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May 2, 2014 Event, Binghamton, NY                                          

One New Venue with Couture Fashion, Italian Night with Rock Violinist, International Film Series & Printmaker Exhibit & More Highlight Next First Friday Art Walk - MAY 2       
          Be “gorgeous” on Gorgeous Washington on First Friday! Couture fashion by a local designer takes center stage at a new venue on Gorgeous Washington Street, plus many exciting arty choices ... Italian night with Italian rock violinist, international film series and printmaker exhibit, historic trolley tours/rides, and more ... at the next First Friday Art Walk in Binghamton, NY, on May 2. 

          Begin artwalking at new venue, La Gia Bella Boutique (134 Gorgeous Washington St.) for their First Friday VIP Launch Party from 6-10 PM with local designer Constance Rose Collections and Live Designer Couture Fashions!  It’s an Evening of Fashion/Fun/ Music/Networking to promote local business development within our community says boutique owner, Nicole Williams. The couture fashions will be shown via a live Art Gala, including a live Fashion Show and two live models in La Gia Bella Boutique’s two front display windows. There will also be raffles throughout the evening with proceeds going to the Gorgeous Washington St. Association for their Binghamton revitalization projects.    

          After enjoying “high” fashion, catch “Italian Night” with Italian rock violinist, Andrea DiCesare, performing at Binghamton University’s Downtown Center/UDC (67 Washington St., across from Arena).  The world-famous Andrea Di Cesare (youtube.com/user/andreadice76) will present a free concert at 7:30 PM. Prior to the concert, there will be an Italian Open Mic, with performances by Binghamton University students and community members. This Italian Night is sponsored by the Romance Languages Dept./Italian Program at Binghamton University.

          The “international” flavor on First Friday continues at three other venues, featuring a Danish artist, Kurdish film, and Salsa dancing:
1) The Gallery @ 5 Riverside Drive/Towers (5 Riverside Dr.):  Print Exhibit by Danish artist & internationally known printmaker, Viggo Holm Madsen.  There will be an opening reception on First Friday, 6-9 PM, for this print show which continues through July 1, 2014. [About Viggo Holm Madsen, 1925-1998: Described by NY Times as one of Long Island’s best-known printmakers, dedicated to creative experimentation using woodcut, embossing, etching and mixed-media techniques. Listed in Who’s Who in American Art and The International Directory of Art. Born in Kaas Denmark, Madsen's wife and children live in Binghamton.  More Info/Contact, Karen Madsen, 607.759.0166.] 
2) American Civic Association/ACA (131 Front St.), for the 4th of their First Friday International Film Series: Kurdish Film Friday featuring “Bekas.”  The film series, which debuted in February, is being held in conjunction with the ACA’s year-long 75th Anniversary celebration and open to the public, admission, $7 per person (includes drink & popcorn).  Doors open at 6 PM and the film begins at 8 PM. [“Bekas” is about two homeless brothers, Zana, 7 & Dana, 10, from Kurdistan who live on the edge of survival and dream about coming to America.]
3) Merlin’s (73 Court St.), for Salsa Dancing with local Latin band, Salsa Libre, 7:30-11.       

          On May 2, the Broome County Arts Council/BCAC will present: “Broome Art 3-D: Sculpture Outdoors”-An early First Friday presentation from 4-6 PM of research by Binghamton University art history students about 14 often mysteriously unidentified public sculptures with major artistic & historic significance. This presentation completes a yearlong collaboration between BCAC, Professor Kevin Hatch, and BU’s Art History Dept.  A Reception/Meet & Greet will be held at 4 PM; Student Presentation at 4:30, followed by Q&A. A free reference map to the 14 featured sculptures available as you continue your First Friday Art Walk.

Additionally, the Parlor City Trolley returns with free, historic trolley tours at 6, 7, and 8 PM with Joan Sprague from PAST (Preservation Association of Southern Tier) from Phelps Mansion Museum (191 Court St.).  The trolley circulates along a route from 6-9 PM and riders can get on or off at any time.  The trolley is underwritten by the Gorgeous Washington Street Association/GWSA and runs during the May-September First Fridays; no trolley during the July 4, 2014 First Friday.

          This First Friday Art Walk, presented by GWSA and sponsored by M&T Bank, will feature 35 locations in Binghamton, downtown, west side, and south side, and open Friday from 6-9 PM, unless noted otherwise.

