Artisan Gallery

95 Court Street, Binghamton

Thursday – Saturday | 11AM to 3PM
First Friday| 6PM to 9PM

Friday, May 3rd, 2019

6:00PM – 9:00PM First Friday Opening

Scott Yurko | A Painter’s Snapshots

Scott Yurko

A Painter’s Snapshots
May 3rd – June 2nd, 2019

Scott Yurko was born in Upstate New York and received a dual A.S. in Commercial Art and Photography in 1986. In 1989, he graduated from the School of Visual Arts with a B.F.A. in Illustration and was later accepted into The United Scenic Artist Local 829, a union of artisans who make and paint scenery for movies, television and theater, in 1992.

Although he has worked in all of these venues, Mr. Yurko spent the vast majority of the past 25 years at The Metropolitan Opera Association in New York City painting the scenery for the Opera, working with many of the top designers, and making their creations come to life, while learning a vast array of products and techniques. He resides on a farm in downstate New York and enjoys traveling, tending his chickens, and painting for “art’s sake” in his spare time.

“The idea of this collection of portraits came to me a year or so ago. I thought it would be really interesting to paint a show that would connect emotionally with the viewer. Rather than enter the gallery and look at all the paintings, the viewer would enter to find all the paintings looking at you. I had made several of these ‘confrontational portrait’  in the past and was excited to explore this concept further. For me, it is a way to create an emotional dialog between the art and the viewer. Hopefully, as one confronts each individual piece the viewer will get a sense of who the subject is as well as the specific emotional state they emote.

“Each piece is a unique person at a moment in time, a moment that I felt made that person interesting to me. I hope that the diverse array of subjects ultimately shows us all of our differences and all of our similarities. It is my hope as the artist that you, the viewers are able to connect with and enjoy as many of these paintings as possible. If you, the viewer, feel like you know what the subject must be like as a person then I have done my job. Please enjoy these works; my hope is that they are the beginning of many more to come.” 

-Scott Yurko

“Tanya (The Manhertz Family),” 2019
Scott Yurko
oil on canvas, 2′ x 2′

“Rojae (The Manhertz Family),” 2019
Scott Yurko
oil on canvas, 2′ x 2′

“Wayne (The Manhertz Family),” 2019
Scott Yurko
oil on canvas, 2′ x 2′

“Shak (Coffee, Coffee, Coffee),” 2018
Scott Yurko
oil on canvas, 2′ x 2′

“Nana (More Purple),” 2018
Scott Yurko
oil on canvas, 20″ x 20″

“Terry,” 2019
Scott Yurko
oil on canvas, 16″ x 20″

Friday, April 5th, 2019

6:00PM – 9:00PM First Friday Opening

Emerging Artists | 2019 High School Competition

Emerging Artists

2019 High School Competition
April 5th – April 27th, 2019

Come celebrate the area’s best high school-level talent at Broome County Arts Council’s 2019 Emerging Artists Competition & Exhibition!  Each year, BCAC invites high school art teachers from around the County to choose up to 12 pieces of exemplary visual artwork to be adjudicated by community art professionals.  This annual exhibition represents the Best of the Best from young artists, as chosen by their instructors who have watched their progress over the years. The exhibition opens on first Friday, April 5th, 2019 from 6-9pm, and will be on view through April 27 at Broome County Arts Council’s Artisan Gallery located at 95 Court St, Binghamton.

“Untitled,” Lauren Abbott, Binghamton High School

“Green Shoes,” Molly Sloane, Union-Endicott High School

“Duomo di Milano,” Kayla Ferris, Chenango Valley High School

Friday, March 1st, 2019

6:00PM – 9:00PM First Friday Opening

Ramona Lena Kacyvenski | Of Artistic Descent

Ramona Lena Kacyvenski

Of Artistic Descent
March 1st – March 30th, 2019

This exhibition illuminates how inspired and imaginative lives can endure through generations and become a family tradition that grows into a legacy. “Of Artistic Descent” showcases creative work from Ramona’s parents, herself and her children. This multi-generational art exhibit expresses how a legacy for a family can be much more powerful than material or monetary inheritance.

 Creative work included from the late Marlene Theresa (Roma) Stacconi and the late Giuseppe Stacconi, their daughter, Ramona Lena (Stacconi) Kacyvenski, and Ramona’s sons Forest Hunter Giuseppe, 19, and Phoenix Thunder Lee, 16.

