Abandoned Auto Shop becomes a First Friday Destination

Christine Haw, in front of MAX RPM, which will be turned into an art gallery for one night on First Friday, August 2, 2013Max RPM was just another abandoned building in Chinatown, collecting dust for seven years until just 28 days ago. With 30 days and a few hundred dollars, artist Christine Haw is turning the space into an art gallery for one night only, the First Friday citywide art event August 2.

Haw grew up with her father’s auto mechanic business so is right at home in the space. With a bare bones budget and the help of dedicated volunteers, Haw has aimed to transform the space into a destination gallery, featuring the work of 15 artists, live performances by band Black Melanite with Timothy Haw, and food provided by Chez Louie.

Though the event is one night only, Haw hopes that the transformation with allow the space to be used for other art events in the future. For now, the space will be open starting at 5 p.m. at 1006 Wood St, Phila at the intersection of 10th and Wood Streets and be open till midnight. Max RPM is right near Vox Populi and the KHMER art gallery, other First Friday destinations. 

Sarah E Adams is an editorial intern at Grid and can also be found working for Bennett Compost at a farmer’s market near you.