First Friday, Binghamton NY, July 1, 2011

July 2, 2011

My YouTube video from the July 1, 2011 edition of First Friday in Binghamton, NY:

From WBNG-TV: First Friday Sees Increasing Traffic

From the Gorgeous Washington Street Association:

A New Venue, One Year Anniversary & More Highlight Next First Friday
Art Walk – JULY 1
    Enjoy two “firsts” on July 1st First Friday … a new venue on State Street and a 1st anniversary at a Court St. artist studio/gallery, and some Americana/Indie Rock original music at another venue who will also host a free event, “Change Your Life.”  Voila! … kick off your Independence Weekend at Binghamton, NY’s, First Friday Art Walk!

    The  first “first,” as the newest First Friday venue, Community
Options, Inc. (182 State St., Artists’ Row between Henry/Lewis Sts.)
will host an art show entitled “Uprising” featuring abstracts by Alicia Wagner.

    The  second “first,” Quarter Yellow Studios (33 Court St., 2nd Fl. in the JungleScience Art Loft), will celebrate its 1st Anniversary featuring an exhibit, “Passing Impressions, Ephemeral Moments of My Life” of paintings by Farideh Lotfiyan. Kady Perry, artist and QYS owner who also serves as secretary on the Gorgeous Washington Street Association (GWSA) Board, said “it’s the one year anniversay of Quarter Yellow Studios since it entered the scene in July 2010.”

    At Lost Dog Cafe (222 Water St., corner Henry St.), enjoy art, music and an inspirational talk with photographer Kim Johnson:  “Burst of Blooms:  The Floral Fireworks Collection of Aremac Gallery” (Thru July 2011) and music by Not From Wisconsin of Ithaca, performing Americana/Indie Rock originals from 8-10 PM.  In the Violet Room, back again for a second month, there’s “Change Your Life” program with intuitive counselor Linda Dickinson and inspirational speaker Jane Ehrich from 7-9 PM, free admission.  Participants will learn how to make positive changes in their life and Linda will give select readings to the audience, free of charge.

    Be sure to stop by Imagicka (Gorgeous Washington St. at Hawley St.), featuring The Humane Society.  Art patrons can find out how to help The Humane Society rescue abused and abandoned animals and prevent animal cruelty and how you could win $1,000,000 by adopting a rubber duck for our Duck Derby.   Also, there’s Helena Belly Dance and Tarot Readings by Crystal Wind, $10 for 10 minutes.   

    Besides Community Options, Inc., there are three other new first
Friday venues, since June, hosting art shows on July 1:
    **Burger Mondays Bar & Grille (23 Henry St., corner State St.): 
Andrea Eastman of Eastman Portrait Studio & Gallery, Binghamton:  Fine Art Prints  (www.eastmanstudio.com).
    **Pacheco’s Gallery (86 Front St., across from Binghamton Club):  Dr. Jose Pacheco:  “Life’s Work” – Acrylic Paintings.  Open on First
Friday, 6-9 PM, and by appointment.
    **Uptown Style & Spa (26 Court St., corner/Hawley St.):  Adler
Photography of Owego – Photos by Adler.

    This First Friday Art Walk, presented and sponsored by Gorgeous
Washington Street Association (GWSA), will feature 35 locations in
Binghamton, downtown, west side, south side, and east side, open on
July 1 from 6-9 PM.

