May First Friday Details


Check out the grand opening of Push Sk8board Gallery at 306 E Girard


Its starting to feel like summer and things are really beginning to heat up on Frankford Avenue.  All summer long (starting this month) during First Fridays NKCDC’s Garden Center will host craft vendors from the neighborhood who will offer their wares for sale to the perusing public.  Sign ups for the rest of the summer are still available by contacting Laura (lsemmelroth(at)  Soon the NKCDC Garden Center will also host a compost co-op, and a distribution point for the Farms to Families CSA program!

Oh, and don’t forget about our group bike ride to promote the 5th annual Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby!  We will meet up at 7:30pm at the NKCDC Garden Center!

Check out the gallery listings after the jump.

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

Black Vulture Gallery
208 E Girard
Join us for “Cocktails & Creeps – The Art of Mike Bell“. Complimentary cocktails and horror d’oeuvres provided!

Push Sk8board Gallery
306 E Girard
Grand opening and art show. All the art on display is made by skateboarders from broken skateboards. Lamps, stools and jewelery. We call it Upcycling. Enjoy lite food,drinks,DJ Pez Head,projections, Video release of the Hearse talks.Give-a-ways, meet new friends.
After Party @ the El Bar 1356 Front street. 11 to 2pm

1113 Frankford
Check out the nearly 100,000 books for sale!

Johnny Brenda’s
1201 Frankford
Friday Happy Hour with Chris Doyle spinning 5-10p No cover

adorn boutique
1314 frankford ave.
grand opening celebration 6 – 10pm

The Lola Bean
1325 Frankford
Local Jewelry Makers Show
Sue Oneto : Branch Designs – Feather earrings and accessories for the jet set gypsy!
Kensington Supply Co. – Vintage inspired pieces
Grey Knife Design
And more!

Extra Extra
1524 Frankford
Our intrepid heros from Extra Extra will be showing in Chicago this month.

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

NKCDC Garden Center
1825 Frankford

First Friday Craft Bazaar!
For your Taste Buds!
Better Butter Catering – a lacarte options
Ms. B’s “A Catered Affair” – Cakes, Pies & Cupcakes

Creative Stuff
Sandra Webberking Originals– metalwork
Glass Works by Eva Shelley
Shera Simon – Girlyfied Gear – girly fashions from recycled menswear
Minna Aaparyti of Craft Foundry fame– eco-friendly jewelry & books

Rocket Cat
2001 Frankford
Reprocess, featuring the works of denxi

F&N Gallery @ Circle of Hope
2009 Frankford
Nuances:  Yvonne Valenza

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

Philadelphia Argentine Tango School
2030 Frankford
Free tango class (8-9 pm) followed by a free practica (social dance event).  Refreshments served. 8-11pm

Part Time Studios
2031 Frankford
Jeremy Hush, “A Threaded Whisper“.  Amazingly detailed illustrations that combine nature, fantasy, and punk rock.

Space 2033
2033 Frankford Ave
Drawings. Paintings. Photos.  by Sarah Cassano:
From the pickled mind of an unorganized artist comes a collection of drawings, paintings, and photographs representing an indefinite two years. Life is very erratic and never follows a straight line, and so goes the artistic perspective of a person living within its chaotic throws.  music by john schenk, 6-11pm

Leotah’s Place
2033 E York
Holly Dixon is a practicing artist living in Philadelphia. Her work simulates memories which otherwise could not occur in an urban demographic. Native to a rural environment, Dixon shares her experiences with the wild through paintings and drawings recalled from memories outside urban life. Her work engages viewers onto a platform of thought that negotiates time, space, and the mysticism of the natural world.

2039 Frankford
Tina Baskins “Jewelry Oddities”, also Caroline’s “Cup Cake Creations”.  And Paintings by Felix Giordano.
Dealers in rare coins, stamps, prints and ephemera:  E.G. Marshall & Associates is a whole new store.

Highwire Gallery
2040 Frankford
More Moon, More Storm; Paintings by Peter Kinney

also exhibiting: solace in reverie; new work by joyce chan

Liberty Vintage
2212 Sepviva
Liberty Vintage spring ride in vintage motorcycle meet-up,featuring live blues and the MOTO_ART of  Billy Westervelt, know for keeping the brewing machines going at Phila Brewing Co. & his fantastic City Paper covers..prints & originals on display.

2212 Sepviva
new work by Emma Stern, Katie Tackman and Benjamin Riley  Special guests include Lauren Raske and fire friends

BYO Print
2212 Sepviva

BYO Print Studio will be having a Spring Open-House/Members Show.  Members will be showing work and we will be celebrating Spring!  As usual- we are BYO- feel free to bring us treats (BUT)

Elite Training North
2223 Frankford

Come meet Elite Training’s staff nutritionist and take a look at Kensington Culinary HS’s most recent art exhibit  their descripion of the show: “Kensington Culinary Arts High School students have created Pop Art Soft Sculptures in the style of Claes Oldenburg.  Students used color theory techniques to design their own version of graphic designs found on their favorite snack food.  Students discussed the differences between healthy and unhealthy foods over the course of one semester.”

