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January 2, 2015 Event, Binghamton, NY                                                                  

4th Memorial Photography Competition, Annual “Home for the Holidays” Event, Free Day at the YMCA & More Highlight Next First Friday Art Walk - JANUARY 2        

Kick off the New Year on First Friday with diverse Art Walk choices ... from Cooperative Gallery’s annual Bob Johnston Memorial Photo Competition to Roberson Museum’s “Home for the Holidays” to a free day at the YMCA, and more ... at the next First Friday Art Walk in Binghamton, NY, on January 2!

            Begin artwalking at Cooperative Gallery 213 (213 State St., Artists’ Row) for the 4th Bob Johnston Memorial Photography Show* and Competition, January 2-31, 2015.  It's open-themed with all photographic media & all photographers eligible to enter. Photographs will be judged by local professional photographer, J. W. Johnston (no relation) with prizes awarded at 7 PM First Friday Jan. 2, 2015.   [*Show honors the 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.]

            Besides this Memorial Photography Show/Competion, there’s an exhibit of Bob Johnston’s work at PAST/Preservation Association of Southern Tier (89 Court St., corner Chenango St., Perry Bldg.) on First Friday, featuring a series of photographs on the building of Harper College at Binghamton University, representing a progression of the property from wilderness to completion.

            Also on First Friday, be sure to visit:
1) **Roberson Museum & Science Center (30 Front St.):  60th Anniversary of Home for the Holidays! Enjoy hundreds of trees, dazzling displays and the International Forest (Thru Jan. 4, 2015). $8,adults; $6, students/seniors; Roberson Members, free.
2) **YMCA of Broome County/Binghamton (61 Susquehanna St.):  Jan. 2, 6:30-9 PM:  Featuring Full of Grace Dance Instruction:  Dance demonstrations/sample classes.  Also, the YMCA of Broome County at both their Binghamton (61 Susquehanna St.) and Johnson City branches will be open all day FREE of charge for the community on the first Friday of each month. Come take advantage of all the YMCA has to offer!
3) **The Gallery @ 5 Riverside Drive/Towers (5 Riverside Dr.):  In Lobby & Library: Georg Schwartz: Expressionist/Abstract/Landscape Paintings (Thru Jan. 2015).  Artist Reception, 6-9 PM and Gallery Talk at 7 PM, accompanied by the Jazz and Classical music that inspires Georg as he works in his studio.

            Other First Friday shows and exhibits continuing through January, include: 
1) Orazio Salati Gallery (204 State St., Artists Row):  Orazio Salati: Oil, Wax & Tar Paintings and Fern Pritikin Lynn: Raku Ceramics (Thru Jan. 2015). 
2) **Confluence Running (46 S. Washington St.): Jan. 2, 6-7 PM:  Art Show featuring Marie Cupo: "Runners in Oil Paintings" (Thru Jan. 2015) and Pub Run which starts at 7 PM from Confluence Running to around the pubs of Binghamton. 
3) **Whole In The Wall Restaurant (43 S. Washington St.): Angelina Blasich: “Engaging with the Sacred” - Needle Felted Fine Art (Thru Jan.2015).             

            Additionally, there will be a “first” on the first 2015 First Friday with an On-line Launch of “Broome 3-D, Sculpture Outdoors,” the Broome County Arts Council’s on-line guide to public sculpture in the county.  Visit:  BroomeArts.org/public-sculpture, starting at 6 PM on January 2, to find history, photographs and back stories of 13 significant works located throughout Greater Binghamton. This unique First Friday "opening" takes place completely ON-LINE. [This ON-LINE Launch completes the first phase of an ongoing collaboration between BCAC, Prof. Kevin Hatch and Binghamton University Art History Department to catalogue and publicize existing public sculptures in Broome County.  BCAC’s Gallery will be CLOSED during the Jan. 2 Art Walk and will re-open Monday, Jan. 5 at 11 AM with the continuing exhibition*: Richard G. Nolan: "An Exploration in Wood, One Piece at a Time," on view thru Jan. 9, 2015.]

This First Friday Art Walk, presented by GWSA and sponsored in part by Equinox Broadcasting, M&T Bank, and Triple Cities Carousel, will feature 20 locations in Binghamton, downtown, west side, and south side, and open Friday from 6-9 PM, unless noted otherwise.

            Venue locations on January 2 are:

           — On STATE Street:
**Connelly Gallery (205 State St., Artists Row): Featuring: Jerry Bachman: Abstract Photography (Open Weekdays, 11-5 or by appointment.)  Website:  bobconnelly.com.
**Cooperative Gallery 213 (213 State St., Artists Row):  See listing on page 1.  (Gallery Hours:  First Friday, 3-9, F, 3-6; Sat., 12-4. Third Thursday, January 15, at 7.)  Website:  cooperativegallery.com.
**Orazio Salati Studio and Gallery (204 State St., Artists Row):  See listing on page 1.  (Gallery Hours:  1st Friday, 6-9 PM; Saturdays, 11-3 & by appointment, 772.6725.)   Website:  oraziosalati.com.
**Uncorked Creations (205 State St., 2nd & 3rd Fl., Artists’ Row, above Connelly Gallery, front):  Jan. 2, 6-9 PM:Wine Bar (3rd Fl.) open with Drink Specials and Treats! Website: uncorkedbinghamton.com.

