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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.  

February 6, 2015 · Happenings

First Floor of the Banana Factory

The Hope & Healing Juried Exhibition will have an opening reception in the Crayola Gallery.

Deciphering the Universe: Quilts by Barbara Schulman will have an opening reception in the Banko Gallery.

Persona by Clarissa R Gerber will have an opening reception in the Hallway to the Arts.

Banana Factory Featured Artists: Erin Anderson and Michelle Neifert.

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!

Stop by the ArtsQuest Glass Studio to see this month’s Valentine’s Day-themed demonstration. Don’t miss it as they sculpt the goddess Aphrodite (the goddess of love) out of hot glass!

Also, the ArtsQuest Glass Studio is going all RED for Valentine’s Day.

The ArtsQuest Glass Studio will offer a make-your-own glass heart workshop on the studio floor.

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

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.

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!

Stop by and check out Susan Huxley’s colorful line of up-cycled garments and jewelry. They’re the perfect gift for any occasion.

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

Second Floor of the Banana Factory

Make sure you stop by Studio 253 to welcome our newest Banana Factory Resident Artist, Michelle Neifert, to her studio!

And don’t forget to welcome Melissa Perhamus to Studio 218!

Third Floor of the Banana Factory

Resident Artist Kevin Herbst Haaf will be conducting 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:

Service Master Clean  

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