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January 22, 2016

Three art events to check out in February 2016

A First Friday exhibit, an art class and a new gallery show will premiere on Friday, Feb. 5

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The first week of February brings three new art events to Philly. Head to Old City's First Friday for a new exhibit opening and a chance to make your own artwork, or take a trip to Northern Liberties for a unique gallery show.

Fire and Ice: An Evening of Raku

It might be cold outside but things are heating up at The Clay Studio, literally, because guests at this event will create colors and patterns by firing pottery and moving it while still hot to a container of paper that ignites and causes the reaction.

The process is called raku firing and all those who attend the First Friday event will leave with a one-of-a-kind piece of pottery. 

Tickets include the pottery and refreshments. Members of The Clay Studio will pay $25; nonmembers pay $30. 

Friday, Feb. 5
5 p.m. to 9 p.m. | $25-$30 per person
The Clay Studio
137-139 N. Second St.
(215) 925-3453

"47 Pieces" 

Drew Feith Tye, a Philadelphia-born artist, was inspired to pursue a Jewish theme for her solo exhibit opening at Old City's First Friday event in February. Old City Jewish Art Center will host the exhibit, which will run until Friday, Feb. 29. 

Tye was drawn to the mikveh, which is a ritual bath used to acknowledge and celebrate significant moments of life, as inspired for the collection. 

The pieces she created are large, bold and abstract.  

Also on the first Friday of every month, Old City Jewish Art Center hosts a traditional Shabbat dinner at 9 p.m. after exhibit shows.

Friday, Feb. 5 to Friday, Feb. 29
5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Old City Jewish Art Center
(215) 923-1222

"What You Fear Will Come Upon You"

The opening exhibit of artist Dylan Garrett Smith, who creates his artwork in the Lehigh Valley area, will be featured at Central Tattoo Studio. The venue is both a tattoo parlor and an art gallery. 

His collection is titled "What You Fear Will Come Upon You" and focuses on the theme of mortality, challenging viewers to reflect on their own existence. 

The art was created by applying white ash, chalk-lead and ink to black cotton rag paper. Smith's exhibit can be viewed from Friday, Feb. 5 until Sunday, March 27.

Friday, Feb. 5
6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Central Tattoo Studio
171 W. Girard Ave.
(215) 203-0500