Philadelphia end of March / April Events

The weather has finally broken (yah!) with the exception of today.  Here is my lastest round up of arts and crafts events around the city of Philadelphia. Also check out this website which is a online resource of all kinds of craft things related.

By Lisa Hwang, ,


Friday, March 26, 6pm – 12am, Piranha Betty’s closing party featuring artwork from David Aronson, 6pm – 12am, 2472 Frankford Ave, Fishtown, Philadelphia; Food, drinks and musical performances; Artist website:

Friday, March 26, 6-9pm, Second Opening The Extra-Dimensional Printmaking Invitational , NEXUS Crane Arts Building, 1400 N. American St, Suite 102, Philadelphia; Independent Project of Philagrafika 2010, Philadelphia’s international festival celebrating print in contemporary art; curated by Nexus Artist Member Rebecca Gilbert; features artists and artworks that embrace the history, tradition, and process of printmaking while rejecting the confines of the 2-D picture plane; Featured Artists: Amze Emmons, Elizabeth Klimek, Peter Massing, Scott Kip, Sue White, Nick Cassway, Bo DuVall, Michael Beitz, Marisha Simons, Brandon Gardner, Patty Smith, Dennis McNett, Katie Baldwin, Lori Spencer, Elaine Erne, Susan Abrams, and Bill McRight;

Saturday, March 27, 11am – ?, Secret Bake Sale, Piranha Betty’s Art Market, 2472 Frankford Ave, Fishtown, Philadelphia; our very own Handmade Philly members will be selling yummy baked goods

Thursday, April 1, 6-9pm, Sixers and Comcast GREEN HOMES Benefit, Sheldon Crossing, 4711 Sheldon St, Manayunk; Mingle with the creators of recycled art, furniture and jewelry; bid on one of a kind items, art and furnishings; $25 donation;

Thursday, April 1, 8m-12pm, Arts @ The Garage is a First Thursday event, 443 Shurs Lane, Philadelphia; featuring sculpture, paintings, and photography; Arts @ The Garage is a First Thursday event aimed at showcasing emerging artists from the Philadelphia area in a laid back, easy going setting; each event is done in an ‘Open Call’ style, having artists show up the evening of and hang their own work, which they can then leave up for a month; live music, drinks and dinner specials as well-amazing California style pizzas by the fabulous Jon-Paul (aka Pope); if you are interested in exhibiting, email:

Friday, April 2, 6pm – 12am, Twin Peaks Art Show and Best Pie in Philly Contest, Piranha Betty’s Art Market, 2472 Frankford Ave, Fishtown, Philadelphia; Twin Peaks inspired Art Show featuring 2D/3D exhibits from 20+ artists; dress up as your favorite character; appropriate mood music all night courtesy of Shawn Kilroy; Space is still available: bring your own small table (card table), fee $10 and you keep what you make; contact:

Friday, April 2, 6-9pm, Opening reception of The Souvenir Shop, Art Star, 623 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia; The Souvenir Shop is one of close to 100 exhibitions that are part of INDEPENDENCE: The 44th Annual National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) conference taking place in Philadelphia from March 31st – April 3rd, 2010; The Clay Studio is serving as the onsite liason and organizing body of the exhibitions program; for a complete list of programmed exhibitions, visit:; Participating artists include: Brian Gillis, Michelle Miller, John Williams, Gina Tibbott, Stephen Kent, Allen Chambers, JJ McCracken, Margaret Boozer, Abigail Murray, Zak Hamilton, Rob Raphael, Joanie Turbek, Kate Hardy, Kyan Biship, Jerry Kaba, Yvonne Lung, Amy Santoferraro, & Nate Prouty; Free beer & snacks, live Music

Friday, April 2, 6-10pm, BEDAZZZZLED – Selections from “Hoodwink” and “Hard Candy”, Midwives Collective & Gallery, 1241 Carpenter St., Philadelphia; HOODWINK is a series of photographs that juxtapose the self-conscious language of portraiture with absurd color abstractions; HARD CANDY is the fruit of this multi-focal investigation;  It is a series of large-scale macro photographs that illustrate the details and designs of acrylic hand-painted nails in mountains of complicated confections, piles of glitter, or well-organized girlhood clutter; ARTIST LECTURE/Q&A: Saturday, April 3rd, 1-3pm

Friday, April 2, 6-9pm, First Friday opening, F&N Gallery, 2007 Frankford Ave, Fishtown, Philadelphia; Come see the exciting work of Meredith Hoffheins & David Montgomery while listening to the Ragtime music of Matt Sowell.

