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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…

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ITHACA, NY -- It’s good to see solo shows at the State of the Art Gallery again. After seeing through a couple pandemic-inspired seasons of forgettable “virtual exhibitions” and seemingly endless group shows in search of a purpose, it is rewarding to view the recent work of a single artist i…

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ITHACA, NY -- Of the various artistic activities interrupted by the recent pandemic, figure drawing is lesser known. Although painters and other visual artists commonly create alone in their studios, working from the live model is often a group activity. Beyond the well-funded professionalis…

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ITHACA, NY -- Active since 1999 as an independent local studio and gallery, The Ink Shop Printmaking Center is known for building links between Ithaca’s independent visual arts community and students and faculty at Cornell and Ithaca College. Many Shop members, current and past, have taught …

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ITHACA, NY -- Open call group exhibitions are a familiar feature of the local gallery calendar. Typically, barriers to entry are low. Such shows invariably attract a wide variety of hopefuls: ranging from formidable artists with decades of experience, to gifted up-and-comers, to hobbyists wi…

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ITHACA, NY -- Moving into summer, Ithaca’s exhibitions scene continues its stop-start pattern of the past year. While several galleries are either closed or offering nothing new in May and/or June, some signs of a renewal may be gleaned.

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Long known for clay, the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse renewed its devotion to the medium in the ‘70s. Under the recently deceased director Ronald Kuchta (1935-2020), the museum made a strong commitment to ceramics as a contemporary art.?

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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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Back in 2008, Trumansburg artist Barbara Page embarked on what would become yet another of her obsessive multi-year projects. Finding old-fashioned checkout cards, now unneeded, inside some of her library books, the committed bibliophile began to document her current reading by decorating 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…