Have you been sampling the holiday arts?

Did you enjoy a festive First Friday (or First Satuday)? Were you at the CHOW concert, Amahl, a tree lighting or a church pageant? BAMirror’s Rebecca Sheriff attended The Nutcracker (see review below); how about you? I was once again wowed by the choral performers at Union-Endicott High School. How have you been sampling the arts in this holiday season?

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Were you art-full this past week?

Yeah, yeah! I know what most of you did on Sunday — shoveled! But how about the rest of the week? Did you see a play, hear a concert, take an art walk? Please join in the BAMirror conversation, and share your adventures in the arts.

When you miss the arts

Another day, another lingering cough from “the thing that’s going around,” another missed opportunity to enjoy the arts. Sniffles and snowfalls seem to be getting in my way when I want to embrace the arts in Binghamton. Soooo … who would like to join the BAMirror conversation and tell me what I missed last weekend at the first First Friday of 2011? 

And speaking of missing out on something: How many of you felt a little less complete on Dec. 31, 2010, when you didn’t have a First Night celebration to attend? How about sharing your First Night memories and what you missed most now that Binghamton’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration has been disbanded?

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Arts Council collectors walk the walk

With its second gallery show since moving downtown to 81 State St., Binghamton, last February, the Broome County Arts Council is advancing the idea that promoting the local arts is good, but BUYING art locally is both better and best. The exhibition “Collector’s Items — Making the Commitment” opened June 4 during the First Friday Art Walk and will run until July 2. Read the rest of this entry »

Starting April in an art-full way

Did you attend the First Friday Art Walk or some other arts event this past week? Please share your reflections.

Poetry, photos become street art at Cooperative Gallery 213

What meaning does a photo convey? Often the viewer has one idea and the photographer has a different idea. The Photo-Poetry Workshop has explored the artistic meaning of photography through the lens of poetry, a critical form called ekphrasis (a classical Greek practice of illuminating one art form through another). Read the rest of this entry »

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Carolyn Gilligan presents “Visions” at Cooperative Gallery 213

“Visions,” Carolyn Gilligan’s upcoming exhibit of her fine watercolor work, will feature meaningful moments in her life. According to the artist, some of these moments include magical time with her grandson, sunset on a farm, seasons on her lake, views in the north of England, ocean waves and moments that come from within as water-filled color flows, mixes and inspires abstract patterns.Her exhibit will run from April 2 to May 1 at Cooperative Gallery 213, located on Artist’s Row at 213 State St., Binghamton. A First Friday Art Walk reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday (April 2). A closing reception with artist’s talk will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 1. To preview some of Gilligan’s work, visit www.carolyngilligan.com. For more details about the exhibit and gallery, visit www.cooperativegallery.com.

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Teamwork key to Gorgeous Washington success

Sometimes, even the folks who specialize in communication need to hear about the importance of communicating.

Communication and collaboration among members have been key to the success of the Gorgeous Washington Street Association, GWSA Chairman Rob Wandell said Tuesday (March 16) at the monthly meeting of the Communications Association of the Southern Tier, an organization of photographers, writers, marketing and public relations professionals, graphic designers and others in the communications field. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hoffman talks about managing Forum, Arena

After hearing Brian Hoffman’s speech, “A Delicate Balance,” on Tuesday, it is tempting to start referring to The Forum and the Broome County Arena — the facilities for which Hoffman is general manager – as “the little venues that could.” As Hoffman pointed out to members of the Communications Association of the Southern Tier, “shows keep getting bigger and bigger,” but Broome’s two county-run performing arts spaces remain the same. Read the rest of this entry »

Cooperative Gallery 213 celebrating 10th anniversary

“Opportunity waits behind the door numbered 213 on Binghamton’s State Street.” — Sharon Eurich, staff writer, Press & SunBulletin (Neighbors column: Jan. 1, 2000)

Ten years ago there was no monthly First Friday to perk up the life of downtown Binghamton. Gorgeous Washington Street was more of an idea than a reality, a street on which stood the city’s lone art gallery. State Street, between Lewis and Henry, was a forbidding block of empty warehouses and derelict buildings, not the area it is today with new sidewalks, new street lamps, planters, benches, loft apartments and eight galleries that exhibit the work of national, international and regional artists. This month the first of those eight galleries is celebrating its 10th anniversary with an exhibit featuring the work of past and present members. “The 10th Anniversary: Celebrating Our Individuality” opened Jan. 1 on First Friday and continues every weekend through January at the Cooperative Gallery 213, 213 State St. Read the rest of this entry »

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Are you starting 2010 in an art-full way?

Did you brave the snow for First Night? How about for the first First Friday of 2010? And what’s coming up for you? How are you warding off the January doldrums — in an art-filled way, of course?