April First Friday

Here’s the round-up:

Craft Foundry
701 Belgrade St

Fresh scents and looks for spring!

The Art Dept
1638 E Berks
Damara Kaminecki + The Art Dept. present: Alchemedic

After studying drawing in art “school”, Damara Kaminecki picked up some wood carving tools and threw her charcoal away.  10 years later, her style has changed but her themes keep going back to her childhood daydreams.
“I was obsessed with Medieval illuminations and woodblock prints which tend to depict daily life, but most today aren’t that relatable and our themes are not centered around religion, farming, and astronomy.  I wanted to incorporate my own interests and humor in a style where you can see my hands at work”  These relief prints were carved and printed by hand in her Chicago studio.
Please join us for “Alchemedic”– opening reception April 3 from 6-9pm and the show runs through April 28.



MotherHeart Studio
530 E Girard
-Candlelight Beginner Yoga class with Live Musical Accompaniment
-MotherHeart Studio/Dawn Smelser-dawn@motherheartstudio.com
Dann Pell/guitarist & Singer
-2/$25 Special(usually $15)

Xhale Lounge
453 E Girard
Enjoy a cigar – 18 and over only.

Keys to the Attic
314 E Girard
15% off 100% natural paint line and Americana candles!

312 E Girard
Vintage goods and antiques.  Sidewalk sale! Open until 9 PM

Street Glitter Gallery
306 E Girard

Neurotic Little Birds and A Devil In The Rose Garden, a collection of paintings by Patti Backer. As well as a new collection of jewelry by Oregon artist Rachel Hughes.”

Johnny Brenda’s
1201 Frankford Ave
Happy Hour from 4-6 and half-price raw bar featuring local beer and oysters

Frankford Hall Beer Garden
1210 Frankford Ave
Enjoy a beer and delicious food in an open-air German style beer garden.

Fishtown Tavern
1301 Frankford Ave
ALWAYS $2 BEER. Kitchen open until 1 PM, 7 days a week. HAPPY HOUR 5-7PM, Monday-Friday.

Bottle Bar East
First Friday Release Party: Firestone Walker/Neshaminy Brewing
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. tasting from 6-8pm.
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company starting at 7pm

Jinxed Fishtown
1331 Frankford
‘One Line Only’ The Art of Courtney Anne Buckland
Courtney Anne Buckland, of Chicago, Colorado, and now, New York, creates intimate drawings of women in alternately sexual or demure settings. Taken as a whole, they form a portrait of female sexuality.  The work on exhibit at Jinxed, “One Line Only” features a year of illustrations, all made with one single line, displayed in chronological order.  Buckland is connected to the local artist community through her work and colleagues at the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.

1333 Frankford
Join us at Toile for our 1st First Friday of the Season!
Featuring the Toile Designers:
Showcasing her new white on white nuno felted collection, a group of mix and match separates and accessories.

Sticks + Stones
Having her Toile Debut of her Signature Statement Jewels and Bags

and joined by Supra Endura!
Feminine and modern ready to wear mixed with beautiful custom prints.

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Pen and Ink Fashion Illustrations by Kimberlee Traub

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SweetBox Cupcakes will be joining us in the Food Truck outside and Complimentary Drinks will be served inside!

Come meet the designers, see the new collections and enjoy some Music Provided by DJ LOOPSKY.

Don’t forget to let Janise Valentin Snap a shot of you before you go.

See You Friday!!

The Philadelphia Record Exchange
1524 Frankford

Open late for First Friday!

Steap & Grind
1619 Frankford
Friends of Adaire and Adaire’s art teacher, Charlene Lutz, will showcase some highlights of the amazing student artwork she’s nurturing at Adaire at our first-ever First Friday Student Art Exhibition on Friday, April 3rd, from 5 to 8 p.m., at Steap and Grind, at the corner of Columbia and Frankford across from Palmer Park! We’ll be selling prints of selected student artwork and we’ll be providing beer, wine and food.

