Share your art-full weekend with us

Did you say “Hello” to “Dolly” or visit the “City of Angels”? Were you celebrating spring with the Downtown Singers (or at your daughter’s dance recital)? Did you “Art Walk” on Friday (or catch a good live act at a local watering hole)? Share with us your reflections of the weekend.

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  1. cyberbassdave

    Binghamton’s First Friday June 4 had many special venues too far apart to cover in three hours. Had we to do it over, we would have chosen differently. Our first stop was the ART Mission to see Annie Fraser’s color paintings of “Churches.” They were … well … broad brush outlines of churches, each covering two panels in a single color. Next stop was WSKG’s “Art in Motion” competition display. It was a little confusing to find – would have been easier had the location been identified in the First Friday brochure as the Lackawanna Train Station rather than just as 45 Lewis St. We found the art as a whole rather static. Personally I liked Roberta Dixon’s painting “Red Hook,” abstractly depicting wind-blown reeds. Our favorite, albeit without motion expressed or implied, was James Burlitch’s “Echoes of Light,” a high-contrast photo taken from the floor of Echo Canyon in Zion National Park.The photo recalled memories of our national park odyssey when we were young.

    We picked up a dinosaur map at the hART of B.C. “headquarters” (a small Airstream trailer near the ART Mission with a loud boombox attached playing — what else? — “Ya Gotta Have H[e]art”). It would have been easier had the map been posted on their web site – well, maybe it was posted; I just could not get their website to open. My wife and I have a special fondness for Johnny Hart’s lovesick dinosaur characters “Gronk” and “Moo.” During our courtship and engagement, we used to send each other Gronk and Moo comic strips. More than 40 years later, we still have them somewhere in a box. We found six of the cleverly decorated sculptures. Outside The Forum, the dino was dressed in a tux, and his scales had musical scales. At Washington Street, Audio Classics’ dino had plates made of LPs. Outside Imagicka, Susan Jablon Mosaics’ dino was covered with tiny mosaic tiles.

    We had hoped to hear the Summer Savoyards, several of whom are musical friends, at Christ Church, but the church was so stifling — not even ceiling fans to move the oppressive air — that we reluctantly scratched that mini-concert. We wound our way around to Stephens Square where we paid a visit to the Broome County Arts Council staff. Executive Director Sharon Ball quipped that the short walk from the elevator to their offices, the only current tenant on the fifth floor, was itself an art study in the use of arrows. Once inside we had a chance to see BCAC staff and board members’ own taste in visual arts. My eye was immediately drawn to the large Armondo Dellasanta oil painting, from a mid-track perspective, of the Lackawanna Train Station and Marconi Tower. My wife liked a delicate fan made by paper cutting, an art form our German ancestors would have called scherenschnitte.

    I would have loved to try my hand (or should I say voice) at a cold theatrical reading at the Know Theatre, but time did not permit – hope they offer this again. The Rod Serling Film Festival in Binghamton High School’s Helen Foley Theater was just too far in the other direction. And we decided we would take a more leisurely stroll, on a cooler day, to find the rest of the prehistoric critters on the loose downtown.

    CyberBassDave