Wednesday, September 8, 2010
First Friday was originally created in 1991 to give residents of Philadelphia a chance to wander into the posh galleries of the city, consume refreshments, and view art in all of its forms. These galleries were primarily located in the neighborhood of Old City and crowds have been known to gather there religiously each first friday of the month for the past two decades. With up-and-coming neighborhoods like Northern Liberties and Fishtown expanding and gaining popularity, one may question if Old City’s First Friday is starting to become a thing of the past.
According to VisitPhilly.com, if you want “proof” of Philadelphia’s art scene, you need to head down to Old City for First Friday. If you ask the younger art community where to go to view the latest and greatest Philadelphia art, they’ll most likely tell you to head a little bit north of Old City to Kensington and Fishtown.
After paying a visit to Fishtown’s Proximity Gallery located at Dauphin and Gaul streets, it was easy to see why. Artist Benjamin Howard and his mechanical yet whimsical oil paintings were featured in the gallery this past Friday. The crowd seemed genuinely interested in the art rather than hanging around just to pass the time. Howard noted that he has shown work in both Old City and Fishtown and prefers the crowds that gather at galleries such as Proximity. When I asked Howard to describe the art scene in Old City, he simply referred to it as being “done”. With such a strong following, Old City will probably never close its doors to First Friday but with places like Proximity Gallery opening theirs, it seems Old City may be gaining some solid competition.
By Kait Privitera and Eric Pellini
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