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7th Bob Johnston Photography Competition Winners

January 5, 2018 by pegjohnston

  Joshua Lasky with his Judge's Choice winner for his photo "State and Monument"         

           The Cooperative Gallery 213 and the Two Rivers Photography Club are sponsoring the 7th Bob Johnston Photography Show and Competition January 5-27th, 2018. “Now in its seventh year, this Photo Competition has attracted 97  incredible photographs in both black and white and color,” according to Bill Gorman of the Cooperative Gallery. “We are very excited to welcome back Chuck Haupt, a professional photographer, formerly with the Press and Sun Bulletin and a current gallery member, as this year’s judge.”  See Channel 34's interview with Chuck Haupt at

            A reception for the photographers, friends, and the public will take place January 5th at the First Friday Art Walk from 6-9, with gallery hours starting at 3 pm that day. Prizes and cash awards for the winners will be announced at First Friday, January 5th at 7:00 pm at a reception for the artists and the public. The Exhibit will be open Fridays 3-6 pm, Saturdays 12-4 pm and by appointment until January 27th.

            Richard E. Lee has won Best of Show with “Gioia con Bolle di Sapone” (“Joy with Soap Bubbles”), a delightful black and white photo of a child on an Italian street blowing soap bubbles. Haupt has awarded  two Judge’s Choice in both Color and Black and White photographs.  Lesli VanZandbergen won for her color photo “Mini Vac” and Joshua Lasky for his local architectural photo “State and Monument.” In Black and White, Greg Chianis won for his “Le Luce” of light outlining a door and Sandra Kirker for “Adirondack Mist.”

            The following were awarded an Honorable Mention: “Conscientious Canines” by Fr. James Dutko; “Tranquility” by Jessica Fridrich; “Wondering What’s Inside” by Dan Harendza;  “Early Morning Adirondacks” by D. Duke Holdsworth; “Dyrolasey Promontory” by Geoffrey Gould; “Painted Tulip” by Sandra Kirker; “Morning Stroll” by Deb Rockefeller;" “Poppies” by Carol Saggese; “Last Moon 2017” by Bill Schumacher; “Cumberland Sleeps” by Mary Lou Shapinas; “Lumanated Courthouse” by Kirk VanZandbergen; “The Road Less Traveled” by Lesli VanZandbergen.

                  The Competition is named for Bob Johnston, a lifelong photographer and a gallery member who died in 2010. “Bob Johnston was an ‘Ansel Adams’ kind of photographer who worked mostly in black and white film and favored both urban and natural landscapes,” said Bill Gorman, also a photographer. Bob Johnston defined a good photo this way: “For me, the successful photograph is one in which both the abstract elements and the subject matter of the image reinforce each other to provide an emotional experience for the viewer.”

            The Two Rivers Photography Club has monthly meetings, skill building sessions, and competitions throughout the year. The Cooperative Gallery, a popular stop on the First Friday Art Walk, located at 213 State Street in Binghamton, is open on First Friday 3- 9 pm and regularly Fridays from 3-6 pm and Saturdays from 12- 4 pm. Find us on Facebook at Cooperative Gallery 213 and sign up for a weekly e-newsletter on our website at or on Facebook.


Holiday Show at Cooperative: Art, Crafts, Gifts

12/22/2017 - 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Cooperative Gallery 213 State St Binghamton

Last chance!!!! Give the gift of Art!

Extended Hours: Fridays 3 - 7 PM, Saturdays 11 AM - 4 PM

Holiday Show at Cooperative: All Members' Show

November 17, 2017 by imc-editor

Give the gift of Art!

Cooperative Gallery 213, 213 State St. in Binghamton, presents its annual Holiday Show; Find unique, original, and affordable artworks from more than 50 artists and fine crafters, as the Cooperative Gallery is transformed into a magical showplace for wonderful works from all Gallery members.
Featured works include paintings by Mark Green, Suzanne Lachman, Angela Cook, Eileen Schlag, and others; sculpture and photography by Duke Holdsworth, painted furniture by Narani O’Shaughnessy, jewelry both whimsical and elegant by Vivian Nguyen, Ellen Romano, and others; painted silks by Andrea Eastman and intricate tie-dye by Kirk Madsen; woodworks by Richard Nolan, artisan holiday ornaments, miniature paintings, and myriad other visual delights by members of the local arts community.
Opening Artists Reception Gala is Thursday, November 30, 6-8:30 PM, with live music and delectable catered munchies, some from the new Cooperative Gallery 213 cookbook, “Artists in the Kitchen.”
The show and sale continues through December 23 -- extended gallery hours for December: Fridays 3 - 7 PM, Saturdays 11 AM - 4 PM

For more information, contact the gallery at, or 607 724-3462. Cooperative Gallery 213 is a popular stop on Binghamton’s First Friday Art Walk. Find us on Facebook at Cooperative Gallery 213. Sign up for our weekly e-newsletter on our website at www., or on our Facebook page.

