Check out the Philadelphia arts scene this Friday for first Friday, a citywide event! Several galleries and artist collectives open up for later than usual hours so that you guys can come in and check out some phenomenal art works from local and nationally known artists. Most galleries are open from 5pm-9pm….however, some galleries have their own time tables.
REMEMBER, there’s tons of galleries all across the city but here’s my line up of favorites and all the openings that I’ll be at, this Friday, September 2nd. 🙂
1fiftyone Art Gallery & Performance Space (**This one is brand new and their grand opening is on the same night!) Located at 3312 Kensington Avenue, Philadelphia
Here’s the official Facebook link for anyone interested in this newbie: https://www.facebook.com/events/1fiftyone
Locks Gallery at 600 Washington Square South, Philadelphia, PA 19106 has 2 floors of gallery space! On view currently is Sarah McEneaeny “When You Wish” and Neysa Grassi “Intertwined, Unwind” (pssst Neysa is my former professor, she has amazing work!)
Pentimenti Gallery at 145 North Second Street Philadelphia, PA 19106. They’re kicking their first Friday season off with Edgar Diehl’s debut solo exhibition!
Side note, Most galleries in Old City can be found between Front and Third, and Market and Vine Streets.
Fleisher Art Memorial hosts the 39th annual Wind Challenge Exhibition Series at 719 Catharine Street. Wind Challenge Exhibition Series is an annual juried competition. Three Wind Challenge Exhibitions are held, challenge 1 hosts artist Amber Johnston.
Lastly, The VOX Building….This is where people usually end as it stays open till 10pm or so, and its also home to many galleries like Automat, Grizzly Grizzly, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, and of course the Vox Populi. Now on view at Automat Collective, A Juried Exhibition curated by John Silvis. Also on view, “THAT WHICH CANNOT NOT BE” at Vox Populi. All of these compacted galleries are located at 319 north 11th street.
Warning: It gets pretty hectic in this building, also very hot. So, if you dislike crowds…you might want to stay away. (Although not recommended due to the overwhelming amount of great art here)
First Friday is FREE. You can usually snag a beer for a dollar or a donation. It also happens every first Friday of each month if you miss this one!
P.S. There’s a one night only electric installation by Scott Pennington on the Reading Viaduct hosted by NAPOLEON. “Electro-Duct” will be using the industrial existing environment of the viaduct to illuminate the space via tons of bright vegas style lighting.
For more information and this installation check out Napoleon’s website here: