April showers bring May flowers, but April First Fridays bring amazing events to the neighborhood!
Pink Slime Gallery
454 E Girard
A QC Malt zine release and art show celebrating the spirit and community of the Quaker city in a creative homage to the classic chow that makes Philly so damn Philly.
453 E Girard
Enjoy a cigar – 18 and over only
312 E Girard
Dinner and discussing with Traveling Mmonk Devamrita Swami
Event page here.
Vintage & antique sidewalk sale until 9 pm
206 E Girard Ave
Photography gallery, print lab, and photo supply shop
This event will be sponsored by local brewer Broad Vine Brewing. We will have a full gallery of JohnF’s work. Event page here.
Happy Hour from 4-6 pm and half-price raw bar featuring local beer and oysters
Enjoy a beer and delicious food in an open-air German style beer garden
Front Street Cafe
1253 N Front St
First Friday art opening with Jay Roth!
Join local photgrapher Jay Roth and Front Street Cafe as they bring you another exciting 1st Firday Art Exhibit. Complimentary appetizers and wine, in the 2F Gallery Space.
Jay Edward Roth is a self-educated artist living in Philadelphia. His current photographic work explores landscapes, urban development, and blight. He looks to find the beauty in each, informed by the surreal and dreams.
Event page here.
1301 Frankford Ave
$2 Beer. Kitchen open until 1 am, 7 days a week. Happy hour 5-7 pm Monday through Friday.
Bottle Bar East
1308 Frankford Ave
April First Friday comes at you this Friday and we’re going all in with a strong, eight beer Lineup from Stone Brewing. Nate Anthony from Stone will be on hand to talk to you about his favorite subject, hops! Here’s the lineup:
-Stone Ruination Double IPA 2.0
-Stone Delicious IPA
-Marble/Odell/Stone Megawheat Double IPA
-Stone Tangerine Express IPA
-Stone Jindia Pale Ale
-Stone Enjoy By 4-20-17 IPA
1311 Frankford Ave
“Inventory, c. steed”
Join Heather Karlie Vieira in presenting the work of Clintel Steed in his one man show – inventory, c. steed at Fishtown Pop Up.
Event page here.
1333 Frankford Ave
We are kicking off our First Fridays this Spring with on of our Favorite Philly Jewelry Designers- NUANCE!
Complimentary Drinks and Snacks Served | 6-9 pm
Event page here
1424 Frankford Ave
First Friday featuring art by Darnell Lamont | 6-8 pm
Cocktails/Beer + Snacks
Event page here
Bio: Philadelphia artist Darnell Lamont entered the professional design world in 2012 after receiving his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Computer Graphic Design from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Since then, he has proved himself an ever evolving designer. Implementing a variety of elements from photography to typography to free-hand illustration, his compositions conceal a broad palette.
Half off classes | 5-7pm
Moffet Youth Art Show ft. John Moffet School with Al Bustan Seeds of Culture | 6-9 pm
Atonement Lutheran Church (1542 E. Montgomery Ave, between Frankford and Tulip will be providing comfort and support to those experiencing incarceration- letters and cards to those in prison around the US. Discussion encouraged. Refreshments and all materials provided.
Event page here.
The Art Dept
1638 E Berks St
The Art Dept. Turns Four!
Drinks, Snacks, Dancing, and a DIY Terrarium Bar | 6-9pm
Accessories, apparel, houseware, and art
Circle of Hope Gallery
2007 Frankford Ave
Event page here.
2029 Frankford Ave
All natural, organic children’s clothing, toys and prenatal skincare
Philadelphia Argentine Tango School
2030 Frankford Ave
7-8PM – FREE beginner- level Argentine Tango Class. No partner needed!
8-9:30PM – Tango Practica for Beginners (a social dance for newer tango dancers) – Cost: $5
Vintage | Jewels | Mid-Century Modern Furniture+Lighting | Found Objects
2036 Frankford Ave
First Friday Community Spin– $5
50% off e-juice and 20% off all hardware
Liberty Vintage Motorcycles
2122 Sepviva St
Liberty Vintage Is Back!
Brodi Valos Band, Antique Motorcycles, and ART
Event page here
Half and a Third
2210 Frankford Ave
Grace and Glory Yoga
2220 Frankford Ave
Class 5:30-6:30pm & shop apparel
110 W Dauphin St
NKCDC Derby Happy Hour!
Little Baby’s Ice Cream
2311 Frankford Ave
Scoops To Power!
Little Baby’s Ice Cream will host a curated selection of work by local photographers, documenting recent protests and civic gatherings. Postcards submitted to LBIC’s Scoops To Power letter writing event will also be on display. Additional postcards will be provided for attendees to write their own messages and add to the display.
Franny Lou’s is turning two!
Drawing by Scum Lizard | Complimentary beverages | 6-8pm
Come by to offer good wishes for Franny Lou’s 3rd year of love!