“Shelter” and “Paintings by Jean Luongo” Open at Cooperative Gallery 213

11/17/2017 - 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Cooperative Gallery 213 State St Binghamton

This First Friday the Cooperative Gallery 213 will open an exhibit by Joanne Thorne Arnold titled “Shelter” and Jean Luongo’s “Current Work.” The exhibit, which will run through Nov. 25th.  Both are accomplished artists specializing in painting; Arnold is known for her colorful abstracts and Luongo for her portraits. A  Reception, open to the public, will be held at the gallery on First Friday and the gallery is regularly open 3-6 pm Fridays and Saturdays 12-4 pm, as well as 3-9 pm for First Friday’s Art Walk.

The Figure and Emotions

10/19/2017 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Cooperative Gallery 213 State St Binghamton

Cooperative Gallery 213 is having a Third Thursday event dealing with the Figure and Emotions on October 19th at 7PM. Everyone is welcome to participate in an interactive discussion. All types of art deal with emotion. Visual artists often use color, facial expressions, symbols, and/or body posture to evoke an emotion. Musicians can use major or minor keys. Writers and choreographers focus on emotion to make their work rich and accessible. We have invited actors to talk about how they make their characters convey their emotional state to the audience.

Rich Nolan's Wood Sculptures Fifth Weekend

09/29/2017 - 3:00pm - 09/30/2017 - 4:00pm
Cooperative Gallery 213 State St Binghamton

Richard G. Nolan opens at Cooperative Gallery for ‘Fifth Weekend’

Rich Nolan, a wood artist from Johnson City, will exhibit his collection of highly refined cherry & black walnut sculptures at the Cooperative Gallery 213 State Street Binghamton for a “Fifth Weekend” event, with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday September 29, 2017. The gallery exhibit will be open for the weekend of Sept 29-30th only, Friday, 3 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, 12 to 4 p.m. The Cooperative Gallery often sponsors a special exhibit on the “Fifth Weekend” which happens each quarter.

“Fragments” Presented at Cooperative Gallery

09/22/2017 - 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Cooperative Gallery 213 State St Binghamton

Susan Kendrot, painter and Betsy Jo Williams, sculptor

The Cooperative Gallery 213 will open an exhibit by Susan Kendrot and Betsy Jo Williams titled Fragments, an exhibit of charcoal drawings, acrylic paintings and mixed media sculpture. The exhibit will run Sept 1 through Sept. 26 and a reception, open to the public, will be held at the gallery on Thurs., Aug. 31 from 6 to 9 PM.

“Renewal” and “Contrast” at Cooperative Gallery 213

08/25/2017 - 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Cooperative Gallery 213 State St Binghamton

Aubrey Clark and John Thomson are opening exhibits, entitled, respectively  “Renewal” and “Contrast” on First Friday August 4th 6-9 pm  at the Cooperative Gallery 213 on State St. in Binghamton, NY. The exhibits will be on display through August 26th.

Aubrey Clark speaks of the process that has culminated in Renewal: “As an artist and potential memoirist, I have notebooks full of ideas and sketches, art materials for many mediums, a collection of fine papers, work unfinished, forgotten, or put aside to perhaps revisit. The question is not so much whether I can use it but will I use it? As an artist, I see potential in everything .”

“Altared /Altered States” Fri 3-6, Sat 12-4

06/23/2017 - 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Cooperative Gallery 213 State St Binghamton

At a time when Congress is contemplating large cuts to arts organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts, two regional artists have created an exhibit that treats the arts as sacred, that reveres and explores the nature of the creative act. Judy Irwin- Salton and MaryRose have transformed the Cooperative Gallery 213 into a chapel-like setting. Using the techniques of carving, mosaic tiles, painting and drawings, Judy Irwin-Salton has created three altar pieces paying homage to the arts of Music, Dance and Theatre.

Gorman and Gould Photography

05/19/2017 - 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Cooperative Gallery 213 State St Binghamton

The Cooperative Gallery 213 announces a photographic exhibit by two of the area’s well-known photographers, Geof Gould and Bill Gorman.  Images of Yellowstone by Geof Gould displays the vast beauty and splendor of this first National Park while Bill Gorman’s Conventional Beauty has a narrow focus on the beauty of single flowers and regional landscapes. An Opening Reception will be held on Thursday May 4th from 6-9 followed by a First Friday Reception on May 5th from 6-9. The exhibit will run until May 27.

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