June First Friday

‘Tis the season for weddings, baby showers, father’s day, and beach vacations.  This June First Friday line up has one-of -a-kind gifts for all your summer occasions.

Here’s the round-up:

Craft Foundry
701 Belgrade St

Fresh natural skin care from a farm, and new jewelry.

The Art Dept
1638 E Berks


The Art Dept. is proud to present Ex Silentio: Mixed Media Works by Caitlin McCormack and Casey Murphy. Please join us in the parlour for a curious installment of intriguing oddities.

Caitlin McCormack:
The act of stiffening intricately crocheted cotton string with glue produces material that is structurally similar to delicate bone tissue. The string implemented in this process can be viewed as the basic cellular unit of fabrication, and by utilizing media and practices inherited from my deceased relatives, I aim to generate emblems of my diminishing bloodline, embodied by each organism’s skeletal remains.

Casey Murphy:
Embroidery, delicately crafted shadowboxes, and hand-restored antique garments are the artifacts retrieved from Casey Murphy’s artistic mausoleum. A collection of objects unearthed in the ruins of a lonely, Puritanical house; mile-markers defining the distance between a house and a home.

ALSO – Riley MacLean will be offering tintype portraits outside the gallery!

MotherHeart Studio
530 E Girard
Candlelight yoga with live music accompaniment by Kent Ellingson register here 7:30-8:45 PM

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

Girard Brasserie & Bruncherie, NicNacs4Peanuts & Street Glitter Gallery
300 Block of E Girard
Collaboration with DC Brau – Beer, giveaways, art and treats!
Girard June First Friday

Girard Brasserie, Street Glitter, Nic Nacs for Peanuts, and DC Brau have teamed up for an event at the 300 Block of East Girard avenue for First Friday, June 7.  Stop by Girard Brasserie between 5-9pm to purchase a $12 ticket.  The ticket will then be good for 3 complimentary beers by DC Brau (DCBrau.com), a different one being served at each of the 3 spots and goodies from each of the 3 stores.  Ticket holders will receive sweet and savory Beignets at Girard Brasserie,  any LP record of their choosing from the dollar bin at Nic Nacs for Peanuts, and a free light plate cover at Street Glitter.  Please contact 267 457-2486 with any questions.

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

Black Vulture Gallery
208 E Girard

black vulture
“Intrusions” paintings by Rachel Bridge, Buddy Nestor, Michal Brodka and Maria Teicher. 6-11 pm. Live music performed by “Faking” @ 10pm.

Indie Photo Lab
206 E Girard

THIS FRIDAY ** VISTA OCULTA** A First Friday Photo Event, June 5 at Indie Photo 7pm – ? Featuring photos taken from @saleemahmed ‘s last 3 visits to Bolivia where he taught photography, giving his students #35mm disposable cameras to capture their fascinating lives on the streets of La Paz.

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
1308 Frankford Ave

best of bucks

Philly Beer Week- Best of Bucks Boulevard & DiBruno’s Sampling featuring:
– Doylestown Brewing Co.
– Naked Brewing Company
– Broken Goblet
– Free Will Brewing Company
– Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company

Tap List:
– Bubba Tea Bag – Broken Goblet
– Samurai ChaiPA – Broken Goblet
– Yin Yang Oatmeal Stout – Broken Goblet Brewing
– Leon – Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
– Blitzkrieg Hops DIPA – Neshaminy Creek Brewing Co
– Barrel Aged Saison – Naked Brewing
– Naked Pale Ale – Naked Brewing Company
– R5 – Doylestown Brewing Co.
– Union St IPA – Doylestown Brewing
– Blood and Guts – Free Will Brewing
– Peach Lambic – Free Will Brewing Company


Toile Atelier
1333 Frankford


Kick off your summer with our Special Guest Cory Wade Hindorff, American’s Next Top Model cycle 20, hosting our Summer Capsule First Friday Event.Four Toile designers:: Bianca Rachele, Heartless Revival, Agashi and Cozen NYC:: will be presenting their exclusive summer capsule collections with a live model presentation. Come shop these mini collections for your new summer essential styles and meet the designers while enjoying summer sangria!!ALSO for the event guests will enjoy

++Complimentary Beauty Bar from Parlour Hair and Skin++

++Curated Art Show from Arch Enemy Arts++

++Poseybooth photobooth++

++ Fame Lust photography++
++Live Modeling (Presentations)and Styling by Designers++++Complimentary Refreshments++

