Tompkins County Public Library

Friday, September 4, 2015

TCPL hosts Stealing Scenes: The Illustrator's Look at Shakespeare September 4 - October 31

Last year, while the world celebrated the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth, a group of regional illustrators and artists decided to pay homage to the playwrite by using passages from Shakespeare as the inspiration for a new series of artwork. Unique imagery and personal interpretations of Shakespeare's timeless works are the result. Their varied artistic practices and backgrounds, ranging from lettering to children’s illustration, to fine art landscapes, provide a rich display of work.

Featured artists include:  Wynn Yarrow, Katie Vaz, Annie Zygarowicz, Johanna Van Der Steere, Marie Sanderson and Jennifer Gibson.  

A special opening reception is being held at the Library from 5 - 8 pm during September 4 First Friday Gallery Opening Night when the artists will be available to discuss their work.
After closing at 6 PM access to the Library will be through the BorgWarner Community Room door behind the bus shelter on Green Street.

For more information about this or other TCPL exhibits, contact Exhibit Coordinator Sally Grubb at (607) 275-1532 or

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

TCPL and Cap Matches Color are getting Ready for Get-Up State 2015

Do you remember Get-Up State in April 2013 during Hip-Hop: Unbound from the Underground, the Ithaca Community's celebration of Hip Hop together with  Cornell University Library Rare and Manuscript Collection?  Well, Get-Up State 2015 returns this year for the weekend of September 25, 26 and 27.

The walls at the Cornell University Press Building at 770 Cascadilla Street are being prepped for over 50 national and international graffiti artists to start painting.

What was your favorite mural in 2013?  Was it the Gorillas, the image by Tat's Cru?  They are all going to allow new incredible work to be created.  Check it out now for a last glimpse before everything is covered up. But be sure to come back the weekend of September 25-26 to join the excitement of Get-Up State 2015.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Exhibit of Rhino Toys created by Rich Tomasello opens Friday, August 28 at TCPL

Rhino Toys, a thought-provoking exhibit featuring hand-crafted toys designed to highlight current events and social issues opens at Tompkins County Public Library on Friday, August 28 and will be on display through the end of October.

Created by Buffalo-based artist and public school art teacher,
Rich Tomasello, Rhino Toys examines—through specially-designed toys reflecting traditional stereotypes and common media-messaging—issues of war, school shootings and social injustice.

Influenced by the 2012 Newtown, Connecticut school shooting, Tomasello created a series of dark, ironic and absurd action figures presented under the fictional toy company brand, Rhino Toys.  The series includes customized toys—made from existing playthings—packaged in meticulously designed boxes, complete with guns, bullets, clips, body armor, grenades, gas masks and human targets.

Tomasello offers special workshop during Tom-Con

Teens are invited to explore the concepts behind the exhibit during an action figure-making workshop being held in conjunction with TCPL’s Saturday, August 29 Tomp-Con mini-comic convention.  Tomesello’s workshop will take place from noon to 1 p.m. and is open to participants ages 9 through 19. Attendees will be able to take home their personalized action figures.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Streetscapes opens at TCPL Friday October 2, 2015

Mural in the Dryden Rd Parking Garage painted by Andy Dolan 
Streetscapes, curated by Jay Potter, opens at Gallery Night on Friday, October 2.  This dynamic exhibit will feature a collection of work that draws on creativity and inspiration from our urban surroundings. Using a mixture of diverse media, local street artists will explore the influence of the urban environment through color, energy, movement and personal experience culminating in sincere straight-from-the-gut expression. 

Streetscapes is an inherent appreciation of urban culture, in all its dangerous, poetic, authentic - and sometimes rebellious - glory.  The artists will include Jay  Stooks, Jeff Szuc, Jim Garmhausen among others.

This exhibit is designed to compliment the live street art painting event, Get-Up State 2015, that will have taken place at 770 Cascadilla Street the previous weekend.  

A special opening reception will be held from 5 to 8 PM.  Entry to the Library after closing at 6 PM will be through the BorgWarner Community Room Door.  For more information about this and other exhibits call 607-275-1532 or email

Friday, June 12, 2015

TCPL celebrates the summer with exciting new exhibit

Dreamtime: Surreal, Allegorical & Fantastic Art curated by Frances Fawcett and Margaret Nelson opens at the Library on Friday, June 19 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at a special, after-hours, opening reception.

Carcasone Abstract by Nancy V. Ridenour

Curators Frances Fawcett and Margaret Nelson are both working artists at the State of the Art Gallery, are scientific illustrators and both are also lovers of science fiction and fantasy.  While surreal and fantastical art is often represented at local shows, Fawcett and Nelson were intrigued by the thought of a show devoted entirely to surreal, alegorical and fantastic art.

