Current Show:

Metaphor and Whimsey

Three Dimensional Show

by Karen Kuff-Demicco and Janet Normille

Janet Normile and Karen Kuff-Demicco present a three dimensional show “Metaphor and Whimsy” October 2- 25, 2014 at the Cooperative Gallery 213 in Binghamton, NY. The opening reception is Thursday Oct. 2, 7 pm and First Friday, 3- 9 pm.

The work includes ceramic sculpture and assemblages constructed from found objects. According to the artists: “The show reflects imagery used to convey an idea whether it be a serious commentary on life or a whimsical reflection of the universe.”

The artists have often presented their work together and enjoy the challenge of demonstrating different views of a common theme. “Metaphor and Whimsy” reflects their individual choice of imagery used to convey a personal commentary on some aspect of life (seriously or fancifully). Both strive to present an image which represents more than itself, and is symbolic of something deeper. It may be a feeling, an observation , a hope or longing “too deep for tears”, in other words, a metaphor.  They state: “Whimsy is light, fanciful, often given to silliness, like kissing a toad or even a goose. A metaphor can be whimsically presented, yet a whimsy needs no metaphor to exist.”

Normile works in clay sculpture and found object assemblage. Kuff-Demicco’s sculptures are primarily made from terra cotta clay, though lately she has added other materials to her work. 

There will be a Third Thursday presentation entitled “Creativity--Friend or Foe?” on October 16 at 7 pm in the Gallery.

Regular hours are Thursdays 5-8 pm, Fridays 3-6 pm and Saturdays 12-4 pm and by appointment. All events in conjunction with this show are free and open to all.
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"Loose in the Forest" by Karen Kuff-Demicco

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"Falling Green" by Janet Normille
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Members' Holiday Show on December 4th- 21st, 2014

We invite you to show your work at our annual Holiday Show: "The Gift of Art." This is the biggest sales month of the year & a perfect time to get your work in the gallery. Join us as the Cooperative Gallery is transformed into a showplace for the work of all of our supporting and exhibiting members.

The Opening Reception Dec. 4th from 7-9 pm is for members and their family and friends and it is always a festive affair filled with the good energy of people who create beautiful art. First Friday, Dec. 5th from 3- 9 pm is packed with crowds who often have their gift lists in hand. And what could be a better gift than original art or crafts? We have extended hours during the Holiday Show, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from ???

This year we are adding an artist's tour where members can talk about their art and hear about the creative process of others.

If you are not already a member, fill out the application here and mail to the Cooperative Gallery, 213 State Street, Binghamton, NY 13901 with your $30 membership fee. If you already are a member, let us know what you will be entering by calling or emailing Betsy ( 237-3700 cell) or Kit ( 759-5057cell or 655-3099 home).
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Marches des Artes

Drop-off dates at the Gallery
Sun-Tues, Oct 26-28 10am-3pm
Wed, Oct 29 10am-12noon
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Thursday, October 30, 2014 6pm

Tickets still available for the Preview Gala

This is your opportunity to find that special item
before we open to the public on Friday, October 31st.

The Artists' Flea Market: original art and all things
decorative brought to you by the Gallery Members

Entrance by ticket only on Thursday, Oct 30th
Only $10 ~ Only 100 tickets & we've sold out every year!

Everything priced under $100

The bi-annual art market sponsored by the Cooperative Gallery and scheduled for October 30 - November 1, 2014. This is a major fund raiser for the gallery with a significant portion of the proceeds being used to award a scholarship to an outstanding art student from Binghamton High School.

Any questions? Ask Janet, call 239-4294 or send e-mail to
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The 4th Annual Bob Johnston Memorial

Photography Show and Competition

co-sponsored by
The Cooperative Gallery 213
The Two Rivers Photography Club
January 2-31, 2015

This Exhibit is a tribute to the art embodied in the photography of Bob Johnston, a founding member of the gallery who died in 2010. The open themed Photography Show and Competition is open to all photographic media and all photographers. Entries will be judged by a local photographer guided by this sentiment from Bob Johnston's artist's statement:

"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."
~ Bob Johnston 1917-2010

Stop by the gallery or print and fill out the2015 Photography Entry Form and mail to the Cooperative Gallery, 213 State Street, Binghamton, NY 13901

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The Cooperative Gallery 213 is a popular stop on the First Friday Art Walk and a member of the Gorgeous Washington Association. The gallery has played an important role in the arts renaissance in downtown Binghamton for the past 11 years. Regular gallery hours are Fridays 3-6 pm and Saturdays 12-4 pm and by appointment with the exhibiting artists. Contact the gallery at and check out events listings at either or the calendar at
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The Cooperative Gallery 213 has been a pioneering presence on State Street, now the hub of the arts renaissance in Binghamton. Cooperative Gallery 213 is a popular stop on the highly successful First Friday Art Walks which occur monthly from 3 to 9 pm. The gallery is open every Friday 3-6 pm, every Saturday noon-4 pm and by appointment with the featured artist or any member.

Cooperative Gallery 213
213 State Street
Binghamton, New York 1390
(607) 724-3462

Gallery hours:
Fridays 3-6 p.m.
First Fridays 3-9 p.m.
Saturdays 12-4 p.m.

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