    — On STATE Street:
    **Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts (186 State St., Artists Row): July
Exhibit:  Robert Fundis: Recent Paintings.     
    **Broome Co. Arts Council (81 State St., 5th Fl., Suite 501, Stephens Sq. Bldg.): Closing Reception, 6-9 PM:  “Collector’s Items 2011” Art Exhibition:  Fine Art & Craftwork – Paintings, Photographs, Mixed Media  from the private collections of BCAC’s Board of Directors & Staff. 
Featured artists: Orazio Salati, E. L. Downey, Robert Johnston, Bess
Greenberg, Sabine Krummel, Misty Plott, Bernard Korziniak, Steven
Gorgos, Mary Robertson, Richard Johnson, Marc Schimsky, Jeremy Holmes, john ros, Denise Franchino, Chris Bahr and Caroline Hamilton.   Musical guest TBA.  (More info, 723-4620, http://www.bcartscouncil.com.)
    **Community Options, Inc. (182 State St, Artists Row):  See listing on page 1.
    **The Connelly Gallery (205 State St., Artists Row):  Collection of Estate Art & Decorative Arts:  Mixed Media (Thru July 2011).  Free appraisals by Bob Connelly, certified appraiser, 6-9 PM.
    **Cooperative Gallery 213 (213 State St., Artists Row):  “C-Squared” – Second Collaborative Art Show, consisting of all gallery members contributing works that are square or are about squares.  Also, a collaborative drawing project. Curated by MaryRose Griffin & Judy Salton.  (On Exhibit thru July 2011.)  July 1 First Friday Opening, 6-9 PM.
    **Merlin’s (201 State St., Artists Row):  Watercolors by Dale Rolston (Thru July 2011) and music by Blue Shift, 7:30-11 PM.  
    **Orazio Salati Studio & Gallery I & II (205 State St., 2nd Fl.,
Artists Row):  Gallery I – Mitchell Visoky:   “Printmaking Works –
Monotypes With a Twist” – Printmaking & Mixed Media (Thru July 2011). 
Gallery II – G. Chianis,  A. Dellasanta, S. Heilakka, D. Matteo, M.
Schimsky, Pottery by F. P. Lynn, Beaded Jewelry by JDS Designs.    
    **221 State Street Gallery (221 State St., Artists Row):  Richard Henry:   “Landscapes, Under the Influence” – Paintings.  Music by Mark Trojnar, 6-9 PM.
    **Cafe` Oasis Hookah Bar (142 Gorgeous Washington St.):  Open regular hours, 8:30 PM to 3 AM.    
    **Garland Gallery (116 Gorgeous Washington St.): 30% off everyhting on the walls!  Steve Westcott:  The National Police Gazette – America’s original tabloid.   Mercers Wine Ice Cream.  Brenda Fowler of Organic Chic with Hens-and-Chicks plants.  Music by Pat Raube, singer/songwriter, 6-9 PM.
    **Imagicka (Gorgeous Washington St. at Hawley St.):  See listing on page 1.     **Nouveau Hair Salon (114 Gorgeous Washington St.):  “Feather up your Hair!” – Feather Hair Extensions available for sale, pick out your feather for your hair and we will put it in your hair for you!
Come see what all the excitement is all about!   “Rejuvenated Gems” : 
Summer Collection – Necklaces, Rings, Bracelets & Earrings for sale on First Friday, 6-9 PM.
    **Whole In The Wall Restaurant (43 S. Washington St.):  Renee Coe: “Sights of Serenity” – Photography (Thru August 2011).  Daily Specials including with Whole in the Wall’s hand-crafted, artisanal Pesto. Patio open for outdoor dining. (Open Tue.-Sat.,11:30-9.)  More Info:  http://www.wholeinthewall.com.

    — On COURT Street:
    **E. L. Downey – Gothic Art Parlor (33 Court St., 2nd Fl.): Fine
Sculpted Leather Wearable Art Masks by local artist E.L.Downey.  More Info:  http://www.MasqueradeArtisan.com; http://www.ELDowney.com.    
    **JungleScience (33 Court St., 2nd Fl.):  “‘Paris at Night’
Photography by Teknari.”
    **The New  Argo Restaurant (117 Court St.):  Featured Artist/Exhibit, tba.
    **Parlor City Trolley Tours from Phelps Mansion (191 Court St.): 
Historic Tours at 6 PM with Carol Hawley and at 7 PM with Joan Sprague from PAST.
    **PAST (Preservation Association of So. Tier (89 Court St.,
corner/Chenango St.):  Exhibit:  “WILLARD – Behind the Asylum Walls” –
Collection of Vintage & Current Photographs of the Ovid, NY, facility (1869-1995), along with historical information, including a link to Binghamton’s Castle.  More Info:  http://www.nysAsylum.com.
    **Quarter Yellow Studios (33 Court St.,  2nd Fl.):  See listing on page 1.
    **River Read Books (5 Court St.):  Color Pencil Realism: “The Latest Artwork by Victor Lay” – Drawings (Thru July 2011).  Performance by Hakan Hromek, Cello, 7-9 PM.
    **Uptown Style & Spa (26 Court St., corner/Hawley St.):  See listing on page 1.

