April First Friday

Featured event for this First Friday: Cabin Fever craft fair @ UDC

The annual Cabin Fever Artistic Celebration on First Friday from 5-9 PM, hosted by Southern Tier Artisans at Binghamton University’s College of Community and Public Affairs at the University Downtown Center/UDC (67 Washington St., across from Arena). Cabin Fever features local artisans with locally produced art and crafted products. Some will be demonstrating their craft during Cabin Fever, including spinning fiber into yarn, felting hats and more, plus live alpacas and angora bunnies to see. Artisan Ann M. Merriwether and one of the Cabin Fever organizers said: “Help the local farm artisan community by purchasing one-of-a-kind locally made pottery, clothing, soaps, dolls, yarn, roving, sculpture and more. A portion of the proceeds will go towards a scholarship fund at the Binghamton University College of Community and Public Affairs.”

Other events on the First Friday Art Walk:

American Civic Association/ACA (131 Front St.),  3rd First Friday International Film Series: Dominican Film Sugar, an introspective sports drama by filmmakers Ryan Fleck & Anna Boden about a talented Dominican baseball player/pitcher, Miguel Santos, who longs to break into the American big league & earn the money needed to support his impoverished family.

Cooperative Gallery 213 (213 State St., Artists Row): Kathryn Niles – New Paintings and Drawings, Apr. 4-26, 2014. Exhibition: Series of Graphite Drawings, an homage to Charles Eldred, & Paintings from Quechee Gorge, VT, among other images. Opening Reception on First Friday, 6-9 PM.

JungleScience Gallery (33 Court St., 2nd Fl.): Apr. 4, 6-9 PM: Closing Night Show for Nick Kushner: “Aceldama” (http://www.nickkushner.com)

PAST/Preservation Association of Southern Tier (89 Court St., corner Chenango St. at roundabout, Perry Bldg.): Apr. 4, 6-9 PM: Little Italy Historic Walking Tour, a web-based cell phone tour on First Friday. See how the Binghamton University Public Archaeology Facility researched seven properties on Endicott, NY’s North Side and did a “genealogy” of each property. The web-based tour is available for use with cell phones or with a printed brochure. Info: pastny.org.

Art Mission & Theater (61 Prospect Ave., off Lewis St.): Gallery: Patrick Branigan and Abigail Burpee-Paradise: Mixed Media. Theater: Independent Films in Two Theaters (schedule online). artmission.org.

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2014 Broome County Artists Fund Grants Opportunity


Attention all Broome County artists!

The Broome County Arts Council (BCAC), in collaboration with the Community Foundation for South Central New York (CFSCNY) announces Artists Fund Grants for 2014. This is a two-year pilot program that began in Broome County in 2012.  In 2014, grant awards will be made only to Broome County artists in the visual arts including: painting, sculpture, print-making, mixed media, collage, graphic design, illustration and fine art photography.

Applications are invited from individual artists. Grants are intended to promote the artist’s professional development, engagement artistically with the community and the public impact of the arts. The minimum grant request is $250, maximum grant request is $750.


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35 million Getty Images are now free for online personal use


Susquehanna River, New York. A railroad bridge crosses through a pastoral landscape. Photographer: Raymond Gehman, National Geographic via gettyimages

Getty just announced free use of a bulk of their image stock, with the caveat that every image must be embedded with the Getty brand. While this move is innovative and accommodating to users, there are several concerns that the embedded Getty Images Content will, among many other issues like tackling the murky definition of Fair Use, “establish a Getty-controlled infrastructure all across the web. That infrastructure, in turn, could be used for … ads. Banner ads. Preroll ads. Ads of many, many varieties.” (via The Atlantic)

From The Verge: If you go to the Getty Images website, you’ll see millions of images, all watermarked. There are more than a hundred years of photography here, from FDR on the campaign trail to last Sunday’s Oscars, all stamped with the same transparent square placard reminding you that you don’t own the rights. If you want Getty to take off the watermark, you’ll have to pay for it.

Starting now, that’s going to change. Getty Images is dropping the watermark for the bulk of its collection, in exchange for an open-embed program that will let users drop in any image they want, as long as the service gets to append a footer at the bottom of the picture with a credit and link to the licensing page. For a small-scale WordPress blog with no photo budget, this looks an awful lot like free stock imagery…..read more

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First Friday-Tonight!


Be sure to check out some new venues and exhibitions this March!

KMH Photography/Kristen Hrebin (205 State St., 2nd Fl., Artists’ Row): Grand Opening with Photography and Abstract Art featuring KMH’s artist-in-residence, Roberta Dixon.

At Remlik’s Bar & Restaurant (31 Lewis St., in historic Kilmer Bldg.): Robyn Adams: “Meet the Artist AND Her Characters! – ‘Sophisticated Whimsy.’”

American Civic Association/ACA (131 Front St.): First Friday International Film Series: Indian Film Friday featuring My Name Is Khan.  The film series, which debuted in February, is being held in conjunction with the ACA’s year-long 75th Anniversary celebration and open to the public, admission, $7 per person (includes drink & popcorn).  Doors open at 6 PM and the film begins at 8 PM.

Orazio Salati Gallery (204 State St.): Kurdistan artist, Sardar Kestay in his first solo U.S.A. exhibition When the Body Speaks.

First Birthday Party for Triple Cities Carousel (monthly arts/culture newspaper) at Cyber Cafe` West (176 Main St., west side) featuring music by THE BIG MEAN SOUND MACHINE at 9 PM, $10 admission.

