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Virtual First Friday: Artists, Curators, and Cocktails

May 1, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Virtual First Friday: Artists, Curators, and Cocktails | Hosted by CraftNOW | Fri, May 1, 2020 | Live on ZOOM at 6:30 pm EDT

Join CraftNOW Philadelphia and friends for the inaugural Virtual First Friday, the first in a series of virtual events hosted by CraftNOW!

A 30-plus year tradition, 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.

During Virtual First Friday, spend the evening interacting with fellow arts and culture enthusiasts, and hear from some of Philadelphia’s premier artistic minds during a night of conversation.

For the inaugural event, participating art institutions will include:
The Clay Studio
The Center for Art in Wood
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Wharton Esherick Museum.

Virtual First Friday will be moderated by CraftNOW Executive Director Leila Carter and will feature artists and curators engaging in 10-minute conversations with question and answer sessions.

May 1, 2020, 6:30 p.m.
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Meeting ID: 942 2770 0429

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.

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.

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 be sharing 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.

?Enjoy a May Day cocktail!?
Here’s the recipe:
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


May 1, 2020
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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The Center for Art in Wood
CraftNOW Philadelphia
The Clay Studio
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Wharton Esherick Museum


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