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Work in the so-called crafts media animates some of today’s most ambitious gallery art. Contemporary artists working in textiles, ceramics, glass—and beyond—navigate the tricky terrain between traditional decorative and functional forms and the more individualistic demands of today. Not ever…

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The artistic work of Ithaca resident Brian Keeler spans over four decades and in his recent book titled Light on the Figure: Aspects of Painting People, it includes many oil paintings, as well as pastels, watercolors, drawings and etching. The book was released in late spring and features li…

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Like the Community School of Music and Arts in Ithaca, the Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts (TCFA) is a somewhat unusual venue for visual arts exhibitions. As a home for the various arts, gallery shows have to jostle for time and space with music and dance performances, as well as vario…

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25 years after Jacob Hascup painted the “Where the Wild Things Are” mural on the side of 301 Taughannock Blvd, Cornell University student of Fine Arts Chloe Mako has given it new life.

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The sad truth about art in Ithaca is that the most vital work often goes unseen by the broader gallery-going audience and, when it is seen, it goes unrecognized for what it is. Too many, working artists most egregiously, lack the imagination or the context or the patience to grasp something …

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This fall, the Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell is exhibiting a print portfolio entitled “Line of Ascent” in an exhibition of the same name. Featuring etchings—one each—by twenty veteran Bangladeshi artists, the set dates to 2011, when Studio Shunno, in the capital Dhaka, extended its invitation. 

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Anybody wishing to familiarize themselves with the local exhibitions scene would do well to attend downtown Ithaca’s monthly Gallery Night, held on the first Friday of every month (from 5 to 8 p.m.). For anybody with a different schedule or anybody looking for a less social setting, a self-g…

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Featuring five teaching artists, the Community School of Music and Arts’ (CSMA) “Faculty Show 2022” presents estimable work in painting, drawing, cartooning, and textiles. Curated by painting and drawing instructor Jessica Warner, the art on view is intended to represent the range of visual …

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As a contemporary artisanry goes, printmaking finds a natural kinship in the arts of bookmaking and papermaking. Although many fine art printmakers use commercial papers and create frameable pieces for the wall, others explore the physicality of the formed sheet or the possibilities of image…

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As a contemporary artisanry goes, printmaking finds a natural kinship in the arts of bookmaking and papermaking. Although many fine art printmakers use commercial papers and create frameable pieces for the wall, others explore the physicality of the formed sheet or the possibilities of image…

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Having grown up, gone to school, and worked in several countries, Monica Franciscus was exposed to various cultures, and art, architecture, and design were always pointed out. In anticipation of an exhibit of her work at The Cherry Gallery, opening September 9, she sat down with me to discus…

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Intimate, idiosyncratic approaches characterize a great deal of contemporary abstract painting and drawing. Freed from the heroic imperatives of historical abstraction, recent artists have felt free to cultivate aesthetic gardens on their own terms. Neither revolutionaries nor populists, the…

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A kind of intelligent crudeness characterizes much of the best modern painting. This can lead to a point of confusion—especially in a culturally striving but sometimes naive arts community like Ithaca’s. To throw out traditional notions of polish and completion and still come up with somethi…

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The ordinary can spur wonder. In her book The Ecstatic Quotidian: Phenomenological Sightings in Modern Art and Literature, critic Jennifer Anna Gosetti-Ferencei writes that much modern art and literature help us step outside the everyday and experience ecstasy. She writes that, “Unfamiliarit…

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Corners Gallery in Cayuga Heights has a tradition of exhibiting “craft” media as well as more conventional fine art. Over the past decade, owner Ariel Bullion Ecklund, herself a ceramist and photographer, has brought her aptitude for thoughtful but welcoming curation to work in a wide range …

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A sculptor with roots in an “expanded” approach to painting, the British-born and raised local artist Sophia Starling works in the tradition of sixties post-minimalism. Combining irregular and organic forms with the reductive geometry, serial repetition, and often—though not always—the achro…

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The Paleontological Research Institution (PRI), will host Family Day on Saturday, June 25th at its venues, Museum of the Earth and Cayuga Nature Center. Family Day is insect-themed this year, in celebration of International Insect Week and the new insect-themed exhibit at the Museum, Six-Leg…

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ITHACA, NY -- The Handwork is an artisan cooperative where participating artisan members can sell their crafts. These works include woodwork, glasswork, photography, jewlery, prints and leather goods. The Handwork is owned, operated and staffed by its artist members. The last two years have …

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The influential TEFAF fair (The European Fine Art Foundation) is opened its exhibit at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City. For many TEFAF is seen as offering the highest-quality art which attracts serious collectors, museum curators and art connoisseurs. After all, the works which are s…