            — On COURT Street:
**Imagicka (75 Court St.): Jan. 2, 6-9 PM: Featuring: Art, Music and Fun with Martin Shamoonpour, Persian flutist, percussion player & artist. Website:  imagicka.com.
**JungleScience Gallery (33 Court St., 2nd Fl.):  Jan. 2, 6-9 PM: Group Show: 2014 Annual Binghamton University Photography & Graphic Design Depts., featuring the best work from students in BU’s Photography & Graphic Design classes.  Website:  junglescience.com.
**Merlin’s (73 Court St.): Exhibit: Nicole Redman:  “Nicki's Creative Side” - Spray Paint, Acrylic and Watercolor.  Music/Entertainment: TBA.  First Friday Drink Specials.  Website:  merlinsdanceclub.com.
**PAST/Preservation Association of Southern Tier (89 Court St., corner Chenango St., Perry Bldg.):  See listing on page 1.  Info:  pastny.org.        
**River Read Books (5 Court St.): Artist/Exhibit, TBA. Music:  Soft Jazz with Jeff Guevin & Jesse Bennett, 7-9 PM.  Website:  riverreadbooks.com.

            — On CHENANGO Street: 
**Little Venice Restaurant (111 Chenango St.):  Binghamton’s original Art Gallery:  Over 150 signed paintings on display throughout the restaurant.  Check out Little Venice's NEW Dining Room!...Enjoy our Art Collection in a new setting.  Open every Friday, 11:30 AM-11 PM.Website:  LittleVeniceRestaurant.com.

            — On FRONT Street (West Side):
**Roberson Museum & Science Center (30 Front St.):  See listing on page 1.  Also on Jan. 2: Holiday Crafts, 12-4:30 PM.  Mansion Tours, 1, 2, 3 PM.  Planetarium Shows:  12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30, 7 & 8 PM.(Open Jan. 3-4, from 11-5.)  Website:  roberson.org.

            — On GAINES Street (West Side):
** jls-art.com at Academy of Phoenjitsu (2 Gaines St., corner Front St.): Jan. 2, 6-8 PM:  December Art Show:   John Steinbrecher, Wayne Alan Card, Dan Fuller & Others: Oil, Acrylic, Drawings, Needlework & more.  Website:  jls-art.com.

            — On MAIN Street (West Side):
**The Bundy Museum of Art & History (129 Main St., west side): Open Art Gallery, 3rd Fl.: "RITUALS" - Photographs by Olivia C. Tonin: “Vanitas style still-life photography featuring contemporary themes, symbols, and objects” (Thru Feb. 2, 2015).  Jan. 2 Opening Reception, 6-9 PM.  2nd Fl. Gallery: Exhibit: "Psychedelic Landscapes"- A Selection of Dreamlike Landscapes from early 20th century artists, Maxfield Parrish & Wallace Nutting (Thru February 2015).  Art Gallery admission always FREE. Tue.-Sat., 11-5.  Website:  bundymuseum.org.

            — On PROSPECT Avenue:
**Art Mission & Theater (61 Prospect Ave., off Lewis St.): Gallery: Lindsay Baker:  “…But first, Let Me Paint a Selfie...” - Acrylic, Mixed Media and Found Objects.  Theater: Independent Films in Two Theaters, now digital (schedule online). Website: http://artmission.org.

            — On RIVERSIDE Drive (West Side):
**The Gallery @ 5 Riverside Drive/Towers (5 Riverside Dr.):  See listing on page 1.  (Contact Info/E-Mail: Marcy Swartz, 724.5997; EM: marcyswartz@gmail.com.)

            — On SUSQUEHANNA St.:
**YMCA of Broome County/Binghamton (61 Susquehanna St.):  See listing on page 1. Website:  ymcabroome.org.

            — On S. WASHINGTON Street (South Side):
**Confluence Running (46 S. Washington St.): See listing on page 1.  Websites: ConfluenceRunning.com, facebook.com/ConfluenceRunning.
**Whole In The Wall Restaurant (43 S. Washington St.): See listing on page 1.New, Whole in the Wall now delivered through BingoEats.com.  Daily Specials & Serving until 10 PM every Wed.-Sat. (W-Sat., 11 AM-10 PM.)  Website:   wholeinthewall.com.

            — On WATER Street:
**Lost Dog Cafe (222 Water St., corner Henry St.): Lori Prashker-Thomas:  “Life’s a Drag” - A Composition of Photography from various drag personalities both off and on stage (Thru Jan. 2015). Meet-the-Artist Reception in the Lounge, 7-9 PM. In the Lounge, 9 PM-2 AM: Legendary DJ mjDUKE spinning all the best current dance & classics from the 90s.  (Cafe open 1st Friday to 11 PM. Lounge, 5 PM-2 AM.)  Website: lostdogcafe.net.
**Water Street Brewing Co. (168 Water St., across from Boscov’s):   Featured Artist/Exhibit/First Friday event, TBA.  Website: waterstreetbrewingco.com.

            The First Friday schedule is subject to change without notice.

            For more information on January 2 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: 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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