By joannearnold, Mar 4 2013 12:28AM
I could not have asked for a better opening night of “Home” at the Orazio Salati Gallery on Friday night. Friends, family and art lovers from all over stopped in to share a lovely evening of visual art. The response was incredible. It was a blast visiting with friends I hadn’t expected to see and it warmed me that on that cold night I got to catch up with many from near and far.
The lighting in the gallery sets off “Home” perfectly. Each piece is showcased in a bath of light. The exhibition is a visual response to the local landscape of the Southern Tier of New York. The invented landscapes are influenced by our full cycle of seasons and the ever changing colors on our hills. We often lament on the lack of sunshine but there are many days when the clouds put on a total show of changing light with a variety of skies.
Orazio knows how to hang a show. The work is well balanced and spaced throughout the gallery. Debbie and Don know how to host guests with chocolates and drink. This is a testament to the number of people who stayed around just to discuss the work. I have experienced many solo shows in the area and on First Fridays. I can say that the exposure of visual art on First Fridays over the years has educated the general public in the nicest way. There is enough of a variety for everyone to enjoy.
Across the street at Cooperative Gallery 213 is the Janet Normile - Jim Mullen exhibition. Here you can experience the whimsy of Janet’s delicate glass posts made from recycled glass materials like plates, bottles and glasses. As you walk the gallery Janet also has a nice display of assemblages that adorn the walls and then on pedestals there are terra cotta endangered animals with a beautiful twist of a nurturing theme. Jim Mullen’s linocuts are interspersed with Janet’s work. He is professor emeritus of art from SUCO Oneonta. Jim’s work includes an educational component of the history and process of printing. His linocuts have precision of line, balance and color that are compositionally appealing. His compositions can be a still life of flowers or a quiet cat in a room. The colors are muted and show the variety of what prints can do. The miniature etchings also feature the expertise of line that is seen in all his work.
Down the street at the Sophia Sophia Studio is a flea market exhibit of funky art’ifacts done by Yvonne Lucia and friends. It’s an eclectic blend of fun and functional. It’s worth a stop.
These three galleries are steps away from each other and open on Saturdays. The Orazio Salati Gallery is open every Saturday from 11am-3pm, 204 State Street in Binghamton. “Home” will be up next First Friday in April and is displayed until April 27th. Appointments can be made by calling 607.772.6725