Cancer Resource Center Family Picnic 2019 Retrospective

 

 

Here’s an event I wouldn’t have missed for the world. I couldn’t,really, because I was in it and it was a benefit for a great local non-profit The Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes. There was a strange but true art opening from which all sale profits went to the Center, featuring drawings by maverick Johnny Dowd and debuting Jade Dowd Vanderbergs constructions and crochet magic. I had some items there,too, since I didn’t chicken out. Then Johnny and Mike played a set celebrating the release of Johns new album Family Picnic. There were guest musicians,food and drink, and twinkly lights. Because there should always be twinkly lights.

It was SO fun, and if you want the selfie to prove it, check out the photo booth shots. Jyl clearly lost her mind on the props (not that they aren’t always out of hand). Really,I’m dyin’ here. The mask made it to Johnny’s European tour!

The promo is below. I think this should become an annual event, don’t you?

Join us as Johnny Dowd celebrates the release of his new album “Family Picnic” with an Art Opening featuring his sister Jennifer Edmondson, and niece Jade Dowd Vanderberg, followed by a performance by Johnny, Mike Edmondson, & Kim Sherwood-Caso. They are  pulling out all the stops, and Park Doing is opening the show.

Grayhaven Motel – 657 Elmira Rd, Ithaca
Art Opening begins at 6:00pm
Music begins at 7:30pm

The art pieces will be available for purchase at the Art Opening by making a donation to CRC. The show ends on 3/28.

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There’s nuthin’ like a Dowd Family Picnic!

Johnny on his new album, Family Picnic, which will be released March 1:

“I had to dig pretty deep for this one. Not sure how many more tunes I have in me. Tick tock. This record took an unexpected turn to the past — my past. It’s kind of like Wrong Side of Memphis 30 years down the road. Surprisingly little has changed for me (emotionally, that is). I’m still drawn to the same themes — unrequited love, murder, general foolishness. Waltzes and shuffles and boom chuck beats abound. Ice cream chord changes. Plus Kim Sherwood-Caso and Mike Edmondson. What’s not to like? An Americana classic, if I do say so myself.”

      – CRCFL

 

 

 

 

Gallery Night with Friends

Just a quick post that is not so much about an event as it is about good company. But first about Gallery Night Ithaca

Art walks are not unique to Ithaca, of course, but being a college slash tourist town, we have more than your average number of small venues willing to hang a show, and an ungodly number of artists available to fill them. It’s all within walking distance downtown, and there’s free snacks and wine or cider at most of them. Not that I care.

. Kenneth McLaurin

At the CAP Art Space the show was titled “Why I Did It”. This is one of my favorite stops as they is usually have an extremely wide variety of works in all media and styles. At their periodic fund raiser, they sell donated art that you, yes YOU can afford to buy. The atmosphere is less arty and more community party, and this week there was even a stand up comedian. Kenneth McLaurin did a series of three minute bits. He made the mostly white audience laugh and squirm, so you know he’s good!

The CSMA gallery was another highlight. The We Are Ithaca portrait project was on display, and I’ll just quote form the projects website:

Jyl Dowd

“WE ARE ITHACA is a hosting a multi-faceted portrait project in 2017/2018 that uses the power of photography to engage diverse communities within our city in dialogue and celebration of our complex identity. At the heart of WE ARE ITHACA is the photographic portrait project carried out by Project Director/photographer Robyn Wishna, a small group of Ithaca College  students and volunteers. This is a project of the Community Arts Partnership made possible by a grant from the Park Foundation.” (There’s CAP again!)

This is a good segue into the friends part. Long time (as in our adult children were toddlers together) friend Elise Skalwold was involved as a project  associate. And right there on the wall (as well as standing next to me) was one of my two favorite people to wander gallery night with, Jyl Dowd, the development coordinator at The Cancer Resource Center. Turns out between her and Mike, our enthusiastic gallery night companion, you can get yourself introduced to just about everybody in town in under two hours.

 

Speaking of which, that’s Mike on the right, with Matthew Petti, whose assemblages at Sunny Days included rescued bits of cutting boards, various glassed slides and mysterious pieces of metal evocative of Victorian curio cabinet collections.

sculptures by Matthew Petti

I’m afraid you only got a taste of the many works of art on display that night. You’ll just have to go for yourself next First Friday of the month. And if you are really lucky, maybe you’ll see Mike there. Just be sure to tell him what day you were born…

Museum of the Earth

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The Museum of the Earth (formerly and more substantially known as The Paleontological Research Institute) had a botanical drawing exhibit by Tim AngelI I very much wanted to see, and it did not disappoint.
Tim Angell Tim Angell
I once took drawing classes from the scientific illustrator Bente King, and I really loved the results I got. That much focused attention to detail for as long as drawings like that take is hard for me to stick to without outside support, but I have managed to go to that timeless place occasionally as I drew since, and I hope to do so again. If I managed to do it then with two little kids working along side me (they had great results,too!), maybe I will yet.

After viewing the art, we did the rest of the museum. I am continually fascinated by the geology of New York, so I spent a good part of the time trying to take in the pattern of forces that shaped it. I could have spent equally as long in the Arctic exhibit. Even a small museum has too much for my brain to hold… I think a coffee shop is in order, so I can spend the day there!

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