First Friday presented by Fulton Bank

January 1–December 6
2024
Location: Cherry Street Pier
Time: 4 pm to 9 pm

Join us on the First Friday of each month for exhibition openings, artist studio tours, markets, and stunning views of the Delaware River.

All exhibitions and events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.  First Friday dates: January 5, February 2, March 1, April 5, May 3, June 7, July 5, August 2, September 6, October 4, November 1, and December 6.

Review the full lineup:

Opening: “Places of Power – Colobó Garden” presented by Termite TV Collective (Anula Shetty and Michael Kuetemeyer)
This project is part of Termite TV Collective’s Places of Power project. The exhibit consists of 16 metal prints installed on the shipping container walls of the balcony space and a six-foot diameter by four-foot high circular printed cloth displaying a 360-degree panorama of the Colobó Garden on the outside and the inside of the Storytelling Room on the other side. On display through April 30.

Opening: “Getting to Green: Routes to Roots” in partnership with Mural Arts Philadelphia
Join us for the opening of “Getting to Green: Routes to Roots” in partnership with Mural Arts Philadelphia from 5 pm to 8 pm. A multidisciplinary public art project, encouraging residents to use public transit to access green spaces in Philadelphia.

Opening: Candid Cosplay by Rebecca de Maul (Philly Otaku)
Cosplay is more than just wearing a costume; it’s an act of love and devotion — stepping into the shoes of a beloved character. Through her lens,  de Maul captures a spark; the duality between reality and fantasy. These candid moments, preserved with an iPhone, reveal the cosplayers, authenticity— their vulnerability and strength. On display through April 28.

Art History Paint and Sip with Amy Kelly (Studio 13)
Learn about a famous painter and then create art inspired by their work. Cost: $40. The workshop takes place from 6 pm – 8 pm. 18+ Learn more and register by emailing Amy at 47earrings@gmail.com.

Pulp Painting with Invasive Plants Workshop with Paper Think Tank and DVAA (The Garden)
The workshop begins at 4 pm. Through the transformative process of papermaking, build community and resilience by sharing in the endless possibilities of natural materials as an accessible way to explore paper made from invasive plants, old clothing, and repurposed material. The goal of this skill-share is to learn and connect through the process of papermaking. Learn more.

Community Collage Event with Jillian Rock (Studio 11)
Jillian M. Rock, of Rock Press Studio, is hosting our first Community Collage event. Come out and collage with her during First Friday. Supplies will be provided, but you are encouraged to bring whatever you like to create with.

Artist and Artisans Market
Support local artists, creatives, and entrepreneurs at the Artist and Artisans Market. Pick up one-of-a-kind finds at this one-stop shopping experience.

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

Concessions
Enjoy bites and sips from our local food vendors.

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