• The Jonestown Massacre and Other Human Mysteries
    Date02/06/2015 - 02/28/2015
    ArtistsKen Weir
    Ken Weir offers unusual paintings for his 4th solo show at the Cooperative Gallery. The Jonestown Massacre, a 7 ½’ x 4’ painting revisits a moment we can never forget. On November 18, 1978 the members of Jim Jones’ religious group, the People’s Temple, committed mass suicide by ingesting a cyanide laced drink under orders from their leader, Jim Jones. The painting shows individuals at various moments of contemplating their drink and their fate. Ken Weir explains, “We’re taught that by taking a pill or drinking a potion, we’ll be healed.” The painting doesn’t present a single story, rather it presents nine stories of nine individuals, trusting, yet bullied into a horrible fate. Other paintings in the February show, also large, depict a girl painting a rose, a mother and daughter, a daughter and father and in one mysterious scene, a thug, a writer and a singer. This is a painting that foreshadows a murder story with two endings—depicted in two additional paintings. The artist hopes to involve the viewer in the creative process of explaining what he/she sees. Weir says, “Modern art has distanced itself from story while pushing the abstract, the shocking, or the hyper-realistic. By bringing mystery and humanity back into art, I hope to bring the viewers into a conversation with the art.” He continues, “Viewers don’t always know how to talk about a purely abstract design, but they can easily agree or disagree with a story or make up their own.” Weir studied with Paul Georges at the New York Studio School. Georges was an abstract expressionist turned figurative painter who emphasized the drama possible with figurative art.
  • WOMEN on WOMEN
    Date09/04/2015 - 09/26/2015
    ArtistsMaryRose Griffin & Judy Salton
    “WOMEN on WOMEN”, an exhibit by MaryRose & Judy Salton is a celebration of their marriage. It will run through September 26, 2015 and features paintings, drawings and prints of women. Images include Salton’s large, 4’ x 16’ mural of portraits of friends and a watercolor figure series. MaryRose is showing a large oil figure painting along with her dynamic black & white figure studies. In celebration of the State St. Block Party and the LUMA Projection Festival the gallery will be open Friday Sept. 4th from 3 pm to 11 pm and Saturday 12- 5 pm. 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 and Saturdays from 12- 4 pm. Find us on Facebook at Cooperative Gallery 213 and sign up for our weekly e-newsletter on our website at www.cooperativegallery.com or on our Facebook page.
  • Halloween "Fifth Weekend" Show
    Date10/30/2015 - 10/31/2015
    ArtistsDon Sharpe, Zach Wilson, and others
    In our Fifth Weekend series, the Cooperative Gallery will present a special Halloween show Oct. 30-31, featuring the found art sculpture of Don Sharpe and a large piece by Zach Wilson, as well as other art by the members of Cooperative Gallery. Supporting members are welcome to contribute art to the show which will be open Friday 3-6pm, Sat. 12-4 pm, and at a Halloween Costume Party at 8 pm. From 2-4 pm there will be a free mask-making session for ghosts and ghouls of all ages. (children welcome!) Costumes are encouraged but not necessary. Experience Halloween with ART!
