Frankford Avenue Arts Corridor: April’s First Friday Gears Up!
Bambi Gallery: 1817 Frankford
A diverse sampling of five new artists in Salon des Filles. Most interestingly, Marie Ulmer, a lifelong art student with 75 years of education and practice in painting behind her, will be presenting her artwork for the first time ever. Maria is an East Kensington native who attended the University of the Arts, resides in the same house she grew up in, and is still producing creative works at age 91.
Rocket Cat: 2001 Frankford
Will be featuring the work of Josh Smith, aka LeJosh an artist known for printmaking and possibly most widely know for his SEPTA “Go Green” art installations and his work with Mural Arts around the city. He will be presenting some of his smaller prints, featuring brightly colored patterns and shapes.
Reception: begins @ 6pm
Germ Books and Gallery: 2005 Frankford
Is featuring the visual artwork of three creative musicians. From the gothic revival illustrations of Justin Duerr, to the twisted cartoon figure collages of Ed Wilcox, and the brooding black-and-white photography of Lisa Spera.
High Wire: 2040 Frankford
Will feature Nature Works III, a collection of prints and an installation featuring stylized leaves and other organic materials, created by Joe Plageman. Also at the Highwire will be a performance by Toshi Makihara, a local percussionist.
Liberty Cycle Garage: Susquehanna & Frankford
One of two new entrees to First Friday, Adam Cramer has opened the Frankford Avenue side of his Liberty Cycle Garage as a gallery space. Adam’s garage is at the rear of the greened and fenced lot directly across from Michael’s Decorators. He will be featuring the paintings of Bill Westervelt, which are, appropriately enough, inspired by motorcycles and their riders.
Goldfish: 2214 Frankford Ave
Will be featuring two artists this month, Charles Keenan and Erik. Charles is a painter who exhibits sensuous displays of the female figure. Erik, whose true name is a mystery, renders paintings with intense personal images interpolated with alternate realities.
Mendez Gallery: 2480 Frankford
The other newcomer to First Friday is located in the front offices of Mendez Home and Investments. Their opening show will be Jassyone aka Jasmine Ramos, whose brightly colored paintings merge natural and manmade environments into a surreal blend of imagery.
Proximity Gallery: 2434 E Dauphin St
Presents the works of Anthony Ferrara, a South Philly native known for his cityscapes. Ferrara has been driven since the 1960s on presenting Philadelphia’s neighborhoods in brightly rendered almost pastoral, scenes on canvas.
Memphis Flats: 1714 Memphis Street
Marie DesMarais will grace the gallery space as she explores the use of cartography as a figurative medium for expressing organic figures.