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Seeking Artists and Crafters for VINES fundraiser

September 15, 2015 by pegjohnston

VINES and Laveggio Roasteria are seeking artists and crafters to create
functional or artistic items from recycled burlap coffee bags to raise
funds for urban gardens and youth empowerment in Binghamton. The challenge
is to create something creative that features the burlap in some way, which
in previous years has ranged from handbags to furniture to paintings and
more. Submissions of items due the week of November 1st. Items will be
featured in a silent auction at the VINES Coffee Bag Silent Auction
Fundraiser on Saturday, November 7th 3pm-5:30pm at Laveggio Roasteria. All
proceeds raised will benefit VINES.
Burlap coffee bags are for sale $6/bag at Laveggio Roasteria, 101 Court St,
Binghamton during regular store hours Monday – Friday 7:30-4:00 and
Saturdays 9:00-1:00. Burlap Coffee Bags come to Laveggio from all over the
world carrying 120-150 pounds of unroasted coffee beans.
VINES (Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments, Inc.) is a 501(c)(3)
non-profit corporation that organized in 2007 to create and sustain
community gardens in the Binghamton area. VINES contributes to a
sustainable and just community food system by bringing together diverse
groups of people, with a focus on youth development, to establish community
gardens, urban agriculture and community green spaces. We strive to develop
and beautify urban sites and empower community members of all ages and
abilities. For more information visit

Photographer Basmann Named Gold Medalist

September 12, 2015 by pegjohnston

Vestal Photographer Named Gold Medalist at International Photographic Competition. Nancy Basmann is honored by peers and jurors for high-quality photography

Vestal photographer Nancy Basmann of Nancy Basmann Photography was named a Gold Medalist during Professional Photographers of America's 2015 International Photographic Competition. Basmann’s work will be on display at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, Jan. 10-12, 2016. This International Photographic Exhibit is held in conjunction with Imaging USA, an annual convention and expo for professional photographers and several photographic associations

A panel of 43 eminent jurors from across the United States selected the top photographs from nearly 5,200 total submitted entries at Gwinnett Technical College in Georgia. Judged against a standard of excellence, just over 2,100 images were selected for the General Collection and 1,085 (roughly 21 percent) were selected for the esteemed Loan Collection—the best of the best. The Loan Collection images will all be published in the much-anticipated "Loan Collection" book.

Basmann was named a Gold Medalist, meaning that two of her four merited images entered the PPA Loan Collection. In 2015 she was one of only 101 Gold Medalists.

Reclaiming Ruins: The New York State Inebriate Asylum

September 9, 2015 by pegjohnston

Reclaiming Ruins: The New York State Inebriate Asylum and other "Abandonscapes" by A.D. Wheeler
Thursday, September 17 – Saturday, December 19, 2015

The Binghamton University Art Museum will open its fall exhibitions on Thursday, September 17, 2015. The Main Gallery exhibition, Reclaiming Ruins: The New York State Inebriate Asylum and Other "Abandonscapes" by A.D. Wheeler, is guest curated by Julia Walker, Assistant Professor of Art History. Walker will speak at the opening reception, which will be held Thursday, September 17, 5:00-7:00 pm. The exhibition will be on view through December 19, 2015.

A.D. Wheeler's evocative photographs of abandoned sites in Pennsylvania and Upstate New York speak to the contemporary taste for ruin and decay, but his images go beyond these structures' patinated surfaces to explore their historical content and architectural significance. He is especially interested in obsolete industrial buildings—not just factories and mines, but also the civic institutions that accompanied this pattern of life. Wheeler explores these sites thoroughly, sometimes over the course of several days, in order to identify and capture the particular environments that the passage of time has created within them. Making use of High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography, in which several shots taken at different exposures are combined into a single image, his photographs reveal the visual and historical layers that have accumulated at these sites and make a strong case for their reuse. By drawing attention to the beauty of these disused properties, Wheeler demonstrates their ongoing relevance and advocates for their preservation.

Several public lectures will be offered in conjunction with the exhibition. Photographer, A.D. Wheeler, will give a gallery talk on Thursday, October 1, 2015, 5:00 pm. Roger Luther from the Broome County Historical Society will give two talks: "Binghamton's Castle: Its History and Recent Developments" on Thursday, October 22, 5:30 and "Abandoned Asylums of New York State" on Wednesday, November 18, 6:30. Luther curated the complementary exhibition, The Castle on the Hill, on view in the Museum's lower galleries.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit

Fish fry for peace

September 5, 2015 by Ralph McGrew

On Friday, September 18, 2015, 3 to 7 PM, pick up and take out your dinner at the Nimmonsburg United Methodist Church parking lot, 918 Front Street, just north of SUNY Broome Community College. From Gance's Complete Catering, take your choice of hand-battered Icelandic haddock or New York strip steak, with hand-cut French fries and cole slaw. Proceeds support the Stu Naismith Peacemaker Awards, given annually to graduating seniors at Chenango Valley and Chenango Forks High Schools by Veterans for Peace and the Binghamton Community Friends Meeting (Quaker). $12 tickets are for sale in advance from Ralph McGrew (email ), or you can simply buy dinners for yourself, family, and friends when you get there.

New Additions to "Sculpture Outdoors"

September 2, 2015 by imc-editor

Photo:Emily Jablon River Walk Sculpture

BROOME COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL is expanding its on-line “Sculpture Outdoors” catalogue on First Friday September 4th.   New research about 6 additional works will go live at 6:00pm at  The site currently showcases 13 public sculptures.  The new additions are:
·       “Fountain & Sculpture” (attached photograph by Kari Bayait), located in downtown Binghamton
·        “Venus” by Arline Peartree, located in downtown Binghamton;
·       “Wisdom’s Truth” by Nathaniel Kaz, located at Binghamton University’s Fine Arts Building;
·       “Supporting Hands” by Yvonne R. Hobbs, located at Binghamton General Hospital;
·       “Lady Justice”, located atop the Broome County Court House; and
·       “High Point #62” by Genevieve Karr Hamlin, located in Harpursville.


Rally in support of Iran Deal at Hanna's Office

August 20, 2015 by pegjohnston

A Press conference and rally will be held on Wednesday August 26 at Noon in front of Representative Richard Hanna's office at 49 Court St., Binghamton.  The purpose of this rally is to urge his support for the Iran Nuclear Deal.  Currently he is planning to vote no.
Last month, the United States and its P5+1 partners reached a historic agreement with Iran that aims to curb Iran's development of nuclear weapons while allowing the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. It supports a diplomatic initiative that has already begun and will curb the possibility of nuclear action.
We are encouraging Congress not to take any actions that could undermine this agreement. Instead, in the words of Bishop Cantú, we "urge Congress to endorse the result of these intense negotiations because the alternative leads toward armed conflict, an outcome of profound concern to the Church."


Photo credit by Robert C. Johnston (archival)


August 17, 2015 by pegjohnston

Sponsored by the New York Cultural Heritage Tourism Network
In conjunction with its Women’s Rights & Suffrage Committee

A conference to provide awareness, stimulate interest and nurture partnerships in preparation for the
Centennial Celebration of women’s right to vote in New York State & to explore cultural heritage tourism opportunities for 2017

Holiday Inn – Waterloo/Seneca Falls
2468 NYS Route 414
Waterloo, NY 13165
Thursday, October 1, 2015 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

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