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The Art and the Environment in Environmental Art

July 9, 2014 by imc-editor

The Cooperative Gallery 213 is known for breaking ground in the local art scene and the current show "Off the Wall" continues that tradition. The theme is taking art "off the wall" literally and figuratively, and the curators found a theme of "environmental art" among the 30 artists who submitted works. Most directly addressing environmental problems is Peg Johnston and Shawna Stevenson's "The Waterfall: Plastic is Forever" which is made of many hundreds of cut up water bottles to form an inside/outside "waterfall." Inspired by the work of North Carolina environmental artist Bryant Holsenbeck, the piece makes the point that our dependence on plastic rather than more sustainable drinking containers is polluting the Earth. "We in the USA create more waste by far than any other country in the world," said Peg Johnston, "Art installations like this may help us raise awareness about our own impact on the environment." 

Don Sharpe's delightful sculptures of found objects also use waste to create art. Sharpe finds discarded objects in his walks along the river and uses them to create fantastical creatures or elaborate tableaux such as "Mouse Trap", a re-creation of the Rube Goldberg type children's game. He has several sculptures in the show worth a visit to "Off the Wall."

Aubrey Clark and Irene Lawson also created decorative fish and birds out of scrap materials such as coat hangers, credit cards, plastic bags and scraps of fabric. Fish extended the water theme with Judy Salton's giant fish made of chicken wire and John Thomson's delicate balsa wood fish/bird hanging from the ceiling.

The artists will speak about their art and the artists that have inspired them. "Found objects and environmental art, have been used by artists since the beginning of the 20th century," commented Judy Salton, "and we will explore those antecedents at Third Thursday, July 17th at 7 pm. There is no entrance fee to the program at the Cooperative Gallery 213 State St Binghamton.

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July 7, 2014 by jgarnar

From Debra Marcus, Chief Executive Officer of Family Planning of South Central New York, Inc: “We are deeply disappointed with the Supreme Court’s outrageous Hobby Lobby decision. Birth control is part of comprehensive health care that millions of women need and use. The Supreme Court decision targets women and their right to affordable contraception.

Roberson Summer Camps

June 30, 2014 by pegjohnston

Each week-long camp provides unique learning experiences for the campers and features fun hands-on activities.   Camps are available for students in grades 2 and up.  The following is a list of scheduled camps, including dates and grade levels. 

Exploration Station:  July 7-11, Grades 3 - 7

Prehistoric Adventures:  July 14-18, Grades 2 – 5

Crime Scene Investigations:  July 14-18, Grades 4 – 8

Sticky, Icky and Weird Science:  July 21-25, Grades 2-5

Invention Convention: July 21-25, Grades 4 - 8

Drawing and Animation:  July 28-August 1, Grades 5 and up

Science Fiction Film:  August 4-8, Grades 4-8

Trash to Treasure:  August 11-15, Grades 2-6

Drawing and Animation:  August 18-22, Grades 5 and up

Who’s Up for the Challenge?:  August 25-29, Grades 3-7

Registration is required to participate in Roberson’s Summer Camps.  All camps run from 9am – 3pm daily and all materials are included in camp tuition.  You can save on camp tuition by becoming a Roberson Member.   Each summer camp tuition is $172 for members, $215 for non-members, all materials are included.  For more information on Roberson’s 2013 Camp offerings, and to register, visit or call 607.772.0660.


June 30, 2014 by activ60

Broome County Legislative Meeting described by citizens as creepy. No bi-partisan discussion.  Republicans act like atomatons asking no questions nor making comments.  JUST voting in lock step -  Nay to everything suggested by the opposition or Aye to all cuts.  We guess all the action is in the caucus meetings.  But maybe that is follow the leader too.  Hard to determine how they arrive at intelligent review.

To add insult to the Public injury, the local Press made no mention ofthe citizens who attended the meeting silently with signs opposing the closure of the BC Mental Health Clinic.  Nor did the Press report on the opposition to hiring a solar company from California that is in financial trouble.

You might try out the Thurs, July 17 meeting at 5 pm when they will vote on the BC Mental Health Clinic resolution.