Starcatchers by Patrick Parks
The pieces they have chosen to display in the Library range from fantasy children's book illustration, to classic surrealism, to pure allegory, to depictions of the dream state and even to video game art.  

Ghosts at the Wedding 1 by G.L. Gould
They have included a broad range of work and a broad range of media.  Some of the art transports the viewer immediately into another world, some shows the disquieting effects of an altered psychological state, and some simply juxtaposes images in an unexpected, playful, and delightful way. 

Whether the artists find their sources in mythology, in the real world, or in the subconscious mind, the curators hope the pieces in this show will engage, delight and surprise.

Guardians by Rebecca Godin
Participating artists include milly acharya, Al Afaro, Robin Botie, Nicole Monique Carrier-Titti, Marla Coppolino, William Deats, Jane Dennis, Frances Fawcett, Rebeca Godin, G.L. Gould, Gina Inzinna, Brian Keeler, Susan C. Larkin and Timothy Larkin, Shannon Mazourek, Daniel McPheeters, Vincenzo Naro, Margaret C. Nelson, Diane W. Newton, Scott Pardee, Patrick Parks, Stephan Phillips, Margaret Reed, Nancy V. Ridenour, Eileen Seeley Schlag, Kim Schrag, June Silberman, Carol Spence, Matthew A. Wheeler.

Exotic Animal by Stephan Phillips
Artigoat by Robin Botie

The opening reception takes place after-hours at Tompkins Country Public Library from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in Friday, June 19.  After the Library closes, entry  is through the BorgWarner room entrance behind the bus shelter on Green Street.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Cornell Alums invited to tour special exhibits at TCPL June 5

TCPL offers special behind the scenes tours of the exhibit "Cornell Off Campus" in honor of Alumni weekend.

Curator Julee Johnson leads a tour for Ithaca Rotary

Join Julee Johnson at 5:15 and 6:15 PM during Gallery Opening Night this Friday, June 5 in the Avenue of the Friends.  Johson leads fascinating tours of this exhibit celebrating Cornell's 15th Anniversary.  She explains why she chose these particular people to include in the exhibit, and provides numerous fascinating tidbits about each one.  Join a tour and find out how Laura Bryant enticed boys to learn to sing; whether Belle Sherman was the first principal of the school named in her honor;  how Everett Morse paid for his Cornell tuition and many more more.

Tours start in the Avenue of the Friends near "The Word Bird."  After 6 PM when the Library closes, entry to the exhibit will be through the BorgWarner door behind the bus shelter on Green Street.

Also on display in the Avenue of the Friends is a small exhibit commemorating the 30th Anniversary of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Mu Upsilon Chapter at Cornell.

Launching New Dimensions of Service
The Omicron Nu Omega Story
Chartered June 23, 1984 at Cornell University

Charter member, Millie Clarke (rt.) and Claudette James (left)
flank three sorority sisters beside the display

Monday, June 1, 2015

The Library celebrates Cornell's Alumni Weekend with guided tours of "Cornell off Campus" during First Friday Gallery Night, June 5

Cornell Off Campus highlights 150 years of interconnection between Cornell University and its host community of Tompkins County. The exhibit opened to coincide with the university’s Charter Day Weekend and is on display at the Tompkins County Public Library through July 31. Photographs and text vibrantly illustrate the lives and local contributions of 15 Cornellians, each representing a different decade in the university’s history. The exhibit offers insights about well-known Cornellians and introduces to the public lesser known but equally illustrious members of the Cornell community. Behind-the-scenes tours will be led by curator Julee Johnson during Gallery Night, June 5, when visitors can learn the answers to these questions – and much more:

Was Belle Sherman the first principal of the Belle Sherman Elementary School? 

Did Martha Van Rensselaer have an advanced degree when she first came to Cornell to teach? 

The house on Howard Babcock’s experimental farm Sunnygables became what popular restaurant in the 1980s? 

Romeyn Berry coined what phrase known to all Cornellians? 

Popular Ithaca High School music teacher Laura Bryant also coached what sport?

These guided tours will take place at 5:15 and 6:15 PM, and the exhibit will be open to the public until 7:00 PM. 

After 6:00 PM, please enter through the BorgWarner (east) entrance behind the bus shelter on East Green Street. 

For more information about the tours or “Cornell Off Campus,” contact Exhibit Coordinator Sally Grubb at, (607) 272-4557 ext. 232.