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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.

December 5, 2014 · Happenings

1st Floor of the Banana Factory

The Pennsylvania Photographers’ Competition Exhibition will be in the Crayola Gallery.

Larry Price: The Cost of Gold – Child Labor will be in the Banko Gallery.

The InVision College Photography Competition will have an opening reception in the Hallway to the Arts.

NEW! Banana Factory Featured Artists: Khalil Allaik, Jacqueline Cornette, and Kim Hogan.

The work created by the students in this year’s Faces of the Southside program will be on display in Studio 104.

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

Mambo Kaliente will be providing musical entertainment for the NPP event from 5:00-6:30 in the Crayola Gallery. Mambo Kaliente was founded in 1998 when saxophone, pianist, composer and music director Jimmy de Jesus met with bass player Urbano Torres. They’ve known each other since the 1980s and have taken their tropical flavor throughout the Northeastern U.S. Mambo Kaliente is full of hot Caribbean flavor and will make you get on your feet and dance!

Adam Web ( will be providing musical entertainment in the Crayola Gallery from 7:00-9:00.

Stop by the ArtsQuest Glass Studio for a glassblowing demonstration and stick around to Make Your Own Glass Pumpkin on our studio floor.

Raising Readers/Building Readers will be focusing on literacy in the Visual Arts Classroom. They will be completing some take-home activities for kids and handing out books.

Roey from Roey’s Paintbox will be leading the guests through some art activities in the Visual Arts Classroom.

Send your kids on a scavenger hunt around the Banana Factory! The hunt starts and ends in the Visual Arts Classroom.

There’ll be hands-on fun for kids of all ages in the Clay Classroom, where we’ll be making holiday cards!

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.

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

Susan Huxley’s colorful up-cycle garments and jewelry are the perfect gift for any occasion! Join us and check out her unique fashions!

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!

Simply Smooth will be on hand to talk about catering your next event at the Banana Factory. Find them on the web.

Visit local Italian wine importer, South Italy Imports, for samples of this week’s featured wines. Learn more about where their unique varietals come from and the wine making process.


The Hokendauqua Chapter of Trout Unlimited #535 will be on hand to talk about their brand-new Fly-Tying 101 Workshop coming to the Banana Factory in December!

Banana Factory Resident Artist Jacqueline Cornette has moved to Studio 102! Stop by and help warm her new space!

Santa Bannon Fine Art Gallery will be hosting an opening reception for the current GLASS show from 5:30-9pm. An artist talk will be held at 7:30pm.

3rd Floor of the Banana Factory

Resident Artist Erin Anderson has moved to Studio 340. Stop by her new space and say hello.

Resident Artist Kevin Herbst Haaf will be doing a demonstration in the 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. For information about FREE mobile metered parking from 5PM to 10PM on 1st Fridays go to

More Events Happening at Southside Bethlehem’s First Friday
  • Cleo’s Silversmith Studio & Gallery, Tallarico’s Chocolates, Godfrey Daniels, Fox Optical, Keystone Homebrew Supply, Loose Threads Boutique, Wadsworth & Co., Superstar Dance Academy, To’Makao Fine Cigars, Comfort Suites, and more will be participating!
  • Click here to view the full PDF of events
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