Friday Aug 05

First Friday at Cherry Street Pier
08/05 – 12/02

It’s a new month, and we’re excited to bring you an action-packed First Friday featuring the Artist and Artisians Market, a new exhibition by our artists-in-residence organization SpArc Services, artist studio tours, and stunning views of the Delaware River.

All exhibitions and events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Review the full lineup:

Opening Reception: SpArc Services' "Uncommon Threads"
While art and inspiration differ for everyone, we can still find common threads in the connection we share as people -- uncovering uncommon beauty. This collection of art created by the artists at SpArc Services demonstrates this concept perfectly. Register for the opening reception. Registration is free! See this exhibition from August 5 through August 28 at the Pier.

Opening of Loyalty's "A Philly Summer"
Join us for Loyalty’s “A Philly Summer” an exhibition that celebrates a Philadelphia summer and is meant to bring a bit of nostalgia to those who experience it. On display now through August 31 in the second-level gallery at Cherry Street Pier.

Philadelphia Contemporary Present's Jean Shin's Freshwater
“Freshwater” is a new commission by the artist Jean Shin that celebrates and pays tribute to the freshwater river mussel while asking us to consider our responsibilities towards the health of the river and its ecosystem. On display through November.

We Are the Seeds presents "retrospection/continuance"
“retrospection/continuance” features work by ten well-known Native painters, some of them from early in their careers. They include Kevin Red Star (Crow), Rance Hood (Comanche), and Pena Bonita (Seminole/Apache). The exhibition also includes video excerpts from Spiderwoman Theater, New York’s all-Indigenous, all-female performance company that was founded in 1976 as a response to male-dominated activist spaces of the time — and is still running. See the exhibition in Studio 16 through September 15.

Artist and Artisians Market
Shop one-of-a-kind handmade finds from local creators and artists.

Live Music by Orchestra 2001
While enjoying all the festivities, enjoy the music provided by Orchestra 2001.

Open Studios
See the Pier’s resident artists at work in their studios and purchase an original piece of artwork, too.

Enjoy eats from French Toast Bites, and a tasty new Mexican-inspired menu in the Garden Restaurant.


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