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

2311 Frankford
Come check out the new spot! Have a drink, Speculate the Future!

O’Reilly’s Pub
Frankford & Lehigh
A wide variety of food and beverage specials at exceptional prices.

Artspace Liberti
2424 York

Home- paintings by Emilie Keim.
As the title suggests, Keim’s work is inspired by her surroundings including her house and her neighborhood in South Philadelphia, following a methodology similar to that of Bonnard and Vuilllard. The intimately-scaled works are captured quickly using color and light to create a mood and investigate narrative of Keim’s invention. Time is referenced on a personal level but also in a larger sense moving through the calendar year and allowing the palette to change as a reaction to the shifting sun.
Keim’s subject matter of the interior and exteriors that surround her also conjures up the themes of nostalgia and childhood. The quick application and removal of paint suggests the passing of time and an attempt to capture the fleeting and ephemeral.
Emilie Keim lives and works in Philadelphia. Recent group shows include exhibitions at Brooklyn Artists Gym in Brooklyn, NY and VASTU in Washington, DC. In 2009 Emilie graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts with a Certificate in painting.
The artists’ reception will be held on May 6th from 6:30-9:30PM at 2424 E York St in Philadelphia between Gaul and Cedar Sts.
While the gallery does not maintain regular viewing hours, visits can be scheduled by appointment. Please e-mail us at to arrange a visit. Viewing is also possible during Sunday church services between 10:30AM-12:00.
Artspace Liberti is a multi-discipline arts venue organized and maintained by liberti church east.

Proximity Gallery
2434 East Dauphin
Arboretum by Andrew Christman
Opening Reception: May 6, 2011, 6pm-9pm

“It has been said by the ancients that poetry is a picture without form, and painting is a poem with form”
– Hua I  (Song Dynasty)

In his latest series of multi-media collages and paintings, Andrew Christman continues to draw upon sources from both Eastern and Western painting traditions. It is his belief that the forms and contours of trees present viewers with potent metaphors for the varied states of the human spirit.  In addition to referencing contemporary “recognition” field guides, abstract expressionist paintings and Asian art, Christman has recently synthesized children’s drawings of trees with his unfolding impressions of the trees that he encounters around the world.

Andrew Christman attended Pratt Institute for Painting, where he obtained his Bachelor of Fine Arts and later studied at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art at Manchester University, UK where he earned his M.A. in East Asian Art.

Christman is currently an Advisor/Teacher at El Centro de Estudiantes, an alternative high school in Kensington, Philadelphia.

Walking Fish Theater
2509 Frankford
Your friendly neighborhood blackbox theatre presents the opening night of Mistaken Charity. Mistaken Charity tells the tale of two elderly impoverished and handicapped sisters forced from their home by well-meaning neighbors. Ensconced at the local “Old Ladies’ Home”, they are miserable, and escape to attempt a journey back home! Watch the trailer here.  Buy tickets here.

Second Helping…
The below galleries will hold their openings on Saturday April 2nd, because we know you need to come back for more.

Slingluff Gallery (Philly Hot List winners of “Best Art Gallery” 2010.)
11 W Girard
Russel Shoemaker – Abstract Paintings

3 thoughts on “May First Friday Details

  • The theme of this year’s Fall 2010 and Spring 2011 Arts of Asia lecture series was “Asian Traditions: Connections and Innovations”. I encourage everyone to take a look of some of these emerging works and artists as they capture the spirit, cultural complexity of Eastern Asia never seen before in modern art – Jayson Kim.

  • The theme of this year’s Fall 2010 and Spring 2011 Arts of Asia lecture series was “Asian Traditions: Connections and Innovations”. I encourage everyone to take a look of some of these emerging works and artists as they capture the spirit, cultural complexity of Eastern Asia never seen before in modern art – Jayson Kim.

  • I’d like to submit a listing for a new Gallery, The Hex Factory, 2080 East Cumberland Street, just west of frankford Ave.
    Hope this reaches you anyway this is for the first friday issue in June 2011:

    Hex Factory
    2080 East Cumberland Street
    @ Amber and Cumberland Street
    Hexologists, Hunter Yoder, Patricia Hall, and Jakob Brunner reveal the unusual world of Hexerei in their ‘painted prayers’ also known as
    Pennsylvania German Hex Signs
    The artist David Aponte’s studio is open showing his smaller works and woodcuts
    afterward open by appointment,

    my phone is 917 375 4982.

    Hunter Yoder

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