First Friday April • Top Picks from PaperClips

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Here are PaperClips’ Top Picks for what not to miss this First Friday, April 4th! There is a lot happening on Friday and beyond, so make sure to check out their Events Calendar for a complete listing of events throughout the month. If you are out exploring the arts in Philadelphia, use #clips215 to share, tweet, and gram along with the PaperClips team!


B R A C E  F O R  I M P A C T • 6-10pm @ The Philadelphia Sculpture Gym (1834 Frankford Avenue)

The Philadelphia Sculpture Gym presents BRACE FOR IMPACT, a new series of work by Darla Jackson with an opening reception this First Friday. Continuing with her dark animal sculptures as human stand-ins, Jackson is auctioning off the entire show, with each piece available to bid on individually. Raffle tickets will be on sale for the month of April with the drawing happening at the closing reception.


 Animate! • 6-9pm @ AIGA Philadelphia (72 N. 2nd Street) 

The AIGA presents the first Friday opening reception for Animate!, their latest exhibition featuring interactive design and web animation. In partnership with Philly Tech Week, there will be projections of animated GIFs, flash work, after effects creations, and interactive artwork, along with QR codes covering the walls of SPACE for a unique gallery experience.

 Take What You Need • 5-9pm @ Indy Hall (33 N. 3rd Street)

Join Indy Hall as they present the First Friday opening reception for Take What You Need: An Illustrated Experiment With Brief Literature, featuring artists Mike Jackson, Parker Whitney, Zeke Jenei, Mike Heston, and Sean Martorana in partnership with writer Adam Teterus. In a collaborative effort, a series of Teterus’ original short stories will be reinterpreted through the visual arts, taking on themes of influence, perspective, and departure.


Message Bearer & Endless Source • 5:30-7:30pm @ Locks Gallery (600 Washington Square South)

This First Friday, join Locks Gallery as they host the opening receptions for two separate exhibitions, Message Bearer by Warren Rohrer and Endless Source by Neysa Grassi. Message Bearer will feature Rohrer’s typical paintings on square canvases, studying the perception of color through the layering of various tones by repetitive brushstrokes and a subtle, exposed edge. Endless Source features Grassi’s paintings that highlight the elemental qualities of water, abstracting specific sensations by layering paint and giving the canvas an atmospheric quality.


Natural Lighting Emulator II • 6-10pm @ Practice Gallery (319 N. 11th Street)

Practice presents the First Friday opening reception for Natural Lighting Emulator II, an installation by the artist Lisa Dillin. It provides a solution to the modern disconnect from the natural world by creating a mottled daylight effect, as if the sun is being filtered through a canopy of trees. The NLEII functions as a temporary surrogate for this formerly common, natural experience.



Marks of Vanity • 6-8pm @ Metropolitan Gallery 250 (250 S. 18th Street)

Metropolitan Gallery 250 is hosting the first Friday opening reception for the solo exhibitionMarks of Vanity. It will feature paintings by Sarah Coote, whose abstract scenes are characterized by figurative representations and an unabashed use of color. There will also be snacks and refreshments provided by Metropolitan Bakery.



Paper Works • 5-7pm @ Gross McCleaf Gallery (127 S. 16th Street)

Gross McCleaf Gallery presents the First Friday opening reception for Paper Works, their newest group exhibition. As a basis for any medium, the work on paper is widely considered autonomous, exploring both its unique qualities and breadth of possibilities. It will feature work from artists Martha Armstrong, Ken Kewley, Marlene Rye, Marc Salz, Karen Segal, and Stuart Shils.

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