Cortland Area Students Display Artwork for First Friday


From April 30 through May 17, OCM BOCES Graphic Communications students Alex, Kara, and Chelsea gathered Tuesday through Friday at the Cortland Corset Building. Their goal was to complete their 2019 internship. Throughout the project they met with Cinch Art Space business owners Tina Minervini and Tammie Whitson. Over three weeks, the young artists cleaned and repainted the Corset Building Gallery and learned how to exhibit artwork. Techniques for presenting artwork were discussed as well as considerations for hanging a show. “I’m excited for the show. I can’t wait to see everything set up and to see how people react to out art,” explains Alex.

“The objective was to enable the students to have ownership over an exhibit space, learn about displaying artwork, and create their own show outside of school,” explains Tina Minervini. “We are excited to see the students display their own pieces and are thrilled that the space is now refreshed for future use.” The gallery will offer another year-round exhibit space in Cortland. While some shows are anticipated for the fall, the Corset Building Gallery currently has openings this summer, and those interested in learning more should contact

During the first week of June, Alex, Kara, and Chelsea will once again return to the space and hang their own work for a show that opens during First Friday on June 7th from 5 to 8pm. The public is invited to join and welcome the students, view the show, and admire the updated exhibit space.

This opening is one activity during Cortland’s June 7 First Friday from 5 to 8 pm. Coordinated by the Cultural Council of Cortland County, these events celebrate cultural and art offerings around Cortland. In addition to the student’s exhibit, Instant Artist at the Corset Building will be hosting a Wood String Art Workshop from 6 to 8 pm where participants will paint, hammer, nail, and string their way to creating a customized sign of their own. Advanced registration is required, and more information is available at

Further downtown, the Cortland Free Library, YWCA Cortland and 1890 House Museum will also be offering First Friday activities. Visitors to the library can explore the Cortland Art League Member’s Juried Show, listen to local musician Stiv Morgan from 5:30 to 7 pm and peruse the Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale. Individuals venturing into the YWCA Cortland can enjoy a photography show featuring works by local photographer Sherry Dans, who takes pictures of wildlife, beautiful vistas, and the constantly changing face of nature. Guests at the 1890 House Museum can complete the popular I Spy Something Wrong Scavenger Hunt to find 21st Century objects hidden in the historic rooms.

All are invited to visit one or multiple sites over the course of the evening. Maps will be available at the Cultural Council website or at participating venues. For more information about First Friday, please visit:

Additional inquiries may be forwarded to Kat McCarthy, CCCC Executive Director at

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