September First Friday Details!

Work from Ellie Brown’s BAG: a photographic installation, Artspace Liberti

Come celebrate the fact that you survived hurricane Irene on Philadelphia’s coolest street – Frankford Avenue!

Also – be sure to stop by the First Friday Craft Bazaar at Frankford and Berks – featuring 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

“Forget Me Not” the art of Scott Smith 6pm-11pm with live music from ” King Snake” music starts at 9pm no cover

1113 Frankford

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

Johnny Brenda’s
1201 Frankford

Friday Happy Hour DJs- Fletcher And Sell from 5-10p

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)!

Bill Russell Studio‘s Foyer Gallery
1215 Frankford

On display will be a selection of work from our 2nd Floor Gallery.  Painted Furniture by Bill Russell and Small Still Life Paintings in Acrylic by Mary Galgon.  Scheduled hours are 5-8.   Of course,  all are welcome.

1309 Frankford

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

adorn boutique
1314 frankford

Come check the lovely jewelry and cloths!

The Lola Bean
1325 Frankford

Get caffeinated!

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
T Johnson –
Patricia Krupa – Photos & Jewelry
Richard Kraus – watercolors, including local buildings of note
Deadfish Media Group – Graphic Apparel
Christopher Streeter – Engraving and wood cuts
Lauren Langley – Tarot Card Readings


Ladies Auxiliary

Rocket Cat
2001 Frankford

The Photography of Vladmir and Jessica Hartman “Days”

Craft Hustle
2005 Frankford

Donna LoGrasso, Recent work

F&N Gallery
2009 Frankford

Interactive installations (kid friendly!). Come be a part of the process.

Heathen Salon
2021 Frankford

A house salon, all are welcomed.

Philadelphia Argentine Tango School
2030 Frankford

-closed for Labor Day-

Part Time Studios
2031 Frankford

Part Time Studios is very excited to announce a two-person show, featuring Philly artists, Brad Haubrich and Dewey Saunders.  The show is entitled The Skull, The Bottle, The Flower, The Mountain, and is based around four collaborative pieces that represent these things.

Space 2033
2033 Frankford

Space 2033 and WandaWagner Presents bring you
Through mixed media paintings and photography, the show explores the concepts of place, home, isolation, and discovery from the perspective of three diverse artists hailing from Ewing, NJ:  Kelsey Bohlinger, Jared Kramer, and Mark Stermer.
6-11pm! Music by DJ John Schenk aka Tantrum Tonic.
Complimentary snacks & refreshments as usual.

2039 Frankford

Presenting “THE USUAL SUSPECTS” An Existential Redoubt.
2041  Frankford Ave
Albert Camus

Highwire Gallery
2040 Frankford

Rising to the Stratosphere
New work by Piety Choi, September 2nd – 25th. Opening reception: Friday September 2nd from 5-9 PM.

Highwire’s September exhibit Rising to the Stratosphere is an exhibit of paintings by artist Piety Choi. Piety’s work interprets the human spirit, rising from the depths of the sea to the extreme outreaches of the stratosphere; an expression of freedom and hope that resides in all of us. Preview her work at

Highwire Gallery also presents Looking for Order by guest artist Karen Steen, in the Annex of the Gallery.

Interest in organic forms and their relationships, Steen’s work consists of drawings, collages and relief sculptures.  She integrates numerous materials including string, colored mesh, fiberglass screen, wood, and plexiglass.

Hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday 12-4 pm
For more info email or

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.

This month featuring the music of Coffin Fly

2212 Sepviva

Jacob Pastrovich I Still Don’t Know Which Way To Go
Pastrovich is a Philly-based photographer who will be exhibiting work from his time spent living and traveling throughout Eastern Europe. His photographs have a raw, lo-fi quality and were taken with a Soviet-era point-and-shoot that he picked up at a Budapest camera shop. His work will be up through September 30th.

Atlantis the lost Bar
Frankford & Hagert

Drink specials and local art!

Hex Factory
2080 E Cumberland (about 400 feet west of Frankford)

David Stanley Aponte: Magische Werke

Public opening, First Friday September 2nd, 5:30-10pm with live music by Justice League of Adversaries (featuring Jon Allen, Pete Maenner, Dr. K. Malcolm Richards & Jed Williams).

This show will consist of works by artist David Stanley Aponte done in the city of Philadelphia between the years 2004-2011. This is the first time that all of these works have been on display for the public and much of the works have a magical or absurdist nature to them and of then reference historical figures or events. These works will be on view in the new front gallery.

Wayne’s Place
2124 Dakota (just west of Frankford behind AC Auto)
old prints, paintings, victorian frames, glass, china, furniture, folky-ethniky stuff, sterling silver and more. complementary cheap wine and snacks

Goldfish Gallery
2214 Frankford

In Honor of a Lifetime of Art – Mary Blazic and Marie Ulmer, The First Ladies of Fishtown/Kensington
Presentation of the Awards at 6:00PM
Legislative Citations: The Honorable Mike O’Brien, Pennsylvania State Representative
Philadelphia City Council Citation: Mr. Darrell L. Clarke
Both ladies celebrated their 94th Birthday

2311 Frankford

Portside’s 3rd Annual Summer Camp Art Show!
VWVOFFKA will be showing the work of 30 children who participated in the Portside Arts Center’s 2011 summer camp. Through out the 6-week program the Portside instilled upon these little minds many different arts & craft techniques using mostly found/recycled materials. From building a small scale replica of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge out of recycled bottles and cardboard to their individual paintings, drawings and sculptures, these children worked very hard on their projects in anticipation of this final showing.  The Portside incorporated character-building workshops alongside of the arts & crafts to build the campers self-esteem & confidence, so come to VWVOFFKA and see all of the Portsider’s hard work and dedication to the arts!

Artspace Liberti
2424 E. York St.

Ellie Brown
Bag: a photographic installation

September 2nd to October 22nd
Artspace Liberti is pleased to launch its second season of exhibitions with Ellie Brown’s BAG photography project.   Conceived of by Camille Thoman and realized by Ms. Brown, the photographs in BAG were taken in Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles, Urbana, Montana and Iceland.   This Artspace exhibition marks the first time the work has been viewed in Philadelphia.   An opening reception will be held on Friday, September 2nd from 6:30-9:30PM.

Contact: Rob Matthews –

Walking Fish Theatre
2511 Frankford Ave

Wesley Fenza’s The Gray Area
show starts at 8:30pm – tickets $10

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!

Neighbors to the north… Port Richmond does First Fridays too!
3237 Amber

(Opening Sat Sept. 10th) Containment Policy
curated by Dr. K. Malcolm Richards, Jon F. Allen, and Rodney Thoms

A multi-media event examining the general containment policy that confines, refines, and defines how humans conduct and are conducted through their lives in the early twenty-first century via institutions that bind. From carefully contrived cubicles in the work place and the processed packaged food we consume to the surveillance cameras that record our whereabouts and the psychiatric pills that standardize our minds and wills, this exhibition will explore and explode the categorical imperatives that rue and rule our daily existence.

Second Helping…
The below galleries will hold their openings on Saturday September 10th, because we know you need to come back for more.

Slingluff Gallery (Philly Hot List winners of “Best Art Gallery” 2010.)
11 W Girard

New Work by Alex Duke
Opening Saturday September 10th, 6-9p

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