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ITHACA, N.Y. –– Gallery Night Ithaca presented by Tompkins Trust Company is returning in June to downtown and will be offering some new ways for people to view artworks created by local and regional artists.

This popular walking tour of the latest locally produced art exhibits took a two-month hiatus during the COVID-19 pandemic, but it’s back and will make its world premiere in a new virtual and social-distancing friendly format.

Next month’s Gallery Night is happening Friday, June 5 from 5 to 8 pm and will include a series of virtual galleries in 3D and a walking tour where participants can view the latest art pieces on display in storefront and gallery windows. Plus, online entertainment and education from artists from around the community will be broadcasts on social media.

“We are thrilled that the Downtown Ithaca Alliance has identified a way for Gallery Night take place virtually. Supporting the arts has always been extremely important to the Trust Company, and Gallery Night is particularly special because it offers the community the opportunity to experience local art while exploring all that downtown has to offer. Producing this series in a way that will allow folks to participate safely is a true testament to the creativity of local gallery hosts and the DIA,” says Aundre Seals, marketing and community relations officer for Tompkins Trust Company.

“We are enthusiastic about the opportunities hosting Gallery Night using these multiple viewing methods presents to art lovers. The walkable experience mixed with the virtual will allow art enthusiasts from all over the world a chance to see works created from Ithaca’s highly skilled artists,” adds Scott Rougeau, special events director for the Downtown Ithaca Alliance (DIA), the event’s organizer,

For Gallery Night’s participants’ safety, the DIA advises guests to wear a protective face mask or another type of facial covering while exploring the exhibits, provide plenty of social distancing among your group and be courteous of other individuals or groups viewing the art. If you are unable to attend the June 5th event, the opportunity to view the art exhibits will continue throughout the month.

For more information about Gallery Night and the new virtual experience, visit downtownithaca.com/gallerynightithaca.