First Friday Venues

Highlights of Binghamton's Next First Friday Art Walk - May 3

Highlights of Binghamton's May 3 First Friday Art Walk, many with an international theme, range from "Nature's Best Photography" at Roberson Museum, featuring international photographers, India-Pakistan Collaboration Night at American Civic Association, African Drum and Dance Ensemble from Binghamton University at Imagicka to first anniversary of Mabel D. Orr Fashion Boutique with "Cinco de Mayo" style. The next First Friday, held from 6-9 PM, features 24 venue locations downtown, including on Artists' Row, west side, and south side.

  • - "Nature's Best Photography" at Roberson Museum (30 Front St.): Third and final year Roberson Museum will host this stunning library of photographs and in exhibition alliance with Smithsonian National Museum of Nature History (Thru June 2019). $4 admission after 5 PM on 4/5 First Friday and includes a Planetarium Show at 7 PM. (More info:
  • - Eileen Seeley Schlag: Acrylic and Oil Paintings (Boats & Horses) and Encaustics -AND- Shirley Ernst: Watercolor Landscapes (May 2-25, 2019) at Cooperative Gallery 213 (213 State St., Artists' Row) with an Artists' Reception on 5/2 from 6-8 PM.
  • - JW Johnston: "New Work. Old Haunts" - A collection of fine art photography encompassing multiple projects: natural landscape, the social landscape, even studies of light, shadow, and form on curtain fabric (Thru May 25, 2019), at Orazio Salati Gallery & Studio (204 State St., Artists' Row).
  • - In Memoriam: Gordon Lee (1954-2018) at Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts/ABFA (186 State St., Artists' Row); exhibition thru May 31, 2019 with mid-exhibition reception on 5/3 First Friday, 6-9 PM. This exhibition includes works that span Lee's last two decades of his life.
  • - Robert Hoover: "Divinely Diverse 2": New Paintings (Thru May 28, 2019) at Lost Dog Cafe (222 Water St., corner Henry St.). [Artist website:] Meet-the-Artist and Hoover's 20th First Friday Opening in the Lounge, 6-9 PM. Also, free Photo Memory Keepsakes by Peak Photobooths.
  • - Scott Yurko: "A Painter's Snapshots": A series of confrontational portraits (May 3 - June 2, 2019) at Broome County Arts Council's ARTISAN Gallery (95 Court St., next to Chroma Cafe) with an opening reception on 5/3, 6-9 PM. RE this exhibit: Instead of just examining paintings, visitors to this exhibition will find the paintings looking directly at them, representing a way to create an emotional dialog between the art and the viewer.
  • - Michael Albert: "Pop Art Collages" - Detailed and colorful collages made from cereal boxes and other printed cardboard packages (Thru May 2019) at Whole in the Wall Restaurant (43 S. Washington St.). [Artist website:]
  • - Matthew Card and John Carroll: "Visualizations: A Mixed Media Experience" - A Collection of Photography and Artwork (Thru June 4, 2019) at The Bundy Museum (129 Main St.) in 3rd Fl. Gallery with an opening reception on 5/3 from 6-9 PM. Music by guitarist Taz Yanick, from 7-9 PM, in the Bundy Annex.
  • - Frederic Bigras-Burrogano: "Hills of Home" - Photographs and multimedia works exploring the concepts of national identity, cultural heritage, and the physicality of imaged communities (May 3-6, 2019) at Binghamton Photo (32 Cedar St., adjacent to Bundy Museum) with an opening reception on 5/3 from 6-9 PM.
  • - Rita Christiansen: Energy Paintings (Thru June, 2019) at Marcy Swartz Gallery at Riverside Towers (5 Riverside Dr.) with an Artist's Talk on 5/3 at 7 PM.
  • - Gallery/Photography Show by the Binghamton University Photography Club at 20 Hawley St. (May 3, 2019, 6-9 PM).
  • - Artisan Craft Fair and Silent Auction at 209 State St. (Artists' Row, next to Cooperative Gallery 213), only on 5/3, 4-7 PM, and sponsored by the Binghamton Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd. (Featuring paintings, ceramics, functional pottery, woodworking, pieces, sculptures, fine, colored pencil art, greeting cards, knitted & woven goods, photography, fabric banners, mixed media, jewelry. All proceeds to benefit Good Shepherd's capital campaign.)
  • - "Bridges at Cornell" - Artwork by people living with memory loss at Bridges at Cornell Heights (Thru May, 2019) at Memory Maker Gallery (215 State St., Artists' Row). [Open 5/3 First Friday, 6-9 PM.]
  • - Art Presentor, Jon P. at Community Options New York Inc. (182-184 State St., Artists' Row); exhibit only on 5/3, 6-9 PM.