Green Thumb Workshops by VINES

June 24, 2014 by pegjohnston

This *Thursday, June 26 at 6:00pm come to the Pine St Community Garden*, 67
Pine St to talk to experienced gardeners about any issues/questions you
have about your vegetable garden.
This *Saturday, June 28 from 1:00-5:00 pm meet at the Laurel Ave Community
Garden*, 128 Laurel Ave, Binghamton to go on a Wild Foods Foraging Walk!
See attached flyers and please spread the word!
Here are the remainder of our workshops from July on! Please see our
website for more information and to register!
Lemonade in the Garden: Wed, July 16 @ 6:00pm, Gregory Lane Community
Garden, 9 Gregory Lane, Binghamton.
Season Extension– Sat, August 16, 2014 @ 10:30am, Mather St Community
Garden, 26 Mather St.
Freezing Vegetables—Wed. August 20, 2014 @ 6:00pm, United Presbyterian
Church, 42 Chenango St, Binghamton
Lemonade in the Garden: Corbett Ave. — Wed. August 27, 6:30, 26 Corbett
Avenue, Binghamton
Canning Tomatoes— Wednesday, September 3rd @ 6:00pm, United Presbyterian
Church, 42 Chenango St, Binghamton
Composting and Soil Health— Saturday, Sept 20, 2014 from 1:30-3:30pm, Lee
Barta Community Center, 108 Liberty St, Binghamton


June 24, 2014 by jgarnar

Are you positive you’re negative? Family Planning of South Central New York, Inc. will mark National HIV Testing Day by offering free confidential rapid HIV testing and counseling on Friday, June 27th from 9:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. at these health centers:

117 Hawley Street, Binghamton
5 Cortland Street, Norwich
37 Dietz Street, Oneonta

Dept. of Public Art at Southside Commons

June 14, 2014 by pegjohnston

Despite the downright cold weather, Southsiders turned out for a Southside Festival and the Dept of Public Art was there, encouraging children to paint. The event was competing with Juneteenth Celebration and Pride Palooza, to name just a few events in "nothing to do" Binghamton. The DPA is looking for volunteers to help paint in the Boscov's Water St. Parking Ramp this summer. See more photos in Image Galleries local.


Peacemaker Award Winners

June 14, 2014 by Ralph McGrew

Almasa Talovic of Chenango Valley High School and Krysta Shannon of Chenango Forks High School won the third annual Stu Naismith Memorial Peacemaker Awards. The two $350 scholarships were given on June 9 and 11, 2014, jointly by the Binghamton Community Friends Meeting (Quaker) and by the Stu Naismith Chapter of Veterans for Peace, in memory of Stuart Naismith (1927-2011), a World War II veteran and tireless campaigner for peace, who taught in both school districts.
Almasa and Krysta earned the awards by working for peace in everyday life, preparing for further education, and writing essays on peacemaking. The picture shows Jim Clune of Veterans for Peace, Krysta Shannon, Peggy Naismith, and Joyce Thomas. To support the scholarships in future years, contributions can be sent to the Binghamton Community Friends Meeting with the notation Peacemaker Award, in care of Alexa Héder, 9 Hickory Road, Binghamton 13905-1347.

IMF Reviews International Financial Crises Solutions

June 13, 2014 by Advocacy

 Behind closed doors, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Executive Board Members are reacting to solutions prepared by IMF staff aimed at preventing global and regional financial crises. Part of the focus stems from G20 concern over extreme predatory behavior on global finance and the precedent set in the related pending Supreme Court case of Argentina vs NML Capital.

Mayor David Raises the Rainbow Flag

June 8, 2014 by pegjohnston

Binghamton, NY June 7 2014

It was the 9th Binghamton Pride Flag Raising and a long list of local notables affirmed diversity and LGBTQ people, but Mayor Rich David stole the show, just by showing up. There was some concern that the Republican administration would not be inclusive of the gay community and would decline to continue the tradition of raising the rainbow flag at City Hall. But David's opening remarks spoke of equality, anti-bullying, and an inclusive Binghamton. Across the street from the presentation was a demonstration by local Catholics, in full ritual garb, protesting gay marriage and a lone protester who was taunting the Mayor.

Officials from Kirsten Gillibrand and Gov Cuomo to Assemblywoman Lupardo and City Council members piled on to support the gay community. Donna Lupardo brought people's attention to a bill in the NYS Legislature that would challenge "conversion therapy"  where therapists try to convert LGBTQ people to a straight orientation. Lauren Hering, owner of Merlin's, was the most eloquent in explaining why we need gay pride. The speech is reproduced in the Carousel newspaper and well worth the read.

Additionally, those that sent letters of support or spoke included: Letters from Sen Gillibrand and Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli read by Sean Massey; Letter from Gov Cuomo read by Barbara Fiala, DMV Commissioner, and former Broome Co Exec; letter from Eric Schneiderman, read by Ass't AG Aaron Marcus. Two County legislators, Jason Garnar and Tony Fiala spoke, as did two City Councilwomen, Teri Rennia and Leah Webb. Also, Dara Silberstein, Human Rights Commissioner, and organizer of the event and next week's  Pride Palooza (June 14th 12-8 pm), Chris Waters.

To see more images of the event, see the photo gallery on this site (see image galleries tab: "local progressive politics") 

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