First Friday in August: 21 Events to Check Out, Near the Town of Lancaster, From a Susquehanna-Themed Exhibition to Makers’ Markets | Entertainment


The town of Lancaster will come alive this Friday with plenty of new exhibits, two makers markets and even a theatrical production.

For First Friday, several galleries come out with new exhibitions. The Baldwin Gallery in Altana will feature works by artist Jazmine Gabriel, and Deerfoot Downtown will host a beachside collection for those who aren’t looking forward to the end of summer.

There is also an exhibition at the Demuth Museum on the theme of the mighty Susquehanna River, with four decades of works in several types of media. And, continuing the nature theme, artist Freiman Stoltzfus will release a collection of whimsical paintings on the theme of the outdoors.

Other events include a double horror movie feature at the Zoetropolis Cinema Stillhouse, as well as a porch party at Pocket Books (complete with tarot card readings).

Here’s everything you should check out for Lancaster Town’s First Friday.

alley of arts

Art Alley will feature local artist vendors selling their wares, in partnership with the City of Lancaster and the Center for Creative Exploration at the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design. For the August event, people are encouraged to create their own sock puppet artists on site.

More information: William Henry Place, between Lancaster City Visitor Center and Lancaster Central Market | Hours: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. | More information

Baldwin Gallery

Baldwin’s Gallery in Altana will shine a special spotlight on artist Jazmine Gabriel, who has frequently collaborated with Baldwin’s Gallery. Works will include paintings, jewelry and other creations.

More information: Baldwin’s Gallery at Altana (second floor), 26 E. King St., Lancaster | Hours: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. | More information

Gallery of curiosities and creative supplies

Curio will welcome the works of its owners, artists Nicole Duquette and Matt Allyn Chapman, in a collection called “Echo Echo”. Duquette focuses on watercolor and gouache to create mosaic artwork, while Chapman focuses on ink, circles, and fluid media. The exhibition will continue until August 27.

More information: Curio Gallery & Creative Supply, 106 W. Chestnut St., Lancaster | Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. | More information

Deerfoot Town Center

Deerfoot Downtown will host works by artist Hayley Linette, who creates everything from jewelry and handbags to paintings. Deerfoot Downtown’s collection will be inspired by the ocean.

“The Beach Bum collection is inspired by my love for the beach and the ocean. I’ve always wanted to move to the Caribbean and make art there. There’s something about that crystal clear turquoise water that inspires me. The beach is a place for so many people and I think that’s what my art does, making people happy,” Hayley said in a Facebook post.

More information: Downtown Deerfoot, 348 N. Queen St., Lancaster | Opening hours: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. | More information

Demoth Museum

The Demuth Museum will open a new exhibition this first Friday, with more than 60 curated works featuring the Susquehanna River as the artists’ muse. The new collection is titled “Drawing on the Susquehanna: Four Centuries of Artistic Inspiration and Commerce” and features many media types, from hand-colored lithographs to copperplate engravings.

The exhibition will continue until October 30.

More information: Demuth Museum, 120 E. King St., Lancaster | Hours: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. | More information

First Reformed Church

Organist Larry Hershey will give a 30-minute concert on the theme “Summer Delights”. Pianist Debbie Bothom will accompany Hershey. The two will perform songs like “Lotus Blossom” by Billy Strayhorn, “Sheep May Safely Graze” by Johann Sebastian Bach and “The Swan” by Camille Saint-Saens from Carnival of the Animals.

More information: First Reformed Church, 40 E. Orange St., Lancaster | Hours: 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. | More information

Freiman Stoltzfus Gallery

Freiman Stoltzfus Gallery will launch a new exhibition titled “Field Hymns 2022,” featuring “a verdant and abundant celebration of life,” according to the gallery’s Facebook page. The paintings are intended to be joyful and encouraging.

The exhibition will continue until September 30.

More information: Freiman Stoltzfus Gallery, 142 N. Prince St., Lancaster | Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. | More information

Historic Preservation Trust

The Historic Preservation Trust will host a one-night pop-up show featuring works from painter CJ Hurley’s collection, “The Lyrical Landscape”. The collection consists mainly of watercolours, with nature being a main muse.

More information: Historic Preservation Trust, 123 N. Prince St., Lancaster | Hours: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. | More information


The Imperial makes its first Friday debut this weekend, featuring several artists on the new terrace overlooking Ewell Plaza.

Artists whose works will be featured include illustrator Eric Tonzola, fashion designer Michael Ribbeca, photographer and tattoo artist Zach Walters, artist Wendy Li Yuen, artist Clover, metal/wood artist Eli d’Azar Studios and artist Keisha Finnie.

