First Friday Celebrates 25 Years – Plus Tonight’s Special Events

Old City District celebrated and kicks off 25th Anniversary of First Friday with special reception – and received citation from Councilman Mark Squilla

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and “Kick off a year of festivities for 25th year with what’s happening this week”


Deborah Fine, Stanek Gallery, Katherine Stanek, Stanek-Gallery, and Barbara Harberger (look for Barbara’s exhibition to be at the the Stanek-Gallery in September)

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Participants in the inaugural year of First Friday (1991) were Algebra Anteek Artists’ House Cava Gallery F.A.N. Gallery Galerie Atelier Galerie Nadeau 479 Gallery Heritage Art Gallery Highwire Gallery Jessica Berwind Gallery Jun Gallery Keiser-Newman Larimore Furniture Larry Becker Contemporary Art Level 3 Gallery Moderne Thomas Moser Cabinetmakers Showroom Muse Gallery Nexus Foundation For Today’s Art OLC Painted Bride Art Center Prints In Progress Rodger LaPelle Galleries Rosenfeld Gallery Ruth Zafrir Gallery Snyderman-Works Galleries The Clay Studio Vox Populi Watson 20th Century Antiques Zone One  Other’s who joined First Friday included:

3rd Street Gallery Biello Martin Studio Gallery Joe Mode Moderne Pentimenti Gallery Pii Gallery Reform Silicon Fine Art PrintsHD1_7691 (Small) (Custom)


This week we have several major and notable events to kick-off the campaign for First Friday 25 (25th Anniversary) – here’s a listing of the events.

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Notable ones include the Inside Out Instameet with Philadelphia Museum of Art, Mural Dedication at 251 N 3rd Street with Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, and Elfreth’s Alley Historical Marker Unveiling.

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** Mural Dedication – Growth of a Metropolis
4-6 p.m.
251 N. 3rd Street the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program to dedicate the new mural by world renowned artist Richard Haas. Growth of a Metropolis depicts the history of architecture in Philadelphia from 1682–2015. Painted by acclaimed muralist Jon Laidacker, this mural brings Haas’ signature trompe l’oeil style to 251 North 3rd Street in Old City. The dedication will be part of the larger events around the 25th anniversary of First Friday, presented in partnership with the Old City District. This project is funded by David and Jane Hummel.** Inside Out Instameet & Photo Contest
6-9 p.m.

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Show Inside Out by Instagramming an Inside Out work near you. Use #InsideOutUSA and tag @philamuseum to participate in this national moment, hosted by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Knight Foundation, and three other Inside Out museums across the country.

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Enter to win by Instagramming an Inside Out photo, tagging @philamuseum and #InsideOutUSA. Conrad Benner of @streetsdept will select the winning entry based on beauty, creativity, and composition. The winning photograph will be featured on the Streets Dept blog and displayed inside the Museum for two weeks. The winner will receive $500 gift certificate for Art on Demand purchases at the Museum.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art, with the support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, launched the 2016 season of Inside Out, a major arts initiative that brings high-quality reproductions of Museum masterpieces into communities throughout the city and region.

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Check out the Old City District page for much more info