“Ego,” Phoenix Thunder Lee

“Forest,” Ramona Lena Kacyvenski

Friday, February 1st, 2019

6:00pm – 9:00pm First Friday Opening

Warner Varno | Anatomy of Hope: a collection of mixed media paintings

Warner K. Varno

Anatomy of Hope: a collection of mixed media paintings
February 1st – February 23rd, 2019

From a moment of deep compassion for the people in Japan during the 2011 Tsunami and Earthquake to the 2016 US Election to here and now in 2019, Warner, like many artists feels a pressing desire, even necessity to create artwork that adds beauty and joy to our lives while appreciating the struggle that all living things grapple with in the face of change.

Warner often chooses to use bird images to signify the living worlds relationship to its environment, how crucial that relationship is and how vulnerable all living things are to changes in their environment. It is easy to see how a delicate bird is susceptible to changes in its environment, but it is much more challenging to see that same relationship for the top of the food chain, human beings.

Creating a “bone garden” of sorts and through use of paints and graphic line, Warner weaves a tapestry of imagery that also includes human anatomy and botanical images to illustrate and explore this relationship, while creating a mysterious and veiled story, sometimes personal, sometimes universal that ultimately celebrates this struggle to achieve balance and wholeness and retain a feeling of hope despite the challenges that lie ahead.

Warner has studied fine art formally since 1992 and taught visual art at all levels for almost twenty years. Warner has recently exhibited her work at Gallery 54 in Skaneateles, at Maxwell Memorial Library in Camillus, New York; “Both Sides Now,” at Zip37 Gallery in Denver for her one-woman show “Anatomy of Change” in February of 2017 and “Anatomy of the Spirit” in Gallery Julius at The Schweinfurth Museum and Art Center in Auburn, NY in October of 2016. Warner has exhibited in New York, Colorado, and California and has initiated an MFA in Visual Arts through Goddard College.

“House Nest Series, Roots,” Warner Varno

“Celebration Series, Tree of Life,” 4′ x 5′, Warner Varno

“Celebration Series, Coronation of the Half Shell,” Warner Varno

Friday, January 4th, 2019

6:00pm – 9:00pm First Friday Opening

Marie Veschusio | perfect human-ness

Marie Veschusio

perfect human-ness
January 4th – January 26th, 2019

perfect human-ness is a solo exhibition of works by Cazenovia-based artist Marie Veschusio. The exhibition, which includes works on paper as well as sculpture, will be on display January 4th – January 26th in BCAC’s Artisan Gallery.

“A beautiful part of being human is our ability to feel. Life events cause us to feel joy, pain and a myriad of emotions in between. All humans experience these emotions, yet experience them with different levels of intensity, which trigger physical responses in our bodies. This delicate blend of physical and emotional feeling- so unique in every individual- is a beautiful part of our life: our perfect human-ness.” – Marie Veschusio

“Broken Heart Syndrome,” Marie Veschusio, 2017, India Ink on Mylar, framed 25″ x 25″

“The Ache of Many (1),” Marie Veschusio, 2017, inkjet print on legal paper, 8.25″ x 10.75″

“The Broken Heart,” Marie Veschusio, 2017, cast glass, 6″ x 3.5″ x 2.5″

Friday, January 4th, 2019

6:00pm – 9:00pm First Friday Opening

Ruby H. Wang | Paintings

Ruby H. Wang

January 4th – January 26th, 2019

Ruby Wang’s art fuses the traditional brush techniques of her native China with the broader aspects of western contemporary art particularly that of the United States where she has lived for many years.

Ruby Wang studied is a student of Huang Chung Pi and Wu, Yongxian, both masters of Chinese paintings. After graduation from the Department of Art at Taiwan Normal University, she went to the United States and had her further study at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art.

Ruby’s early works were rooted in the traditional Chinese culture. After coming to the States, she was influenced by the western culture and modern art and her works have displayed the essence of the combination between oriental and western artistic forms. Her work expresses the doctrine of realistic and strong feelings on real objects with Chinese brush-pens and patterns and western painting ideas and skill.

“Creation #1,” Ruby H. Wang, Watercolor, 32″ x 12″

Friday, January 4th, 2019

6:00pm – 9:00pm First Friday Opening

COUNTRY STYLE: The Rural Architecture of Broome & Tioga County

Preservation Association of the Southern Tier

COUNTRY STYLE: The Rural Architecture of Broome & Tioga County
December 7th – December 29th, 2018

COUNTRY STYLE is a  juried photography exhibition put on by the Preservation Association of the Southern Tier. The exhibition features works from the following age groups: 13 and under, 14 to 18, and 19+. All submitted photos are on display in Artisan Gallery, 95 Court Street, Binghamton. This exhibition opens to the public on First Friday, December 7, and continuing through the month of December.

