First FridayOn 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.
- Learn more about the Banana Factory
- Check out our Banana Factory Resident Artists
- View the art classes we offer at the Banana Factory and the ArtsQuest Center
May 1, 2015 · Happenings
First Floor of the Banana Factory
Artists in Residence: Portraits of Artists of the Lehigh Valley by photographer Luke Wynne will have an opening reception in the Crayola Gallery.
Selection Aneja by Ramon Peralta will have an opening reception in the Banko Gallery.
The ArtsQuest Staff and Instructor Exhibition will have an opening reception in the Hallway to the Arts.
Banana Factory Featured Artists: Jacqueline Cornette andVirginia Abbott.
Studio 104 will host the opening of A Photographic Study: Wabi-Sabi, a collection of photographs from students in our recent Wabi-Sabi class.
Our newest selection of Banana Factory art classes will be announced and open for enrollments! Visit the Banana Factory website for a full listing. While you’re at First Friday, make sure you stop by the Front Desk or check in with a staff member to find out about our monthly class discount offers!
Stop by the ArtsQuest Glass Studio to see this live hot glass demonstration from 7-9pm.
The ArtsQuest Glass Studio will offer a make-your-own glass egg workshop on the studio floor from 5-7pm.
Ron Gutman will be displaying an array of 3-D objects created from paper. His items are perfect for special occasions or just because.
Janelle Hamscher’s line of accessories includes handmade original funky jewelry, hair bows & other hair items with a hint of other designs. Pure Sin is inspired by a LOVE of Halloween, lots of colors, and amazing ART and is perfect for creating a unique look year-round! Well-rounded would be a perfect word for these iconic items! Cute, creepy, girly, nerdy, gothic, steampunk, rockabilly, and so much more!
Shannon McLaughlin will be on hand to demonstrate the art of henna at the Banana Factory. Stop by to see her incredible work.
Mary Schwarzenberger will be displaying her fiber art jewelry, thread bowls, and wearable art jackets. She will demonstrate fabric bead making. Mary’s work has been described as funky, colorful, and most of all, unique.
Stop by Studio 104 for a preview of the Kapy Bash Mode Fashion Show, Spring / Summer Fashion Show at the Banana Factory, to benefit Kapy Bash for Mothers & Children Charity in Congo.
Mary Ann Riker will be adding a splash of colorful offerings from HeartFelt Jewelry to brighten up your wardrobe. Need some Baubles for a special someone? HeartFelt jewelry has it! And, flowers and other fun stuff will be poppin’ up in her artists’ books from JUSTARIP Press.
The Lehigh Valley Gay Men’s Chorus will be visiting the Banana Factory.
Stop by the Visual Arts Classroom to talk to representatives from The Boutique at the Rink and Tabor Children’s Services.