          Venue locations on May 2 are:
          — On STATE Street:
**Broome County Arts Council/BCAC (81 State St., 5th Fl.):  See listing on page 1.(Info:   723.4620.)   Website:  broomearts.org.
**Community Options New York, Inc. (182-184 State St., Artists’ Row): Art by The First Ward Senior Center presented by Sara Levy: Photography, Collage, etc.   
**Connelly Gallery (205 State St., Artists Row): Collection of Estate Art & Decorative Arts (Thru May 30, 2014). Free Verbal Appraisals of Personal Property by Certified Appraiser, 6-9.(Open Weekdays, 11-5 or by appointment.)  Website:  bobconnelly.com.
**Cooperative Gallery 213 (213 State St., Artists Row):  Jeanne Van Buren:"Abstractions" and Peg Nocciolino:Works on Paper (Thru May 2014). Opening Reception on First Friday, 6-9 PM. (Gallery Hours:  1st Friday, 3-9, Fri., 3-6, Sat., 12-4, Artist Talk on Third Thursday, May 15 at 7 PM.)  Info:  cooperativegallery.com.
**KMH Photography/Kristen Hrebin (205 State St., 2nd Fl., Artists’ Row, back gallery, above Connelly Gallery):  KMH Photography/Kristen Hrebin and Abstract Art by Roberta Dixon. Website: kmhphotographer.com.                   
**Orazio Salati Studio and Gallery (204 State St., Artists Row):  Greg A. Chianis: "Forgotten” - Photography (Thru May 2014). (Gallery Hours:  1st Friday, 6-9 PM; Saturdays, 11-3 & by appointment, 772.6725.)   Website:  oraziosalati.com.
**UnCorked Creations (205 State St., 2nd Fl., Artists’ Row, front gallery, above Connelly Gallery):  Apr. 4, 6-9 PM: Stop down & check out the new art for the spring/summer months!

          — On GORGEOUS WASHINGTON Street: 
**Binghamton University’s College of Community and Public Affairs at the University Downtown Center/UDC (67 Washington St., across from Arena):  See listing on page 1. (Info: BU Romance Languages Dept./Italian Program, 777-2645; contact Dana Stewart.)
**Garland Gallery (116 Gorgeous Washington St.):  First Friday Special: 30% Off Everything on the Walls.  Music by Pat Raube, singer/songwriter, rockin’ 6-9 PM.   Website:  garlandgallery.com.
**La GiaBella Boutique (134 Gorgeous Washington St.): See listing on page 1. (Contact:  Nicole Williams, 607.427.1885.)  Website: lagiabella.com.            
**Orion Beauty & Balance (118 Gorgeous Washington St.):  Featuring:  Tommy Mastro-Artist. Juanita Smart-Belly Dancer. Sara Diaz-Hand Crafted Jewelry. Doug Bogart-Nature Photography. Website:  OrionBeautyandBalance.com.
**Portfolio’s Cafe` (137 Gorgeous Washington St.):  May 2, 5-8 PM:  Featuring: Our Full Menu, check us out on Face Book. Also, Live Music of Local Artists: Aaron Bennet, Roger Peacock, Mary Grigonis, Anthony (from crazyart) and Linda Stewart. Website: CCBC.net.  

          — On COURT Street:
**Chenango Place (7-9 Court St., between Boscov’s & RiverRead Books):  Open House, 6-8:30 PM, featuring various current/former BU artists & acoustic musicians. Chenango Place represents the area's newest Luxury Student Housing project in downtown Binghamton.  Tour a two-bedroom, model apartment on First Friday.  Light refreshments served. Info/Contact:  Kathleen LaBarre.  Website:  chenangoplace.com.
**Imagicka (75 Court St.): Introducing Artist Abby Ponterio - Art of Spirit.  Live Music & Hoop Dance.  Tarot with Darin, $10/10 minutes.  Website:  imagicka.com.
**JungleScience Gallery (33 Court St.,  2nd Fl.):  "Worth" - A Funeral of Dreams by Audrey Ryan: Calling Hours are 6-9 & don't forget your party hat. Canvasses & Installation Work, with much of the show created in the space & painted directly on the walls.Website:  junglescience.com.
**Merlin’s (73 Court St.): See listing on page 1.  Scott Fisher - Portraits in Pencil.  No Cover. Specials: $2 Bud Products. $4 Fruity Fuzzy Navel Pints.  Website:  merlinsdanceclub.com.
**Parlor City Trolley from Phelps Mansion Museum (191 Court St.): See listing on page 1.
**PAST/Preservation Association of Southern Tier (89 Court St., corner Chenango St. at roundabout, Perry Bldg.): Linda & Ken Jackson: Washingtonian Hall-Federal Period Endwell, Home - Historic Pictures/Slide Show/Articles. Enjoy a pictorial display/presentation of Washingtonian Hall, built in 1799, a fine local example of Federal period architecture & is on the National Registry of Historic Places. Info:  pastny.org.
**Phelps Mansion Museum (191 Court St.):  May 2, 5:30-8:30 PM: Piano Recital: Given by the Piano Students of Pej Reitz with all levels, beginner to advanced. Also, Mansion open for tours.  Website: phelpsmansion.org.
**Quarter Yellow Studios at Galaxy Brewing Co. (41 Court St.):  Exhibit: Featuring QuarterYellow Artists:  Eleni G.  Brooke C.  Kareemah J. Bryan R.  Website:  quarteryellow.blogspot.com.
**River Read Books (5 Court St.):  Featured Artist/Exhibit, TBA.  Music by Yesterday's Baby with Barbara Vartanian & Mark Mandyke, 7-9 PM. (Open First Friday to 9 PM.)  Website:  riverreadbooks.com.
**Victor Lay at Uptown Style & Spa (26 Court St.): Exhibit in Main Hallway: Victor Lay: "Binghamton
Beauties" - Photo Realism (victorlay.com; thru June 2014).(Uptown Style & Spa open May 2 until 9 PM.)

