August First Friday Details

Check out "JP Bevins: 20Grand" at Gravey inside Cycle Studios!

Check out “JP Bevins: 20Grand” at Gravy inside Cycle Studios!

Its not so hot, you’ve been to the shore, and Frankford Avenue is officially the smoothest street in Philadelphia, at least for now!  Come to Fishtown and East Kensington for stimulating art, the city’s coolest most fun people, and a smooth ride!

Also – be sure to stop by the First Friday Craft Bazaar at Frankford and Berks – featuring a wheat pasting exhibition, tarot readings, local vendors, music and more!

Check out the gallery listings after the jump.

*All events run from 6pm to 9pm unless otherwise noted

Black Vulture Gallery
208 E Girard
A solo Exhibition by Hoode with music by Soul Radiation 6 pm – 11 pm food and drink also music starts at 9 pm

1113 Frankford
Phantasmagoria Circus: 10PM-12:30AM
VIDEO: Phantasmagoria Circus Fire show 1 (7-1-11) @Bookspace

Johnny Brenda’s
1201 Frankford

Happy Hour DJs: All In The Family with Joey Breakdown & Reggie Ryder

Frankford Hall Beer Garden
1210 Frankford
The Hall is offering a special discount for First Friday Participants: bring your handbill or show this online FF listing when ordering for a $5 liter of Franziskaner Hefeweizen or a $6 glass of Gruner Veltliner (white wine)!

1309 Frankford

Phone: 215.426.7007
Objects for Home & Store Design
Industrial for repurposing
Architectural elements
Mid-Century Modern
Ornamental Iron
Art & Antiques
(Hours: Friday & Saturday noon to 7pm)

adorn boutique
1314 frankford ave.
Come check the lovely jewelry and cloths!

The Lola Bean
1325 Frankford
Get caffeinated!

Extra Extra
1524 Frankford
Zachary Davis’s Lowbeam

two percent to glory
1817 Frankford
Vintage clothes, cheese and wine!

NKCDC Garden Center
1825 Frankford

First Friday Craft Bazaar!

Creative Stuff
Shera –Girlyfied Gear
Justin – Communitea – Silk Screened Items
Carol Ann Clark and Donna Marie Anderson – crocheted items
Minna – Craft Foundry
Eva – Eva E. Glassworks
Mary Jane Reilley – Yaya bags and more
Patricia Krupa – Photos & Jewelry
Richard Kraus – watercolors, including local buildings of note
Deadfish Media Group – Graphic Apparel
Riverward – Jewelry and Prints
Christopher Streeter – Engraving and wood cuts
Lauren Langley – Tarot Card Readings
Justin DeRosa – Photo Prints
Karen & Marley Bice – Jewelry

Community Stuff
Wheat Paste Your Heart Out – a community art project coming to a wall near you!  Artists will demonstrate wheat pasting technique live before your eyes!


Matt Sowell
Dj Robinson
Ladies Auxilary

Rocket Cat
2001 Frankford

F&N Gallery
2009 Frankford
mural artist AJ – her current work is focused on scenes in the middle east conflict areas

Heathen Salon
2021 Frankford
A house salon, all are welcomed.

Philadelphia Argentine Tango School
2030 Frankford
Free Beginner Class this and every Friday, 8:30-9:30 pm.  Stay afterward for dancing & refreshments until midnight.

Part Time Studios
2031 Frankford
Part Time Studios presents New Normal.  New work by Ketch Wehr and Bonnie Brenda Scott.

Space 2033
2033 Frankford Ave
A multi purpose venue and gallery

Leotah’s Place Coffeehouse
2033 E York
Erik Nielsen‘s Vignettes: a show of photographs dedicated to quiet moments, elegant compositions and the art of the still life.

2039 Frankford
Dealers in rare coins, stamps, prints and ephemera:  E.G. Marshall & Associates is a whole new store.

Highwire Gallery
2040 Frankford
Exhibit…Work in Progress

Liberty Vintage
2212 Sepviva
Liberty Vintage / Cycle Studios offers a mix of antique motorcycles and the primal art of indusrty. Hosting its monthly FF ride in cycle meet & show off session,mixed with its upstairs print shop BYO studios and its new photography co-op/gallery “GRAVY”.. its sure to please and entertain as always..cocktails from 7pm – and snacks.

