October’s Gallery Night featuring live dress making demonstration at Breathe

Geen June Bridal owner Layne Dann standing near bridal gowns

Plus, dozens of locations showcasing the latest art pieces from local artists

ITHACA, OCTOBER 2, 2019 — This Friday’s Gallery Night in Downtown Ithaca will include a special demonstration from one of the community’s fashion designers.

Layne Dann, a highly-skilled designer who owns Gee June Bridal in Press Bay Court, will create a bridal gown from initial sketch to final stitch. Using material donated by Sew Green, Dann will be crafting the dress throughout the day on Friday, Oct. 4 in the front window of Breathe, a women’s clothing store inside of Center Ithaca at 171 E. State St., the Commons. The specialty garment will be complete and on display at 6:15 p.m. that evening.  The Gallery Night tour is held from 5 to 8 p.m.

“I chose to unveil this during Gallery Night in Ithaca so that fashion may become a stronger part of our community’s conversation in terms of Art. We recognize, as small business owners, and as a downtown that we need to continue growing our retail and become an inviting district for more fashion merchandisers. Hopefully, more designers and stylists will come forward to do the same and maybe even set up shop, as I did,” says Dann.

“Gallery Night regularly showcases spectacular artwork curated by extraordinary local and regional artists. Layne Dann’s unique work that will be on display this month is another fine example of the extremely talented creators we have in our community,” says Allison Graffin, marketing director for the Downtown Ithaca Alliance.

In addition to Dann’s live demonstration, Gallery Night guests are also invited to view the latest exhibits created by Martin Kepecs, Shawn Burke, Gary Rith, Dewey Neild, Erika Medina, Gaia Woolf-Nightingall, JayLeigh, Tokyo Geijutsu Daigaku, Laurin Ramsey, Hilando Fino, José Buenaventura González and Paulina Velázquez Solís, Candace Edwards, Rochelle Brockington, and Nwaobiala, Dan Segal, Lisa Baechtle, Phoenix Thunder Lee Kacyvenski, Brittany Haines, Lee Iannone, Clarissa Loomis, and Jessica Stratton, Kristin Dutcher and Chelsea Fausel, Zoe Learner Ponterio, Diane Newton and Patty Porter, Annemiek Haralson, Greater Ithaca Art Trail Artists, Domenica Brockman, and Stan Bowman.

Plus, Whitham Planning and Designs will host an open house and The Mink Gallery is hosting a kick-off party for Ithaca’s annual Art Trail.

For more information about October’s Gallery Night artists and for a listing of participating locations, visit gallerynightithaca.com.

Gallery Night Ithaca is organized by the Downtown Ithaca Alliance, presented by Tompkins Trust Company, and supported in part by the Community Arts Partnership.




Darlene M. Wilber
Communications Manager
Downtown Ithaca Alliance
(607) 277-8679


ABOUT GALLERY NIGHT:  Voted 2019 Best Arts Event in the Ithaca Times, Gallery Night Ithaca is a walkable tour of art openings and other special cultural events in and around downtown Ithaca, New York taking place from 5:00-8:00 PM on the first Friday of every month. Gallery Night Ithaca is presented by Tompkins Trust Company, supported in part by the Community Arts Partnership, and organized by the Downtown Ithaca Alliance. 

ABOUT THE DOWNTOWN ITHACA ALLIANCE: The Downtown Ithaca Alliance is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1997 and charged with the management, promotion, development, and revitalization of the Downtown Ithaca Business Improvement District.