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Mural Fest 2015: The complete weekend Line Up

April 21, 2015 by pegjohnston

Mural Fest 2015 Artists to Paint Murals for Binghamton
 

Mural Fest 2015 will involve more than 31 artists, seven bands, a second stage with acoustic acts and open mic, a sculpture garden,vendors, and community organizations tabling. The public art festival will take place on Sunday April 26, 2015 12-6 pm on the Riverwalk, by RiverRead Books, down to the MLK Promenade. “This is a family friendly event with music, kids’ activities, entertainment, and most importantly, a lot of different kinds of art,” according to Kady Perry, an organizer of the event for re-Bold Binghamton and the Dept. of Public Art. (DPA) There is an Artist Meet & Greet Pre-Party show at The Cyber Cafe West the night before, April 25th from 7pm-midnight.

The musical line up is: The Falconers 12pm-12:45pm ?If Madrid 1pm-1:45pm?  The Somerton Suitcase 2pm-2:45pm? Teddy Midnight 3pm-3:45pm? A Social State 4pm-4:45pm? Riverside Confession 5pm-5:45pm? Mobday 6pm-6:45pm

Artists with the Dept of Public Art are painting eleven 4’ X 8’ panels on a food theme for a boarded up building on Chenango Street. “We chose the food theme because the Northside of Binghamton is a food desert, lacking a grocery or other outlet for fresh food,” commented Peg Johnston. Other artists will paint original designs on panels to be used in conjunction with the Dept of Public Art’s new project to place art on boarded up properties. Other projects at Mural Fest will include painting a car and other objects, mosaics, spray painting demonstrations, and tabling by artists and arts organizations.

Local artists will be joined by guest public artists, including Damien Mitchell, world traveling street artist from Australia; Nic 707 Last of the First generation graffiti writers from the Bronx; Indigo Arts Collective from Brooklyn, NY; stencil artist Teran Studio of Newburgh; Kat Beavers, Sculptor; and chalk artists Eric Maruscak and Alexis Pleus.

Several area businesses are sponsoring the mural fest and a mural will be painted on a cut out of a hot air balloon with the name of the sponsors. So far, the sponsors include Belknap Lumber, Kovarik Hardware, Cooperative Gallery, Orion Beauty, Lost Dog, Galaxy Brewing, Zona Grill, Water St. Brewing, Burger Mondays, The Shop, Cavanaugh’s, and others. The Belmar is providing food for artists and volunteers are encouraged to bring food for the artists and performers.

The Fest is being supported by Broome County, the City of Binghamton, and Gorgeous Washington Street Assn.  It is sponsored by reBold Binghamton, a BU student group and the Dept of Public Art, a volunteer organization that is responsible for several public art projects, including the “Birthplace of Virtual Reality” murals in the Water St. Parking Ramp. The Movable Murals on boarded up properties is a new project to “take art into neighborhoods with abandoned buildings,” according to Peg Johnston of the DPA. “As these buildings are re-purposed we can move the mural panels to other locations where property owners request them.” It is supported by grants from the Chenango Co Arts Council and the Hoyt Foundation. *

A complete list of artists: Bruce Greig, Jesse Martinez, RB Artistry, Tom Bomb, Rakesh Maharaj, Jesse Ryan, Derek Lindow, and students from BCC’s Art 230. Also, Kareemah Johnson, David Francisco, Danielle White, Mandy Wright, Angela Cook, Amara Kopakova, Lindsay Baker, Hakim Griffin, Danielle White, Diane Lia, MaryRose Griffin, Shawna Stevenson, Judy Salton, Katherine Scott, Julie Slattery, Kim Lato, Grace Weber, Will Dwiggins, Megan Smey, Byel Gould. Sculpture by: Lyman Bothwell, Rebecca Austin, and mosaics by Emily Jablon. 