Atmosphere Printing Company
1761 Frankford
Grand Opening on Frankford Ave
Be there around mid-party for a screen printing demo. Stop by one of the local Frankford Ave merchants to pick up a coupon for a free poster printed there on the spot. Posters and prints will be for sale as well. Light refreshments will be served and there will be a fire pit out back.
House Gallery
1816 Frankford
Esperanza Cortes_Whitewashed

Catch & Release Merchants
1832 Frankford
Quality Goods Created Stateside.

PSG Gallery at Philadelphia Sculpture Gym
1834 Frankford

PSG Gallery presents Te(a)ch  a group exhibition

Philadelphia Sculpture Gym Gallery presents Te(a)ch

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – March 19, 2015 – Coming this April, the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym Gallery will be exhibiting local shop techs from the area’s art colleges. This show, entitled Te(a)ch, exhibits work from those who educate students and aid them in learning about shop equipment and the processes involved with being an artist. With this exhibition PSG hopes to show Philadelphia the artwork of educators and makers who are essential to the schools in this city. We also hope to show the students and graduates from these art schools their artistic options after graduating.

These instructors do much more than just shop upkeep. They spend time working with students and commit themselves to educating the younger artists in our community, putting other’s time and artwork ahead of their own. Te(a)ch will present the artwork of these educators in a group exhibition, demonstrating that these techs are more than the title they hold. They are extraordinarily talented artists themselves.

Artists and the institutions they represent include:

Kristin Lee Deady
Loo Bain
Tim Rusterholz
John Williams

Tyler Kline
Wes Valdez

John Greig Jr.
Ann Klicka
Morgan Dummitt

Philadelphia Community College
Roberta Massuch

John Pompetti

The opening reception will be First Friday, April 3rd from 6 – 9pm.  The exhibition runs from April 3rd through 24th.

The Philadelphia Sculpture Gym Gallery is part of the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym, a community based workshop space that operates like a gym membership.  A monthly membership grants members access to a wood shop, metal shop, jewelry shop, forging area, ceramics area and a mold making and casting area. The Philadelphia Sculpture Gym also offers group classes in various processes from welding and woodworking, as well as “personal training” (one-on-one training sessions). The Philadelphia Sculpture Gym was started by Darla Jackson in 2011 with the help of a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.  For more information, please visit www.philadelphiasculpturegym.com.

Union Cycle Supply Co.
1864 Frankford Ave
Open House featuring DJ YÄNNÏ GS 8-??

Philadelphia Argentine Tango School
2030 Frankford Ave
-8 pm – Free Beginner-Level Argentine Tango Class No partner needed!

2031 Frankford
Vintage | Jewels | Mid-Century Modern Furniture+Lighting | Found Objects |

Space 2033
2033 Frankford Ave
Fish Fight by Jessica Rodgers
Inline image
April Show! 6-10pm.  Come hang in the light of the full pink moon!
Illustrations, ink drawings, watercolors, etchings by Jessica Rodgers, Jodi Cachia, and Ellyn Womelsdorf.
Indian Head Massage w/Walking Medicine 6:30-8:30pm and chair massage w/Tranquil Therapy 9-10pm, $1/min.
Info on upcoming classes and workshops at the space.
Jessica Rodgers:
Illustrations portray a whimsical fantasy land.  With graphite and colored pencils, she loves to draw ballerinas in colorful and interesting atmospheres, and illustrates images that remind her of children’s books.  etsy.com/shop/jrsillustration
Jodi Cachia
Three stages of an artist; common themes among ink drawings, watercolors, and etchings.
The three bodies of work being presented show variation in process and materials.  Spanning the consecutive stages of her career though, is the use of illustration to represent both nature and the female form.  jodicachia.com
Ellyn Womelsdorf:
Ink drawings on mylar:  Each piece evokes a different consciousness through the personification of the carnal spirit and its place in our universe.  EllynWomelsdorf.com

Liberty Vintage
2212 Sepviva St

The Pickled Heron 
2218 Frankford
French Inspired bistro. BYOB.  Featuring the work of Andre Rubin titled  “Andre Rubin Miniature Photomontage”

Fishtown Vapes
2223 Frankford
buy one e juice get one free.  10% off all hardware.

