First Fridays: Through an Artist's Eyes (With Photos)

By Erika Mahoney

First Fridays: Through an Artist's Eyes (With Photos)

February 8, 2013 Updated Feb 8, 2013 at 11:51 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) In a colorful studio the first Friday of February, Orazio Salati ushers in art fans from the cold.

"Come in where it's warm, it's cold out there," Salati said.

Since the start of First Fridays, Salati, artist and owner of Orazio Salati Studio, has opened his doors in rain, sun and snow.

And in doing so, he's accumulated quite a number of fans.

He nearly always features other local artists in his studio, but it's only a matter of time before fans find his artwork in the back.

Salati says First Fridays allow him to open a dialogue about art.

"I've met people I never otherwise would have met," he said.

And when he talks about his art and his method, it's as if his soul is completely exposed.

"The process of what I'm doing is what is important to me."

It's a process that begins on board. He first uses liquid tar and then adds his colors.

"It's very intuitive, I just put color, whatever comes to mind."

As the composition becomes clear, a special tool comes to play.

"I use a blow torch to bind everything when I'm working."

When the fumes become too overwhelming, he heads to the streets.

"I go outside, I'm doing my thing and people are like, 'What are you doing?' or 'I've never seen anything like that.' They're really excited and that makes me excited."

Salati says he loves creating art in Binghamton.

"It's kind of fun to bring in the excitement of the city," Salati said. "There are a lot of things going on, cars moving, people talking and art going on a the same time. It's just great."

In his new studio on State Street, Salati said his goal is to paint more. He rarely displays his work, but he's working on hosting a solo show soon.

Based on the number of people who come out to support his studio every First Friday, it's clear his show will be a success.