First Friday Binghamton
May 4 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Highlights of Binghamton’s Next First Friday Art Walk – MAY 4
Downtown Binghamton will come alive with a street festival atmosphere with fine art, live music, world market, international cuisine, and sound walk at the next First Friday Art Walk on May 4, 6-9 PM. Arty choices include all the usual fine art gallery shows and exhibits PLUS international artists, national nature photography exhibition, Italian singer-songwriter in concert, and the first World Market Night Binghamton on MLK Promenade and Court Street Bridge, and Binghamton Sound Walk Project with four temporary sound art installations on Sound Walk from 321 Water Street to MLK Promenade, and much more at 30 venue locations downtown, west side, and south side Binghamton.
Top gallery and art shows, several with international artists, include:
– Kurdistan-Iraq Painter Sardar Kester: “New Paintings” (Thru June 29, 2018) at Orazio Salati Gallery & Studio (204 State St., Artists’ Row).
– Ken Weir: “Figures Wrapped in Patterns” – Paintings and W. Gregg Harris: “Textures Wrapped in Photos” – Photographs (May 4-26, 2018) at Cooperative Gallery 213 (213 State St., Artists’ Row). [Also, the Cooperative Gallery will feature tastes of two recipes from the gallery’s book, “Artists in the Kitchen”; first come, first served; limited quantities starting at 6 PM. Cookbooks will be on sale.]
– “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, which is comprised of dozens of animal specimens. The only other place to find this exhibition in the country is at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. [Originally created in 1995 to inspire a greater public appreciation of the natural world through the art of photography and the extraordinary talents of photographers of all ages and nationalities, each year it draws over 20,000 submissions.] Also on May 4 at 5:30 PM: Folk Music of WWI: Explore the music which “sold” a generation of Americans on going to the European battlefront in WWI with musicians Jeff Bronfeld, Al Millus, Julian Shepherd, and Charlene Thomson on mandolin, guitar, piano, and autoharp. In between sets, they will relate the history associated with each piece. (Roberson open Fridays from 12-9 PM with $4 First Friday admission, 5-9 PM.)
Contributing to this First Friday’s “street” festival atmosphere:
– World Market Night Binghamton, inaugural international bazaar experience held on the MLK Promenade on the Riverwalk and on Court Street Bridge, will feature juried fine arts competition, artisanal crafts sale, live music performances, public demonstrations, and world cuisine, ending with a dance party on the bridge, 10:15-12-Midnight. Founded and presented by EatBing and the Culinary Tourism Alliance of Binghamton, NY, the World Night Market is a non-profit organization, whose mission is “Cultures Come Together Where the Rivers Meet.” More info online at: VisitBinghamton.org/WorldNightMarket.
– Binghamton Sound Walk Project, collaboration between Binghamton University and several community partners including Tech Works Binghamton, features four temporary sound art installations from Tech Works (321 Water St.) to the MLK Promenade with two ways to participate. 1) For the full experience, meet at Tech Works Binghamton for a guided walk led by project designers with tours at 6, 6:30, 7, 7:30, 8, and 8:30 PM. 2) Drop by and listen to the individual Sound Walk installations at: A) Water St. entrance of Boscov’s parking ramp; B) On the MLK Promenade between Chenango Place and Citrea Restaurant/Bar (7 Court St., Suite 3, on Riverwalk); C) In the alley behind Boscov’s (off Dwight St.); and D) Tech Works Binghamton, 321 Water St. A First Friday reception will be held at Tech Works; snacks served. [More info: Binghamton Historical Sound Walk Project website: https://binghamtonsoundwalkproject.wordpress.com/; Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BingHSP/; contact, Dr. Jennifer Lynn Stoever: email@example.com.]
– Kurdish Culture Night* with Kurdistan traditional dances and songs at American Civic Association/ACA (131 Front St.) from 6-9 PM. Admission, $11 + dinner. More info: Contact ACA at 723-9419 or add ACA on Facebook. [*Hosted by the American Kurdish Council.]