The three judges had a tough time selecting winners from the outstanding photos submitted… and after careful consideration, the winners are:

First Prize:

Debra Rockefeller, “Rest in Peace”

Erin McCollough, “Weathered Barn”

Kira Harting, “Barn Times”

Greg Chianis, “Privy”

Lydia Corcoran, “On the Side of the Road”

Honorable Mention:

Debra Rockefeller, “Gateway to the Past”

Sandra Kirker, “Alonzo Pease Bridge” and “Departing Light”

Debra Meetze, “Sunset over Niemann’s Dairy Farm”

Grace Deyo, “Winn Hill Farm”

Charlie Hunter, “Make Hay while the Sun Shines”

In addition, visitors during the First Friday exhibit will select a “People’s Choice” winner. Stay tuned!

Members of the community take in the works at First Friday’s opening.

“Privy,” Greg Chianis, Age Group 19+, winner

One of the participants posing with her award-winning photograph.

Friday, November 2nd, 2018

5:00pm Public Lecture


Rolf Quam headshot

Rolf Quam

Department of Anthropology
Binghamton University

Dr. Rolf Quam is a paleoanthropologist who studies the fossil remains of our closest evolutionary cousins the Neandertals. He has participated in field excavations at the Pleistocene archaeological sites of Atapuerca in northern Spain for the past 23 years and has authored numerous scientific publications. He teaches courses on human evolution at Binghamton University.

Public Lecture: New Perspectives on Ice Age Art
The earliest appearance of visual imagery or graphic representations in the archaeological record are found during the Upper Pleistocene time period on the African and European continents. Whether the capacity to produce art is limited to our own species, Homo sapiens, or was also present in some of our evolutionary relatives, like the Neandertals, is an open question. This public lecture considers some of the latest discoveries of Ice Age art and discusses the current thinking surrounding the origins of symbolism and its possible link with language and culture in our evolutionary past.

Venus of Laussel stone sculpture

Venus of Laussel (France, 25,000 years ago, Gravettian Culture)

Horse Figurine from Vogelherd sculpture

Horse Figurine from Vogelherd (Germany, 30,000 years ago, Aurignacian Culture)

Bison Figurine from Vogelherd sculpture

Bison Figurine from Vogelherd (Germany, 30,000 years ago, Aurignacian Culture)

To hear more lectures and readings like this check out:

Author’s Showcase

6:00pm – 9:00pm Exhibition Opening


Tom Besom headshot

Tom Besom

Artist’s Statement
Anthropology is the study of humans and their diverse cultures. The discipline teaches us that different peoples interpret reality–and see the world–in distinct ways. As an anthropologist and artist, I explore some of these alternate realities through my artwork: I make pieces that refer to many cultures, both from the past and in the present; I produce art that is derived from peoples’ fears, dreams, myths, notions of purity, ideas about the sacred, and conceptions of the universe.

The Passion piece of art made from wood

The Passion (64 x 24 x 14 cm, wood, 1990s)

Architectural Form sculpture made from wood

Architectural Form (40 x 28 x 64 cm, wood, 1980s)

Circular Intiwatana sculpture made from plaster and wood

Circular Intiwatana (36 x 36 x 28 cm, plaster & wood, 1980s)

La Maja Desnuda sculpture made out of wood and coral

La Maja Desnuda (8 x 5 x 6 cm, wood & coral, 2010s)

Meg Reynolds headshot

Meg Reynolds

Artist’s Statement
Most of our time is spent thinking about or interacting with others. This collection explores power gained through collective existence, and the continued presence of others through mental and physical memories during the moments we spend as individuals. Touch is a central theme, expressed through the combination of different medias that drive the viewer to want to feel or contemplate the texture of the pieces, to be a part of the scenes, or perhaps to avoid putting barriers between themselves and the people around them. Associated lines, colors, shapes, and textual subjects are also used as visual markers of connection and separation. The subjects of the works are the people that surround me – my friends, family members, and sometimes people I had seen when I am out whose body language and facial expressions speak to the social nature of humans. These works display many lenses in a shared story; it is a collective ethnography of people around me experiencing human interaction or lack thereof.

Joanne the Mamma Possum artword made via graphite and plastic

Joanne the Mamma Possum
Mixed Media – Graphite and Plastic

Touch Poke acrylic painting on canvas

Touch, Poke
Acrylic on Canvas

Cate in Orange crayon and spray pain portrait

Cate in Orange
Mixed Media – crayon and spray paint

Parade day ink drawing

Parade Day

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