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Thorne Arnold in “My Backyard” and Gilligan Paints “Flow”

06/29/2018 - 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Cooperative Gallery 213 State St Binghamton

The Cooperative Gallery 213 will present two exhibits by Joanne Thorne Arnold titled “My Backyard” and “Flow” by Carolyn Gilligan opening May 31 from 6-8 pm and First Friday from 3-9pm. Both artists will give brief Artist’s Talks at 7 pm at the Thursday Opening Reception. The exhibit will run through June 23 and is available to the public Fridays 3-6 pm and Saturdays 12-4 pm.  Both experienced artists are exploring new techniques in painting. On June 21st at 7 pm they will discuss  “Unconventional Materials, Unconventional Tools” at the Third Thursday Discussion series.  

Figures Wrapped in Patterns /Textures Trapped by Photos

05/25/2018 - 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Cooperative Gallery 213 State St Binghamton

Painting by Ken Weir

            This First Friday May 4th, the Cooperative Gallery 213 will open an exhibit, “Figures Wrapped in Patterns?Textures Trapped by Photos” with painter Ken Weir and photographer W Gregg Harris.

            The exhibit, which will run through May 26th  pairs figure paintings with photographs that layer texture and figures. A  Reception, open to the public, will be held at the gallery on Saturday May 12th 4- 7 pm. A Third Thursday Discussion, led by Ken Weir May 17th at 7 pm will explore Painting from Life Versus Painting from a Photograph.

FREE Golden Paint Demo CANCELLED

05/08/2018 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Cooperative Gallery 213 State St Binghamton

NOTE: We will re-schedule this workshop probably in the fall.

The public is invited to a free demonstration of Golden Paint products at the Cooperative Gallery 213 State St. in Binghamton. Golden Paint produces high quality paints and is a great supporter of the arts, including the Dept of Public Art. They make a range of products will be demonstrated at the workshop presented by artist/author Patti Mollica (

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Do Over!! First Friday on March 16th on State St.

03/16/2018 - 3:00pm - 9:00pm
Cooperative Gallery 213 State St Binghamton

First Friday got cancelled due to the snowstorm, so State of the Art Street venues are inviting you to a Third Friday Art Walk instead. Come and vote for your favorite Smartphone Photos, and then return March 17th at 1 pm to see who won!!

Sunday Paintings: Bill Pesce at Cooperative

04/27/2018 - 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Cooperative Gallery 213 State St Binghamton

Portrait by Bill Pesce

This First Friday the Cooperative Gallery 213 will open an exhibit by the gallery’s newest member, Bill Pesce in “Sunday Paintings.”  Pesce, a commercial artist for 41 years, maintained his interest in painting throughout by painting on Sundays samples of which will be on display. The exhibit, which will run through April 28th, will also include illustrations from his advertising agency career. A reception, open to the public, will be held at the gallery on First Friday from 3- 9 pm.  The members of the Cooperative Gallery will celebrate the show at a reception Thursday April 5th from 6-8 pm and all are welcome.  

Bev McLean: the Collector's Collection

04/27/2018 - 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Cooperative Gallery 213 State St Binghamton

ALSO SAT 12-4 pm

All art discounted 30%

Smartphone Photo Contest and Exhibit

03/23/2018 - 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Cooperative Gallery 213 State St Binghamton

First Ever Local Smartphone Photo Contest/Exhibit and Activities at Cooperative Gallery

The first-ever local Smartphone Photo Contest and Exhibit will open First Friday March 2nd at the Cooperative Gallery 213 and run until March 24th. According to Peg Johnston, curator of the show, “Smartphone photos are ubiquitous on social media and at all gatherings, and I am curating this show to see the best of our smartphone pictures on the wall of a gallery.”

Winners of Judge's Choice and the People's Choice will be announced at 1 pm on Saturday March 1st, followed by brief comments by participating photographers in a Gallery Tour. Refreshments will be served and the public is welcome to attend.

Smartphone Photos: How To

02/15/2018 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Cooperative Gallery 213 State St Binghamton

In advance of the Smartphone Photo Contest and Exhibit at the Cooperative Gallery, fine art photographer JW Johnston shares techniques to produce smartphone images worthy of a gallery wall.  During his free, 90-minute presentation J.W. introduces you to image capture and editing apps he uses and shows how to apply photographic technical and creative fundamentals when using your phone.

Fifty Shades of Grisaille

02/23/2018 - 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Cooperative Gallery 213 State St Binghamton

There will be an extra exhibit in February at the Cooperative Gallery. The Members' Gallery this month will have the theme "Fifty Shades of Grisaiile." French for "grey", all the works will be in tones of grey, usually painting or drawing but also in black and white photography. "Exhibiting members challenge themselves from time to time to work on a theme," said Judy Salton. This Grisaille exhibit joins Nancy Ryan's "Collection" of illustrations of a range of objects, and Martha Colgan's "Treelove", paintings of trees. All shows run through Feb. 24th and is open Fridays 3-6 pm and Saturdays 12-4 pm and by appointment.

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.


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