First Friday Venues

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 from 321 Water Street to MLK Promenade on the Riverwalk, and much more at 30 venue locations downtown, west side, and south side Binghamton.

  • Kurdistan-Iraq Painter Sardar Kestay: "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 and dozens of animal specimens. The only other place to find this exhibition in the U.S. is at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. 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 & 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.)

  • World Market Night Binghamton, inaugural international bazaar on the MLK Promenade on the Riverwalk and on Court Street Bridge, will feature juried fine arts competition, artisanal crafts sale, live music, 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:
  • 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: binghamtonsoundwalkprojoect; Facebook Page: BingHSP; contact, Dr. Jennifer Lynn Stoever (BU Associate Professor of English), EM:]
  • Kurdish Culture Night* at American Civic Association/ACA (131 Front St.) from 6-9 PM with Kurdistan traditional dances and songs. Admission, $11 + dinner. More info: Contact ACA at 723-9419; on Facebook. [*Hosted by the American Kurdish Council.]

  • "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). [Also, 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.)
  • "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.

  • 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.

  • Broome Co. Arts Council/BCAC (81 State St., 5th Fl.): Susan K. Fassett: "Rose-Colored Glasses"-An exhibit of colorful abstract images (Thru May 2018). (May 4 opening reception, 6-9 PM, exhibit on view M-F, 11-5.)
  • Community Options NY, Inc. (182-184 State St., Artists' Row): "The Self-Starter Sidewalk Show": Billy Brandenburg (Inspired Slacker Artworks): Pen and Ink Collage/Photography and David Francisco: Painting/Mixed Media/Prints with on-site painting and demos (Only 5/4 First Friday, 6-9 PM).
  • Garland Gallery (116 Gorgeous Washington St. between Hawley & Court St.): Pat Raube, singer/songwriter, 6-9 PM and 30% off the walls.
  • The Shop (219 Washington St.): "The Wall" acrylic mural by Nathan Gorman; "We <3 Graffiti," photos on canvas, and "Binghamton Herald" wall graphic by Eugenie and Zoran. (Happy hour, 5-7 PM with $1 off beer, wine & sparklers.)
  • Parlor City Trolley from Phelps Mansion Museum (191 Court St.): Two Historical Tours by PAST/Preservation Association of So. Tier at 6 and 7 PM. Trolley circulates along a route from 6-8 PM; riders can get on/off at any time, free.
  • Phelps Mansion Museum (191 Court St.): Pej Reitz Student Recital, followed by a reception. Also, on display: Artwork by Cyndy Weeks: "Psalms of Lost and Useless Items"-Mainly 3D Found Object Assemblage, a retrospective collection of her work representing storytelling, personal healing, and wholeness.
  • Little Venice Restaurant (111 Chenango St.): Binghamton's original Art Gallery: Over 150 signed paintings on display throughout the restaurant, including several by Binghamton artist Armondo Dellasanta. (Open until 10 PM every Friday. Also, The Shop at Little Venice: Italian Specialty Foods, Gifts & Little Venice Favorites.)
  • Binghamton University Candid Photography Club at 20 Hawley St., 1st Fl.: May 4, 6-9 PM: Photography Exhibit: Human body images from club's book, "The Visual Elements II" and photos of nature from BU Students.
  • Despina's Mediterranean Taste (20 Hawley St., corner State St.): May 4, 5-9 PM: Three-Course Dinner + free glass of wine special, $15. (Choose from Leg of Lamb over pilaf; Mousaka w/eggplant; or Greek Spaghetti w/grilled salmon. Hemp Wines by Sovereign Vines. RSVP, 235-2406.)
  • Burger Mondays Bar & Grille (23 Henry St., corner State St.): 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. [Artist website:; on Facebook: E.B.Schott; Instagram: ebschottcontemporary.]
  • Christ Church (10 Henry St., corner Water St.) in the Great Hall: Susquehanna Valley High School Art Students: Artwork in oil, photography, mixed media and acrylics (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.
  • The Bundy Museum of History & Art (129 Main St., 3rd Fl. Gallery): "The Art of Rick Iacovelli" (Thru May 29, 2018). Bundy Museum/Binghamton Photo, 1st Fl. Gallery (32 Cedar St., Binghamton): 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).
  • Chatterbox Cafe (21 Main St.): First Friday Food and Bar Specials.
  • Trinity Memorial Church (44 Main St.): The Trinity Ringers, playing handbells in concert from 7:30-8 PM.
  • Vishnu's Couch Yoga Studio on 4th Fl. At ART Building (61 Prospect St., off Lewis St.): Open house on First Fridays, 6-9 PM. (Daily classes; contact/Vishnu's, 607.232.0410).
  • Five Riverside Gallery (5 Riverside Dr.): Linda J. Holmes: "Recent Works"-Watercolors/Acrylics of Nature (Thru June 2018) with an Artist's Talk at 6:30 PM.
  • Lost Dog Cafe (222 Water St.): Featured Artist/Exhibit, TBA. Music in the Lounge: Fall Creek Brass Band from Ithaca, performing danceable brass funk, rock, pop and hip-hop on horns and drums from 9 PM-12 Midnight; no cover.

  • First Friday venues hosting a 5/4 event, TBA, are: Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts/ABFA (186 State St., Artists' Row); Imagicka (39 Court St.); Bundy Museum's Gallery 131 (131 Main St.); and Whole In The Wall Restaurant (43 S. Washington St.).
YEAR OF 2018


JANUARY 5 22 Venues
FEBRUARY 2 22 Venues
MARCH 2 23 Venues
APRIL 6 23 Venues
MAY 4 30 Venues
JULY 6  

First Friday Art Walk, presented by Gorgeous Washington St. Association/GWSA, is sponsored in part by M&T Bank (2017 lead sponsor), Equinox Broadcasting & Triple Cities Carousel, with venue locations open Jan. 5, from 6-9 PM, unless noted otherwise. First Friday schedule subject to change without notice. More info, contact Chris Bodnarczuk (GWSA Chair at,