Monday, September 30, 2013

First Friday

Please note: Don't miss Rebecca's important post below about class tomorrow, October 1st

Image for Lewis Colburn's The Noble Amateur show, opening this Friday at the NAPOLEON gallery

As some of you are probably aware, many cities including Philadelphia have "First Fridays", where on the first Friday night of each month, a variety of different galleries and other artist spaces open their doors for visitors. Since this Friday is the first Friday in October, I thought I'd give you guys a heads up if you're interested in checking out a bit of the art scene in Philly. I always find seeing fresh and exciting artwork to be inspiring. This is also a good time to familiarize yourself with some of the local artists and to make some connections.

The focal point of First Fridays can be found between Front and Third, and Market and Vine Streets. There are bunches of galleries in this area, but I find the art to be hit or miss, and the streets are swamped with people and vendors. 

Personally, my favorite First Friday spot is the Vox Populi building, located at 319 N 11th Street. The building houses a few different artist-run studio and exhibition spaces; galleries include the Vox Populi, NAPOLEON, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Marginal Utility, Practice, and Grizzly Grizzly.

Tiger Strikes Asteroid
Marginal Utility
Vox Populi

There are also two fancy commercial galleries (more like some of the galleries you may have visited in Chelsea) around Washington Square that are usually worth checking out. 

Bridgette Mayer
Locks Gallery

And a little bit more information about some of the shows and other places to see art in Philly:
(note that not everywhere participates in First Fridays; for example, Crane Arts does Second Thursdays instead)

I hope everyone's weekend went well and that you have some good presentations ready for us tomorrow! We'll meet you in front of Anderson (see Rebecca's post, below).