ITHACA— Tompkins County Public Library will introduce the next exhibits in the 2019 “Space” theme on First Friday Gallery Night, October 4 from 5:30 to 8:00 pm. The evening will also include a lecture on robotic cameras in space and a Pop Up Open Art Hive. Postcards from Beyond: A Timeline of Exploration Journey through time and witness our dramatic advances in capturing the wonders of the Solar System in photographs taken from beyond the confines of Earth. This artistic and historical exposition features the first photographs ever taken in space of various worlds, paired with some of the most spectacular images to date. Curated by Zoe Learner Ponterio, Manager, Spacecraft Planetary Imaging Facility (SPIF). The History Center also contributed to this exhibit with images from local newspapers from the 1960’s around the theme of space exploration. In the Avenue of the Friends through November. Lecture: As the Human Eye Could Never See At 6:15 in the BorgWarner Community Room, Zoe Learner Ponterio will present the talk “As the Human Eye Could Never See.” For over 50 years we’ve been sending cameras into space. Some are operated by hand, but the vast majority travel aboard robotic spacecraft, voyaging far beyond the current reach of human exploration. In addition to the wealth of scientific discoveries these pictures have sparked, there is the sheer joy their beauty brings to all who see them, and what they say about our desire to venture into the unknown. Join us for a journey through the decades to see how far we’ve come in our quest to explore the Solar System through our robotic eyes. Postcards from Beyond exhibit and lecture made possible (in part or in full) with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, administered by the Community Arts Partnership, and from the Cornell Department of Astronomy and Center for Planetary Science and Astrophysics. Three Artists Interpret Botanical Beauty Artists Camille Doucet, Marjorie Hoffman, and Rosemary Glos share a love of plants, interpreting this love in their own unique ways. North Reading Room, East Wall All Access Art Club Show Members of All Access Art Club, a group consisting of artists with developmental disabilities, friends, and families, spent the summer creating the works showcased here. Curved Wall near self-checkout machines, columns in North Reading Room. Winners of the Equity Statement Juried Teen Art Contest will be on display in the Teen Center. Star Wars Collection This collection is on loan from Jonathan Serrano, a graphic artist working at T-Shirt Express on the Commons in Ithaca. He lives in Interlaken with his girlfriend and two cats. He also likes Star Wars and started his collection in 2004. Pop Up Open Art Hive TCPL continues its partnership with the Pop Up Open Art Hive, an inclusive art studio hosted by a group of artists, dancers, and creative arts therapists looking to build accessible and free art spaces around Ithaca and Tompkins county. Come make art. All are welcome. These programs have been made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.