April First Friday at Cherry Street Pier

April 2
Location: Terrace
Time: 4 pm to 9 pm

Hello, April! If you’re expecting rain showers, think again.

This First Friday will be brighter than ever with the grand opening of two enthralling exhibitions — Philadelphia Photo Arts Center’s (PPAC) In the Commons and ‘Twenty Twenty – Twenty Twenty One’ featuring the work of three independent Philly artists.

Opening of “In The Commons”
This installation features work by PPAC’s current members as they interpret the theme of “the commons” —  natural resources like air, oceans, parks, and/or our social creations like libraries, museums, public spaces, scientific research, artistic works, and cultural heritage.

In the Commons will consider the things we all have a stake in – to steward and protect, then hand to the next generation to do the same. On display through May 2.

Opening of “Twenty Twenty – Twenty Twenty One”
Mixed-media artists Evan Greensweig, Aaron B. Cohen, and Lucy H. West exhibit works created in their Philly studio in 2020 and 2021. The pieces document these tragic times, yet reflect each artist’s emotional exploration of tragedy and the necessary introspection needed to nurture a fruitful future in a scarred world. On display through May 2.

Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble, 5 pm to 7 pm
In honor of Jazz Appreciation Month, join us for a special performance of the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble led by bassist and educator Warren Oree featuring an eclectic array of jazz styles with influences from R&B, rock, Afro-Cuban, and Brazilian. Presented in partnership with the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy (OACCE) and the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation.

Artist and Artisans Market
Your favorite maker market is back. Every First Friday and third Sunday through November, pick up spectacular, one-of-a-kind finds at Cherry Street Pier. Apply to be a vendor today!

After the Fall (Closing Weekend)
Don’t miss the closing of the outstanding exhibition After the Fall, by award-winning artist John Schlesinger. This exhibition explores the narratives of trauma, loss, memories, and renewal through recycled materials. Open through April 4.

Family Art Nights with Portside Art Center
Gather the family for a fun paint night with resident artist Portside Art Center. Create masterpieces for your home or to gift to your favorite person. All ages and skill levels welcome. Learn more about Portside’s Spring classes, too!

Chair Affair
Now through April 17, enjoy this special exhibition showcasing collaborations among prominent local artists and designers who created original works inspired by the Philadelphia Furniture Bank (PFB) and features reimagined or repurposed furniture donated by PFB.

Open Studios
See the Pier’s resident artists at work in their studios and purchase an original piece of artwork, too.

Find delectable seasonal fare and local brews at the grand reopening of The Garden Restaurant. Plus, enjoy Philly favorites French Toast Bites, and Rita’s Italian Ice.


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