Monday is Memorial Day, so if you work a job that gives you banker's holidays off, you have a three-day weekend. Good for you. If you don't, sorry, but maximize that weekend with some fun events, anyway. Here are a few of our suggestions; for more events, check out the listings in our calendar.
Kick off your weekend on Saturday morning with a trip to the Public Market, and stop by The Yards (50-52 Public Market) to check out Shawnee Hill's pop-up solo show. Hill will present more than 75 original artworks and prints available, depicting elegant women and birds, ominous anatomical studies, and mythically charged mixtures of all of the above. The space is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is free. For more information, visit facebook.com/theyards.
Since it's a holiday weekend, consider a day trip. Corning Museum of Glass (1 Museum Way, Corning) recently opened a massive exhibition devoted to ancient mold-blown glass. "Ennion and his Legacy: Mold-Blown Glass from Ancient Rome," which runs through January 4, 2016. With 129 works, which includes pieces drawn from CMoG's own collection as well as borrowed items, the show explores the diversity of Roman mold-blown glass in size, shape, and decoration, which was traded across the Mediterranean world. Carefully preserved through the ages, these fragile vessels -- perfume bottles, flasks, and what are believed to be souvenir glasses from chariot races and gladiatorial combats -- provide a glimpse into Roman life, with regards to religion and mythology and celebrity culture surrounding gladiators and Roman empresses.
An educational section of the exhibition will describe the different techniques used to create mold-blown glass forms. And an exhibit-within-the-exhibit, "Ennion: Master of Glass," organized by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, brings together 24 of the 50 known, still-surviving works by Ennion, a glass artists who transformed the industry, as the first glass artists to sign his works. This part of the exhibit will be on view through October.
CMoG is open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is $18 for the general public, $9 for Corning residents, and free to members and kids ages 17 and under. For more information on the exhibit and related events, visit cmog.org
Spectrum Gallery (Lumiere Photo, 100 College Avenue) has extended its current show, "Jane Walker:In Search of Things We May Have Lost...," through June 14. In each of her tender black and white images, Walker's subjects -- rural farmers in the Southern Tier -- pose for her with the animals they love.
In one image, a young woman in flip-flops stands on a gravel road, towing a turkey by a leash. A younger girl decked in winter wear cradles a downy hen, its lizard-like claws gripping her coat, and a man seated on a trash can in the threshold of a dark barn proudly hoists a turkey in one hand. "The people in these photographs, their animals, and the places they inhabit are my world -- the world I love -- and there is nothing better than sharing what one loves with others," Walker says.
Lumiere Photo is open Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit spectrumgalleryroc.com.