Artists and community members came together for this month’s First Friday art venue on November 1st at many places around the County that participated in the event. These places included the Center of the Arts of Homer, the Dowd Fine Art Building at SUNY Cortland, the Cortland Free Library, the YWCA, the 1890 house, and more!
This month, the Cortland Art League will take over the Cortland Free Library as they will display pieces of art for sale done by the members of the group. Many postcards and prints were for sale that used various works of media to create them. The works included Photography, Painting, Drawing, and more. The group has 25 members and are always welcoming members who create art with any types of media.
One of the pieces of art that are for sale is a Hummingbird drawing made by Laurie Seamans, a member of the league. Seamans works with many forms of media, but her favorite is working with pastels as it helps her connect with the piece as she blends the colors with her hands. “When you use pastels, it makes you feel like you’re part of the painting!” said Seamans. Laurie mentions that her drawings work with parts of nature while incorporating her own ideas into her piece.
The Cortland Art league does several work venues and hold workshops as well. The workshops are hosted by a member of the league and gives both present and new members a chance to try new forms of art or find their new favorite. The art venue also featured a performance by the Crown City Brass Band.
Another artist that was featured was David Beale, who displayed his watercolor prints at the YWCA. He specially prints his paintings on canvas wraps and metallics because of their advantages rather than framing the original paintings and putting them under glass.
Other events that participated in the event included the 17th annual Rock Garden Art Show at the Center of the Arts, a Clothing swap with Wine & Cheese Potluck at the Cinch Art Space, the Beyond Places in Time gallery at the Dowd Gallery at SUNY Cortland, and the Wickwire Gallery at the 1890 House Museum.
Here are some photos of the event at the the Cortland Free Library (Photos provided by Kaitlyn Hession/Cortland Voice):