First Friday began as a way to promote local artists and local art galleries in the Downtown Lancaster area. Art is still the major focus of the evening. This month is no exception as Lancaster artists once again exhibit a variety of artistic talent using a variety of mediums.
The Liz Hess Gallery will be open Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Other than Friday night, the Gallery is closed for the month. Liz Hess, an incredibly talented artist, is known for her Red Umbrella Collection. She first included the stand out feature in 2002 while in Italy. It has become her signature, although there are some collections without the red umbrella. The Gallery is located at 140 North Prince Street.
The Red Raven Art Company will feature Tim Bell and Laura Luce this Friday. Gregory Jaskot will be the Highlight Artist. This month’s Emerging Artist is Angela Deal-Meanix. The Red Raven Art Company is located at 138 North Prince Street.
Stephen Gambone will be the featured exhibit at Annex 24 Gallery, 24 West Walnut Street.
James Warhol’s exhibit, “Visiting a Pop Icon,” continues at the Demuth Museum. The exhibit by Andy Warhol’s nephew will continue through 6 July. The Museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturday and again Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Museum is located at 120 East King Street.
Andy Warhol is among the featured artists at the Lancaster Museum of Art during the “Art Goes Pop” exhibit. The exhibit of pop art also includes William Wegman, Jim Dine, Robert Arneson and others. It runs through 6 July. The Museum is located at 135 North Lime Street.
Herbs and Flowers will be the highlighted exhibit at Gallery on Market. Cindy Schlosser will display her hand-painted bowls, door panels and antique shutters during the exhibit. The Gallery is located at 15 West King Street and will be open 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Friday.
Frances Wolf is the featured artist at the Artisan Gallery this month on Prince Street. The show runs through 28 June. Wolf will be holding her Artist Reception tonight, Wednesday, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Gallery is located at 114 North Prince Street, in the front of POUR.
The Pennsylvania College of Art & Design (PCA&D) will continue to exhibit “Selected Artwork from the BFA Program at PCA&D”. The First Friday opening reception will be from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The exhibit will run through 1 August. PCA&D is located at 204 North Prince Street.
PCA&D Alumni Jay Gerber will present “Become” this month at the Mulberry Arts Studio. A local artist, Become is his latest collection. His work is largely abstract. He will be at the Gallery Friday as part of the Artist Reception. The Studio is located at 19-21 North Mulberry Street.
The Guild Store at the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen marks its 70th anniversary with a 70 Works Exhibition. Art Shoemaker is June’s Fine Craftsmen of the Month. He will also be demonstrating carving. Several artists will be in attendance Friday as well. The Guild is located at 333 North Queen Street.
The Phillips Museum of Art, located at Franklin & Marshall, is closed during the summer months. It will reopen on 26 August when the student body returns for Fall semester.
Art exhibits are not limited to traditional galleries and art schools anymore.
Be Well Lancaster, a Center for Holistic Healing, will feature the art work of Bob Harnish. A local artist, his works are acrylics or oil based. The venue is located at 7 North Mulberry Street and will be open from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The Regitz Gallery at the Ware Center will feature a juried exhibition of photography. Linda McClusky Benton is the featured artist in the Lyet Lobby this month. The Ware Center is located at 42 North Prince Street.
Carol E. Kauffman will exhibit her photography at the Steeple View Lofts on Friday. The Lofts, a housing complex for those 55 and older, is located at 118 North Water Street.
First Fridays are not just about the art anymore.
The Ware Center will also hold an Exotic Cat Meet & Greet in the Atrium. Produced by Dr. Christina Baumer, this is the second annual celebration of exotic cats. The Humane League of Lancaster will also be present with a selection of cats. The American Red Cross will also be present. They will demo
Charlie the Service Dog will be the highlight of the evening at Commonwealth on Queen (CoQ). The café and event venue will be hosting a Fundraiser for Charlie from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. CoQ is located at 301 North Queen Street. While you are there, pick up your tickets for Beth Sorrentino’s record release party on Saturday evening.
June is National Candy Month. One simply cannot walk down the 300 block of North Queen Street without stopping in at Candy-ology 2. This little shop is filled with all sorts of candies and chocolates and sweet tooth specialties. The candy store, which opened in November 2013, is located at 309 North Queen Street, formerly Rachel’s Crepes.
La Petite Patisserie will be open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for First Friday. The bakery is located at 157 B East King Street.
Music has become a large part of the First Friday events as well.
Art & Glassworks each month, weather dependant, also holds a Music in the Courtyard at their 319 North Queen Street shop. This month Nate Myers & The Aces will perform. The Harrisburg based band has quite the following as they incorporate various influences into their own unique direction and style. Seating in the Courtyard is limited. Bring your own food and drink!
The Wheatland Middle School string soloists will perform at 6 p.m. at Buchanan Park’s Rose Garden. The Lancaster County Garden Club takes care of the beautiful roses in the park, located near Race Avenue behind the Franklin & Marshall College.
Tony Miceli, a vibraphonist, will play from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Lyet Lobby of the Ware Center.
Na Geanna Fiadhanna will perform at Tellus360 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. as part of First Friday. Enjoy the melody of the Irish as you peruse the Gallery on the second floor. Following the First Friday events, Mark DeRose & The Dreadniught Brigade will perform at 9 p.m., at which time attendance is limited to those 21 and older. They will perform until 11 followed by a DJ. Tellus360 is located at 24 East King Street.
One simply cannot celebrate music without dance. The Paloma School of Irish Dance will offer instruction Friday in simple Irish party dances. While the event is free, the school suggests a dollar or two donation per participant. The school is located at 19 East King Street, above the Subway, which is across the street from Tellus360 and Annie Bailey’s.
Most First Friday events run 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. or within that timeframe. On street parking is available for free after 6 p.m. The Parking Garages will also be open, as will private parking lots, for a small cost.