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LATE NIGHT FIRST FRIDAYS @ JERRY'S BAR

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129 W Laurel St

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Jerry's Bar Announces James C. Bongartz featured artist for November and December Late Night First Friday Art Show Lineup

Celebrate Philadelphia artists with fine food and spirits at Jerry's Bar!

Philadelphia (November 3, 2017) Jerry's Bar (129 West Laurel Street), is excited to announce James C Bongartz as featured artist for November and December.

On the First Friday of each month, Jerry's Bar hosts a late-night art show exhibit in their balcony bar lounge. One-of-a-kind artwork lines the brick walls & is sprinkled throughout the restaurant's collection of reclaimed artifacts. The local showcasing artists range from painters, jewelers, photographers, mixed media, and various collaborations. Artwork is available for purchase, and remains displayed throughout the month. During the First Friday Opening, Jerry's Bar offers drink specials and tasty bites from our kitchen to all attending guests.

James (Jim) Bongartz was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he began studying art at Carnegie-Mellon University followed by a Bachelor of Science Degree in Art Education at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. After moving to the Philadelphia area in 1989, he accepted an art teaching position in Fort Washington, PA. While teaching for twenty-two years, Jim pursued a painting career and keeping a working studio. One of Jim’s treasured accomplishments is maintaining weekly painting sessions with painter Steve Kennedy for over twenty years. Jim paints primarily with acrylics on canvas. His figurative works are inspired from his photography referencing how the camera interprets light, color, motion, and time. Allowing the camera to capture an exploratory moment in travel, play or daily life, his goal is to reinterpret the graphic nature of photography into a painterly world of bold color and brushwork.

Jim is Vice President and Director of Education for Artists of Yardley (AOY) and teaches painting. He is an active member and exhibitor with the Princeton based ART+10 artist group and has been a member of regional artist associations including the Philadelphia Sketch Club. He has had gallery representation in the Philadelphia area and his work is represented in several private collections nationally and abroad.

Jerry's Bar owner, Bill Proud, is committed to giving local artists a place to display their work, and celebrate the Philadelphia artist community.

"When we started these events, we had no idea how popular they would become," Proud says. "Now we're able to feature some of Philadelphia's most in-demand artists and our customers love having the chance to meet the artists themselves."

After checking out 2nd Street's usual First Friday Festivities, join us at Jerry's Bar for your nightcap from 9-12pm.

For more information and updated daily specials, visit www.jerrysbarphilly.com, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @JerrysBarPhilly.

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