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ITHACA, NY -- December and January traditionally bring catch-all group exhibitions and holiday sales to Ithaca’s leading galleries. Alongside shows at the Gallery at South Hill, the Ink Shop Printmaking Center, and the Community School of Music and Arts, this year’s “Annual Juried Show” at t…

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ITHACA, NY -- Scrolling through the Upcycled Lamps by Jon Jensen Facebook page is like digging through a treasure chest — you’re not quite sure what you’ll find next, but you know it’s going to be good. Jensen, now retired but formerly the executive director of the Park Foundation and with a…

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ITHACA, NY -- A staff member at Cornell’s College of Architecture, Art, and Planning (AAP) since 1984 — and official college photographer since 2009 — Bill Staffeld is a memorable fixture at the school. Documenting lectures, studios, and other happenings: you’re sure to see him around with h…

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It is a rarity for an area art gallery to mount a retrospective exhibition of museum-quality artwork by a local artist — much less one covering six decades. Such is currently the case at the Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts (TCFA). Running through Nov. 28, “Romanoff Redux” offers visito…

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Though it may seem a specialized and even esoteric practice, “serious” gallery-style art is sometimes wrapped up with the men and — more often — women who invented what we like to think of as Ithaca culture. Case in point for this week is Sidney Piburn, the man chiefly responsible for bringi…

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ITHACA, NY -- The BEYOND Pop-Up Art Gallery is a donation entry immersive and hands-on art exhibition on the Ithaca Commons. The popular art collective is nearing its final days as its final day is on Oct. 31. The gallery features work from 30 local artists with exhibits ranging from a 12-fo…

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ITHACA, NY -- Ambitious sculpture, particularly of the freestanding variety, can be an afterthought in area art galleries. While purely decorative or functional three-dimensional work — and of course, novelty kitsch, entertaining or tedious — can be found in abundance, work that activates re…

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A deep engagement with wood and with treeforms characterizes the sculptural work of Cornell Human Ecology professor and designer Jack Elliott. Ethically sourcing specimens locally and from around the world, Elliott makes minimal interventions intended to preserve their natural forms and raw …

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At the moment, one of the best local art tours can be found looking around Vicky Romanoff’s garage-turned-studio next to her home in Trumansburg. Paintings are stacked everywhere, and there are more paintings in piles and on worktables. Large standing sculptures sit on shelves and in every c…

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The Community Arts Partnership’s Art Trail is back this month, with 35 open studios dotted throughout Tompkins County. The trail is in its 23rd year of inviting people into artists’ homes or studios to see their tools, their work and how the magic is made.

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ITHACA, NY -- Among the cognoscenti of contemporary fine art printmaking, Dan Welden is a legendary name. Active since the ‘70s, the Long Island-based artist is widely sought out for his technical expertise and commitment to innovation in an often traditionalist field. Inventor of the non-to…

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ITHACA, NY -- Distilling collaged photographs of her daily routine, painter Jennifer Small creates brightly colored, angular abstractions that aim to recapture the essence of ordinary seeing. Recalling the roots of modern abstract art in Cubism’s reconstruction of the quotidian, her work fus…

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In 1892, as Willard Fiske, Cornell’s first librarian, was restoring a spacious villa in the hills overlooking Florence, Italy, he bought a small book. It was more than 350 years old with a “sad” binding. He’d later confess that he bought it only because he thought it was unusual – and inexpensive.

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ITHACA, NY -- Conflating the obstinate thinginess of the still-life with the disassociated color patches, liquid vertical drips, and raw areas common to abstract expressionism, Jessica Warner is one of local painting’s most distinctive voices. 

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ITHACA, NY -- Ithaca’s exhibitions scene, which has been recovering steadily throughout the year, is poised for a big flowering this fall. 

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Caught between the artisanry of traditional darkroom photography and the ubiquity of digital methods in commercial and popular practice today, the instant film photo seems an unlikely artform. But in fact, the link runs deep. 

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ITHACA, NY -- Members’ group exhibitions have long anchored the show calendar at Ithaca’s Ink Shop Printmaking Center. Over the years, I have reviewed many of these. The mixture of the familiar and the new that they embody continues to reassure us of the vitality of local art — a particular …

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ITHACA, NY -- Known for her portraits and figure compositions as well as her dense, evocative memory landscapes, Terry Plater is one of Ithaca’s most ambitious painters. A traditionalist in an age of novelty and spectacle, Plater’s oils and watercolors incorporate 19th century European modes…

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ITHACA, NY -- The American artist Philip Guston (1913-1980) remains prescient in many ways — not least of all as a model for some of the promises and perils of engaging sociopolitical concerns in contemporary painting. A lifelong leftist and a Social Realist during the Great Depression, Gust…

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ITHACA, NY -- Located in the garage of their West Hill home, Handwerker Gallery director Mara Baldwin and experimental composer-percussionist Sarah Hennies’ Neighbors is Ithaca’s chief “alternative space” gallery. Leveraging academic and grassroots connections, the pair have curated music an…