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January 2, 2015 Event, Binghamton, NY                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

3rd Memorial Photography Competition, Benefit Art Show, Holiday Exhibits/Sales, “Home for the Holidays” Event & More Highlight Next First Friday Art Walk – JANUARY 3         

Celebrating the Holiday Season and New Year continues on First Friday with unique arty offerings.  Enjoy art, music, holiday traditions around the world… from the annual Bob Johnston memorial photo competition/exhibit and an art show at Merlin’s benefiting an educational project in northern Pakistan to Salati’s holiday group show on Artists’ Row and Roberson’s “Home for the Holidays” … at the next First Friday Art Walk in Binghamton, NY, on January 3.

            Begin artwalking at Cooperative Gallery 213 (213 State St., Artists Row) for the 3rd Bob Johnston Memorial Photography Show and Competition, January 3-18, 2014.  This show is a tribute to the art embodied in the photography of and artistic vision of Robert C. Johnston (1917-2010), a founding member of the Cooperative Gallery and a lifelong photographer, in primarily black-and-white silver prints.  The open-themed Photography Show and Competition is open to all photographic media and all photographers.

            From there, continue to Merlin’s  (73 Court St.), featuring artist, Mariam Yaqub, with an exhibit of Pen and Ink, Tea Staining, Acrylic, and Charcoal, described as expressing the surreal and ephemeral beauty of nature.  All proceeds of sales of Yaqub’s artwork will benefit a girl’s education from a village in northern Pakistan.  Music at Merlin’s on First Friday will be by the Bluejays, 7:30-11 PM.  Merlin’s features two bars on two levels which includes a wine bar and higher end spirits of Bourbon and single malt Scotch in the lower level bar.

While artwalking on First Friday, be sure to catch holiday shows/exhibits held over through January:

  1. Holiday Exhibition Group Show at Orazio Salati Gallery (204 State St., Artists’ Row between Henry & Lewis Sts.) featuring Greg A. Chianis-Photographs & Cards; Anthony Locane-Digital Woven Works; Marie LoParco-Spiritual Icon Collages; Fern Pritikin Lynn-Raku Pottery; Janis Schimsky-Beaded Jewelry; and Marc Schimsky-Mixed Media Paintings.  Also on First Friday, serving Chocolates by Leopold’s, Montrose, PA.
  2. “Home for the Holidays” at Roberson Museum & Science Center (30 Front St.) featuring Displays and Holiday Traditions from around the world (Thru Jan. 5, 2014).  Admission charged; view daily schedule online:  Roberson.org.

Also on First Friday, check out The Bundy Museum of History & Art (129 Main St., west side) with two shows:  In the 3rd Fl. Open Art Gallery:  “The Void” – Oil Paintings by Erik Lasky, realistic, figurative works in oil with content being primarily allegorical and narrative in nature using old master techniques with heavy chiaroscuro.  This technique is used for contrasting and manipulating light and shadow to achieve a dramatic intensification of action or atmospheric mood (Thru Feb. 3, 2014).  In the 2nd Fl. Small Gallery:  “Johnny Hart Before B. C.” – *Collection of Rare 1950’s Single Panel Gags, Photographs and early Artwork by Johnny Hart before the creation of The B. C. Comic Strip (Thru Spring 2014).  (*Collection provided by the Hart family.)

Additionally, be sure to stop by Lost Dog Café (222 Water St., corner Henry St.) for their late night musical and art attraction from 9 PM-12 AM, featuring Pocket Vinyl. Eric Stevenson will play piano and sing with Elizabeth Jancewicz paints on stage… then the paintings are auctioned off.  The husband-and-wife duo from New London, CT, released their 3rd album, “Death Anxiety” in October as well as a 7” MP/Mini Play (info:  pocketvinyl.com).

This First Friday Art Walk, presented by the Gorgeous Washington Street Association (GWSA) and sponsored by M&T Bank, will feature 22 Binghamton locations, downtown, west side, and south side, and open from 6-9 PM, unless noted otherwise.

            Venue locations are:
           — On STATE Street:
**Connelly Gallery (205 State St., Artists’ Row):  Large Estate Collection of American Indian Art – Mixed Media by Various Artists (Thru Jan. 31, 2014).    Free Appraisals of personal property by certified appraiser on First Friday, 6-9 PM.  (Open Jan. 3, 6-9 PM; weekdays 11-5 or by appointment.)  Website:  BobConnelly.com. 
**Cooperative Gallery (213 State St., Artists’ Row):  See listing on page 1.  (Gallery Hours:  First Friday, 3-9 PM, Fri., 3-6, Sat., 12-4.  Third Thursday, Jan. 16, 7-9 PM.)   Info:  cooperativegallery.com.
**Orazio Salati Gallery and Studio (204 State St., Artists’ Row): See listing on page 1.  (Gallery Hours:  Saturdays, 11-3 & by appointment, 772.6725.)   Website:  oraziosalati.com.

            — On GORGEOUS WASHINGTON Street: 
**Garland Gallery (116 Gorgeous Washington St.):  First Friday Special, 30% OFF Everything on the Walls!  Music by Pat Raube, singer/songwriter, performing 6-9 PM.  Website:  garlandgallery.com.
**Simply Sweet Frozen Yogurt (136 Gorgeous Washington St.):  New Venue:  Simply Sweet Frozen Yogurt:  Family-owned and operated that recently opened and is conveniently located in Downtown Binghamton.  Website:  facebook.com/simplysweetfrozenyogurt.