*The Broome, Chenango & Otsego Decentralization (DEC) Program is administered by the Chenango Arts Council, and is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature. Additional support for Broome County provided by the Stewart W. & Willma C. Hoyt Foundation.

 

Neighborhood Clean-Ups

April 12, 2015 by pegjohnston

Is your street littered with winter time detritus, flyaway re-cycling, and other stuff not to be dwelled on? If you live on the near Westside it is. At least 3 or 4 groups of neighborhood residents are talking about taking to the streets with brooms and bags to clean up. Speaking of brooms, one group focusing on Walnut and Seminary Streets are collecting brooms:

"If you have an extra broom in your basement or garage, please donate it to a community clean up effort. The brooms will be used to sweep sidewalks and curbs on whole blocks of the west side, then given to everyone who wants to keep the front of their home or business clean.  Drop off those brooms at the American Legion parking lot, 76 Main Street on Sunday, April 19, 10 AM - 12 noon."

Another group is adding recycling tips to a door hanger in the neighborhood, encouraging residents to clean up their properties and join in. A DRAFT of the door hanger flyer is attached. ALL DETAILS ARE NOT FINAL; Check this space for more details or email us at binghamtonbridge@gmail and we will pass on what info we have.

 

 

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Slow Art Day at Two Local Galleries

March 31, 2015 by pegjohnston

The Tate in London is in.

So are the Harvard Art Museums.

Ditto, the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  

And the Cooperative Gallery and Orazio Salati Gallery in Binghamton NY.  

These and 173 galleries around the world are celebrating Slow Art Day on April 11, 2015. “Slow Art Day is the global all-volunteer event with a simple mission: help more people discover for themselves the joy of looking at and loving art,” according to the website SlowArtDay.com. “Slow Art Day was created as a grassroots movement to empower museum visitors to change their museum experience. Unlike the standard 8-second view, Slow Art Day participants are asked to spend 10-15 minutes looking at several specific pieces of art.”         

The event is at Cooperative Gallery 213 on State Street and Orazio Salati Studio & Gallery at 204 State Street located across from each other in Binghamton’s Downtown Arts District. The program will begin in each gallery at 1pm on Saturday April 11th and will feature the work of Exhibiting Artist Members at Cooperative Gallery and the work of Orazio Salati and Provincetown MA artist Jerome Greene at Salati’s gallery. Participants will enjoy a brief introduction to the program by Judy Salton (Cooperative Gallery) and Orazio Salati. They will switch galleries midway through the event and follow-up with an open discussion over refreshments at the Cooperative Gallery.

 “Our Slow Art event will allow the participants to view the pieces with very little input from us but we hope to have a lively discussion afterward,” comments Judy Salton, organizer of the event. The event starts at 1 pm and the discussion, with refreshments, will follow at 3 pm. It is free and open to the public.

Contact Information: to RSVP: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=pjztkndab&oeidk=a07...

Web: SlowArtDay.com

Facebook: Facebook.com/SlowArtDay

Twitter: @SlowArtDay

Tumblr: SlowArtDay.Tumblr.com

Contact: Judy Salton or Orazio Salati

Phone: 607 584-4715 (Salton) or 772-6725 (Salati)

Mural Fest: Artists Sought

March 28, 2015 by pegjohnston

THE DEPT. OF PUBLIC ART IS PARTICIPATING IN MURAL FEST 2015 BY PAINTING AT LEAST 8 PANELS OF 4 X 8 PLYWOOD WITH MURALS ON THE THEME OF FOOD. THESE PANELS WILL BE PLACED ON ONE OF THE PROPERTIES COOPERATING WITH OUR “BLIGHT IS OUR CANVAS” PROJECT, 511 CHENANGO ST. ARTISTS INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING SHOULD SUBMIT THEIR DESIGN BY APRIL 14TH AT THE DPA MEETING 7 PM AT COOPERATIVE GALLERY 213 STATE ST. OR BY SENDING SKETCHED DESIGN TO BINGHAMTONBRIDGE@GMAIL.COM.

