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Fri, Apr 07


Ultra Silk Gallery

Barnes West: First Friday On The Move

One Friday, two art experiences! Join Ultra Silk Gallery & Barnes West for a roving event, featuring a gallery talk, wine and hors d’oeuvres, and transportation to First Friday at the Barnes.

Barnes West: First Friday On The Move
Barnes West: First Friday On The Move

Time & Location

Apr 07, 2023, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT

Ultra Silk Gallery, 3808 Lancaster Avenue Philadelphia PA 19104

About the Event


First stop, Lancaster Avenue’s newest art gallery—Ultra Silk Gallery!

At Ultra Silk, explore the gallery’s collection of world-class art and artifacts.  Partake in a Meet & Greet with Artists Bryan Guglielmi and Charlie Raboteau as they discuss their current  joint Exhibition on display Portraits & in-Between Places: a Philadelphia Journey.

TK Smith, Assistant Curator at the Barnes, will then give a brief talk on the African sculpture collection at the Barnes as well as background on the current exhibition, Sue Williamson & Lebohang Kganye: Tell Me What You Remember.

Then, hop on a chartered bus for complimentary access to First Friday and celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month with musical guests Keystone Jazz Collective. You'll also have the opportunity to explore the collection galleries and Tell Me What You Remember.

Limited tickets are available.


6 pm: Gallery talk, wine, and light refreshments at Ultra Silk Gallery

7 pm: Chartered bus pick-up from Ultra Silk Gallery and travel to the Barnes

7:15–9 pm: First Friday at the Barnes, featuring Keystone Jazz Collective, with access to the collection galleries and Tell Me What You Remember

9 pm:  Chartered bus pick-up from the Barnes and travel to Ultra Silk Gallery

Tickets are $10

ABOUT Portraits & In-Between Places: A Philadelphia Journey

Ultra Silk Gallery presents two talented artists, Bryan Gugliemi and Charlie Raboteau, mastering very different art mediums. Dedicated to crafting similar concepts of urban deconstruction, resurrection and portraits, these artists transport you into reinterpretations of patterns, forms and perspectives of our environment.

An environment that is also etched on the faces of its occupants, some with direct clarity and others as reflections in glass. Life within our cities concrete jungle confronts us constantly with our historical past and makes us marvel at its everchanging future.

ABOUT Sue Williamson & Lebohang Kganye: Tell Me What You Remember Exhibit

Three decades after the dismantling of apartheid began, South Africa's so-called "born free" generation has reached adulthood and its artists have used their work to navigate their difficult inheritance. At the same time, the historical distance between their experience and that of an older generation grows. Tell Me What You Remember reflects on this moment by bringing together two of South Africa’s most acclaimed contemporary artists. 

In their respective practices, Sue Williamson (b. 1941) and Lebohang Kganye (b. 1990) incorporate oral histories into films, photographs, installations, and textiles to consider how the stories our elders tell us shape family narratives and personal identities.

On view in the Roberts Gallery.

ABOUT Ultra Silk Gallery

Ultra Silk is a concept of maximized quality, artistry, and visual beauty. These characteristics are infused in our choice of products that enhance the environment and elevate your living space. World Art, Artifacts, Exotic Furnishings, & Home Décor items are on display in our gallery setting.

Ultra Silk also includes opportunities to explore historical and conceptual expressions in each piece displayed. We promote these concepts through gallery presentations, book events, multicultural music and other social events coordinated to expand publicity and neighborhood outreach. Our "Learning Tree" website series features in-depth information on particular antiquities in our catalog.

We hope Ultra Silk Gallery will empower the community at large by representing innovative, high-quality representations of home décor items that are both practical and uniquely stated. We feel that developing a discerning eye for refined objects stemming from art will evolve into an appreciation of environmental alternatives.

ABOUT Barnes West

Barnes West is a collaboration between the Barnes Foundation and People’s Emergency Center CDC and has been serving West Philadelphia with artistic programming and opportunities since 2018. Barnes West is designed to enrich lives and communities through shared art experiences and access. The Barnes Foundation and PECCDC join together to build upon PECCDC’s LoLa 38 creative placemaking initiative and the Barnes Community Engagement work to connect art in service to communities where communities are.

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