ITHACA, NY – You may have visited the pop-up art exhibit that was in downtown Ithaca on the Commons for a while last summer. Due to popular demand, Ithaca’s BEYOND Art Collective is back, but only open for a limited time.
Immerse yourself in the world of imagination and illusion by visiting the new interactive art exhibition, “Journey Beyond Time”, open April 6-30 in Ithaca at the Cherry Gallery.
The experience includes 20 regional artists with new exhibit features ranging from a “Time Blender” to an “Enchanted Forest”.
BEYOND Art Collective co-lead artist Doug Shire says this experience differs from the pop-up experience that was on Ithaca Commons because this exhibit has a theme.
“What’s different about this exhibit is that there’s a narrative,” Shire said. “There’s a story that kind of ties the whole exhibit together.”
Doug says the main attraction of this exhibit is the Time Blender which allows people to travel to different “worlds”. The Time Blender sets the narrative of the exhibit because once you enter the machine, you have six different doors that lead to these “worlds” that you can choose from.
Visitors can expect to encounter the following “worlds” during their experience:
- The old future
- The crystal cave
- The Wild Devonian
- The enchanted forest
- The map room
Doug expresses how interactive art experiences differ from the realm of traditional art because you yourself are part of the exhibit.
“I think for too long people have been encouraged to interact with art just by looking at it and experiencing the feelings you get when you see an image, but the artistic experiences that are hands-on, that invite you to touch and to engage your senses and explore, is kind of like a playground for all ages,” says Shire. “I think it’s a visceral way of having fun with art that really appeals to people in general…”
A suggested donation of $5 to $10 is asked at the door for all visitors, but no one will be turned away.
Save the date for April 8, the first Friday the exhibit is open. Stop by the gala opening event called “TIMELESS,” which will feature a silent disco, local music producers, and DJs from 8 p.m. to midnight. The event requires tickets to enter. Tickets are $20 at the door or you can pre-purchase for $15 online at SeeBeyond.Art.
Can’t attend the grand opening? You can visit on April 9 to enjoy not only interactive art, but also free live music from 7:30-9 p.m.
The opening hours of the gallery will be Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. The gallery will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Doug says visitors can expect to spend around an hour venturing through the various “worlds”.
The Cherry Gallery is located at 130 Cherry Street in Ithaca and is on the first floor of the Arthaus building.
For more information, visit https://www.seebeyond.art.