First Friday Venues

Highlights of Binghamton's Next First Friday Art Walk-JUNE 1

Tributes to some local celebrities and notables, a gallery dedication and renaming, and new venue downtown highlight the next First Friday Art Walk on June 1, 6-9 PM at 27 venue locations downtown, west side, and south side Binghamton.

A Gallery Dedication and renaming of The Gallery at Five Riverside Towers/Drive (5 Riverside Dr.) to The Marcy Swartz Gallery at Five Riverside Towers, in honor of Marcy Swartz (1927-2018) who founded the gallery in 2008 and ran it until December 2017, will be held at 7 PM. Swartz, an award-winning arts educator, artist, community leader, gallerist, and former Towers resident, curated the art shows at The Gallery at Five Riverside Towers from 2008-2017. Also on display in the lobby (Thru June 2018): "Recent Works"-Watercolors/Acrylics of Nature featuring Linda J. Holmes (artist/art educator & historian).

  • "Exterminator Extravaganza!!"-A community exhibition of equine paintings, drawings, sculpture, writing, music and premier of trailer for upcoming WSKG documentary on local race horse legend, Exterminator who won the 1918 Kentucky Derby, at Broome Co. Arts Council/BCAC (81 State St., 5th Fl.). There will be make-your-own Derby hats for children, free and open to the public. (June 1 opening reception, 6-9 PM, exhibit on view M-F, 11-5.)
  • "Kilmer's Muse: The Life of Esther Wadsworth"-An exhibit about Willis Sharpe Kilmer's second wife, Esther, in her childhood home (131 Main St., Binghamton) at The Bundy Museum's Gallery 131 (131 Main St., next to Bundy Museum, thru July 30, 2018). Esther Wadsworth is credited with helping Kilmer build his equine empire in Binghamton including 1918 Kentucky Derby winner, Exterminator.
  • The newest First Friday venue: Mabel D. Orr Fashion Boutique (118 Gorgeous Washington St. between Hawley & Court St.) with a Grand Opening celebration featuring Jewelry Pop-Up by Sherrie Stebbins (from The Blue Egg, Binghamton): Handcrafted Assemblage Jewelry with stones and vintage religious findings, plus many eclectic pieces. Mabel D. Orr, a resale boutique, features eclectic finds with previously loved vintage, contemporary and designer fashions and accessories.

  • Sardar Kestay, Kurdistan-Iraq Painter: "Silence and Reflection"-New Paintings (Thru June 29, 2018) at Orazio Salati Gallery & Studio (204 State St., Artists' Row).
  • Joanne Thorne Arnold: "My Backyard"-New Series of Oil Paintings* and Carolyn Gilligan: "Flow"-Watercolors on Yupo, a slippery paper material that contributes to show theme/title (June 1-23, 2018) at Cooperative Gallery 213 (213 State St., Artists' Row). [*Inspired by gardens and natural beauty of our area, this work is resolved with unorthodox tool of cotton-tipped swab applicators instead of using the traditional paint brush.]
  • Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts/ABFA (186 State St., Artists' Row): Summer Salon | Group Exhibition: Featuring a rotation of works by ABFA Gallery artists (Thru July 2018).
  • "Nature's Best Photography Awards Project" (Thru June, 2018) at Roberson Museum & Science Center (30 Front St.): In exhibition alliance with the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History: Up to 50 stunning prints on display and complemented with pieces from Roberson's Loomis collection and dozens of animal specimens. Only other place to find this exhibition in the U.S. is at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. Also on June 1 at 5:30 PM: Discussion: "Propaganda as a Weapon-History of WWI propaganda, led by Jack Gilroy (Binghamton-area chapter leader of Veterans for Peace) and how its influence has impacted Americans for the past 100 years. ($4 First Friday admission, 5-9 PM, and includes free Planetarium show at 7 PM.)
  • Indian Night with Food and Entertainment at American Civic Association/ACA (131 Front St.) from 6-9 PM. Admission, $7, adult; child $5; meal included. More info: Contact ACA at 723-9419; on Facebook.
  • "Big Art in a Little City": Featuring artists and live musical entertainment at Bandalier at Koffman Southern Tier Incubator (120 Hawley St.). [Artists include: James Wright Glasgow, Dave Francisco, Emily Jablon, Marisa Whitman, Dan Ryan, Alla Boldinais, Patti Schwartz. Music: Devinne Myers, Dustin Juracek, Alar Avalon, DJ Lyrical Graphiti.]
  • Lost Dog Cafe (222 Water St.): E.B. Schott: Two exhibits: 1) "Caring Caren Chazaq-Be Strong"- Abstract Expressionism, honoring a friend, Caring Caren, who recently passed away and declared her strength on this earth as she shouted the word, 'Chazaq'! (Thru June 2018 in the Cafe). 2) Conor Henderson: "Queen Sanctuary": Archival Inkjet Prints/Digital Photography depicting drag queens as they perform for the camera, in honor of Pride month (Thru June 2018 in the Lounge). Music in the Lounge: 61 Ghosts from Boston: Blues/Rock & Roll from 9 PM-12 AM.