THE FOOD THEME WAS CHOSEN BECAUSE THE NORTHSIDE IS A FOOD DESERT AND IN NEED OF A GROCERY AND SOURCES OF FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES. PRIMED PANELS WILL BE PROVIDED AS WELL AS LATEX PAINT. BRIGHT COLORS ARE ENCOURAGED. PANELS MUST BE PAINTED ON THE DAY OF MURAL FEST SUNDAY, APRIL 26TH 12-5 (RAIN OR SHINE) ON THE MLK PROMENADE. THE DESIGN OF THE FINISHED ASSEMBLED MURAL WILL BE SIMILAR TO THIS SEGMENTED MURAL IN FLORIDA (see attached flyer)

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT THE DEPT OF PUBLIC ART, A VOLUNTEER GROUP PROMOTING PUBLIC ART AT BINGHAMTONBRIDGE@GMAIL.COM.

The Southern Tier is going solar!

March 24, 2015 by pegjohnston

Southern Tier Solar Works (STSW), a program of the Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition (BRSC), is launching Solarize Southern Tier East (SSTE), to bring solar energy to our area.  SSTE offers homeowners and small businesses a path to energy savings that are fixed, predictable, and long-term.
The SSTE campaign will serve Broome, Tioga, Chenango, Delaware and Otsego Counties, and will partner with three competitively-selected, installer partners—Astrum Solar, ETM Solar/TAITEM Engineering, and Renovus Energy—with the goal of doubling existing residential solar in the five counties. The SSTE 2015 campaign is a limited-time initiative designed to incentivize “going solar” with the help of a streamlined site-assessment process and group discounts. Online enrollment will run thru June 10th. Early enrollment and contracting is rewarded through higher State incentives and earlier installations. Registration and all program information will be available at: www.southerntiersolarworks.org.
The public will have 10 weeks to enroll during this campaign.  The more people who sign up, the lower their cost becomes. Installations will begin this summer, with most completed before winter of 2015. Financing is available through NYSERDA’s Green Jobs Green New York program and through select banks and credit unions.
Two program launch events and more than 30 community meetings, brown bag lunches, and solar home tours across the five-county region – all free and open to the public – will give participants opportunities to learn what it takes to go solar.
Solarize programs jump-start regional solar markets, lower price volatility and bring energy independence to our communities. By increasing our energy efficiency and our use of renewable energy sources, New York can become a national leader in the clean energy economy. Solar power is the most plentiful, free, and constant source of energy on our planet.
Don’t be left out!  Be a part of an energy future that will benefit our entire society—from local job growth, to lower energy costs, to the improved health and well-being of our communities. Come to a Solarize Community Meeting this spring!

Community Meeting
Wednesday, April 15th: Vestal Public Library
320 Vestal Parkway East, VESTAL, NY  7:00-9:00 pm
 
Solar Tour
Saturday, April 18th: Owego-Apalachin
10 am - 2 pm
Registration information available by calling 607-342-3159
 
Community Meeting
Monday, April 20th: Broome County Public Library
185 Court Street, BINGHAMTON, NY  6:00-8:00 pm
 
Southern Tier Earth Fest - Exhibition
Saturday, April 25th: SUNY Broome Community College
907 Upper Front Street, BINGHAMTON, NY 10 am–4 pm
 
Community Meeting
Wednesday, April 29th: Spencer Town Hall
79 E Tioga Street, SPENCER, NY  7:00-9:00 pm
 

and other locations and time, please call

Orchid Photo/Art Submissions Sought

March 20, 2015 by pegjohnston

The Southern Tier Orchid Society hosts its annual orchid show May 2-3 at the Oakdale mall and part of the Exhibit is a a contest in Painting and Drawing, Photography, and Sculpture/3D/Other Media. Also a k-12 category.  Submissions must be presented Friday May 1 from 3- 7:30 More info on the attached form.

