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May 1, 2015 Event, Binghamton, NY                                                                                                                                    

May Day First Friday Features State Street Block Party on Artists Row, Photography Exhibits, Book Signing, Italian Songbook Concert, Trolley Tours and More at Art Walk – MAY 1 

A May Day First Friday and time to party outside! … from gallery hopping to Block Party plus indoor fun with book signing, Italian Songbook concert, trolley tours, and more!  With so many choices and something for every taste at 26 venue locations, it’s best to start your art walking early at Binghamton’s next First Friday on May 1.

          Begin artwalking at the State Street Block Party on Artists’ Row (between Henry and Lewis Streets), that kicks off on First Friday with “Celebrating the Arts in Binghamton” from 4-9 PM and on Saturday from 10-4, featuring artisan vendors, food, and music.  This will include performances by Milkweed, John Kanaz and Friends, Peaches and Crime over the two-day event.  More info, visit the event’s Facebook page:  State Street Block Party.

          While on Artists’ Row, be sure to visit the many galleries and art shows there, including:
**Atomic Tom’s (196 State St.) with "Twig and Thread" - An Eclectic Shop of Vintage Items, Gifts, Fashion, Industrial Furniture, Antiques.
**Community Options New York, Inc. (182-184 State St.): Alicia Wagner-Mixed Medium & Photography and Michael Haskins-Woodworking. 
**Connelly Gallery (205 State St.): Robert Keller:  Oil Painting (Thru May 2015).
**Cooperative Gallery 213 (213 State St., Artists’ Row): Artists Karen Fedczuk and Alexandra Davis (May 1-30, 2015).
**KMH Photography/Kristen Hrebin Studio (205 State St., 2nd Fl., above Connelly Gallery): Open Studio, 6-9 PM. 
**Orazio Salati Studio and Gallery (204 State St.): Jerome Greene (Provincetown, MA): "Barnstorming" - New Oil Paintings including Figurative, Landscapes, Still Life, and Plein Aire (Thru May 30, 2015).

          Among the many First Friday highlights, two group photography exhibits: 
**The Bundy Museum of History & Art  (129 Main St., west side) with "Mosaic Minds" on display in the Open Art Gallery, 3rd Fl.  This show will feature emerging artists from many walks of life, bringing a fresh point of view to the medium of photography, including: Sarah Simone, Emma Rudolph, Shawn Fleming, Zach Power, Rachel Ko, Sandra Kirker, William Bay, Brett Martin, Mary Lou Shapinas, Wendy Meza, Theresa Pyrce, Hailley Delisle, Wendee Huang, Tiye Sheares, Christine Petrick, Connor Lange, Julia Stanton, Sara Watson, Amanda Crans-Gentile, and Kelvin Jefri.
**Whole In The Wall Restaurant (43 S. Washington St.): Andrea Wood (Woodbine Photography) and Jared Willis (Jared Willis Photography): "Binghamton Beaux Arts" – An Array of Photographs shot in, around and of Binghamton without regard to anything beyond the adventure of possibility (Thru June 2015). [Artists Websites:;]    

          For literary aficionados, at **River Read Books (5 Court St.), there’s a Book Signing with Michael Sova (Windsor, NY), author of "A Shot at Redemption," his debut thriller novel. [In the novel, "A Shot at Redemption," Sova draws on his years of experience in print & television journalism related to auto racing to take his readers on a heart pounding ride.  Released in 2014, it's currently available at RiverRead Books.  More Info,]  Additionally, the Windsor High School A Capella Group will perform First Friday during this book signing event.

Also, Binghamton University’s Center fo r Medieval& Renaissance Studies is presenting a choral concert, “Un Petrachino Cantata,” by Blue Heron, a leading early-music ensemble from Boston at Christ Episcopal Church (10 Henry St., corner Water St. across from
Lost Dog Cafe) at 8 PM. Conducted by music director Scott Metcalfe, this First Friday concert* will feature Blue Heron, performing from The Italian Songbook, 16th century musical settings of Petrarch’s poetry. Tickets will be available at the door: $10 general admission, $5 Binghamton University faculty & staff, free for Binghamton University students.  [Concert Info: | Group Info:]  (*Sponsored by BU's CEMERS & part of The Italian Songbook conference, May 1-2; contact Dana Stewart, phone, 777-2645.)