++ (Sangria + Cheese/Wine + Fruit/Chocolate++

++Live DJ++

Featured Designers:

Heartless Revival
Heartless Revival

Bianca Rachele
Bianca Rachele

Agashi by Christina O
Agashi by Christina O

Cozen NYC



Join us outside Toile during the Fishtown FestivALE for our special event “Runway to the Rescue”- featuring rescue dogs from our local PSPCA.Rescued on the Runway will give you the opportunity to rescue a dog in style! The featured pups for the day will be styled by toile designers- rescue a dog and get the look!The dogs are all adoptable dogs- so please come early and get a chance to meet the pups and hang out before the show. After the Runway- they will return to the PSPCA where you can go adopt them and take them home!

Hosting the event will be Toiles shop dog LUNA!! Come celebrate her 6th birthday and the 4 year anniversary of Luna’s rescue!!!

We would also like to welcome the PSPCA to Frankford Ave! They will be opening their new fishtown location this June. Stop by and get some information on their new spot!
Facebook: /PennsylvaniaSPCA
Instagram: @PSPCA
Twitter: @PSPCA

Is going on from 12-9pm! Your favorite local spots having a street festival for beer week! Food and fun in the sun! Frankford between girard and master st!


The Philadelphia Record Exchange
1524 Frankford
Open late for First Friday!

LMNL Gallery at Bluecadet
1526 Frankford – NOTE – THIS OPENING IS ON JUNE 12th

Chang Liu Brings Interactive and Code-based Art to LMNL Gallery June 12th
Wild Growth, a solo show by Chang Liu opening June 12th at LMNL Gallery, promises to be one of the most exciting art exhibits in Philadelphia this year. Liu’s practice is grounded equally in code, chance, interactivity, and painting, with an accessibility and poetic energy rarely seen in new media and digital art.

“One of the biggest struggles I have with digital art is that my geek friends’ eyes glaze over when I talk about art, and my artist friends’ eyes glaze over when I talk about code. Chang Liu solves that problem,” says LMNL Gallery curator RJ Rushmore.

Wild Growth will include a combination of printed, video, and interactive works. The centerpiece of the exhibition will be a live installation of Liu’s Wild Growth, an application created by Liu to digitally “paint” scenes from a nearby webcam. Viewers will be able to see Wild Growth in action, and participate in the creation of its digital paintings. The counterpoint to Wild Growth will be Super Light, a large-scale audiovisual installation reminiscent of glitches, test patterns, and the kinds of flickering imagery that we only glimpse briefly as our electronic devices power on and off. Rounding out the exhibition will be a series of printed works, outputs from a program by Liu that creates computer-generated works inspired by Jackson Pollock. Wild Growth explores the space in between spaces: In between the natural and the digital worlds, on and off, complete logical control and apparent chaos… It’s a mystical space on the edge of discovery.

Liu is a multimedia artist from Beijing, now living and working in New York City. She is currently a graduate student at New York University’s prestigious Interactive Telecommunication Program. Her practice ranges from audiovisual installation and video pieces to interactive digital works to static digital images produced by code. Her work addresses urban culture and digital artistic languages.

LMNL Gallery is a contemporary art gallery on Frankford Avenue in Fishtown, in the entrance to the offices of Bluecadet, an Emmy Award-winning digital agency that creates world-class websites, mobile apps, interactive installations, and immersive environments. Led by Bluecadet founder Josh Goldblum, gallery director Thomas Buildmore and curator RJ Rushmore, LMNL Gallery exhibits artists who are expanding the horizons of contemporary art in sculpture, photography, painting, drawing, and new media.

Wild Growth opens at LMNL Gallery on Friday, June 12th, from 6-9pm. The exhibition will remain on view through June 27th by appointment. LMNL Gallery is located at 1526 Frankford Ave in Philadelphia, PA. RSVP and let your friends know on Facebook.

Atmosphere Printing Company
1761 Frankford
Atmosphere Printing Company Open House, $2 – $10 poster prints available

House Gallery
1816 Frankford
Join or Die
José Ortiz-Pagán
Reception: June 5th from 6 – 9 pm
Show runs through June 27th

corrupted time

This project departs from a re-contextualization of the Join or Die woodcut by Benjamin Franklin which at the time appealed to the new colonist in the American Revolution Era.
The image dictates a mandate of rupture capitalizing on the notion of control. This allowed the artists to connect the cartoon to recent historic scenarios. The breaking of the body as a structure of manipulation repeats itself throughout history as a way to encrypt a repressive information system.