          — On CHENANGO Street: 
**Little Venice Restaurant (111 Chenango St.):  Binghamton’s original Art Gallery:  Over 150 signed paintings on display throughout the restaurant.  Open every Friday to 11 PM & try our wonderful artisan Gelato!Website:  LittleVeniceRestaurant.com. 

          — On FRONT Street (West Side):
**American Civic Association/ACA (131 Front St.):  See listing on page 1.  Website: americancivic.com.
**Pacheco Gallery (86 Front St., across from Binghamton Club):  Dr. Jose M. Pacheco: "Life's Works" :
Paintings - Acrylics with many new pieces added. (Open 1st Friday, 6-9 PM, & by appt.)   Website:  pachecogallery.com.

          — On GAINES Street (West Side):
**jls-art.com at Academy of Phoenjitsu (2 Gaines St., Upper Level):  May 2, 6-8 PM: Exhibit: John Steinbrecher  |  Wayne Alan Card  |  Dan Fuller & Others: Paintings, Photographs, Drawings, all displayed on the main floor.  Website:  jls-art.com.

          — On LEWIS Street:
**Shawn Michael Design at CoWork Binghamton (45 Lewis St., 2nd Fl., Lackawanna Train Station):  Open Studio:  Shawn Michael Design - Modern & Vintage Furniture, Curiosities.  Interior Designer Shawn O'Hara hosting display & sale of Vintage/Modern/Industrial Furniture, Home Decor Curiosities.   Websites:  coworkbing.com, brickandmodern.com.
**Southern Tier HealthLink NY (45 Lewis St., 1st Fl., Lackawanna Train Station): Featuring:  Chris Pettingill and Peggi Sue Peters, C&P Studio Ceramics - Functional Stoneware & Porcelain Pottery.  Jillian Mara Zeigler: “Transformation of Abstract Form” - Abstract Mixed Media.  Website:  sthlny.com.

          — On MAIN Street (West Side):
**The Bundy Museum of History & Art (129 Main St., west side):  Open Art Gallery, 3rd Fl.:  5th Annual Binghamton University Student Group Photography Art Exhibit. (May 2 Opening, 6-9; exhibit thru June 3, 2014. Art Gallery admission always FREE. Tue.-Sat., 11-5.)  In the 2nd Fl. Gallery: "Behind the Facade: The Art of Scenery at Tri-Cities Opera" - Never before seen Designer Models for the extensive, beautiful & nationally known sets of Tri-Cities Opera, along with a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the newest scenes for Die Fledermaus (Thru Summer 2014).  In the 2nd Fl. Sewing Room: The AmarA TaroT:  An Ongoing Project, the AmarA envisioning of the iconic images of the 22 major arcana cards. Exhibit premieres several new additions to the collection (Thru June 3, 2014).  Website:  bundymuseum.org.
**Tabernacle UMC (83 Main St., west side):  May 2, 6:30-8 PM: Vocal Students of Melisse Weber: Recital of young vocal performers...Schumann to Billy Joel & everything in between, accompanied by guitar & piano.  Photography Exhibit by Matt Williams, unique Black-and-White Photographs.  Fresh baked goods served in the Church coffeehouse. (Parking on street & in church lot, off Arthur St.)

          — On PROSPECT Avenue:
**Art Mission & Theater (61 Prospect Ave., off Lewis St.):  Gallery:  C. Pichura: "The Story"-Paintings & Drawings.  Theater: Independent Films in Two Theaters (schedule online).  Website:  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 S. WASHINGTON Street (South Side):
**Confluence Running (46 S. Washington St.): May 2, 12-8 PM:  Exhibit:  Steve Gorgos: “Running Through” - Show of His Trail Running Photographs (Thru May 2014). Also, Group Run on First Friday @ 7 PM.Websites:  ConfluenceRunning.com, facebook.com/ConfluenceRunning.
**Whole In The Wall Restaurant (43 S. Washington St.): Angela Cook: "Celebrating Spring"-Paintings (Thru May 2014). (W-Sat., 11 AM-10 PM.)  Website:  wholeinthewall.com.

          — On WATER Street:
**Lost Dog Cafe (222 Water St., corner Henry St.):  Christine Bahr:  Modern & Vintage: The Art of Decorative – Acrylic & Oils. In the Café, 6-8 PM:  Hard Cider, Vodka & Gin Tasting with 1911 Spirits (from Hammondsport, NY).   In the Lounge, 9 PM - 12/Midnight:  Our Friends Band "Grooverockers" from Syracuse, NY.  (Dinner on 1st Friday to 11 PM.  Lounge from 5 PM-2 AM.)Info: lostdogcafe.net.

          The First Friday schedule is subject to change without notice.

          For more information on the May 2 First Friday Art Walk, contact Kim DeLisa (Chair of Gorgeous Washington Street Association) at Orion Beauty & Balance, 724.0080, or visit GWSA’s website at:


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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