Places to See & Buy Local Art
Note: There are MANY locations around Ithaca for purchasing art, including stores and individual artist studios.
I have listed here:
1) Tompkins County not-for-profits whose primary purpose is showing art, and
2) Stores whose primary purpose is to sell the art of Tompkins County artists
MONTHLY EVENT: First Friday Gallery Night
Gallery Night is free and open to the public and takes place on the first Friday of every month from 5 to 8pm. Gallery guides with maps of participating locations and show descriptions are available at all participating venues and the Downtown Visitors Center on the Ithaca Commons.
GALLERY: CAP Artspace
The CAP ArtSpace Gallery features monthly exhibits of works by local artists. Most exhibits feature the work of a single artist. Opening receptions are on First Friday Gallery Nights.
110 N. Tioga Street, Tompkins Center for History and Culture
Monday through Sunday, 10am (closing hours change with the seasons)
GALLERY: Community School of Music and Arts
The Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) provides instruction in music, dance, visual arts, theater, and language arts. Their gallery features monthly exhibits. Receptions are on First Friday Gallery Nights.
330 E State/MLK Jr. Street, Ithaca, NY 14850
Monday-Thursday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
GALLERY/STORE: Corners Gallery
Corners Gallery is a contemporary art gallery and framing studio, presenting a diverse and exciting annual exhibition program featuring regional and internationally renown artists. Corners Gallery hosts openings, artist talks, and other events.
903 Hanshaw Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850
Tues-Thurs 10-5:30; Friday 10-5; Saturday 10-2; Closed Sun/Mon
STORE: The Frame Shop on Buffalo Street
Celebrating their 60th year of framing art in our community. The Frame Shop is known for quality service, extensive product line and ease of location. They host several artist receptions through the First Friday Gallery Night each year and often have artwork hanging on their walls by local artists.
414 W. Buffalo Street, Ithaca, NY 14850
Closed Sunday and Monday. Tuesday - Friday 10 am to 6 pm
ANNUAL, MONTHLY, and BY APPOINTMENT: Greater Ithaca Art Trail
The Greater Ithaca Art Trail is a collection of over 40 Tompkins County artists. All can be visited in their studios year round by appointment, on two October Open Studio weekends (where all studioes are open simultaneously) or on the First Saturday of every month when select studios are open.
GALLERY: Handwerker Gallery, Ithaca College
Located on the Ithaca College campus, the mission of the Handwerker Gallery is to enhance the academic offerings of Ithaca College with a diverse range of scholarly exhibitions, lectures, colloquia and events in its role as a pedagogical resource.
MUSEUM: Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art
Located on the Cornell University campus, the Museum’s permanent collection numbers more than 35,000 works, spanning six millennia and encompassing art from most world cultures.
114 Central Ave, Ithaca, NY 14853
Tuesday–Sunday, 10 AM–5 PM
GALLERY: The Ink Shop Printmaking Center & Olive Branch Press
The Ink Shop Printmaking Center offers 1) exhibitions related to prints and works on paper including artist books; 2) a "Talk Print" series in which artists present and discuss their work and techniques; 3) Olive Branch Press, which publishes invited artists' prints or artist books; 4) workshops for established and emerging artists and 5) a year-round studio facility for printmakers and bookmakers.
330 E. State Street, Ithaca NY 14850 (2nd floor)
Tuesday to Friday 12 pm - 6 pm Saturday 12 pm - 4 pm
Ithacamade is a store that sells local products and goods. Home of Silk Oak & Spirit and Kitsch.
DeWitt Mall, 215 N. Cayuga Street, Ithaca NY 14850
Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 6pm
Handwork is a Cooperative Craft Store, started in 1976 by 12 local craftspeople. Handwork now has approximately 40 member artisans doing a range of work that includes pottery,
woodworking, glass, jewelry, fiber arts, wearable arts, leather, paper and art.
102 W. State/MLK Jr. Street, Ithaca, NY 14850
Monday - Sat, 10am to 6pm, Sun - 11am to 5pm
GALLERY: State of the Art Gallery
State of the Art Gallery is a cooperative fine art gallery showing new creative work by area artists.
Shows change monthly. Popular annual events are a regional juried photo show and a juried all-media show. Opening receptions on First Friday Gallery Night.
120 W. State/MLK Jr. Street, Ithaca NY 14850
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday noon-6:00pm; Saturday and Sunday noon-5:00pm