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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Celebrating Binghamton's Artistic Community


Top L-R: Aaron Truesdell, Paper Artist & Author "Where to Weave a Web"; Tice Lerner, Photographer; Binghamton High School Steel Drum Band "The Juiceblenders"; Angela Cook, Artist
Bottom L-R: Sarah Walker, Belly Dancer; Drag Performers Dusty Boxx, Ms. Katrina, Monroe Sedgwick, DeDe Kupps; Brandon "Blazz" Rodriquez, Hoopers/Flow Artist; Dept. of Public Art Mural

Binghamton plays host to a community of artists who express their talents in their own unique ways.

We are home to authors who take us on journeys to far off lands or our own backyards. We have visual artists that use paint, paper or their cameras to create images that remain embedded in our subconscious long after we step outside the art galleries or pass their larger than life murals on the street.

We have performance artists. Musicians that get us up dancing to the music they create with their instruments. Singers who send chills down our spine with the notes so effortlessly coming from deep within their souls. Actors who have us giving standing ovations at the final curtain call. There are the flow artists, the hoopers, the belly dancers and the drag performers who remind us that experiencing artistic expression does not have to be boring; it can be and should be a fun experience for both the audience and the performer.

Each and every one of these Binghamton artists put themselves out there for our enjoyment and, at times, education. Many are honing their crafts while working by day as teachers, salespeople or stock brokers. They are our mothers, fathers, neighbors and friends. 

We should be celebrating and embracing Binghamton's Artists just as we would celebrate each and every other segment of our community.

3 comments:

  1. There's something immediately dignified about this venue - it is beautifully designed, tasteful, and understated. Went to these comfy Los Angeles venues recently, just the right temperature, good food and great experience.

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