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ITHACA, NY -- Just a block down from the Ithaca Commons sits the community staple Littlestone Upholstery Designs, where Anne Steinle creates “expressive furniture for exceptional people.” For the past 25 years, Steinle has expressed herself through fabric as a residential upholsterer, but th…

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ITHACA, NY -- For local art and culture enthusiasts, the shuttering of Cornell and Ithaca College to the general public over this past year has been a loss. Although often neglected or only narrowly publicized, an immense variety of concerts, performances, public lectures and art exhibitions…

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ITHACA, NY -- It’s hard to imagine the local gallery scene without the State of the Art Gallery (SoAG). Founded in 1989, the downtown cooperative has represented many of Ithaca’s best known and most accomplished artists. It would be a mistake though to take its membership roll as representin…

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Watercolorist Charles Burchfield (1893–1967) occupies an idiosyncratic but vital place in the history of modern American art. Based lifelong in Ohio and Western New York, he was often pigeonholed as a Regionalist or “American Scene” painter — labels he vehemently rejected.

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These remain strange, constrained times for local gallery-goers, with few options for public viewing. Over in Cayuga Heights, big changes have been afoot at Corners Gallery, a pillar of the local visual arts scene. Rebranded last November as Corners Gallery & the living room, the busines…

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ITHACA, NY -- Over the 15 years that I’ve been covering Ithaca’s visual arts scene, Barbara Mink has always been one of the biggest names — and deservedly so. Parlaying a wide-ranging intelligence and a long history as part of the local cultural establishment into a new career. The prolific …

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ITHACA, NY -- Ithaca’s fall gallery season has been characterized by the cautious reopening of key local art spaces. (Cornell’s Johnson Museum and Ithaca College’s Handwerker Gallery, which remain closed to the general public, are the major exceptions.) Run by the local arts council and loca…

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Local painters Domenica Brockman and Ileen Kaplan embody some of the challenges and pleasures of “going abstract” in a local culture where abstract painting exists in a strange cultural limbo. Brockman was previously known for her moody, darkening landscapes while Kaplan remains active as a …

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Before taking up portrait photography, local artist Jari Poulin was a dancer and choreographer. It’s a background that has served her well in her latest career. Working between commercial portraiture and various “fine art” series, she engages her subjects to create images evocative of feelin…

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When I first met Gerry Monaghan, it was early morning and I was making my way through the Commons to go to work. He was in the middle of the streatery/ restaurant row doodling what looked like a giant sun with a smiling face. I couldn’t quite make it out when I passed by, but the art wasn’t …

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Taney Roniger probes art from centuries ago as Corners Gallery Continues Reopening

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By day, Katharyn Howd Machan is known as Tompkins County’s first Poet Laureate. A celebrated published poet, Katharyn is a perennial favorite amongst the students in her science fiction and fairy-tale-based creative writing classes at Ithaca College. Her most famous poem “Hazel Tells LaVerne…

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Although some place their faith in online galleries, window-front exhibits remain the best way to see ambitious new local art. It’s worth looking at two relatively substantial “group shows” currently on-view: “Emergence” at the State of the Art Gallery downtown and “DRIVE THRU” at Corners Ga…