Additionally, there will be an art exhibition and mural display by immigrant artist Sardar Kestay from Kurdistan at the American Civic Association/ACA (131 Front St.), featuring a First Friday opening reception on May 1 from 6-9 PM.  Kestay’s mural at the ACA was recently completed and his art exhibit continues through May 30, on view M-F, 9-4.  The ACA notes “we want to highlight our support of the art movement in this city as well as the success of immigrant artists in this town.”  

          This First Friday Art Walk, presented by GWSA and sponsored in part by Equinox Broadcasting, M&T Bank, and Triple Cities Carousel, will feature 26 locations in Binghamton, downtown, west side, and south side, and open Friday from 6-9 PM, unless noted otherwise. 

Trolley tours and rides resume with this First Friday and continue through September.  See below listing on Court St. for more info.

          Venue locations on May 1 are:

         — On STATE Street (Artists’ Row):  See listings on page 1.
**Atomic Tom’s (196 State St.): “Twig and Thread” open Thu., Apr. 30, 4-7 PM, Fri., May 1, 11-9, May 2, 11-3. Contact: Sherrie Rinker, 607-343-7948.
**Community Options New York, Inc. (182-184 State St.):  Website:
**Connelly Gallery (205 State St.): Website:;
**Cooperative Gallery 213 (213 State St.): (Gallery Hours:  First Friday, 3-9; Friday, 3-6; Saturday, 12-4.)  Website:
**KMH Photography/Kristen Hrebin Studio (205 State St., 2nd Fl., back gallery, above Connelly Gallery):  Website:
**Orazio Salati Studio and Gallery (204 State St.): (Gallery Hours: 1st Friday, 6-9 PM; Saturdays, 11-3 & by appointment, 772.6725.)  Website:
**State Street Block Party (Between Henry & Lewis Sts.): May 2: 'Support the Arts Saturday' celebrating local non-profit groups.  More info, call Sherrie Rinker, 607-343-7948.

         — On GORGEOUS WASHINGTON Street (Between Hawley & Court Sts.): 
**Garland Gallery (116 Gorgeous Washington St.): First Friday Special: 30% OFF the Walls!  Celtic/Mystical Music by Orianna Gold, performing 6-9 PM.  Website:
**Orion Beauty & Balance (118 Gorgeous Washington St.): Laurie Johnson: "Brilliant Abstract" - Oil Abstract Paintings.  Also, don’t forget to purchase your Mother’s Day gift certificate, 15% off First Friday only.  Website:
**Portfolios Cafe (137 Gorgeous Washington St.):  May 1, 5-8 PM: Featuring: Art and Hula Hooping by Angela Cook.  Music by Dan Dedrick. Select First Friday menu; see our Facebook page for specials. 

         — On COURT Street:
**Imagicka (39 Court St.): At NEW LOCATION: Art by Angela Cook. James Burns & his Ghanian Drum & Dance students from Binghamton University. Lynn Montgomery with Dancing Wire Jewelry. Tarot with Darin.   Website:
**Merlin’s (73 Court St.): May Exhibit: Marc Millard: The Men of MRM Photography: Bared. Music by Brotherhood.  No Cover, 8:30 PM-midnight.  Website:
**Parlor City Trolley Tours from Phelps Mansion (191 Court St.): Historic Tours on First Friday: 6 PM with Kaila Pfister, 7 PM with Carol Hawley, 8 PM with Joan Sprague (from PAST). Trolley circulates from 6-9 PM along a route; riders can get on or off at any time, free.  (FYI: May 1 Route will not include State St., between Henry & Lewis because of the State St. Block Party.)  
**Phelps Mansion (191 Court St.):  May 1, 5:30-8:30 PM:  Museum Tours by Phelps Mansion Docents: Featuring the Museum's Collection of Paintings from 19th century artists (Edmund D. Lewis, M. Van Wyck & Harry Roseland) and the Museum itself, a work of art designed by Isaac G. Perry & one of the best examples of Victorian architecture. 
**River Read Books (5 Court St.): See listing on page 1.  Artist/Exhibit, TBA. Website:

          — On CHENANGO Street: 
**Little Venice Restaurant (111 Chenango St.):  Binghamton’s original Art Gallery:  Over 150 signed paintings on display throughout the restaurant’s new dining room.  Website:

         — On N. DEPOT Street:
**PAST/Preservation Society of So. Tier (21 N. Depot St., Suite 21E, corner Eldredge St., inside Salvage Sale store):  May 1, 6-8 PM: PAST & Broome Co. Historical Society/BCHS presents: NEW Binghamton Smartphone Tour: History and Preservation. 

