The First Friday Preview 

For nearly 30 years, art lovers in Philadelphia have reserved the First Friday of every month for gallery hopping. To bring this tradition to you virtually, CraftNOW invites curators and artists for intimate previews on Thursday nights. 

Thursday, May 5, 2022, at 7:00pm (EST) 

Watch and enjoy a cocktail with Manatawny Still Works!



 On the Agenda –

The African American Museum in Philadelphia will be opening Derrick Adams: Sanctuary, Taking Care: Recent Acquisitions & Conservation, and Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow. Assistant Curator Zindzi Harley will offer a virtual overview of the three exhibitions with details about the opening reception on First Friday, May 6. 

What Are We Claiming? is an exhibition at the InLiquid Gallery that highlights two family histories, and the stories that they inherited, discovered and imagined. Philadelphia artists Cheryl Harper and rod jones ii cover the transcontinental slave trade, the modern Black experience, and the Jewish diaspora. Harper and jones will be discussing this exhibition, as well as their own practices.

Using clay and cultural heritage as a source of inspiration, Making Place Matter at The Clay Studio will feature Philadelphia based Peruvian-born artist Kukuli Velarde, American-born, Massachusetts-based artist Molly Hatch, and Egyptian American artist Ibrahim Said, now based in North Carolina. Each artist explores the idea of place with regard to personal history, cultural heritage, and social justice and uses clay as a means to investigate place.

Celebrating the opening of Gravers Lane Gallery Midtown Philadelphia, The Goldenberg Group is pleased to announce G.L.G. @ 1213 Walnut Street. Designed as an exhibition and special events gallery, G.L.G. @ 1213 becomes their second gallery in Philadelphia. Premiering here is an installation by Philadelphia-based artist Yvonne Pacanovsky Bobrowicz titled Cosmic Series. Bobrowicz is known for her experimental use of materials and techniques. Additionally, painter and paper artist  Barbara Straussberg will be opening the spring exhibition season in Chestnut Hill with her show Paper Revealed. Artistic Director Bruce Hoffman will introduce the two artists during a slide tour of their installations.