The First Banana
2152 E Dauphin St

Four Philadelphia Photographers exploring Housing in Philadelphia.Randi Fair: Stand alone properties
Brianna Spause: Color
Harrison Brink: Abandonment
Matthew Leister: ConstructionDrinks are on the house.We do take credit cards and all art is for sale!

2301 Frankford
-DJ DVD Phil & Nikki V @ Bobby’s

Little Baby’s Ice Cream
2311 Frankford Ave

2419 Frankford Ave

Historical Drift, or: If You Say Something, See Something

Opening Reception, April 3rd, 7-10pm

On view April 3 – April 26

FJORD is pleased to present Historical Drift, or: If You Say Something, See Somethinga solo exhibition of work by Tony Garbarini
Atlantis the lost Bar
2442 Frankford
group show & adult beverages

Little Berlin
2430 Coral St


Opening Reception: Friday, April 3rd 6-9pm

Little Berlin presents SCREENS, an exhibition of artwork made for handheld devices.
The artists invited to this exhibition view the phone as a studio, workshop, publisher, and exhibition space. They use small devices as a medium of expression. They work with desktop & mobile apps, and use the same principals of composition that are important in traditional media, including: line, color, texture, shape, tone, form, space, and depth.

Some of the artists have exhibited their work publicly in galleries & museums. Others are almost exclusively digital artists, and rarely show their work outside of online media. Many of the artists work in abstract visual modes, and some work with contemporary poetry, ringtones, or experimental sound performances.

ARTISTS on view, from Philadelphia, Berlin, London, Baltimore, Brooklyn, Minnesota:

Kim Asendorf
Nadia Botello
Tyler Kline
Dina Kelberman
Patrick Koziol
Sandra Gramm
Margot Bowman
Eva Papamargariti
Thomas Pregiato
Patrick Quinn

Now, more than ever before, content is being produced and consumed on phones and tablets. This exhibition asks attendees to let go, and view these devices not as interactive computer hardware, but as frames to showcase artwork.
On the night of the opening reception, composer and artist Will Owen will present a live concert performance by making use of the attendees’ smartphones.

Cook and Shaker
2301 E Albert
First Friday Firkin FLYING DOG BREWING for the RAGING BITCH IPA conditioned with el dorado hops and pineapple and local artist illbywill.

Gravy Studio and Gallery
155 Cecil B. Moore Ave.

In Bloom

Michael Battaglia & Ryan Strand Greenberg

April 3rd – April 30th

First Friday Opening Reception: April 3rd, 6-10pm


Gravy Studio & Gallery presents “In Bloom,” an exploration of the human experience that exists at the intersection 0f natural and man made environments, by Michael Battaglia and Ryan Strand Greenberg. Battaglia’s work plays with light to coax visceral, if not human responses and sentiments from inanimate backdrops. Greenberg’s sometimes playful, sometimes poignant documentary style creates an honest and deliberate depiction of American working-class people and places. “In Bloom” is a celebration of their partnership and collaboration over the last seven years.

Michael Battaglia, Artist Statement:

With elements of documentary and explorative themes, Michael Battaglia’s photographs are a collection of streets and cityscapes. Choosing locations in which he is able to flatten the perception of space, he creates a detailed linear arrangement of structures and shadows. These arrangements are backed with a wide tonal range that renders extended detail and focuses the viewer’s attention. The photographs are a reminder about the power of perception, and a celebration of the transformative and mysterious agency of light. He is currently living and working in Philadelphia, PA.


Ryan Strand Greenberg, Artist Statement:
Ryan Strand Greenberg is a photographer living and working in Philadelphia, PA. His documentary style photographs are representations of the pleasures, difficulties, and paradoxes of working class people and places in contemporary American culture. Celebrating the uncelebrated. The amusing and the dull. The confidence and the vulnerability. The pride and the shame. Ryan takes pictures of typography, people, and landscapes he feels provide an extraordinary narrative about the ordinary urban and suburban environments we inhabit.