What To Do In Philly On First Friday In February

Pottery party at The Clay Studio, art soiree with InLiquid and live music at the Barnes are just a few to-dos on tap for First Friday in Philly...

It’s that time, Philly: to celebrate the weekend, arts and urban nightlife as another First Friday arrives in neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia Friday, February 5.

This February is all about the Philly love, thanks to a number of exhibitions that celebrate the impact of place and people on the artworks they inspire: a photography series, a poetry performance, a networking event and more document, engage and maybe even reinvent the Philly arts community.

Remember, beyond our picks, there’s tons more action on arts corridors in Old City and Fishtown, in particular.

Our February First Friday picks, below.

InLiquid Benefit 2016: Press Play To Bid

Longtime Crane Arts resident InLiquid, an art and design non-profit organization, throws its annual multi-day benefit this weekend on Friday, February 5 and Saturday, February 6. During the yearly fete, InLiquid showcases an incredible array of works produced by a huge selection of local artists, with the proceeds going back to sustain InLiquid’s programming. The First Friday event serves as a Young Professionals Night with a chance to meet, mingle and network with local groups.

InLiquid Benefit 2016: Press Play To Bid

When:Young Professionals Night, Friday, February 5, 5-10 p.m.; Main Event, Saturday, February 6, 6-10 p.m.
Where:Crane Arts, 1400 N. American Street
Cost:$10, Young Professionals Night; $50, general admission; $85, VIP

inliquid.org

Wendy Maruyama: The WildLIFE Project

There are few creatures as majestic as the elephant, and few travesties as controversial as the hunting of their tusks. Three artists tackle the reductions in elephant populations with an exhibition of sculptural memorials. Two additional installations on display explore work made from salvaged trees and bark.

Wendy Maruyama: The WildLIFE Project

When:Opening Friday, February 5, 5-8 p.m.
Where:The Center For Art In Wood, 141 N. 3rd Street
Cost:Free

www.centerforartinwood.org

NDA: Minor Anniversary Reception

Just a year into street artist NDA’s move to Philadelphia, LMNL Gallery hosts an exhibition that celebrates the impact he’s already made on the city’s cultural scene. It’s a show rife with mutual appreciation, as the anniversary celebrates both NDA’s work – and the Philadelphia residents captured by it.

NDA: Minor Anniversary Reception

When:Friday, February 5, 6-9 p.m.
Where:LMNL Gallery, 1526 Frankford Avenue
Cost:Free

www.lmnlgallery.com

First Friday! Affairs of the Art at the Barnes Foundation

Photo courtesy the Barnes Foundation

Take a break from Valentine’s plans and opt for a well-thought evening courtesy of the Barnes Foundation. Complete with live music by trumpet player and singer Jumaane Smith, cocktails and conversation, and mood lighting set to illuminate a masterpiece, romance never had a finer backdrop.

First Friday! Affairs of the Art at the Barnes Foundation

When:Friday, February 5, 6-9 p.m.
Where:Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:$25, general admission; free, members

www.barnesfoundation.org

Carte Blanche

Few things say freedom to act like the beckoning of a blank page. A group of artists builds on the color white through drawing and mixed media, layering their explorations of environmental distress and psychological turmoil onto the emptiness.

Carte Blanche

When:Friday, February 5, 6-8:30 p.m.
Where:Pentimenti Gallery, 145 N. 2nd Street
Cost:Free

www.pentimenti.com

The Avenues Closing Reception

Photographs in silhouette, spoken word in whispers. Artwork by Shawne Theodore and a poetry performance by Ursula Rucker at the closing of the current exhibition act as a testament to the experience of African American Philadelphia.

The Avenues Closing Reception

When:Friday, February 5, 5-9 p.m.
Where:Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine Street
Cost:Free

www.paintedbride.org

Fire in Ice: An Evening of Raku

Photo by N. Santos for Visit Philadelphia

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire may constitute a typical winter pastime, but The Clay Studio ups the ante with an invitation to fire up something a little more durable. Everyone who attends will receive a piece of pottery to fire and glaze in the style of raku, and a self-made piece of art to take back home with them.

Fire in Ice: An Evening of Raku

When:Friday, February 5, 5-9 p.m.
Where:The Clay Studio, 139 N. 2nd Street
Cost:Free

www.theclaystudio.org

Orlando Saverino-Loeb and Angelina Sun

First Fridays in Old City keep getting bigger, thanks to the addition of monthly openings at Infusion Lounge. The cocktail and smoking lounge features new artists and curated cocktails each month, and February’s show brings in artists with roots in Italy and China, but who now call the Philly arts scene home.

Orlando Saverino-Loeb and Angelina Sun

When:Friday, February 5, 7-9 p.m.
Where:Infusion Lounge, 16 S. 2nd Street
Cost:Free

www.infusionphilly.com

Amurri Lauren: A Million Stories

There are few ways that capture Philly pride quite as well as a story told through the camera lens of one of its inhabitants. Local photographer Amurri Lauren weaves the tale of the everyday people and places she encounters.

Amurri Lauren: A Million Stories

When:Friday, February 5, 6-10 p.m.
Where:Gravy Studio + Gallery, 910 N. 2nd Street
Cost:Free

gravy-studio.com

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