JungleScience Gallery (33 Court St.,  2nd Fl.):  Aceldama, a solo exhibition by Nick Kushner & Dedicated to Walter Luckert.

and much more…

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French Revolution Digital Archive


Petite attaque ou la petite Bastille, print, 1789-1790
Huet, Jean-Baptiste, 1772-1840? (Illustrator)
Bonnet, Louis Marin, 1743-1793 (editor)

The new French Revolution Digital Archive, or the FRDA, is a collaboration between the Stanford University Libraries and the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF).  The FRDA offers us “high-resolution digital images of approximately 12,000 individual visual items, primarily prints, but also illustrations, medals, coins, and other objects, which display aspects of the Revolution. [It is] the most complete searchable digital archive of French Revolution images available.” Browse the Parliamentary archives, and a timeline of the Revolution.

Read more about the archive here.

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First Friday this week

This Friday is downtown Binghamton’s First Friday celebration!
Some highlights from this month:

tearsFirst Friday International Film Series at the American Civic Association/ACA (131 Front St.)  Thai Film Friday featuring “Tears of the Black Tiger.”  The film series is being held in conjunction with the ACA’s year-long 75th Anniversary celebration and open to the public, $7 per person film admission (including small drink & small popcorn).  Doors open at 6 PM and the film begins at 8 PM.

For Black History Month, the Broome County Arts Council/BCAC (81 State St., 5th Fl.) will present for one performance only at 7 PM, “The Talented Professor Cohen:  Ragtime and Vaudeville in Early 20th Century Binghamton*”. It will feature the music of Charles Cohen, a well-known African American composer and musician who lived in Binghamton and made music throughout the Southern Tier, performed by soprano Theresa Lee-Whiting and pianist Pej Reitz.

At Orazio Salati’s Gallery (204 State St., Artists Row between Henry & Lewis Sts.),  Kurdistan artist, Sardar Kestay in his first U.S.A. exhibition:  “When the Body Speaks” – Paintings.

Read more about this Friday’s events here

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New Art History Database – Art Source

ArtSource_Masthead_WebArt Source is a new single comprehensive collection of all of the Art EBSCO databases, including Art Index, Art Abstracts, Art Full Text, and Art Retrospective. Art Source offers over 640 full-text journals — as well as detailed indexing and abstracts—for an array of journals, books and more. International in scope, Art Source includes periodicals published in French, Italian, German, Spanish and Dutch.

Art Source is accessible via the Databases tab on the Library Homepage, and on the Art & Architectural History Subject Guide

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Spring 2014 Library Exhibitions

Come visit three new exhibitions at Bartle and Science Libraries!

Youarehere_SC_2014_smallYou are here: Exploring the Southern Tier of NY with Special Collections

Using maps, books and artifacts from Local History collections, Special Collections takes the visitor on a journey around the Southern Tier. Highlighted are manufacturing, industry and cultural landmarks.

You Are Here will be on display throughout the Spring 2014 semester and is located in Special Collections on the second floor of the Glenn Bartle Library. Special Collections is open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday.


LobbyPoster_smallFantastic Voyages: Maps and Cartography in Fiction

Many of us were introduced to maps from the books we read as children. Fantasy worlds, Milne’s Winnie the Pooh or Tolkien’s Hobbit, visually chronicle protagonists’ adventures through detailed maps of expansive mountain ranges, over oceans, or just of the backyard. Maps are not exclusive to children’s books, fantasy, or science fiction novels, however. Many modern novels, such as Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio, include maps that are either based loosely on Earth’s cartography, or that resemble a town or land which the novel parallels. These maps serve not only as guides, as a conventional map would serve, but as an additional narrative element that gives us a deeper breadth and depth of understanding. A character’s inward journey is shaped by their physical one, and vice-versa.

The Spring 2014 exhibit Fantastic Voyages: Maps and Cartography in Fiction will be on view in the second floor of Bartle Library beginning in February 2014.



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Maps of Outer Space at the Science Library

Come visit the Science Library and view “Mapping the Stars.” This exhibit features a comparison of sky atlas images through the ages, old and modern methods of stellar and solar system cartography, current exploration of Mars and the Moon, and maps you can use to discover the features of the night sky for yourself.

This exhibit will be on display during the Spring 2014 semester at the Science Library.

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New Art History Database: ARTbibliographies Modern (ABM)

pq_logo_smlABM provides full abstracts of journal articles, books, essays, exhibition catalogs, PhD dissertations, and exhibition reviews on all forms of modern and contemporary art, with more than 13,000 new entries being added each year. Entries date back as far as the late 1960s.

ABM is the premier source of information on modern and contemporary arts dating from the late 19th century onwards, including photography since its invention. It includes abstracts of English and foreign-language material on famous and lesser-known artists, movements, and trends. The coverage of ABM is wide-ranging and includes performance art and installation works, video art, computer and electronic art, body art, graffiti, artist’s books, theatre arts, conservation, crafts, ceramic and glass art, ethnic arts, graphic and museum design, fashion, and calligraphy, as well as traditional media including illustration, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and drawing.

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Wellcome Images

Imad al-Din Mahmud al-Kashi, Horoscope of Prince Iskandar, from The book of the birth of Iskandar, 1411. Wellcome Library.

Imad al-Din Mahmud al-Kashi, Horoscope of Prince Iskandar, from The book of the birth of Iskandar, 1411. Wellcome Library, London.

Wellcome Library of London has now made available 100,000 high resolution digitized manuscripts, paintings, etchings, early photography and advertisements as apart of the Wellcome Images collection. These images span thousands of years of world history.

According to Wellcome, these images are free to copy, distribute, edit, and manipulate for personal or commercial use. The collection is divided into “Historical” or “Contemporary” as well as grouped into a handful of unique browsable categories like “Illness & Wellness” and “Wonderful.” All images are linked to the library catalogue., and can be saved to a personal Lightbox.

Read more about the collection here.

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