Friday, July 5
Join us for the opening of three new exhibits, dance performances, a documentary film screening, and a community art table provided by Pop-Up Open Art Hive!
Infinity in a Box
Avenue of the Friends, July-September
Boxes hold things—they both hide and protect the contents. Shadow boxes, on the other hand, show little worlds just as dollhouses do. Children have puppet theatres to present dramas with some characters as small as fingers. Set designers create mock-ups for scenes in boxes. Boxes both show and contain. Like an artist beginning a drawing, the edges of the piece and space inside are the first considerations when the creator begins to work. These boxes may also hold what a world can be: outer space, different worlds, or new versions of reality. Artists include Chris Coronel, Ariel Bullion Ecklund, Carla Elizabeth, Jim Garmhausen, Stephan Petrella, Gary Rith, Maude Rith, Laura Rowley, Leeny Sack, Werner Sun, Emily Millen Walsh. Curated by Maude Rith. Made possible (in part or in full) with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, administered by the Community Arts Partnership.
Space for Recovery
North Reading Room, July-August
Clients from Cayuga Addiction Recovery Services have created works in their interpretation of Space. Throughout the past year, CARS has seen many clients come and go through the outpatient and residential programs in Ithaca and Trumansburg, NY. Some clients were willing to share their ideas and stories through their artwork. The only information they were told was the theme of the art show was “space." These works are what the clients have created—some have chosen to share their names, and some wished to remain anonymous. Thank you to all who have shared their art with the Ithaca community. We wish them all the best in their journey to a life of recovery. Curated by Monica Weimer, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist.
Avenue of the Friends Wall Cases, July-August
Artwork by Billy Coté, a musician and artist living in Ithaca, NY. In 2018, he decided to make 400 collages/paintings, using mainly 2.5x2.5 inch canvases. These are some of them. His band, Madder Rose, will be releasing a new record later this summer.
6:00 in the Avenue of the Friends
Dance has an infinite number of forms. Tonight we will present four dance forms:
- Modern fused with American Sign Language by Indira Dominquez
- Jazz, choreographed by Nancy Gaspar
- Butoh, choreographed by Amanda Moretti
- Hip hop by G-Quan Booker and the Greatest Common Factor
Ithaca is Murals Documentary by Shira Evergreen & Caleb R. Thomas
6:45 in the BorgWarner Community Room
Join us for a 30 minute preview of a feature-length documentary in progress by filmmaker Shira Evergreen and co-producer/mural organizer Caleb R. Thomas. Through interviews with artists, organizers, and everyday people, Ithaca Is Murals tells the story behind many of the murals in Ithaca's cultural cityscape and the grassroots organizing that bring them to life. Refreshments will be served. Donations welcome.
Pop Up Open Art Hive
Avenue of the Friends
TCPL continues its partnership with the Pop Up Open Art Hive, an inclusive art studio hosted by a group of artists, dancers and creative arts therapists looking to build accessible and free art spaces around Ithaca and Tompkins county. Come make art with us. All are welcome.
Scott Hitz Puppets
Scott Hitz is a Director, Producer, Puppeteer, and educator whose work has been seen worldwide. His company, PuppHitz Puppets, is dedicated to promoting the art of puppetry, and to expanding the idea of what that art form can do. Scott is also a co-founder of Monkey Boys Productions, a puppet company in Philadelphia, PA whose current clients include Sesame Workshop and Saturday Night Live, where he still serves as an Associate Artist and Producer from time to time. Past television work includes TV Funhouse (Comedy Central) and The Book of Pooh (The Disney Channel) and past stage work includes Avenue Q, (Original Production, Vineyard Theater, NYC), Hand to God (The Kitchen Theatre, Ithaca, NY), and Bunnicula (The Arden Theater, Philadelphia). His work has taken him to Korea as part of the Chunchon International Festival for Puppetry, and he also been the recipient of a Henson seed grant for his production Ursa Major: The Voice of the Bear, and was awarded the Best Practices in Arts in Education Award from the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts for his Puppets in Education (P.i.E.) Program.
Scott Hitz is the recipient of an “Artist in Community Grant,” a program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered by the local Community Arts Partnership. Hitz, an Ithaca resident for the last five years, will be sharing his chosen art of puppetry with the Tompkins County community through the many different programs and classes we have planned throughout the year here at TCPL. The final enterprise of his tenure will be a giant parade-style puppet, called the Ithaca Giant, which he will design with the help of the community. You can see some of Scott’s creations in the wall cases along the Avenue of the Friends. You can meet Scott at the First Friday Gallery Night on April 5 at 5:30 when he will do a puppet presentation followed by a Q and A session and a discussion that kicks off the question: Just who is the Ithaca Giant?
Made possible (in part or in full) with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, administered by the Community Arts Partnership.
April - June
North Reading Room
Comic narratives through the art form of comic expression, presented by Paulina Velázquez Solis and Melisa Crumrine.
Projects in Art History
June - July
Avenue of the Friends
Showcasing the work of a group of teens studying the history of art from roughly the 1100’s through the 1600’s through the exploration of materials and processes used at the time. Curated by Jessica Warner.