Navigation Menu+

#giappotakeover @bottlebareast

Local Artist Giappo DiFederico Takes Over Philly’s Number One Bottle Beer Bar!


Philadelphia, PA. November 2014— This November local artist Giappo DiFederico will take over Philly’s number one bottle beer bar, with a solo exhibition of his work throughout the entire Bottle Bar East 1308 Frankford Avenue. Giappo will display new photographs, short films, paintings, mixed media sculpture and more at the public opening on First Friday November 7.

Owners Brad Helder and Mike Kellett opened BBE in 2012 with the intention of creating a distinct welcoming atmosphere with almost every beer imaginable, great food, eclectic music, and of course, ART. Helder, an avid art collector himself, has focused on the importance of exhibiting local artists in his bar since its opening. This will be the first time that a solo artist utilizes the entire space.

Giappo will show a new series of photographs for this exhibition, which document his “slaps” or stickers with which he has marked the streets of Philadelphia for the past year as a form of branding. In addition he will exhibit new mixed media paintings, which combine collages of art magazine ads and Chinese characters, metaphorically placing the artist in the epicenter of the contemporary art world. Giappo’s latest short films will also be shown on the big screen at BBE with a special film screening at 8pm at the First Friday opening. Lastly, Giappo will incorporate new sculptures throughout the bar, but keep your eyes peeled and see if you can find them yourself at the opening.

Helder also works with a full-time curator for the bar, Fishtown local Victor Perez a.k.a. DJ Pez, who works with Street Glitter Gallery on Girard Ave. as well as owning his own local clothing line “CarryOn Co.” DJ Pez will be spinning records from 10pm-2am at the event.

This collaborative art experience is sure to please any art enthusiast. So stop by and pick from one of BBE’s seven hundred bottles or their twelve kraft beers on tap, enjoy some delicious food created by head chef Dan Bellotti, groove to the sounds of DJ Pez, and experience the art of Giappo DiFederico!

Opening reception First Friday, November 7. On view through November 30, Bottle Bar East, 1308 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19125 267.909.8867


For more information about Giappo DiFederico visit

For more information about Bottle Bar East visit

Click HERE for the Facebook Event Page