    — On CARROLL Street:
    **KNOW Theatre at Binghamton City Stage (74 Carroll St.): The Loft Presents: Casey Addason and Friends –  Music Performance/ Literary Readings, 7-10 PM.

    — On CHENANGO Street:
    **Little Venice Restaurant (111 Chenango St.):  Binghamton’s original Art Gallery:  Over 150 signed paintings on display.  Free Happy Hour Buffet Happy Hour from 4-6 PM.  Stop in and cool off with our artisan Gelato!  (Open every Friday until 11 PM.)

    — On FRONT Street:
    **Pacheco’s Gallery (86 Front St., across from Binghamton Club):  See listing on page 1.
    **Roberson Museum & Science Center (30 Front St.):  Free admission from 5-9 PM on July 1, including free planetarium show.

    — On HENRY Street:
    **Burger Mondays Bar & Grille (23 Henry St., corner State St.):   See listing on page 1.

    — On LEWIS Street:
    **The Goldsmith (31 Lewis St., corner Chenango St., The Kilmer
Building):  Beautiful Collection of Fine Silver Jewelry by Thistle and Bee.  (First Friday Reception, 6-9 PM.)
    **Touche` (31 Lewis St., corner Chenango St., The Kilmer Building):  Jewelry by Trollbeads! – Collection of Glass & Sterling Silver Beads. (First Friday Reception, 6-9 PM.)

    — On MAIN Street:
    **The Bundy Museum of History & Art  & Open Art Gallery):  NEAL
(Cornelius Nixon):  “Diary of the Night Gallery” – Oil Paintings  (July 1 Opening Reception, 6-9 PM; thru Aug. 1, 2011; Tue.-Sat., 11-5. Art Gallery admission always FREE.)
    **Victor Lay (Artist) at Crepe Heaven (217 Main St.):  “Scenic Route: Summer Art by Victor Lay” :  Collection of Recent Landscapes & Florals celebrating summer – Color Pencil Realism (Thru August 2011).

    — On PINE Street:
    **Tranquil Bar & Bistro (36 Pine St., corner Fayette St.): 
Artist/Exhibit, tba.  First Friday’s Dinner Hours, 5 PM-12 AM.

    — On PROSPECT Avenue:
    **The Art Mission & Theater (61 Prospect Ave., off Lewis St.): 
Gallery:  Artist Bill Opper.  Theater:  Independent Films.  More Info:  http://www.artmission.org.

    — On ROBINSON Street:
    **Cortese Restaurant (111 Robinson St., eastside):  Complimentary Cheese Buffet and  1/2 price select wines and Domestic drafts.  Music by Rhythm and Brews,  4-8 PM.

    — On WATER Street:
    **Binghamton Riverwalk Hotel & Conference Center (225 Water St.): 
$79.95 Overrnight Package, valid only on Friday, July 1, 2011. 
Includes: King Room for 2 and breakfast for 2 the following morning at the River Bistro.  Advance Reservations required & depends on
    **Lost Dog Cafe (222 Water St.):   See listing on page 1.

    The First Friday schedule is subject to change without notice.

     There are free BC Transit Trolley rides which start at Phelps Mansion Museum (191 Court St.) on First Friday from 6-9 PM, with a historic tours at 6 and 7 PM.  Broome County Executive is underwriting BC Transit Trolley during this First Friday.

    For more information on July 1 First Friday, contact Rob Wandell at Imagicka, 348.0090, or visit GWSA’s website at:  


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