Tribbletang! | 6-8 pm
Cook & Shaker
2301 E Albert St
Firkin Friday featuring Evil Genius and art by Ellyn Womelsdorf
Yards Brewing Co.
901 N Delaware Ave
Yards is opening its doors to art lovers of all kinds on First Friday! Join us for an evening of beer, music and selected artworks. Featured artists include Yards’ own Bob Stokes and Caity Carlton as well as special guest Gwen Nikkels plus live music by Static Underground. Art will be available for purchase.
Gravy Studio & Gallery
910 N 2nd St
Photography Exhibition by Chris Peters
April 7th – 29th
Gravy Studio & Gallery is proud to present Public / Private, an exhibition of artist Chris Peters’ most recent body of work, in which he constructs large scale, site-specific camera obscuras in rooms of abandoned buildings, and then photographs these installations. The powerful images not only function as documents of abandoned space juxtaposed against a broader urban fabric, but also suggest a reading of these spaces that contradicts traditional narratives of urban decay. Click here to view a video of his work in the making.
A precursor to more complex photographic equipment, a camera obscura is a simple optical device that requires only a dark chamber—in Peters’ case, an entire room—and a small hole in one side of the chamber. Because light travels in straight lines, an inverted image of whatever is outside the dark chamber will be projected onto the wall opposite the hole. The size and placement of this hole determines the quality and appearance of the picture; a smaller hole produces a sharp but dim image, while a larger opening yields a bright picture that is less focused.
Peters’ use of the camera obscura as a tool is integral to his conceptual project. After blacking out every window, opening and crack in his chosen room, Peters drills a hole into the outside wall, its size and placement dependent on the artist’s desired photographic outcome. Once this camera obscura is constructed, Peters photographs the resulting projection within the room. In the process of converting these abandoned spaces into black boxes and then cameras, the artist deconstructs and reimagines the figurative and literal boundaries separating interior and exterior space. The walls that designate private space, that physically separate outdoors from in, are rendered ineffective when Peters projects the outside world onto them. No longer do the walls separate this indoor space from what surrounds it; instead, exterior and interior collapse onto one another and cannot be so easily delineated.
Imposing the inverted projections of the outdoors onto empty interiors literalises the relational dialectics that govern urban space—a relationship that is complex and mutually affecting. As a rich theoretical site for discussions of the political and social implications of its organization, the urban city readily lends itself to an investigation of how public and private—accessible and inaccessible—spaces transect and affect one another. By layering public sites onto private, Peters calls into question a rigid understanding of public and private space as intrinsically separate and mutually exclusive. Instead, the photographs Peters produces from his conversion of these sites perform as documents of private and public (interior and exterior) spaces that are deeply connected, spatially as well as conceptually.
Peters’ interest in urban landscapes and particularly the lost and abandoned spaces within those environments began in the early 1990s with his involvement in graffiti culture. His encounters with decay as a graffiti writer within the broader cityscape laid the groundwork for his current projects. By presenting documents of spaces modified to be neither exclusively private nor public, and by the nature of his process, Peters inserts these “forgotten”, decaying sites back into the urban fabric that surrounds them. His direct layering of a broader exterior onto an interior of disarray firmly aligns the spaces as interconnected. Though often considered valueless or undesirable in the context of a healthy urban site, these abandoned buildings and rooms Peters presents are resituated as intrinsic to and in dialogue with a broader urban context.
Chris Peters was born in Shorewood, Wisconsin in 1978. He holds a BFA in Photography and Video and an MFA in Community Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art.
E V E N T S
Opening Reception: Friday, April 7th, 6-10 pm
Artist Talk and Closing: Saturday, April 29th.
Presentation 1-2 PM. Closing 1-6 pm
Open Hours: Saturdays in April, 1-5 pm
Other Upcoming Local Events!
2430 Coral St
April 8- 23rd, 2007
Opening Reception: April 8, 7-9pm
Featuring artwork by Natalie Kuenzi, Kasey Toomey, Kaitlin Pomerantz, Meghan Howland, Leon Xu, Stephanie Bursese and Will Owen
Curated by Terrill Warrenburg
Annex: Installation by Louise O’Rourke-Barnhart curated by Eric Anthony Berdis. Opening Reception also April 8, 7-9pm
Little Berlin is pleased to present FOUND, an array of art, objects, and installations generated with found material from Kensington. The exhibition will run from April 8- 23rd with an opening reception on Saturday April 8th from 7-9pm.
An object collection and community cleanup event will precede the exhibition’s installation on Sunday April 2 from 11-1pm and is open to the public. Artists and guests will embark on a walkabout of Little Berlin’s neighborhood, collecting trash and other objects for future use as artistic material or as general recycling/ trash clean up.
Skill-share Workshop: Wednesday, April 12th, 7pm
During this open-to-all participatory program, artists and guests will be invited to share their personal artistic skills and techniques with an emphasis on turning “trash” into art, maintaining environmentally sustainable art practices, and more! The audience is invited to contribute.