Catch & Release Merchants
1832 Frankford
Quality Goods Created Stateside; Featured Cookie: Oatmeal Cranberry

PSG Gallery at Philadelphia Sculpture Gym
1834 Frankford
PSG Gallery presents Oracles a solo exhibition featuring Zoë Williams 


ORACLES is a continuation of the artist’s ongoing exploration of dreams and visions. As in past exhibitions, otherworldly creatures serve as spirit guides, but imbued with the power of second sight, they extend their domain beyond the present and into the past and future. The possibility of non-linear time complements a life that is experienced in both inner and outer worlds.

Born in 1983 in New Orleans, LA, Zoë Williams holds a BA in Fine Art from the University of New Orleans and a Certificate in Fiber Art from the University of Washington. Her work in needle felted wool has been exhibited in galleries around the world. She currently lives and works in New York City.

The opening reception will be First Friday, June 5th from 6-9pm. The exhibition runs from June 5th through June 27th.

The PSG 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). Darla Jackson started the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym 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.

Circle of Hope Gallery
2009 Frankford Ave
Nuevas Esperanzas

circle of hope

Nuevas Esperanzas walks alongside vulnerable campesino (subsistence farming) communities in Nicaragua living on less than $1.25 per day and holistically supports them through sustainable development until they are able to lift themselves out of poverty. We offer technical assistance in agroecology (including beekeeping and cooperative development), water and sanitation engineering, social development, business development, civil engineering and project management. In our long term commitment to communities we employ participatory methods in addition to working through our relationships with the communities to see people step towards agency, generosity and flourishing.

The theme of the night is to see another world through the eyes of a grassroots development organization in one of the poorest countries in the western hemisphere

There will be photos of different phases of the work and of people’s lives we lovingly support as they seek to leave their poverty behind

We’ll have some beeswax candles for sale and maybe a few prints if people wants to buy them

We’ll have some cheese, honey and crackers

We’re hoping to spread the word about a great organization that empowers people to lift themselves out of poverty as opposed to conducting programs that create dependency

Philadelphia Argentine Tango School
2030 Frankford Ave
7-8 pm – Free Beginner-Level Argentine Tango Class No partner needed!

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

Space 2033
2033 Frankford Ave
Creative space for the healing arts

Liberty Vintage
2212 Sepviva St
Dr. Beardfacé and the Spaceman http://bnds.in/1z5acdd 8-11PM

liberty vintage

The Pickled Heron 
2218 Frankford
French Inspired bistro. BYOB.

Fishtown Vapes
2223 Frankford
Buy one get one free e juice, 10% off all starter kits and hardware

Emerald Street Urban Farm/The Head & the Hand Press
Dauphin and Emerald St

corn belt

Join The Head & The Hand Press for their Corn Belt Release at Emerald St. Urban Farm (located on the corners of Emerald and Dauphin Street in East Kensington just 3 blocks from Frankford Avenue and 1 block from the York Dauphin El Stop) 7pm The Corn Belt Almanac is finally here! Join us for readings from the almanac, music by Dawn Prawn & the Midnight Shrimp, farm games, and Victory Beer.

The First Banana
2152 E Dauphin St
ICON•O•POP Opening– First Friday w/ Mike Bell sponsored by PBR
Bell show postcard

Little Baby’s Ice Cream
2311 Frankford Ave
Little Baby’s will be featuring a Lavender Pepper Ice Cream inspired by and to be paired with St. Benjamin Brewery’s Liason Saison beer. St Benjamin’s will be pouring samples of the Liason Saison in the backyard from 6-9pm while supplies last. This event is part of Philadelphia’s Beer Week 2015!

2419 Frankford Ave
Richard Said
Opening Reception, June 5th, 7-10pm
On view June 5 – June 28


Fjord Gallery is pleased to present Richard Said, organized by Adam Lovitz and Alex Roth.

Richard Said is a group show formed in response to written excerpts by Alex Roth, whose studio practice is based in a post industrial, American Landscape; a flood-damaged, active coal mining community in Pennsylvania where a living and dissociative history causes daily interactions to become charged and tentative. A fire that began in one of the local mines in the 1980’s still burns, causing steam to rise from the surrounding hills.

