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First Friday Art Walk features former Hollywood filmmaker and exhibit dedicated in remembrance to A.L.S. victims

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BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- Art of all kinds was on display all over town at Binghamton's First Friday Art Walk of December.

Former Hollywood filmmaker Ned Weisman's photography exhibit entitled "Straight From the Heart" lines the walls of Lost Dog Cafe.

Each photograph captures a range of settings and subjects, from serene landscapes, to Watkins Glen International Race Track. Some photographs were taken over 40 years ago and have been developed only recently.

Weisman says a major inspiration for this collection was his recent victory against heart failure.

"Just like me being brought back to life, my work has been brought back to life," says Weisman.

After graduating from Binghamton University, Weisman got his start in media arts working here at WBNG in a number of different positions. In Hollywood he worked on many notable projects, including working as the editor on the pilot episodes for "Power Rangers" and "All That." His specialty is 3-D effects, leading him to work as a 3-D artist for James Cameron's "Avatar."

Weisman recently left Hollywood to pursue his passion for photography. He made his return to his roots in Binghamton around two years ago, saying the contrast from L.A. was much needed.

"There's a whole panel of like a dozen pictures sitting on the restaurant side that's all Binghamton," says Weisman. "And it looks like the most beautiful place in the world. To me, I love living here."

The exhibit will be on display for the rest December, with a portion of each photograph print sold going to benefit the Broome County Humane Society.

Across town at the Bundy Museum of History and Art's 131 Gallery, a First Friday exhibit memorializing a local man while spreading awareness on the disease that took his life.

The museum partnered with Community Baptist Church to present "Seasonscapes," an exhibit by artist Cary Lee Fellows. He passed away recently from A.L.S., otherwise known as Lou Gherig's Disease, not too long ago.

His paintings capture images of the countryside based on some of his favorite sights inspired our area.

Jessica Fellows, his daughter, was there to curate the exhibit and her father's legacy.

"He was in the navy and he was multi-talented," she says. "He started with sketching, oil paints and moved into watercolors as he got older."

These pieces were up for silent auction, with the proceeds going to benefit the "Stroll for Cole." It's a walk in memory of Scott Cole, a Chenango Forks High School graduate who also recently lost his life to A.L.S.

"He just really would be happy to know that it's finally on display and people can have them hanging in their house," adds Fellows.

David Caya

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