First Friday Unites Art Lovers

The art scene in Philadelphia is growing, with murals painted from top to bottom on buildings around the city and street artists joining in on the fare. Philadelphia’s Old City is quickly becoming haven for these artists to exhibit their talents.

On the first Friday of each month, art enthusiasts from all over the city explore their way between Front and Third, and Market and Vine Streets to experience the thriving art community Philadelphia has to offer.

Art lovers gather in Old City galleries Temple University encourages students to attend the monthly First Friday event by providing transportation to and from Main Campus. Galleries open their doors and offer visitors food and drinks, while allowing them to roam the rooms and admire the artwork. When walking from gallery to gallery, visitors may see street vendors and performers of all art genres.

While some artists wandered into the art scene unplanned, others attended school to receive an education that helps strengthen their skills and master their techniques. On the corner of 3rd and New Street, resides the ‘New Boone’ gallery, just one of the places where you can find alumni from Temple’s very own Tyler School of Art.

“I think it definitely created an environment where I wanted to create art and where I could collaborate with peers more,” said Christina Lower, 2013 Tyler School of Art alumnus and artist on display at the “New Boone” gallery.

First Friday gives artist the opportunity to display their work, and with an artistic education from Tyler School of Art, Temple students and alumni find themselves ready to hit the art scene and showcase their work in galleries around Philadelphia.

“I love painting and without Tyler I would’ve never found it. I mean I had awesome teachers, and if it wasn’t for the teachers in Tyler I would’ve never been an artist. They’re the ones that really pushed me,” said David Myers, 2013 Tyler School of Art Alumnus and artist on display with Lower.

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