Cortland First Friday: December brings art, activities

Join in for the last Cortland First Friday of 2018 on December 7th from 5 to 8 pm. Coordinated by the Cultural Council of Cortland County (CCCC), this month’s event features four venues: the 1890 House Museum, Cinch Art Space, the Cortland Free Library, and the YWCA Cortland. Attendees can choose to visit one or multiple locations over the course of the evening. You can take time to explore the local art scene or add one stop to an already planned Friday night out.

At the 1890 House Museum, you’ll find a free scavenger hunt. The whole Museum has been swarmed by elves and it is up to you to find them all! Come to story time at 6 pm and hear The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition written by Carol Aebersold. Then take out your magnifying glass and detective hunt to see if you can find every one of Santa’s little helpers. Even if you can’t make story time, you can still visit and put your sleuthing skills to the test!

In the Corset Building, Cinch Art Space is offering a unique activity where you can make your own ceramic holiday ornaments. You’ll have the opportunity to choose bisque-fired ornaments to glaze and create a personalized keepsake or gift. All work will be fired and ready for pick up within a week. Each ornament costs $8 to make. Participants can drop in or reserve a chair by calling Cinch at 753-1304.

Over at the Cortland Free Library you can take in the artwork of David Beale and guest artists and try your hand at a making your own small watercolor. Stop in for an opening reception, meet the artists, and enjoy live music from the Whitechapel Bell Ringers at 5:30. Although the featured artists are either members of the Groton Art Class or the Thursday evening watercolor class, both which David teaches, they often create works that transcend the teacher-student relationship.

Drop by to see for yourself! Receive a coupon to attend a free class, and if you've never tried watercolor, you can paint a small fifteen-minute work under an artist's guidance! All works are for sale, and the exhibit will be on display through December.  

At the YWCA Cortland you can find works by Fabric Artist Kathie Beale. Her work will be on display for the month of December. Kathie’s art is often inspired by her natural surroundings. As a retired art teacher, Kathie has been creating painted felted pictures, animals, scarves and other useful things. She has won numerous awards in multiple media, participated in numerous workshops, and her work has been included in the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center's "Made in America." She loves to create new projects, but painting in wool is a favorite.

Visitors can pick up a map at any First Friday venue noted above to use for navigating this month’s event. For more information, please visit:

Additional inquiries may be forwarded to Kat McCarthy, CCCC Executive Director at [email protected]