Dowd Gallery is Participant in Cortland’s First Friday

Photo by Jim Weiss, who will be displaying artwork at the YWCA Cortland.

This September 6, the Cultural Council of Cortland County welcomes SUNY Cortland’s Dowd Gallery as a new ongoing participant in First Friday. Taking place on the first Friday of the month from 5 to 8 pm, these events celebrate cultural and art offerings at venues around Cortland. “Being accessible is our responsibility to our community. It is rewarding to see that each show plays its part as an element of the collective experience that weaves into the fabric of the vibrant local culture,” explains gallery director Jaroslava Prihodova. Cultural Council director Kat McCarthy adds, “It is terrific that the Dowd Gallery will extend its hours to participate in First Fridays. Our community is fortunate to have a gallery of this caliber, and these extended hours will help make it easier for individuals to visit exhibits.” This month the Dowd Gallery will feature an exhibition comprised of artworks from its permanent collection including paintings, prints, and sculptures.

Other participating venues in September include the 1890 House Museum, a pop-up artist at 28 Main St, the Cortland Free Library, Instant Artist, and YWCA Cortland. Visitors to the 1890 House Museum can explore the historic house while sleuthing for modern day items with their popular scavenger hunt activity. Nearby at the YWCA Cortland, guests can view local photography by retired science and math teacher Jim Weiss, featuring nature, people and places in and around Cortland County. Further down the block at 28 Main Street, from 5 to 7 pm artist Nathan Loda will be talking about the history and inspiration behind the works on display as a part of the CNY “Art in the Windows” project. Around the corner at the Cortland Free Library, individuals can see artwork by Katrina Martin, and from 5:30 to 7 pm also enjoy live music from the Cortland Camerata. Down at the historic Cortland Corset Building, the Instant Artist will be offering a Pick Your Painting night from 6 to 8:30 pm, where participants can choose from hundreds of designs to paint. Advanced registration for this activity is required, and more information is available at

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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