  • Atomic Tom's (196 State St., Artists' Row): Featuring original music by mostly local and regional singer-songwriters and hosted by John Kanaz.
  • Community Options NY, Inc. (182-184 State St., Artists' Row): Artist/Exhibit, TBA.
  • Memory Maker Gallery (215 State St., Artists' Row): Paintings and prints for sale by local artists in Southern Tier living with Alzheimer's and other forms of memory loss.
  • Garland Gallery (116 Gorgeous Washington St. between Hawley & Court St.): Al Millus performing 6-9 PM and 30% off the walls.
  • The Shop (219 Washington St.): "The Wall" acrylic mural by Nathan Gorman; "We <3 Graffiti," photos on canvas, and "Binghamton Herald" wall graphic by Eugenie and Zoran. (Happy hour, 5-7 PM with $1 off beer, wine & sparklers.)
  • Imagicka (39 Court St.): Preview of NY Faerie Fest (June 29-July 1, Oquaga, NY, with advance tickets on sale at Imagicka) plus Tarot on First Friday.
  • Parlor City Trolley from Phelps Mansion Museum (191 Court St.): Two Historical Tours by PAST/Preservation Association of So. Tier at 6 and 7 PM. Trolley circulates along a route from 6-8 PM; riders can get on/off at any time, free.
  • Phelps Mansion Museum (191 Court St.): Recital: Mary Lou Muratori Voice Students and 1st Fl. viewing of the Mansion, 6-9 PM.
  • Yoga Body Shop (7 Court St., Suite 3, on Riverwalk): Artwork by Bob Fundis, local artist, and FUN GLOWGA class after festivities around 9 PM.
  • Little Venice Restaurant (111 Chenango St.): Binghamton's original Art Gallery: Over 150 signed paintings on display throughout the restaurant, including several by Binghamton artist Armondo Dellasanta. (Open until 10 PM every Friday. Also, The Shop at Little Venice: Italian Specialty Foods, Gifts and Little Venice Favorites.)
  • Despina's Mediterranean Taste (20 Hawley St., corner State St.): June 1, 5-9 PM: 3-Course Dinner + free glass of hemp wine special, $15. (Choose from Leg of Lamb over pilaf; Mousaka w/eggplant; or Greek Spaghetti w/grilled salmon. Hemp Wines by Sovereign Vines. RSVP, 235-2406.)
  • Burger Mondays Bar & Grille (23 Henry St., corner State St.): E.B. Schott: "Indigo"-Contemporary Abstract Expression with multi-media incorporating oils, acrylics and encaustic, inspired and aided by nature, that embodies the life color of the Indigo. [Artist website:; on Facebook: E.B.Schott; Instagram: ebschottcontemporary. Additional art show by E. B. Schott at The Loft (99 Court St.): "Le Voyage de la Vie": Abstract Expressionism that transports us from our past to our present and onward towards our future (Thru June 2018).]
  • Christ Church (10 Henry St., corner Water St.): Stepping Stone Quilters: Hand and machine-made quilts on display (Only June 1, 2018, 6-9 PM. In the church sanctuary: Overture, a beginner level, adult concert band, performing Swing, Rock, Broadway musicals and more at 6-6:45, 7-7:45 and 8-8:45 PM.
  • The Goldsmith (31 Lewis St. in Kilmer Bldg.): Jewelry by Anna Beck.
  • The Bundy Museum of History & Art (129 Main St., 3rd Fl. Gallery): A) "Stories of Summer: Art by Victor Lay"-A sunny collection of recent and older work that celebrates the bright season (Thru July 2, 2018). B) In 2nd Fl. Gallery and presented in conjunction with the American Civic Association/ACA: "Immigration in Broome County's WWII Era: The Early American Civic Association" featuring ephemera and objects from the ACA's archives documenting over 79 years of immigration to Broome County. C) Bundy Museum/Binghamton Photo, 1st Fl. Gallery (32 Cedar St., Binghamton): Brian Murphy: "Corpus"-A collection of photographs and appropriated drawings, inspired by anatomy books and drawings from the 18th and 19th centuries (Thru July 2, 2018).
  • Trinity Memorial Church (44 Main St.): CANDLECHANT by The Trinity Women's Choir, singing a cappella music in candlelight from 7:30-8 PM.
  • Whole In The Wall Restaurant/WITW (43 S. Washington St.): Christine Curtis: Abstract Designs & Animal Collages-Oil Paint, oil pastel & paper collage. (WITW open Thu.-Sat., 11-9 with Patio Dining, weather permitting.
  • Also, being held on June 1 First Friday, onsite tours of the archaeological excavations at 7 Hawley St., hosted by the Public Archaeology Facility (Binghamton University), the Binghamton Urban Renewal Agency (BURA), and the City of Binghamton at 5:30 and 6:30 PM, weather permitting. Meet at the construction gate on Hawley St. in the parking lot behind Ellis Bros. Furniture and CVS; tour participants must wear closed-toe shoes or boots due to uneven ground.
YEAR OF 2018


JANUARY 5 22 Venues
FEBRUARY 2 22 Venues
MARCH 2 23 Venues
APRIL 6 23 Venues
MAY 4 30 Venues
JUNE 1 27 Venues
JULY 6  

First Friday Art Walk, presented by Gorgeous Washington St. Association/GWSA, is sponsored in part by M&T Bank (2017 lead sponsor), Equinox Broadcasting & Triple Cities Carousel, with venue locations open Jan. 5, from 6-9 PM, unless noted otherwise. First Friday schedule subject to change without notice. More info, contact Chris Bodnarczuk (GWSA Chair at,