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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.

November 6, 2015 · Happenings

Hors d’oeuvres provided by Diana’s Café Catering

First Floor of the Banana Factory

NEW! The Pennsylvania Photographers Juried Competition exhibition opening in the Crayola Gallery.

First Friday Shootout – Crayola Gallery 6:30, 7:30, 8:30 PM 30-minute sessions with live models.

Cathy’s Creative Catering will also be they doing petite sampling in the Crayola Gallery.

NEW! Rick Smolan INSIDE TRACKS: Alone Across the Outback exhibition opening in the Banko Gallery.

NEW! InVision College Photography Competition exhibition opening in the Hallway to the Arts.

NEW! Olympus Visionaries and Trailblazers exhibition opening Featured Artist Wall and Olympus Digital Imaging Classroom. Stop by the Olympus Digital Imaging Classroom to meet the Olympus Visionaries and Trailblazers. InVision College Photography Competition Award Ceremony 7:15PM.

NEW! Banana Factory Resident Artist exhibition opening Studio # 104.

NEW! Banana Factory Resident Artist Photo exhibition in the Stairwell.

2015 Faces of The SouthSide banner exhibition East Terrace.

NEW! “Masquerade” Photographs by Thomas Shillea and “The American Housewife” by David Moser opening reception in the Santa Bannon / Fine Art Gallery 6 – 9:30PM with Artists Talk at 7:30PM.

RAFFLE: Hand blown, one of a kind, glass camera valued at $450 created by the ArtsQuest Glass Studio at the Banana Factory.

Still in need of your Olympus InVision Photo Festival tickets? Tickets will be available for purchase at the Banana Factory reception desk on the first floor of the Banana Factory.
Saturday Pass for the day’s presentations & party
$110 ($100 ArtsQuest Members & Students with ID)

All Weekend Passincludes A Day in the Life of Bethlehem – Photograph the City
$249 ($219 ArtsQuest Members & Students with ID)

5-7PM Hot Glass Experience Make Your Own choice of glass acorn or pumpkin. Pre-register at

Stop by the ArtsQuest Glass Studio to see this month’s live InVision themed hot glass demonstration from 7-9pm.

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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