Richard Said examines the overlapping nature of language, both written and visual.

Featuring work by:  Sarah Faux, Nick Parker, Alex Roth, Adam Lovitz, Philippa Beardsley, Ashley Wick

Atlantis the Lost Bar
2442 Frankford
roup show & adult beverages

Little Berlin
Ouroboros opening reception 6-9 pm

Justin Duerr Here the Plot Unravels Pen & Ink 68" x 36"

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Little Berlin presents “Ouroboros” an exhibition of artwork from Daniel Pillis (Pittsburgh), Nancy Black (Philadelphia), John Dingler (Riverside, California), and Justin Duerr (Philadelphia). The artists featured in “Ouroboros”, create their work in self-referential, cyclical manners.

Through a breadth of techniques, these artists are compelled to express their personal visions, inner dialogues, theories, and reflections. The artworks in this show were selected because of their defiance of classification or objectives commonly held by academia or the art market. At the same time, the artists do not work in a vacuum. Some have earned MFAs; others have sold works fetching 5-figure price tags. They are exposed to the same cultural experiences as the rest of of us, though they have chosen to delve deeply into artistic creation to explore and comment on the wider world.

The work does not seek to fulfill the strict requirements of an academic thesis, nor does it make attempts at being marketable for prospective buyers. It does not necessarily set out to comment on contemporary social trends, nor does it try to emulate an aesthetic movement. It is artwork created of self-motivation, though not inherently selfish. These are deeply personal visions pursued for deeply personal reasons.

Each work is a unique manifestation of the endless possibilities that can be explored from the depths of the mind. It comes from a place that exists within all of us, where our identities are formed through self-written narratives; thought loops, drawing on memories and dreams; questions and conclusions; decisions and occurrences; theories and observations. Through looking inward, these artists shed light on the basic elements that we all share in being human.

Daniel Pillis, most recently based in Pittsburgh pursuing an MFA at Carnegie Mellon, invites us to step into the sentimental arrangement of his Grandmother’s household items. Formerly sourced from her New Jersey home, this collection was transformed into an immersive living art exhibit at the Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh household where Mr. Pillis formerly resided. Now moving to a new stage, the installation has found a temporary home at Little Berlin.

Nancy Black, based in Philadelphia, partakes in a lighthearted conversation with herself, where she bounces from amusing notions, to symbolic imagery. Her work is sometimes reminiscent of schoolyard inside jokes, and other times evocative of her yet to be revealed realities.

John Dingler is a multi-disciplinary artist working in sculpture, painting, installation and video. He is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine. His video collage work, which he calls “moviettes” serve as both art pieces as well as documentation of his own and others’ politics.

Justin Duerr is a Philadelphia-based artist, musician and writer. He creates large scale illuminated manuscripts of a greater life cycle. He co-founded the Church of Devine Energy, an independent religion dedicated to self-awareness through creative expression. Duerr was also a member of the former Coalition Ingenu, a Philadelphia based agency that brokered exhibition opportunities for self taught artists.

F.A.N. Friend and Nemesis
2472 Frankford
Pre-summer sale until 7pm!

Greensgrow Urban Farm
2501 E Cumberland


Clay Pig Sale @ Greensgrow Urban Farm created by The Clay Creations Class at St. Anne’s Senior Center 3-6pm. Sale will raise money to help feed “Milkshake the Pig & Friends”    Light Refreshments will be served.

Seven Swords Tattoo Company
2580 Frankford
Grand Opening Meet & Greet
$80 Small Pre-Drawn Flash Tattoos 1pm – 6pm / Drinks (free beer while it lasts) and Snacks 6pm-10pm

grand opening

Cook and Shaker
2301 E Albert
Firkin First Friday with American Ale from Cricket Hill and artist Ellyn Womelsdorf, taps at 8pm.


Gravy Studio
155 Cecil B Moore
Gravy Gallery & Studio will show ‘Discover the Railyard’ by Karl Shoulder.


From the artist:

Over the past nine months I’ve spent time wandering the space that winds above the Callowhill neighborhood — attempting to capture how we know it today.
Soon, the Reading Viaduct will no longer exist in the form it has for over twenty years, and we should celebrate that existence while looking forward to the coming improvement. We’re going to see change from a space for urban art, exploration, and wondering “how do I even get up there?” to space the city will be proud to improve, maintain, and share with the masses.