Top music events at the next First Friday:
– “Italian Night”* with Italian Variety Show/Open Mic at 6 PM followed by free concert by Italian recording artist Diana Tejera, singer-songwriter from Rome, at Binghamton University Downtown Center (67 Washington St., across from Arena). There will be a Meet-and-Greet and CD signing by Tejera after her concert performance; her latest CD, “Mi Fingo Distratta” (I pretend to be distracted). (*Sponsor: BU Romance Languages Dept. and Harpur College Dean’s Office. Tejera tours regularly and this trip is her 4th time in Binghamton.)
– “Binghamton Live Songwriters Series” on First Fridays, May-Fall, at Atomic Tom’s (196 State St., Artists’ Row), featuring original music by mostly local and regional singer-songwriters.
Additional top First Friday highlights:
– 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 at Burger Mondays Bar & Grille (23 Henry St.). [Artist website: ebschott.com; on Facebook: E.B.Schott; Instagram: ebschottcontemporary.]
– Susan K. Fassett: “Rose-Colored Glasses” – An exhibit of colorful abstract images (Thru May 2018) at Broome Co. Arts Council/BCAC (81 State St., 5th Fl.). (May 4 opening reception, 6-9 PM, exhibit on view M-F, 11-5.)
– “The Art of Rick Iacovelli” (Thru May 29, 2018) at The Bundy Museum of History & Art (129 Main St., 3rd Fl. Gallery). In Museum’s 2nd fl. Gallery: TBA.
– Brian Murphy: “Corpus” – A collection of photographs and appropriated drawings, inspired by anatomy books and drawings from the 18th and 19th centuries (Thru July 3, 2018) at Bundy Museum/Binghamton Photo, 1st Fl. Gallery (32 Cedar St., Binghamton).
– Linda J. Holmes: “Recent Works” – Watercolors/Acrylics of Nature (Thru June 2018) at Five Riverside Gallery (5 Riverside Dr.), plus an Artist’s Talk at 6:30 PM.
– Susquehanna Valley High School Art Students: Artwork in oil, photography, mixed media and acrylics at Christ Church (10 Henry St., Binghamton) in the Great Hall (Only May 4, 2018, 6-9 PM). Also in the church sanctuary: Endwell Community Chorus performing Broadway and show tune favorites featuring songs of Carole King at 7-7:30 and 7:45-8:15 PM.
At the two newest First Friday venues (since April):
– Heather Esposito: “Headshot Pop-Up” – Fun, quickie headshots and on the spot proofing and image selection for $25, 6-9 PM, at Heather Esposito Photography (34 Chenango St., Suite 208). Includes 1 digital image with release and perfect for updating linked-in, social media and websites!
– Memory Maker Gallery (215 State St., Artists’ Row): 3rd Anniversary of Memory Maker Project continues with paintings by local artists in Southern Tier living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of memory loss.
Besides those already listed, other venue locations hosting a First Friday event on May 4:
Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts/ABFA (186 State St., Artists’ Row); Community Options New York, Inc. (182-184 State St., Artists’ Row); Garland Gallery (116 Gorgeous Washington St. between Hawley/Court St.); The Shop (219 Washington St.); Imagicka (39 Court St.); Parlor City Trolley from Phelps Mansion Museum (191 Court St.); Phelps Mansion Museum (191 Court St.); Little Venice Restaurant (111 Chenango St.); Binghamton University Candid Photography Club at 20 Hawley St., 1st Fl.; Despina’s Mediterranean Taste (20 Hawley St., corner State St.); Chatterbox Café (21 Main St.); Trinity Memorial Church (44 Main St.); and Vishnu’s Couch Yoga Studio, 4th Fl., at ART Building (61 Prospect St., off Lewis St.); Whole In The Wall Restaurant (43 S. Washington St.); and Lost Dog Café (222 Water St., corner Henry St.).
First Friday Art Walk, presented by Gorgeous Washington St. Association/GWSA, is sponsored in part by M&T Bank, lead sponsor for 2018, with 30 venue locations open May 4, from 6-9 PM, unless noted otherwise. The First Friday schedule is subject to change without notice. More info, online at: gorgeouswashington.com.