1st Friday Albany



August 07, 2017

Welcome to the dog days of summer. Let's look at some art.

It is hot and muggy outside. Sounds like a great reason to visit one of our sponsors. They have air conditioners.

1st Friday starts at 5:00 PM and ends at 9:00 throughout Albany. Select a region to see participating galleries, exhibit spaces, museums, restaurants and bars.

1st Friday Flier

  • Lark Street District & Central Avenue District

    Alacrity Frame Workshop

    215 Lark Street Albany, NY 12210


    Featuring: Efthimio Stoja
    Mediterranean Coastlines

    • The Hudson River School: Landscape Paintings from the Albany Institute
    • 2017 Exhibition by Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region
    • 6PM: Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region gallery talks with George Dirolf, Richard Garrison, Mame Kennedy, and Paul Sattler (subject to change).

    Bombers Burrito Bar

    258 Lark Street Albany, NY 12210


    • $3 Dos Equis Drafts
    • $6 Original Margaritas

    1st Friday Sponsor!

    Capital Wine & Spirits

    348 State Street Albany, NY 12210


    Wine Tasting!

    City Church

    200 Washington Avenue, NY 12210 (Former Key Bank Building)


    Madison Ave Benefit Art Show and Silent Auction

    This First Friday event is to rally the community to support the victims of the fire that occurred on Madison Ave through the celebration of art and to raise donations for those families.

    A five dollar donation at the door includes beverages and appetizers. There will be a silent art auction and prize raffles with 100% of proceeds going to the victims as well as the door donation. 30% of all artist sales will be donated as well.

    • Live Music provided by: Carl Daniels, Rich Sarnacki, Stephen Stewart
    • Featured Artists: Cat Jones, Amanda Mellinger, John Daubney
    • Art by: Osker, Allison Gregory, W. David Lilley Jr., And more TBA
    • Catering provided by: Sunhee's Farm and Kitchen, Kanters Deli

    1st Friday Sponsor!

    Elissa Halloran Designs

    229 Lark Street Albany, NY 12210


    NEIGH!!!!! 15% off all horse items!!!

    Romeo's Gifts

    299 Lark Street Albany, NY 12210


    25% off Storewide for 1st Friday!!!!

    Savoy Taproom

    301 Lark Street, NY 12210


    Highlighting and supporting local artists on the 1st Friday of each month. Featured artist for August are:

    • Elinur Danon, a contemporary abstract artist that seeks to create dynamic pieces with powerful colors and contrast, primarily using acrylic paint. The added beauty of these creations is that the orientation of the piece is entirely up to its owner, with different angles allowing for different effects to be perceived in the art - an optical illusion of sorts. As such, the art can change with the mood of its owner, giving each piece endless possibilities of interpretation”.
    • DTrae Carter is an Albany based freelance photographer who has worked for an assortment of clients, including local businesses, restaurants, and high profile events and has had work featured in the Times Union. Almost 5 years ago, DTrae’s friend gifted him a couple of dusty, but functional, Pentax K-1000s that were otherwise going to be thrown away. His “waste not, want not” mantra kicked in immediately as he was eager to put these instruments to use. These cameras would be his tools to record the romantic and helter-skelter world where we dream and live. Switching back and forth between film and digital, DTrae incorporates a mixture of cameras to seize the natural mood in his own unique way.

    Slavonian European Cafe

    189 Lark Street Albany, NY 12210

    Free Tea Tasting

  • Beyond Lark Street

    African American Cultural Center Of The Capital Region

    135 South Pearl Street Albany, NY 12210


    • Black Dimensions in Art, Inc. presents: The photography of Clifford Oliver
    • “Polo and Expression: 20 Years of Saratoga Polo”
    • Opening Reception

    Albany Barn

    56 Second Street Albany, NY 12210


    • Open hours for Impressive: 3PM to 6PM
    • Lights Up Productions Present: Into the Woods
      - Tickets are $10
      - Doors open at6:30PM
      - Show starts at7PM
    • 42 N. Swan 5-8pm
    • Solo Exhibition by Artist Sion Hardy

    Albany Center Gallery

    488 Broadway Albany, NY 12207



    Artists include: Joan Dix Blair, Annie Bissett, Thorsten Dennerline, Nancy Haver, Sarah Pike, Nori Pepe, Mary Ellen Riell and Sandy Wimer

    Curated by Alana Akacki

    GreatFinds Thrift Boutique

    260 Washington Ave Albany, NY 12210


    Artful Windows: "30 and Fabulous" Great Finds Thrift Boutique 30th Anniversary! Join us for Light refreshments and Sale Event to celebrate!

    1st Friday Sponsor!

    Upstate Artists Guild @ The Barn Stage 1 Gallery

    46-48 North Swan Street Albany, NY 12210


    Annual Member Show: August and September

  • After 1st Friday

    Albany First Friday Swing Dance

    25 South Allen Street Albany, NY 12208


    • Band: Doc Scanlon
    • Free Swing Dance LESSON at 7 - 8pm, no partner needed
    • DANCE to the Doc Scanlon band from 8 - 11pm
    • Admission including lesson: General $15; Dance Flurry members $12; Seniors/Students $10.

    L.A.X. Restaurant & Lounge

    203-207 Lark Street Albany, NY 12210


    Live music from 7 - 10pm and $5 margarita specials.