         — On HAWLEY Street:
**Holiday Inn Binghamton (2-8 Hawley St.): Art Exhibit in Lounge & Upper Atrium, 6-9 PM:  Featuring:  Local Artist Aldo Borromei: The "Improvisational Art: Of Aldo Borromei” - Decorative-Impressive-Evocative Art. Website:
**Zona & Co. Grille (15 Hawley St.): Music by Sonando playing on the patio, 6-10 PM. Southwestern, American & Asian cuisine.  Patio Dining & Drinks.  Website:

         — On HENRY Street:
**Binghamton University’s Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies at Christ Episcopal Church (10 Henry St.):  See listing on page 2.

         — On MAIN Street (West Side):
**The Bundy Museum of Art & History (129 Main St., west side): See listing on page 1.  In the 2nd Fl. Gallery: Exhibit:  Currier and Ives: Often Imitated, Never Duplicated-An Exhibition of pieces from America's most reproduced print-makers, Currier and Ives. (On exhibit until June 2015.) (Art Gallery admission always FREE. Tue.-Sat., 11-5.)  Website:

          — On RIVERSIDE  Drive (West Side):
**The Gallery @ 5 Riverside Drive/Towers (5 Riverside Dr.):  In Lobby & Library: Nance Brown (Brackney, PA): Watercolors: Landscapes, Flowers, Animal Portraits-An Explosion of Original Art dedicated to welcoming Spring by an award-winning watercolorist (Thru June 2015).  Meet-the-Artist Reception, 6-9 PM, with wine & hors d’oeuvres; special Gallery Talk by Nance Brown at 7 PM.  (Contact Info/E-Mail: Marcy Swartz, 724.5997; EM:

          — On SUSQUEHANNA St.:
**YMCA of Broome County/Binghamton (61 Susquehanna St.): May 1: The YMCA of Broome County Facilities (Binghamton: 61 Susquehanna St. & Johnson City:  West Family Y, 740 Main St.) OPEN all day on May 1 First Friday, free of charge for the community! At Binghamton Y:  Free HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) Class, 6-7 PM. Babysitting Service on First Friday, 6-9 PM, while parents go & enjoy Art Walk events. $15 per child/$8 each additional child, ages 0-12. Website:

          — On S. WASHINGTON Street (South Side):
**Confluence Running (46 S. Washington St.): May 1 Pub Run starts at 7 PM from Confluence Running to around the pubs of Binghamton, downtown and on the west side. Websites:,
**Whole In The Wall Restaurant (43 S. Washington St.): See listing on page 1. Whole in the Wall now delivered through  Daily Specials & Serving until 10 PM every Wed.-Sat. (W-Sat., 11 AM-10 PM.)  Website:

          — On WATER Street:
**Lost Dog Cafe (222 Water St., corner Henry St.):  May Exhibit: “RABELER, Then and Now” - A Collection of Paintings from Sylvia Rabeler Skok (Abstract/Conceptual Artist & Color Theorist working primarily in acrylics on stretched canvas), representing transitions in her work over the years & trademarked by brilliant colors & striking contrasts (Thru May 2015). “Meet the Artist” from 6-8 PM in Lost Dog Lounge.  In Lost Dog Cocktail Lounge:  Music by The Falconers: Uplifting, heavy hitting indie duo featuring Jimmyjohn McCabe (acoustic guitar & vocals, formerly of Yolk) & Bess Greenberg (upright bass & vocals, formerly of Milkweed), performing music to provoke & inspire the spirit. No Cover 21+. (On First Friday, Cafe open until 11 PM. Lounge until 2 AM.)  Website:

The First Friday schedule is subject to change without notice.



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