Prints and Prints: Five Curated Exhibits of Prints
Four very special collections of prints will be on display at the Cooperative Gallery 213 State St. in “Prints and Prints: Five Curated Exhibits of Prints” July 5 through the 27th. The curators and artists will be on hand for a reception First Friday July 5th and for artists’ talks on Third Thursday July 18th at 7 pm. Selections from two area collections will opened to the public and two photographers, and an educational display on Ansco’s contributions to Print Technology will round out the exhibit. Included in “Prints and Prints” :
• A selection of American prints -- 1880 (etching revival era) to present day artists, featuring primarily women artists from the collection of Gil & Deborah Williams
• The “Best of the International Mini Print Exhibition” curated by Bev McLean
• Greg Chianis’ Black and White Photography and Intaglio prints
• Dramatic Color and Black and White Photography by Mike Ricciardi
In the art world, prints usually mean that the artist is capable of making multiple images. The ability to create multiples can be very positive. Because there is more than one image, the price for each piece is much less expensive than for a single non-reproduceable work of art. Prints allow even those with modest means to become art collectors. Also, prints are still being made from negatives and plates that were made over 100 years ago, allowing museums and individuals to have access to artwork that may have deteriorated or been lost over time.
In the Printmaking Arts, there are many ways that plates can be made, and from these plates, multiple images reproduced. Lithography, etching, mezzotint, Aquatint, block printing, collagraphy, and screen printing are only but a few of the methods available to the printmaker. Prints have been made by Rembrandt, Goya and Blake as well as modern artists such as Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns.
Polished pewter plates recorded some of the earliest images taken by a camera, before film negatives were invented. Both Rochester (Kodak) and Binghamton (Ansco) were part of the photography boon of the 20th Century.
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Public Forums to learn about the CFA process and how to access up to $760 million in economic development funding from agency programs through one application
The Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council (STREDC) will hold four Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) workshops for potential applicants to learn more about the third round of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s initiative to stimulate job creation and economic growth through the Regional Economic Development Councils. The workshops will be held June 18 in Ithaca, June 20 in Elmira, June 25 in Norwich and June 27 in Vestal. In 2013, up to $760 million in economic development resources will be available to applicants through the CFA.
Please register by visiting www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov/content/southern-tier or by calling 607-721-8605.
The City of Binghamton will hold a public information meeting to present and discuss the Chenango River Trail Connection Project, which will extend the multi-use trail from Cheri Lindsey Park to Otsiningo Park. The meeting will be held at the Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School located at 9 Ogden Street on June 19th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.
The City, in cooperation with the New York State Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration, is developing the design for the construction of the river trail connection project. The project begins at the northern end of Cheri Lindsey Park, then continues to the east along Truesdell Street, then north on Chenango Street, and ends at Bevier Street.
The purpose of this meeting is to obtain comments on the proposed project from individuals, groups, officials and local agencies. This public information meeting is part of the continuing efforts by the City of Binghamton, the New York State Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration to encourage public input into the development of transportation projects.
Please contact the City Engineering Department at (607) 772-7007 if an English or sign language interpreter, assistive listening system or other accommodation will be required to facilitate your participation in this public meeting.
Andrew Block, Office of the Mayor
The Happiness Project has issued two new images in the series of vintage photos posted on vacant buildings. The life-sized black and white images are of people who appear to be spontaneously "happy." One is of "Maggie and Aggie" Long and shows an older woman leaning into her beloved granddaughter who is holding a doll. The other new poster is of a suffrage rally and is from the Library of Congress collection. Pictured are Rose Sanderson with the trumpet, and also, Elsie McKenzie (L) and Elisabeth Freeman (R); all three are clearly excited and having fun.
The anonymous project organizers are careful to post only on boarded up buildings or with permission, and in a temporary way. "This is as much about re-populating abandoned buildings as it is about art and history," according to a statement sent to the Binghamton Bridge. On some of the same buildings another project has appeared asking people for their opinion. The stickers "I want _______in my neighborhood." give residents a way to let others know how they would prefer their neighborhoods to look. (See related story on this site.)
The Happiness Project has captured some attention from residents as well as nationally, especially as a topic of conversation on the Facebook site, "I'm from Binghamton."
The Happiness Project also requests vintage images that include more diversity in race, age, etc. The Binghamton Bridge will act as a conduit for messages: email binghamtonbridgeATgmail.com.
An urban planning device that was created by a young planner in New Orleans and shared by a group called Neighborland has come to Binghamton. Stickers that say "I want ____in my neighborhood." and Chalkboards that say, "What do you want to see here?" are on four boarded up buildings in Binghamton NY. (Eldredge St., Upper Chenango St., Court and Carroll Sts, and Court St near RiverRead Books).
The feedback has been immediate. Some of the stickers say, "A bigger pool that is open on weekends." "An ice cream store." "Jobs." "Parks for kids." "A monorail." "A chance to escape poverty." "Dreams to Come True." "A garden."
Human/Nature pairs the murals of Judy Salton with the 3-D clay figures of Karen Kuff-Demicco for a month long exhibit at the Cooperative Gallery JUne 7th through June 29th, 2013. The Artists' Reception is Saturday June 8th from 12-4 pm when an English tea will be served and the artists will be on hand for discussion.
They will give talks with the theme "Human/Nature in Art Throughout History" Third Thursday June 20, at 7 pm. There will also be a Closing Reception with a movie from 1-4 pm.
