By Matthew Pitcher In honor of Black History Month, the Gallery at SUNY Broome is presenting “ORIGINS: Traditions of African Art.” The Bundy Museum in Binghamton generously made items from its private collection available to the college. Library archivist Robin Valashinas, assisted by several students, selected approximately three dozen pieces from Mali, Cameroon, Burkina Faso and Congo, and the finished display is nothing less than amazing. As one of Valashinas’ assistants, I have been in and out of this exhibit at least a dozen times since it...Read more
I like cemeteries, especially the old ones. They're time machines, filled with artwork and stories. I'm as curious about the people who carved grave monuments as I am about those who lie beneath and around them. On a recent sunny Saturday, I got a chance to ride through Spring Forest Cemetery, off Mygatt Street in Binghamton. One stone read "Died at Age 70" with a death date of 1845. That meant she -- it was the grave of a woman -- was born in 1775, one...Read more
By Ralph Hall Galleries of art are very special places! Art is arranged to educate, to please, to entertain, to sell, and to expand our thinking, our appreciation, and our worlds. With each visit to a gallery, we find a new catalyst. Imagine what it must be like to have a gallery in the building where you live. Each time you choose to look at the art as you walk through the lobby, you may be altered in wonderful new ways. The residents of 5 Riverside...Read more
“…and to think that I saw it on Doubleday Street”: An art installation on the history of Doubleday Street in Binghamton by Judy SaltonSubmitted by Margaret Johnston If Dr. Seuss himself had been on Doubleday Street last weekend, I could not have been more amazed. The outdoor art installation by Judy Salton works on so many levels. Salton is exploring the concept of place in a very intimate and profound way. She started with historical photos of the neighborhood from several families and then painted them...
A statue to The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. now stands on Binghamton's River Walk at the Court Street Bridge at the head of the Peacemakers Trail. Unveiled Wednesday (Nov. 17), the life-sized sculpture captures the civil rights martyr in dynamic action. Sculptor Stan Watts of Atlas Bronze Casting of Kearns, Utah, said he wanted to portray the civil rights martyr in full exhortation, arm raised in a call to action, mouth open to...Read more