May First Friday

The sun is out and galleries are open!!  Here’s the full line-up for this beautiful May First Friday.

Here’s the round-up:

Craft Foundry
701 Belgrade St

Perfect Mother’s Day Gifts!

The Art Dept
1638 E Berks

Just One Arrow by John York
Oh the road is long and narrow,
And I’m down to just one arrow,
And my old paint, he can hardly stand.
But you can point me toward the battle,
Put me back up in my saddle,
It’s time for me to take my own last stand.

I’ve been looking for a way to cross the Rockies in my mind,
Tryin’ to decide about my own Great Divide.
There’s a mighty Mississippi ragin’ somewhere in my soul,
I’ve got to cross this desert, before I reach my goal.

‘Cause the road is long and narrow
And I’m down to just one arrow,
And my old paint, he can hardly stand.
But you can point me toward the battle,
Put me back up in my saddle,
It’s time for me to make my own last stand…

Colleen Rudolf is an artist working in Philadelphia. She is heavily influenced by the natural world as well as Native American wisdom and philosophy. She employs a variety of mediums in an effort to study subjects and pay them tribute. Of particular interest to Rudolf is how humans occupy a middle ground between animal and machine. From You I Will Learn is a collection of sculpture, drawings, paintings and photographs that describe the artist’s perception of this predicament.

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

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

First Presbyterian Church in Kensington 
418 E Girard
Wine and Cheese Art Show 7-9PM

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
Featuring work by over 55 local artists. Open until 7PM.

Firth & Wilson Transport Cycles
1105 Frankford Ave
New location celebration, open late with beer and wine

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
Saucony Creek Tap Takeover samples from 6-8PM
Art by Art Machine Productions

Jinxed Fishtown
1331 Frankford
Mayday: Artwork by Sean 9 Lugo 6-10PM

The Philadelphia Record Exchange
1524 Frankford

Open late for First Friday!

LMNL Gallery at Bluecadet
1526 Frankford

Opening May 1st: Tod Seelie’s Outland Empire

With Outland Empire, opening May 1st at Philadelphia’s LMNL Gallery, photographer Tod Seelie explores the eccentricities and underground of Southern California. Seelie’s photographs oscillate from depicting the forgotten vestiges of humanity to wild moments full of energy, always with his unique eye and penchant for exploration. Outland Empire is a reminder that the world is more than just carefully manicured people and places. There’s still a bit of dirt and magic out there, for now.

“Tod Seelie is like Jack Kerouac with a camera, capturing the guts of humanity while he lives it, but never forgetting that photography is an art. It’s something that many attempt and many more fake, but few actually achieve,” says LMNL Gallery curator RJ Rushmore.

Originally shot earlier this year as part of a residency with Superchief Gallery in Los Angeles, Seelie’s Outland Empire series is now making its way to the East Coast, along with a number of photos in the series that were not included in the original exhibition.

Seelie has photographed in over 25 countries on five different continents. His editorial and commercial photograph clients include TIME Magazine, New York Magazine, Rolling Stone, Juxtapoz, Vans, and Vice, and his work has been exhibited at Mass MoCA and the Philadelphia Art Alliance. In 2013, Seelie published his first book of photography, BRIGHT NIGHTS: Photographs of Another New York, with Prestel Publishing. The book chronicles 15 years of living and shooting in NYC.

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.

Outland Empire opens at LMNL Gallery on May 1st, First Friday, from 6-9pm. RSVP and invite your friends on Facebook. The exhibition will remain on view through May 29th by appointment. LMNL Gallery is located at 1526 Frankford Ave in Philadelphia, PA.

Outland Empire zines and Seelie’s recent book BRIGHT NIGHTS: Photographs of Another New York will be available for purchase at the opening reception.

In addition to the exhibition at LMNL Gallery, Superchief Gallery NYC will be presenting Outland Empire at Tender Trap in Brooklyn. The exhibition at Tender Trap opens April 30th.

Steap & Grind
1619 Frankford
Pumps for Puppies! A Slush Shoes fundraiser party for Palmer Doggie Depot
Please join us for a fun evening of shopping to benefit The Palmer Doggie Depot.
Shush Shoes features boutique shoes and handbags is a variety of styles and sizes. There is something for everyone.
View our styles at 5-8PM

Ladies – grab a friend and update your spring wardrobe!
Guys – You can shop for the Moms in your life for Mothers’ Day!

