Won’t You be Our Neighbor, ITHACAmade?

August 6, 2010

You know when you’ve lived in the same neighborhood for a long time  and then all of a sudden a big moving truck pulls up next to a house that’s been vacant for a while and everyone sort of wanders out to their front yards to get a glimpse of the folks on the block?  Well, this week, Mama and Mimi are getting new neighbors, and you can do more than peer out of your curtains.

Jan Rhodes Norman and Alice Muhlback are certainly not new in town.  They’ve been making Ithaca a more beautiful place as local artists for years… Jan is the woman behind Silk Oak, which was most recently located in the old Little Goose space, and Alice has long made her artistic home at Spirit at Kitsch. Together, they’ve decided to launch ITHACAmade, a collaboration of local artists designed not only to make local work available to our community, but to provide a sort of Ithaca-in-a-box for those who have left the area but could use a creative taste of home.

These are exactly the kind of neighbors Mama Goose has always wanted, and apparently the feeling is mutual.   “I’ve had my eye on that area [the West End flats, as Kelly likes to call the neighborhood] for quite some time,” said Jan. “We’re just so excited and thrilled to be there.”

ITHACAMade is having its grand opening tonight, from 5pm to 8pm, as part of Gallery Night.  In a show of neighborly love, Mama and Mimi will be open as well.  After that ITHACAMade will be open from Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10am to 6pm, with hours eventually expanding to mirror those of Mimi’s Attic.

Welcome to the ‘hood, Jan and Alice!  We think you’re going to like it here.

-Meryl at the Goose


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