – Collection of Therapy Art, personal journey of discovery and healing.  3) Abstract (former street artist from NY):  Oil Pastels, Krink & Acrylic on Recycled Materials from Industrial Binghamton. 4) Angela Cook:  Art and Hula Hooping.  Also, special First Friday menu available, 5-8 PM.    

          — On COURT Street:
**Citrea Restaurant and Bar (7 Court St., Suite 3, on the Riverwalk):  See listing on page 1. Website:
**Imagicka (39 Court St.): See listing on page 1.  Website:
**Merlin’s (73 Court St.): See listing on page 1.  Website:
**Parlor City Trolley Tours from Phelps Mansion (191 Court St.): Historic Tours on First Friday: 6 PM with with Carol Hawley, and 7 and 8 PM with Joan Sprague (from PAST). Trolley circulates from 6-9 PM along a route; riders can get on or off at any time, free.
**Phelps Mansion (191 Court St.): July 3, 5:30-9 PM: Architectural Tours of the Phelps Mansion Museum at 6, 7 & 8 PM:  Experience the splendor of this 1870 Second Empire Mansion, designed by architect Isaac Perry, exploring the mansions’ unique architectural features…from the impressive mansard roof, to its carved wood details found throughout. First floor open for general viewing from 5:30-9 PM. Tour FREE, open to the public.Website: 
**River Read Books (5 Court St.): See listing on page 1.  Artist/Exhibit, tba.  Website:

          — On CHENANGO Street:
**Little Venice Restaurant (111 Chenango St.):  Binghamton’s Original Art Gallery:  Over 150 signed paintings on display throughout the restaurant’s new dining room.  On First Friday, cool off with our Artisan Gelato; open Fridays until 11 PM.   Website:

          — On HAWLEY Street:
**Holiday Inn Binghamton (2-8 Hawley St.): See listing on page 1.   Website:

          — On MAIN Street (West Side):
**The Bundy Museum of Art & History (129 Main St., west side): Open Art Gallery, 3rd Fl.: The Bundy Museum Presents: “Barbie Dream House of Horrors":  The Art of Lindsay Rae Baker (On Exhibit thru Aug. 3, 2015).July 3 Opening Reception, 6-9 PM. (Art Gallery admission always FREE. Tue. - Sat., 11-5.)   In the 2nd Fl. Gallery: Exhibit: “Honoring Our Past”* - Selection of commemorative certificates & documents from our archives, honoring local heroes & events (Thru July 31, 2015).  Website:

          — On RIVERSIDE Drive (West Side):
**The Gallery @ 5 Riverside Drive/Towers (5 Riverside Dr.): See listing on page 1. (Contact/E-Mail: Marcy Swartz, EM:

          — On SUSQUEHANNA St.:
**YMCA of Broome County/Binghamton (61 Susquehanna St.): See listing on page 2.  The YMCA of Broome County Facilities (Binghamton: 61 Susquehanna St. & Johnson City:  West Family Y, 740 Main St.) OPEN all day on July 3 First Friday, free of charge for the community. Website:

          — On S. WASHINGTON Street (South Side):
**Whole In The Wall Restaurant (43 S. Washington St.): Artist/Exhibit, tba. Outdoor Café now open for alfresco dining.  Also, Whole in the Wall delivered through  Daily Specials & Serving until 10 PM every Wed.-Sat. (W-Sat., 11 AM-10 PM.)  Website:

          — On WATER Street:
**Lost Dog Cafe (222 Water St., corner Henry St.):  July Artist:  Angela Cook:  “Summer Solstice” Series – Acrylics on Canvas (Thru July 2015). Meet the Artist in Lost Dog Lounge, 6-8 PM.  In Lost Dog Cocktail Lounge:  Music by Woodshed Prophets, 9 PM-12 AM.  No Cover 21+.  (On First Friday, Cafe open until 11 PM. Lounge until 2 AM.)  Website:
**Water Street Brewing Co. (168 Water St., across from Boscov’s): See listing on page 1.  Website:

The First Friday schedule is subject to change without notice.

          For more information on July 3 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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