There will be samples to try on before placing orders.
Cash, check and credit cards accepted -(no AmEx).

Steap and Grind will have coffee and tea for sale.

House Gallery
1816 Frankford
Full Frontal Fecundity works by Karl Joneshouse

Catch & Release Merchants
1832 Frankford
“Quality Goods Created Stateside” Sidewalk KCFC Membership! Featured Cookie: SUGAR

PSG Gallery at Philadelphia Sculpture Gym
1834 Frankford
process: CASTING III
a Group Exhibition

Philadelphia Sculpture Gym Gallery presents Process: CASTING III

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – April 22, 2015 – Coming this May, the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym Gallery will be exhibiting our third installment of Process: CASTING. Mold making and casting are one of our core focuses at the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym and this exhibition will showcase cast sculpture from a variety of different media. Ten artists chosen for their skills will present varying techniques, yet all pieces have the common thread of requiring a mold to produce.

Artists include:
James Dessicino
Tara Booth
Ian Bosak
Morgan Dummitt
Maria Albornoz
Ava Blitz
Lauren Wolfe-Miller
Georgette Veeder
Domenic D’Andrea
Alicia Courtney McCloskey

The opening reception will be First Friday, May 1st from 6 – 9pm.  The exhibition runs from May 1st through 29th.

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). 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

Union Cycle Supply Co.
1864 Frankford Ave
First Friday After Party/Genny sampling
Music by DJ Yanni

Circle of Hope Gallery
2009 Frankford Ave
1st Annual H.A Brown Art Gallery Exhibit
You are formally invited to attend our free opening reception for the first annual student art exhibition, where selected works from our school will be shown at the
Circle of Hope Gallery.

See amazing student work!
Eat delicious food!
Win raffle prizes!

This is a free event but if you are able to bring an item from our list below to donate to H.A. Brown’s art program it would be greatly appreciated.

Materials needed:
Colored Paper
White Paper
Watercolor Paints
Colored Pencils

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
To the Skies by Jodi Cachia
Jodia Cachia To the Skies
May Show: Beltane Edition! 6-10pm.  Celebrate the creative fire!  In the light of the Full Flower Moon. ☽✺☾
Illustrations, ink drawings, watercolors, etchings by Jessica Rodgers, Jodi Cachia, and Ellyn Womelsdorf.
With members of Space 2033’s tribal bellydance troupe Luna K’tanah dancing at intervals throughout the night, as well as fire fan performances with Elana Rajah Lamour
Music:  Special Machete Mix with Bang Ri
De-stress and feel good with Indian Head Massage w/Walking Medicine starting at 6:30pm and chair massage w/Tranquil Therapy at 9pm, $1/min.
Take part in a Beltane craft!  And get info on upcoming classes and workshops.  w/light refreshments.
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.
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.
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.
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Liberty Vintage
2212 Sepviva St
Presented by Liberty Vintage Motorcycles and Cotton Candy Circus Arts join us this and every First Friday on Frankford for an evening of bikes, bands, babes, beer and bonfires just the way god himself intended.

The Slo Johnson Band
Explosive Head
Howling Fantods

Cotton Candy Circus Arts and Special Guests:
Aerials – Shannon Sexton, Erin Flanigan & Susan Gates
Pole- Coco McGraw
Hoop- Yandeh Sallah-Muhammed
Partner Acro- Thomas Hooks & Erin Flanigan
Sideshow- Jason Lutz
Burlesque- Madame Hellcat

Art Installations:
Jenna Stamm
Jodi Cachia

The Pickled Heron 
2218 Frankford
French Inspired bistro. BYOB.

The First Banana
2152 E Dauphin St
Faking the Moon Landing: Original Vintage 3D & Still Photographs by Rich Wexler
Rich Wexler will be showing his collection of taken and found Polaroids, 3D Viewmaster photos, 3D Projected Viewmaster Photos and assorted instant film photos. I have been using vintage gear (3d personal viewmaster camera, Polaroids, Instant Film) to capture settings stick in the past. I have been shooting Parades, Old towns, vintage cars and motels, cemeteries, portraits, and ridiculous fashion photos for years and will be showing my collection. Prints will be for sale, and PBR’s will be available.