  • - Nukporte - African Drum and Dance Ensemble, featuring BU Professor James Burns and his Binghamton University students performing, at Imagicka (39 Court St.) from 6-9 PM.
  • - India-Pakistan Collaboration Night, 6-8 PM, at American Civic Association/ACA (131 Front St.). Admission, $10, adults; $5, kids; includes food and entertainment. More info and to RSVP, call 723.9419.
  • - Piano Recital: Students of Pej Reitz performing, 6-9 PM, at Phelps Mansion Museum (191 Court St.). Also, first floor of the Museum will be open for viewing during First Friday; admission free; refreshments.
  • - Binghamton Live Songwriters Series at Atomic Tom's (196 State St., Artists' Row), held outside weather permitting from 6-9 PM.
  • - The Trinity Ringers performing from 7:30-8 PM at Trinity Memorial Church (44 Main St., corner Oak St.). - "Cinco de Mayo" Style at Mabel D. Orr Fashion Boutique (118 Gorgeous Washington St.), celebrating Mabel's One Year Anniversary on Gorgeous Washington Street, 6-9 PM. Featuring new jewelry and clothing, refreshments, lots of discounted items!
  • - First Friday 3-course dinner special* at Despina's Mediterranean Taste (20 Hawley St., corner/State), 5-9 PM: $15 plus free glass of Hemp wine (Sovereign Vines). (*Choose from: Spanakopita/spinach pie or Greek spaghetti with grilled shrimp or chicken. Reservations, 235.2406.)
  • - 30% off the walls at Garland Gallery (116 Gorgeous Washington St.), from 6-9 PM.

  • Binghamton's "Original Art Gallery" with over 150 signed original paintings including those by local artist Armondo Dellasanta at Little Venice Restaurant (111 Chenango St.). Dinner every Friday to 10 PM. (Tue.-Thu., Sun.,11:30-9; F-Sat., 11:30-10. Closed M.)
  • Display: "The Wall" acrylic mural by Nathan Gorman, "We <3 Graffiti," photos on canvas and "Binghamton Herald" wall graphic by Eugenie and Zoran at The Shop (219 Washington St., across from Forum Theatre). (Happy hour from 5-7 PM: $1 off all beer, wine, and sparklers.)
  • Gallery 131 (131 Main St., next to Bundy Museum): May exhibit TBA.

  • Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts/ABFA (186 State St., Artists' Row); Community Options Inc. (182-84 State St., Artists' Row); Imagicka (39 Court St.); The Bundy Museum, 3rd Fl. Gallery (129 Main St.); and Gallery 131 (131 Main St., next to Bundy Museum).

Also on May 3, the Parlor City Trolley will resume and run 6-8 PM along a route downtown with guided trolley tours at 6 and 7 PM. Riders can hop on/off, free of charge.

The First Friday schedule is subject to change without notice.

YEAR OF 2019


JANUARY 4 16 Venues
FEBRUARY 1 21 Venues
MARCH 1 21 Venues
APRIL 5 21 Venues
MAY 3 24 Venues

First Friday Art Walk, presented by the Gorgeous Washington Street Association/GWSA, is sponsored by M&T Bank, with 24 venue locations open May 3 from 6-9 PM, unless noted otherwise. First Friday schedule is subject to change without notice. More info on January 4 First Friday Art Walk, contact Chris Bodnarczuk (GWSA chair) at, or online at: The First Friday schedule is subject to change without notice.