  • Separate Paths: Four students from the New York Studio School, 1978
    Date09/02/2016 - 09/25/2016
    ArtistsKen Weir, David Saffer, Robert Lobe and Morgan Taylor
    This is a collective show of Ken Weir and three of his classmates from the New York Studio School, 1978 . The exhibit is dedicated to the artists' friend and classmate, David Saffer. It will be the first public display of David's astonishing work. David died last year from an extremely rare prion disease called CJD. David was a brilliant and generous soul whose student paintings were mature works with beautiful and innovative colors and design. The exhibit will include still lifes, cityscapes and figure compositions. The colors are free yet based on close observation, similar to the works of Matisse and Bonnard. Weir has included works from David's friends and classmates--Robert Lobe, a photographer, and Morgan Taylor, a realist painter. Both reside in New York and have shown in numerous galleries—Lobe in the Queens Museum of Art and Taylor at the National Academy of Design and Blue Mountain Gallery. Lobe's 'found collages' are discovered abstractions, one might call urban still lifes, such as layers of graffiti and posters attached to crumbling walls. The photographs are so precise that their complex surfaces are almost tactile. While Saffer was a precocious colorist, Taylor has an ability to draw without mistake, like a muscian's perfect pitch. Yet his realist paintings are not overly precise, but are intimate and revealing character and light studies of ordinary folk. Ken Weir is currently showing at the Nanticoke Valley Historical Society in the Town of Maine. One of the works prepared for that show will be on display, a triptych titled ‘The Settlement of Maine’. Weir says: “The Town of Maine was such fantastic wilderness with old growth forests, wolves, bears and panthers. The settlers exterminated the wolves and we've replaced the wilderness with parks and paved paths.” The panels in the allegory depicting these events are titled: “The Imagination of Man”, “The Extirpation” and “The Tamed Species”. The four artists studied at the school with the renowned New York figurative painter, Paul Georges. The exhibit demonstrates the powerful influence a single teacher can have, and at the same time the different expressive path each personality takes.
  • "Water" by Carolyn Gilligan and "DAY" by Joanne Thorne Arnold
    Date10/07/2016 - 10/30/2016
    ArtistsCarolyn Gilligan and Joanne Thorne Arnold
    DAY is an exhibition of oil paintings and glass scenes by Joanne Thorne Arnold. Landscape in subject matter, the work is influenced by the beautiful day; the kind you hate to see end because the air, the light and the atmosphere feeds your spirit. The energy of spring, summer and autumn are apparent in this show. Joanne is a colorist whose layering of colors creates a visual energy that pulsates in every painting. "Water" includes ocean shorelines, waterfalls and streams by watercolorist Carolyn Gilligan. Using a plastic kind of paper called Yupo, she has found a way to show what is underwater by layering semitransparent Yupo with an underpaper.
  • "What Meets the Eye" & "Aloha"
    Date07/07/2017 - 07/28/2017
    ArtistsEileen Seeley Schlag & Karen Fedczuk
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    An exhibit by new member Eileen Seeley Schlag entitled "What meets the eye and touches the heart." Also on display is “Aloha” Recent Works by Karen Fedczuk, a long time gallery member known for her fine print making.
  • Figurative Journey: Bernstein and Demicco
    Date10/06/2017 - 10/29/2017
    ArtistsBarbara Bernstein and Karen Kuff-Demicco
    Karen Kuff-Demicco and Barbara Bernstein, sculptors working in clay, glass, and mixed media, present a new show entitled "Figurative Journey". Their work explores human forms, emotions and life's experiences. The show opens at the Cooperative Gallery 213 on October 6th on First Friday. The public is invited to an artists' reception on October 5th. The exhibit will run through October 28th with a Third Thursday event on October 19th involving an interactive event that focuses on the body and emotions.
  • "Sunday Paintings" by Bill Pesce and "The Collector's Collection" - Bev McLean
    Date04/05/2018 - 04/28/2018
    ArtistsBill Pesce and Mini Prints by various artists
    Third thursday talkTBD, 04/19/2018, 07:00 PM
    This First Friday the Cooperative Gallery 213 will open “Sunday Paintings” by the gallery’s newest member, Bill Pesce. ALSO on display and sale will be "The Collector's Collection: Bev McLean" including Mini Prints and other paintings from the collection of the late Bev McLean. Artists reception Thursday April 5th from 6-8 pm. Open on First Friday 3- 9 pm.
  • Figures Wrapped in Patterns; Textures Trapped in Photos
    Date05/04/2018 - 05/27/2018
    ArtistsKen Weir and W. Gregg Harris
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    Figure paintings by Ken Weir and Photographs by W Gregg Harris
  • Real & Imagined
    Date08/02/2018 - 07/25/2018
    ArtistsCaroline Fay and John Carroll
    Video linkReal & Imagined
    Our two newest members, Caroline Fay and John Carroll have an opening reception on August 2nd from 5-8 pm and First Friday 3- 9 pm. The exhibition titled, ‘Real & Imagined’ brings together oil paintings from two fine artists on two unique paths to representational painting.