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 7, 2014, First Friday Happenings

November's First Friday Event kicks off the Fifth Annual Olympus InVision Photo Festival and Lehigh Valley Photo Month!

1st Floor of the Banana Factory

NEW! The Pennsylvania Photographers' Competition Exhibition will have its opening reception in the Crayola Gallery.

NEW! Larry Price: The Cost of Gold – Child Labor will have its opening reception in the Banko Gallery.

NEW! The InVision College Photography Competition will have its opening reception in the Hallway to the Arts. Awards will be presented in the Crayola Gallery at 7:15pm.

NEW! Banana Factory Featured Artists: Thomas Shillea, Olaf Starorypinski, and Bruce Ward.

NEW! Stop by the Olympus Digital Imaging Center to meet the Olympus Visionaries and Trailblazers and to see a sampling of their work.

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

NEW! Philadelphia Photographers: 1975-1985 opens in the Santa Bannon Fine Art Gallery on the first floor of the Banana Factory in Studio 93. There will be a gallery talk at 7:30pm featuring Bruce Katsiff, D.W. Mellor, Stephen Perloff, and Stephen Williams.

Dan's Camera City will be showing off the latest and greatest in photography equipment in the Visual Arts Classroom. While you're there, make sure you visit their photo booth to get some great shots of you and your friends!

Olympus will also be in our Visual Arts Classroom with the newest in their product line. While you're there, you can register to win an Olympus OM-D-E-M1 and 12-40mm f2.8 PRO lens ($2,398.99 retail value)!

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!

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

Diana's Café will be on hand to talk about catering your next event at the Banana Factory. Find them on the web at:

NEW! Stop by our ArtsQuest Glass Studio for a demonstration by visiting glass artist Boyd Sugiki.

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

Ron Gutman will be displaying an array of 3-D objects created from paper in our Visual Arts Classroom. His items are perfect for special occasions or just because. This month, check out his special camera-themed paper items.

Visit with the Da Vinci Science Center to talk about exciting science happenings in the Lehigh Valley.

Nick Lindsay will be bringing his mix of acoustic alternative rock, folk, and indie music to the Crayola Gallery.

2nd Floor of the Banana Factory

Resident Artist Stephanie Smith will be painting live in in her studio, #250.

3rd Floor of the Banana Factory

Make sure you visit the third floor for their Procrastinators' Halloween First Friday.

Trisha Mae will be doing a demo all night in Studio 346 to finish her piece for the 2015 Red Show.

In honor of the Olympus InVision Photo Festival, Virginia Abbott will be holding a video challenge in Studio 337. Virginia will give away a sculpture valued at $ 300.00 the best YouTube video capture of her concave art. The event begins on First Friday, November 7, 2015 and ends January 15, 2015 at 2:00am.

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


Don't forget to check out the official website for Bethlehem's First Friday


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