 

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Fracking May Not Have Been Banned in New York

March 19, 2015 by imc-editor

Contrary to Widespread Opinion Shale Fracking May Not Have Been Banned in New York

It is a huge mistake in politics to declare victory before you are absolutely certain that you have won. The applicable rule is "trust, but verify." That is why we must clarify the Cuomo administration's recent landmark decision to prohibit shale fracking in New York. When the New York State Department of Health (DOH) released A Public Health Review of High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing (HVHF) for Shale Gas Development on December 17, 2014, it was widely reported that shale fracking had been banned in New York.

Unfortunately, the fact of the matter is that we do not know that for certain. The Public Health Review recommended that Shale fracking "should not proceed in New York," but we do not know if it will be banned for good. This is a critically important distinction for reasons explained below. The Public Health Review report makes no mention of banning shale fracking or enacting any kind of permanent shale fracking prohibition. You can read the report for yourself:  When the Cuomo administration announced the Public Health Review, no shale fracking ban was declared by Governor Cuomo, Health Commissioner, Dr. Howard A. Zucker, or Environmental Conservation Commissioner, Joe Martens.  You can watch the meeting in its entirety: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTJn16lKyN4

What Does the DOH Public Health Review Actually Recommend?

The Public Health Review simply concludes on page two: "Until the science provides sufficient information to determine the level of risk to public health from HVHF to all New Yorkers and whether the risks can be adequately managed, DOH recommends that HVHF should not proceed in New York State (emphasis added)." Unfortunately, the Public Health Review does not say how long shale fracking "should not proceed in New York" or how authorities in our state should determine that "the science provides sufficient information to determine the level of risk to public health from HVHF to all New Yorkers and whether the risks can be adequately managed..." After all our incredible hard work, these extraordinarily important questions cannot be left to chance and must be fully resolved before it is too late. That is why I write today.

Preventing Adoption of an Inadequate Final SGEIS is More Important Than Ever

DEC Commissioner Martens stated during the cabinet meeting that the Public Health Review findings and recommendations would be implemented by adopting a Final Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS). We have no idea what is going on due to a total lack of openness and transparency about the scope of the Final SGEIS. Nevertheless, it could be released any day. Extreme caution is warranted in this matter because the SGEIS was originally intended to permit shale fracking in New York State. That is made perfectly clear by its title: "Well Permit Issuance for Horizontal Drilling and High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing in the Marcellus Shale and Other Low-Permeability Gas Reservoirs." In short, it is imperative that we prevent any Final SGEIS from being adopted until we are certain that it would translate the Public Health Review's critically important findings and recommendations into public policy reality. In addition, shale fracking must not be permitted by the Final SGEIS until all of the documented concerns about that proceeding are fully resolved.

Read a formatted alert: http://toxicstargeting.com/MarcellusShale/alerts/2015-03-14/urgent-shale...

That is the purpose of our latest self-explanatory coalition letter: http://toxicstargeting.com/MarcellusShale/letters/2015/3/14/coalition-le...

Conclusion

For more than five years, the New York Marcellus Shale campaign has focused on preventing adoption of an inadequate Final SGEIS that could greenlight shale fracking. Achieving that goal is more important than ever. The Public Health Review notes: "Based on this review, it is apparent that the science surrounding HVHF activity is limited, only just beginning to emerge, and largely suggests only hypotheses about potential public health impacts that need further evaluation (emphasis added)." See page one. At a minimum, we must make sure that no shale fracking is allowed in New York: "Until the science provides sufficient information to determine the level of risk to public health from HVHF to all New Yorkers and whether the risks can be adequately managed..." If that onerous requirement can be enforced, shale fracking might not be permitted in New York for decades to come, if ever. If the Cuomo administration actually bans shale fracking by adopting a permanent, legally binding prohibition, so much the better.

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