Two New Venues Open for First Friday

Two new art spaces will present themselves to the public this First Friday, March 1 and a visit to each is highly recommended for folks who want to see creative Lancaster as they have perhaps not seen it before.

Zoetropolis, a movie house for independent films, and Modern Art, a design firm, gallery and interactive space for creativity, both promise to push boundaries and bring something new to the Lancaster arts scene. If what they have lined-up for Friday is any indication of where they are going, this town is in for some sweetness!


While Zoetropolis, 315 W. James Street (enter on Mulberry Street/look for balloons and signs), primarily functions as a movie house, Friday’s event (6-9 pm) also features art and music and will showcase the space’s versatility as a venue for special events and parties. Films will be screened throughout the night and visitors are invited to kick back in seats that were formerly used at the Fulton Opera House.

Managing Director and partner Leigh Lindsay will most likely have some of her paintings on display and additional works by Noelle Turco (read our recent piece on her here) will grace the walls. Other artists’ work will be added on a rotating basis. The Root 222 Crew will be painting live and the piece they produce on the evening will hang in the concession area of the theater.

Musical guests Lorretta Bilieux and Trixie Greiner round out the evening and folks familiar with the Lancaster music scene know that something special is going to come from them. It’s truly an off-the-charts night at the theater.

Zoetropolis is looking to hold its first screenings near the end of March. A full schedule and information will be published at its website ( in the coming weeks. In the meantime “like” Zoetropolis on Facebook to stay in touch with what is happening.

Modern ArtModern Art, 529 W. Chestnut Street, will open its doors with an eight-woman show that will feature photography, collage, painting, watercolor, textile and an interactive fortune-telling machine. Alicia Byler, Sara Code-Kroll, Joanna Davis Seedorf, Leigh Lindsay, Nicole Michels, Libby Modern, Betsy Olmsted, and Jenny Schulder Brant are each presenting pieces and the show (5 -9 pm) will give visitors the opportunity to view wonderful work from, as the Modern Art PR page says, “8 of Lancaster’s best.”

Artist and graphic designer Libby Modern uses this space as her design studio and office on most days.  Full of her own creations, it has the feel of a laboratory where experiments in creativity happen. She is the designer of her space’s Art Peep Show and she comes with no shortage of ideas for the fanciful and the crazy.

A special feature at Modern Art for the month will be the public presentation of Lancaster writer Kerry Sherin Wright’s short story, Joy School. The piece will be published one line at a time as the Storefront Short Story and will be visible in Modern Art’s large Chestnut Street window. The story goes live First Friday.

If you miss the show Friday, drop by Monday through Thursday from 9 -3 pm when they are open for browsing. Go “like” them on Facebook and you’ll be in the know.

Whatever you do… Get out this Friday and check it out!