2212 Sepviva
JP Bevins: 20Grand
JP Bevins is a photographer currently based in Philadelphia who’s work explores societal and personal ideals of value, morale, and perceived norms.

Atlantis the lost Bar
Frankford & Hagert
Drink specials and local art!

Elite Training Fitness
2223 Frankford

Scott Knowlton started taking pictures while on a journalistic assignment in Cuba in 2008. After the first shutter click, he was hooked. He started taking pictures of anything and everything that caught his eye through the lens. Since those first pictures in Cuba, he’s focused on landscapes and portraits alike and has a real affinity for images that captivate.

His gallery will feature landscapes and portraits on wrap-around canvases as well as framed prints of some of his most popular work taken in and around Philadelphia. And of course, some of those original photos from Cuba will be in the mix as well.

Hex Factory
2080 E Cumberland
(about 400 feet west of Frankford)
Sub-real & American Dystopia
: Paintings by Jon F. Allen, curated by David Stanley Aponte

Jon, a native of Trenton, New Jersey is often known for his video, experimental music and installation works and this show explores his earlier paintings that often focuses on a darker side of American Dystopia. There is an interesting parallel to his work that one might find in paintings by artists such as Pieter Bruegel, Hieronymus Bosch, Henri Rousseau,  Jean Dubuffet,  Joe Coleman & primitivist artists as well as late 20th century heavy metal, grindcore & punk rock culture.

meet the artist plus live experimental music by JLA on Friday, September 2, 2011 5-9:30pm
Open August 6-September 30th by appontment. Please contact to make appointment: email phone: 215-873-7315

Little Berlin
2430 Coral (Next to Coral Street Arts House)
Distributed Collectives

An exhibition of three web-based artist groups: Computers Club, Manifest.AR and F.A.T.  The artists in these groups are located in cities all over the globe, including Berlin, New York, London, Phoenix, Boston, Amsterdam among others – many of them have been working together closely online for years but have never met in person.  This show examines the history and structure of the groups and looks at the diverse processes and approach of the artist working on the interwebz.

Work in the show ranges from creative coding projects like browser extensions and spatial recognition, to augmented reality public art, to browser-based motion art and physical installations.

Artists include: Krist Wood, Robert Lorayn, Duncan Malashock, Travess Smalley, Petra Cortright, Will Pappenheimer, Mark Skwarek, Christopher Manzione, John Craig Freeman, Sander Veenhof, Geoffrey Alan Rhodes, Todd Magolis, Greg Leuch, Tobias Leingruber, Aram, Barthol, Theodore Watson, Golan Levin, Borna Sammak…and more.

There will be an opening reception on First Friday, August 5th that includes performance, demonstrations, virtual tours and barbecue.  Please join us from 6-10PM at little berlin, located in the courtyard at the Viking Mill: 2430 Coral Street, Philadelphia 19125.  Parking for bikes and cars is readily available.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Open Web Studio will be held on Monday August 15th from 6-9PM.  There will be a presentation on the process of creating augmented reality work, from a technical perspective.  Additionally, artists working in AR will share their perspective on the technology and their creative approach to working with this emerging medium.

An online exhibit and digital catalog is available at The show runs from August 5th until August 27th, 2011.  Gallery hours are Saturdays from 12-5PM.

Walking Fish Theatre
2511 Frankford Ave
Tommy D Naked Man Presents: Variety Show Buffs in the Buff
A clothing optional Art and Poetry Extravaganza
$8 – 7:30pm email for more details

O’Reilly’s Pub
Frankford & Lehigh
Drinks specials, great food, and great company!  Now featuring Philadelphia Brewing Company beers on tap from right here in the neighborhood!


Second Helping…
The below galleries will hold their openings on Saturday August 9th, because we know you need to come back for more.

Slingluff Gallery (Philly Hot List winners of “Best Art Gallery” 2010.)
11 W Girard
Photography by Mark Havens
Opening Saturday August 6, 6-9p