Virtual First Friday, May 2020 

CraftNOW is the emcee for Philadelphia’s first-ever Virtual First Friday! 

For nearly 30 years, art lovers in Philadelphia have reserved the First Friday of every month for gallery hopping. To continue this tradition, CraftNOW will help to organize a group of curators and artists each First Friday of the month until we can safely return to our favorite galleries. 


May 1, 2020, 6:30 – 7:30p.m.

and enjoy a May Day cocktail!

2 ounces gin
3/4 ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/2 ounce Grand Marnier
1/4 ounce simple syrup
Sparkling topper, such as champagne, sparkling wine or water


On the Agenda –

The Center for Art in Wood – From the ongoing series Object Lessons, Artistic Director Jennifer-Navva Millikien will present The Saffron Trade, Wood Turning, and Pennsylvania Dutch Show-Offs: Saffron Vessels in the Center for Art in Wood’s Permanent Collection.


The Clay Studio – Curator of Artistic Programs Jennifer Zwilling and guest artist Clarissa Eck will discuss Clarissa’s use of animals as inspiration with a mini demonstration of her sgraffito carving technique.


Philadelphia Museum of Art – Artist Roberto Lugo and Philadelphia Museum of Art curators Elisabeth Agro and Jack Hinton will discuss their dynamic gallery installation uniting iconic Ben Franklin representations from across the centuries, Houdon’s bust of Benjamin Franklin, and Lugo’s All About the Benjamins.


Wharton Esherick Museum – Curator Emily Zilber will share new resources now available on the museum’s website providing a glimpse into the artist’s studio – an opportunity you wouldn’t normally be afforded while strolling through Old City.