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First Friday

On the first Friday of every month, South Bethlehem comes alive for a community celebration. Local merchants, restaurants and galleries open their doors to celebrate our awesome community. Our First Friday activities are headquartered at the Banana Factory Arts Center – The fun kicks off at 6pm each month and wraps up around 9pm.

October 2, 2015 · Happenings

First Floor of the Banana Factory

NEW! The Banana Factory Annual Resident Artists’ exhibition Part 2, will have an opening reception in the Crayola Gallery.

The ArtsQuest Annual Members’ exhibition will have an opening reception in the Banko Gallery.

Brian Barto “Keep It Fun” exhibition will have an opening reception in the Hallway to the Arts.

NEW! Banana Factory Featured Artists: Alison Bessesdotter and Marlow Rodale.

2015 Faces of The SouthSide banner exhibition in Studio # 104.

Santa Bannon / Fine Art Gallery will be featuring Norman Rubington: Retrospective of an Expat
Artist reception 6:00-9:30PM Gallery Talk, 7:30PM with Ann Mary Greene, Founding Collection Curator: Ilene Wood, Patron and Assistant Curator of the exhibiton with SBFA.. For more information, visit:

Our newest selection of Banana Factory art classes will be announced and open for enrollments! Visit for a full listing.

Stop by the ArtsQuest Glass Studio to see this month’s live hot glass demonstration from 6-9pm.

Ron Gutman will be displaying an array of 3-D objects created from paper. His items are perfect for special occasions or just because.

Shannon McLaughlin will be on hand to demonstrate the art of henna at the Banana Factory. Stop by to see her incredible work.

Stop by the Olympus Digital Imaging Center to view Kapy Bash Mode’s Fall/Winter fashion line.

Second Floor of the Banana Factory

Michelle Neifert, Studio # 253 will have her current work in progress for the PA Council on the Arts project "Zen of Seeing" on display for First Friday. Michelle received an award for the 2015-2016 season. A work titled "Zazen 1" is completed and the second is in progress currently. The full body of work will be on exhibition at the Baum School of Art June-July 2016.

Third Floor of the Banana Factory

Resident artist Kevin Herbst Haaf will be presenting a jewelry demonstration in our Jewelry Studio at 7:30pm.

All Floors of the Banana Factory

Open Studio Mingle with the Banana Factory Resident Artists on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd floors of the Banana Factory. (Art work is available for purchase throughout the Banana Factory.)

Additional public parking is available across the street from the Banana Factory at the Riverport Garage.

First Friday is sponsored by:

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