“Phantastic Phibers” juried by Bonnie MacAllister

July 5–28
Location: The Gallery and the Terrace
Time: Pier Operating Hours

Don’t miss “Phantastic Phibers,” which was juried by resident artist Bonnie MacAllister and is on display at the Pier from July 5 through July 28. Free and open to the public. All ages are welcome.

Join us for the opening reception on July 5 during First Friday from 5 pm to 8 pm. Fiber-inspired performances by Na Koikoi, Aziza Zenzile Kebeg, Stephanie Durann, Courtney Bambrick, Lora Bloom, and Joann Sherrow (Tic-Tac-Oh / Joan Silver) will be provided.

“Phantastic Phibers” will create an atmosphere of industrial, fiber optic, hyperbolic, and puppetry with non-traditional textiles. The Pier will be transported into a nautilus full of suspended materials, including recycled electronics and bicycle parts, a nine-foot tunnel, a cursed sweater, enormous weaving, giant fish, deconstructed silks, and sea monsters. Two- and three-dimensional work will fill The Gallery and the second floor of the Pier.

The exhibition showcases collaborative pieces from Phillip Chang and Paul Vo, May Maani and Chris Lau, Rachel Udell and Jeremy Newman, Bonnie MacAllister and Ndokaa Bundu, and MacAllister and Jamie Campbell as well as work from Joanna Fulginiti, Suki Valentin, Bennett Cafarelli, Kristina Behler, Ericha Fletcher, Caroline Maw-Deis, Jenna McGraw, Yvette Malloy-Jiggetts, Jennifer Ahearn, Tara Ferraro, and Jenny Lee Maas.

The exhibition will also feature work from the Pier’s 2024 artist cohort including Amy Kelly (4and7), Caroline Stoughton, Griox Arts (Kara Mshinda and Santé Johnson), Becky de Maul, and Chris Gaehde.  Resident Artists Athena Scott, Michael Thomas, and Thomcat23 all have been experimenting with painting with pigments made from plants by MacAllister in Studio 16 at the pier. Ana Thorne, SPARC Services, and Cassie Jones all offer fiber art and workshops year-round.  Visit their studios to see more.

The Philadelphia Drunken Knitwits (which began in Oxford) will provide textures around the perimeter of the Pier. This will be their second large-scale “knit bombing” installation after they covered government buildings in the UK.

Guests are invited back to the Pier on July 13 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. for a special workshop to learn how to create their own Delaware River Monster with felt and fabric. The cost is $25. Learn more and register today.

Learn more about Bonnie MacAllister and register for one of her workshops.


Know Before You Go
As you plan your next visit to the Delaware River Waterfront, here is what you need to know before you go: