Music Inspiring Art

Indy Hall

22 North Third Street Getting There: Take the Market Frankford Line and get off at 2nd St. February 1, 6–10 p.m. Free 

We know art can be a little intimidating at times, but this First Friday event can ease your timid self into the world of wine, cheese and British accents. The collective product of over 25 artists, Music Inspiring Art is an exhibition dedicated to—you guessed it—the music that fuels our creative spirits. From photography and fashion to painted wooden panels and sculpture, these works promise to be as versatile as they are conceptually innovative. And if we haven’t reeled you in yet, Johnny Cash, Nina Simone and other artists referenced by works throughout the show will serenade you as you meander about Indy Hall’s unique gallery space.

— Megan Ruben

Best of Contemporary Realism

Artists’ House Gallery

57 North Second Street Getting There: Take the Market Frankford Line and get off at 2nd Street. February 1, 5 – 8:30 p.m. Free

Showcasing four local artists, this exhibition represents the best of Contemporary Realism. Valerie Craig captures the beauty of nature in grand American landscapes, composing her canvases with loose strokes reminiscent of the Impressionists. Saskia Ozols Eubanks also showcases nature’s beauty, but through graceful, sinuous lines. Eubanks recreates traditional classicism from paintings of the New England landscape to academic paintings of nudes, flowers and fruits. Daniel Miller, a woodcut printmaker and Logan Speirs, an oil painter, are also featured. They display realistic portraits of famous artists such as Cezanne and Monet and recreate Van Gogh’s famous sunflowers. Beware that you may walk away crying over the fact that you can’t even draw a stick figure.

— Gina DeCagna