The title of our show groups two words with distinct meanings. The noun “human” means a person; a bipedal primate mammal. As an adjective, it pertains to humans or their characteristics. “Nature” is a noun meaning either the physical world (non-man made) or the basic essence or behavior of a person or thing. Putting these two words together as the theme of this show allows us to explore their meaning and implications from different directions and raises several questions. What is a human? What is nature? What is the nature of humans? What happens when humans confront nature or nature confronts humans? What is inherent in human nature is the question that has stimulated my work.
All of my pieces in the show are an investigation of a condition or emotion related to human nature. I have not tried to cover every human emotion or trait, I am not sure that is possible. I have used faces, the human figure, and animals from nature to comment on human/nature. For example, “Voice from Within” portrays a single person listening and reacting to a voice that is giving advice. This voice is internal and derived from memories of external words that could come from a variety of influences: parents, authority, friends, evil, a ghost, or even from herself. It could be judgmental or supportive. She has a choice of reactions. This pieces explores what drives decision making; what motivates human actions.
June is LGBTQ Pride Month in the City of Binghamton!
Pride Saturday, June 1st
Rainbow Flag Raising: Kick-off Pride Month with The Binghamton Pride Coalition and Mayor Matthew Ryan by raising the Pride flag on the State Street side of City Hall, downtown Binghamton, 12 noon. Show your support!
Out and Proud Film Festival: Rent – A classic musical . Bundy Museum, 127-131 Main Street, Binghamton, 7pm. $7 per person includes admission, popcorn, drink and raffle ticket. Doors open at 6:30. Space is limited.
Sunday, June 2nd
Pride Community Picnic: Unitarian Universalist Church, 183 Riverside Drive, Binghamton, New York 13905. Hamburgers, hot dogs, potato, macaroni and pasta salad and fruit provided, bring your own drinks. A fun day for all. 1pm– 5pm. Pride and Joy will be there 1-3 pm. Contact Don Karn at Dkarn12664@yahoo.com.
By Cecile Lawrence
Speaker Nancy Pelosi of the U.S. Congress is reported in the politically obsessed media outlet, The Hill, on Thursday, May 23, 2013, as having said that undocumented immigrants who become U.S. citizens under immigration reform will not have access to Obamacare or to Medicaid. The thing is Pelosi did not use the term “undocumented” according to the report, seemingly choosing to repeat “illegal” over and over. To a liberal reader the report gives the impression that perhaps she is unaware that no human being can be “illegal” as a person’s right to exist does not fall under any man-made law anywhere. To a regressive reader the term would most likely be very appropriate.
But even Republican Marco Rubio used the term “living in the United States illegally” as reported in the Washington Post also on May 23, 2013. Colorlines has been having an ongoing campaign to get media and the public in general to stop using the I-word. But wait, did Pelosi actually use that term or is something else going on here?
Citizens encouraged to review Plan on interactive map on new City website
BINGHAMTON, NY—City officials today announced the 2013 Street Improvement Plan and commemorated National Public Works Week. The Plan includes more than 60 upgrades citywide, such as street reconstruction, milling and paving, sewer separation, sewer construction as well as preparation for milling and paving in 2014.
Citizens are encouraged to review the Plan on the interactive map on the new City website. The map identifies the nature of the work, the agencies involved and when the projects will take place. The City will update the map periodically, as elements of the Plan are subject to change.
Ed.note: click on the lines on the map to find our what is happening and exactly where.
“Strong communities need strong infrastructure, and that’s what the 2013 Street Improvement Plan helps provide,” said Mayor Matt Ryan. “This work makes our neighborhoods and commercial corridors safer, healthier and more attractive for private investment, and we’re making progress despite significant budgetary pressures, especially federal cuts. I applaud our Public Works management, staff and line workers for bringing this Plan to fruition, and for everything they do to keep our city strong. In this spirit, I urge our citizens to join me in commemorating National Public Works Week.”
We all agree that New York’s campaign finance system is broken. While most of New York’s elected officials go to Albany for the right reasons, too often big money interests drown out the voices of everyday New Yorkers. It’s time to change the way politics works in Albany.
Citizen Action and its coalition partners – Sierra Club, League of Women Voters, Common Cause, Brennan Center for Justice and others – is calling on our state Senate to pass the Fair Elections bill. These reforms will put the process back in the hands of voters. It is proven to increase small donor participation in campaigns. This opens up opportunities for more people to run for office. It also creates an environment where an elected official is beholden to the citizens of the district she/he represents rather than the big money donors who currently fund campaigns. We have an historic opportunity to give New Yorkers the campaign finance system they deserve and want.
Some say this will cost too much. I guess that depends on how you do the math! The estimate is about $2.00 per household per year. Is this too much to save millions? If you doubt that the current system is free just take a look at health care legislation and imagine what the costs of health care would be if big pharmaceutical companies and big insurance companies were not driving the legislation and the policies. Take a look at the bottle bill where the state lost billions because the bottling corporations changed the legislation to benefit themselves – taking money that had originally been earmarked for the state (specifically environmental conservation).
Join us in Albany on Wednesday, May 29 - The New York State Assembly passed the Fair Elections Act – The Senate has not. The Governor says he not only supports this issue but that it is a priority. Will Governor Cuomo stand behind his words or will he, as he did with re-districting, abandon this cause – with his political clout he can make this happen. We have to fill our bus to Albany on Wednesday, May 29. We are leaving from Citizen Action at 7:30 and will return in the early evening. This is vital – call Larry Parham at 607-743-5877 to register for the bus. See you in Albany.