More information: The Imperial Restaurant Terrace, 26 E. Chestnut St., Lancaster | Hours: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. | More information

Karen Anderer fine art

Karen Anderer’s gallery will host Carl White’s solo exhibition, “All the Things” until August 6. White’s exhibit features oil paintings with Renaissance imagery, as well as marble busts and statues as inspiration.

More information: Karen Anderer Fine Art, 146 N. Prince St., Lancaster | Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. | More information

Lancaster Galleries

The Lancaster Galleries will continue to host works by painter Abby Rudisill from a collection called “Recent Paintings”. His works are abstract in nature. The exhibition will be on display until August 6.

More information: Lancaster Galleries, 34 N. Water St., Lancaster | Hours: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. | More information

Lancaster Art Museum

The Lancaster Museum of Art will continue to host works from its 60th annual Community Art Exhibition, featuring over 115 works by local artists. The exhibition will continue until September 4. See the virtual exhibition here.

More information: Lancaster Art Museum, 135 N. Lime St., Lancaster | Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | More information

Lancaster Science Factory

Every first Friday, the Lancaster Science Factory offers free admission and features over 70 hands-on exhibits for kids and adults.

More information: Lancaster Science Factory, 454 New Holland Avenue, Lancaster | Hours: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. | More information

Mulberry Art Studios

Mulberry Art Studios will host multimedia artist Tama Etra’s collection entitled “Mixed Bag”. Lately, Etra has been inspired by collages and alcohol ink.

“My exhibition contains many pieces which I call ‘junk art’ because I received many fashion magazines that had just been thrown away. I thought of a great way to recycle them using all the beautiful colors and all the patterns to paint pictures,” Etra said in a press release.

More information: Mulberry Art Studios, 19-21 N. Mulberry St., Lancaster | Hours: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. | More information

The parrot gallery

The Parrot Gallery will continue to host the origami works of 13-year-old Lancaster Mennonite student Ezra Kauffman in a collection titled “No Cuts Allowed!” His passion started with a book he received for Christmas five years ago, and it has continued ever since. The exhibition will continue until August 31.

More information: The Parrot Gallery at Community Mennonite Church, 328 W. Orange St., Lancaster | Hours: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. | More information

Pennsylvania College of Art and Design

In addition to participating in Art Alley, the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design will host an artist talk with artist Karin Wengenroth.

Wengenroth’s works, featured in an exhibition titled “Self Conscious,” are on display in the PCA&D gallery until August 7.

More information: Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, 204 N. Prince St., Lancaster | Hours: Artist talk, 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.; gallery, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. | More information


Pocket Books will be hosting a porch party with drinks and books, plus tarot card readings by Lancaster artist Gillian Pearl.

More information: Paperbacks, 903 Wheatland Avenue, Lancaster | Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Red Crow Art Company

Red Raven will feature works by painters Ken Karlic and Robert Libby. Karlic paints in watercolors and oils and is inspired by both the city and the countryside. Libby primarily paints figures and uses oil paints.

More information: Red Raven Art Company, 138 N. Prince St., Lancaster | Hours: 10am to 8.30pm | More information

United Zion Art Gallery

United Zion will feature works by painter Karen Frattali and watercolourist Deb Watson. Frattali often paints vibrant flowers, while Watson focuses on the realism of watercolor.

More information: United Zion Art Gallery at United Zion Retirement Community, 722 Furnace Hills Pike, Lititz | Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. | More information

The article center

The Ware Center will feature a makers market, new exhibit and theater performance for the first Friday.

The Makers Market will feature 16 vendors selling their wares, including mixed media works, glass, wood, jewelry and more. The market and the new exhibition, “Magnetic Aura”, will run from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

“Magnetic Aura” will feature mixed media works by artist Anita Pilkerton-Plumb. There will also be live music and a place where visitors can make their own collage.

The Ware Center will also host a performance of “Julia Caesar,” a gender-specific version of Shakespeare’s “The Tragedy of Julius Caesar.” It started on Wednesday and will continue through Saturday, with performances at 7:30 p.m. and an additional Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults or $16 for students.

More information: The Ware Center, 42 N. Prince St., Lancaster | Hours: Makers’ Market and “Magnetic Aura”, from 5.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.; “Julia Caesar”, 7:30 p.m. | More information

Cinema Zoetropolis Stillhouse

Zoetropolis will host First Friday Fright Night with a horror movie double feature. The theater will screen the 2022 horror film “Blood Sick Psychosis” and the classic 1966 horror film “The Undertaker and His Pals.” There will also be horror-themed cocktail parties.

More information: Zoetropolis Cinema Stillhouse, 112 N. Water St., Lancaster | Hours: From 8 p.m. | Cost: $18 | More information


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