Live Viewmaster Slide Show! – at 7 and 8
Guess the new from old pic contest!

2301 Frankford
DJ DVD Phil & DJ Nikki V w/ special guest DJ Front Moon 9PM-2AM

Little Baby’s Ice Cream
2311 Frankford Ave

2419 Frankford Ave
Greetings from Lake Zwenkau
Opening Reception, May 1st, 7-10pm
On view May 1 – May 30

Fjord Gallery is pleased to present Greetings from Lake Zwenkau, a group show opening May 1st, curated by Cameron Masters and featuring works by Laura Brothers, Clement Valla, Lisa Sigal and Molly Zuckerman-Hartung

Folded and torn pages, mosaics, vague landscapes, question marks, geometric shapes, red dots, and exes fill the empty spaces in unmaintained or obsolete websites like virtual bricks in a ruin. Commonly referred to as ‘missing’, broken’ or ‘image not found’ icons, these pictograms are inserted by browsers and web hosts to alert users of defective links to images. These tiles are dense and contradictory, filling in as generic surrogates for all images and acting as embodiments of absence. With the underlying context of the ‘broken’ icons and their historical equivalents as a subtext for the exhibition, the assembled works, while varied in their approaches and outcomes, can be read as placeholders for unseen narratives, inquests into the exploitation of failure, and approaches to subverting tactic expectations of representations.

Atlantis the lost Bar
2442 Frankford
group show & adult beverages

Little Berlin
2430 Coral St

The Banquet of Limitless Opportunity

May 1st (First Friday), Doors 7pm (show 8pm)

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The Banquet of Limitless Opportunity is a singular, all- encompassing, experiential, immersive evening of fantastical interactive performance presented by Little Berlin in collaboration with Humble Treasure Productions {HTP}, and Chef Ryan Saito. The inclusion of food adds another layer to the experience for the guests. Saito creates dishes both inspired by and complementary to the performances taking place. Extracting inspiration from the amorphous contemporary post-internet culture, an elite group of fated participants are invited to exist within the confines of a Dalí-esque surrealist dinner party. The chosen ones will become subservient to the performers, while the audience members become voyeurs, mesmerized by the spectacle, seduced by the oddities, and transcended into a world that vaguely resembles their own realities. Throughout a four-course meal, the diners will be taken through a whirlwind of taste, stories, abstract art, and psychological tests. Musical interludes and experimental stimuli will be intertwined into the night and take stage in front of the pigments of the gods.
The soirée will begin promptly at 8pm. All guests can potentially be selected to become one of the ten surrealist dinner guests to indulge in Chef Ryan Saito’s unique creations. Refreshments and surprises will be available to all guests.


Our multidisciplinary participants are:
Moor Mother Goddess
Kitty Tooher
Eric Preisendanz
Ryan Siato
Amanda V. Wagner
Curated by Lauren Karstens and Luke Leyden
The Banquet of Limitless Opportunity is the kick off event to a month of a multitude of events including ARTCON2015 an all day gathering taking place Saturday May 2 12pm-6pm.

FAN Friendandnemesis
2472 Frankford

Sidewalk Art Sale.
Accessories. Photography. Vintage. 4-7PM

Cook and Shaker
2301 E Albert
First Friday firkin of Evil Genius Mango Wit (tapping it at 8pm) and local artists John Schenk and Thomas Bugaj showcasing a photography show entitled ‘Flowers and Light’.

Gravy Studio
155 Cecil B Moore

4th Anniversary Show

Featuring Emma Stern, Katie Tackman, Albert Yee and Eric Zrinsky

May 1st – May 31st

First Friday Opening Reception: May 1st, 6-10pm


Celebrate four year’s of photography and art in Fishtown on Friday, May 1st from 6-10pm! Gravy Studio & Gallery’s 4th Anniversary Show features an eclectic mix of work from the gallery’s primary curators: Emma Stern, Katie Tackman, Albert Yee, and Eric Zrinsky.


The opening also marks the start of our May photo contest, “Exploring the Railyard.” Participants are encouraged to post submissions to Instagram with the hashtag#gravytrain. We’ll select 15 winners to hang a 5×7 print alongside Karl Shouler’s show in June. More details will be available on our website soon.

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