           — On COURT Street:
**Imagicka (75 Court St.): First Friday event with Dance, Entertainment, Tarot Readings and more, TBA.  Website:  imagicka.com.
**JungleScience Gallery (33 Court St., 2nd Fl.):  Jan. 3, 6-9 PM:Teran-Valdez Studios Present:  Will Teran, Stephanie Eichelberger, Amanda Light, Nicholas Bach, Erika Joy and Meech Borrello.  Also, hosting an After (First Friday) Event:  “The Ones,” a circus-themed dance party; doors open at 11 PM.   Website:  junglescience.com.
**Merlin’s (73 Court St.): See listing on page 1.  Drink Specials throughout the night. (No Cover before 9:30.)  Website:  merlinsdanceclub.com.
**PAST/Preservation Association of Southern Tier (89 Court St., corner Chenango St.): Jan. 3, 6-9 PM:  PAST’s Architectural Salvage Center Program/Display of some of the many salvaged items we have from local homes and buildings.  Check out the latest on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/ArchitecturalSalvage. Info:  past.org.
**QuarterYellow Studios/QYS at JungleScience Gallery (33 Court St., 2nd Fl.): Jan. 3, 6-9 PM:QYS Presents:  “Down the Rabbit Hole” by Kareemah Johnson - Alice and Wonderland-themed Installation with Interactive Photo Op Component. Website:  quarteryellow.blogspot.com.  
**River Read Books (5 Court St.): Jeanne VanBuren:  “Art by Jeanne!” – Paintings (Thru Jan. 2014). Music by Jeff Guevin & Friends, performing soft Jazz, 7-9 PM. (Open First Friday to 9 PM.)  Website:  riverreadbooks.com.
**Victor Lay at Uptown Style & Spa (26 Court St.): Exhibit in Main Hallway:  Victor Lay:  “Cold Day in Heaven” – Photo Realism (Thru Feb. 2014, artist info:  victorlay.com). Uptown open Jan. 3 until 9 PM.

           — On CHENANGO Street: 
**Little Venice Restaurant (111 Chenango St.):  Binghamton’s original Art Gallery:  Over 150 signed paintings on display throughout the restaurant.  Open every Friday to 11 PM.  Website:  LittleVeniceRestaurant.com.

           — On FRONT Street (West Side):
**Roberson Museum & Science Center (30 Front St.): See listing on page 1. Website:  roberson.org.

            — On HAWLEY Street: 
**Zona & Co. Grille (15 Hawley St., corner Gorgeous Washington St.): Jan. 3 First Friday Special:  Zona & Co. Grille is donating 5% of its gross food sales back to the Gorgeous Washington Street Association.  Zona features Southwestern-American-Asian Cuisine.  Website:  zonagrille.com.

            — On MAIN Street (West Side):
**The Bundy Museum of History & Art (129 Main St., west side): See listing on page 1. (Jan. 3 Opening Reception, 6-9 PM.  Art Gallery admission always FREE. Tue.-Sat., 11-5.)  Website:  bundymuseum.org.

           — On PINE Street:
**Tranquil Bar & Bistro (36 Pine St., corner Fayette St.):  Featuring:  Collection of Original Etchings from the Estate of Binghamton Artist, Armondo Dellasanta (Thru Jan. 2014).  First Friday’s Dinner Hours from 5 PM-12 AM.  Website: tranquilbarbistro.com.

            — On PROSPECT Avenue: 
**The Art Mission & Theater (61 Prospect Ave., off Lewis St.):  Gallery:  Featured Artist/Exhibit, TBA. Theater:  Independent Films in two theaters (Schedule online:  http://artmission.org).

            — On RIVERSIDE Drive (West Side):
**The Gallery @ 5 Riverside Drive/Towers (5 Riverside Dr., west side):  Featuring Michael A. Shaw, M.D.:  “Backyard Beauties” – Photographs of the World of Nature, Up Close and Beautiful, displayed in lobby and library (Thru Feb. 2014). Meet the Artist Reception on First Friday, 6-9 P.  Info/Contact:  Marcy Swartz, 724.5997; email:  marcyswartz@gmail.com.            

           — On S. WASHINGTON Street (South Side):
**Confluence Running (46 S. Washington St., south side): Becky Adolf:  “The Outdoors…Near and Far” – Photography:  Wonders of Utah & Outdoor Action Shots of her Backyard! Website:  facebook.com/ConfluenceRunning.
**Whole In The Wall Restaurant (43 S. Washington St., south side): Judy Decker and Andrea Wood: Photography – Nature, Animals & Wildlife (Thru Jan. 2014). Daily specials & serving domestic beers/wines. (W-Sat.,11 AM-10 PM.)  Website:  wholeinthewall.com.

            — On WATER Street:
**Lost Dog Cafe & Lounge (222 Water St., corner Henry St.): In Restaurant: Featuring Jeanne VanBuren:  Abstract Expressionist (Thru Jan. 2014).  In the Lounge, 10 PM-1 AM: See listing on page 1.   Info: lostdogcafe.net. 

            The First Friday schedule is subject to change without notice.

            For more information on Jan. 3 First Friday Art Walk, contact Kim DeLisa (Chair of Gorgeous Washington St. Association) at Orion Beauty & Balance, 724.0080, or visit GWSA’s website at: www.gorgeouswashington.com.

This First Friday Art Walk, presented by the Gorgeous Washington Street Association (GWSA) and sponsored by M&T Bank, will feature 27 locations in Binghamton, downtown, west side, and south side, and open Friday from 6-9 PM, unless noted otherwise.

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