Monday, April 19, 5-7pm, Entrepreneurship Week 2010 Launch Party at World Cafe Live, 30th and Walnut Sts, Philadelphia; we need 7-8 Handmade Philly member tables for the cost of the table to be $30/table; we are at 6 right now; if you are interested, contact Jan at; website on the event


Saturday, May 1st, 6-8pm, Opening Reception

“Puppies, Kittens & Chicks”, Square Peg Artery and Salvage, 108 S. 20th St, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia; Featuring Photography, Paintings, Illustration, Sculpture and other works with the theme of ” Puppies, Kittens & Chicks” ( puppies, kittens & pinup girls); Deadline for show submissions is March 31, midnight; works will be selected by April 14th and notification will be April 15th; chosen work should be delivered to the store by April 25th. Please submit maximum of three images in PDF format for review.  Chosen images should be presented for the show in accordance with the following criteria: maximum frame size of 16×20, show pieces should be matted or framed and a suggested price listing for each submitted work. In addition to the main gallery show, they are inviting all photographers to bring additional prints, Greeting cards, to sell on a consignment basis. All additional prints for sale should be of similar subject matter to the images. Any additional prints should be presented wrapped in cello bags or individually matted for durability.


Sunday, March 28, 3-5pm, Artsy French, Square Peg Artery and Salvage, 108 S. 20th St, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia; bilingual Painter Jed Williams will teach the basics on how to sound authentic on your next trip to the Louvre or criticize unappealing art on First Fridays without hurting the artist’s feelings!; $15.00 per person; preregistration required at

Sunday, April 11, 3-5pm, PLARN! Up-cycled Plastic yarn workshop, Square Peg Artery and Salvage, 108 S. 20th St, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia; Plarn is up-cycled yarn made from plastic shopping bags. In this workshop, led my Melissa Jones, learn how to make plarn and basic crochet stitches to create your own crocheted plarn empire; see the website for a list of materials to bring; $15.00 per person; preregistration at

Sunday, April 18, 3-5pm, Stick it to Proctor and Gamble and make your own Diapers!, Square Peg Artery and Salvage, 108 S. 20th St, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia; Stacy Klein of Kinda Krunchy will conduct this workshop; see the website for a list of materials to bring; $15.00 per person; preregistration at

Sunday, April 25, 3-5pm, Terrarium -love in , Square Peg Artery and Salvage, 108 S. 20th St, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia; it’s a love- in for living things!; Beth Richey will guide us through the process of creating a whimsical terrarium; bring in a glass jar with tight fitting lid about a 1/4 cup of small pebbles or stones; $15.00 per person; preregistration at

Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, Lancaster area,

Spool, 1912 South Street, Philadelphia PA 19146,


April 17, 11-6pm, Philadelphia Designers Market, First Baptist Church of Philadelphia, 123 South 17th St, Philadelphia; Set up as a fashion retail/shopping experience the Market allows designers to directly interact with their customers at low cost, little hassle and high exposure. This format provides designers an environment in which they can foster relationships between themselves, other businesses and consumers. Cost is $100 for the day. Register at their website

April 24, 11-6pm, Fishtown Shadfest, Penn Treaty Park in Historic Fishtown, Philadelphia; Artists & crafters interested in vending may contact Minna Aaparyti:

April 24, 12-5pm, Crafty Balboa, Passyunk Fountain between Tasker and Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia; Artists & crafters interested in vending can contact Amy at or go to their website and fill out the application; cost to vend is $30 and sharing tables is allowed

May 1 & 2, 11-7pm, Brooklyn Lyceum, 227 4th Avenue between Union and President Streets, Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY; cost to vend is between $200-$250 for the weekend depending on table size; sharing a table is allowed;

May 15 & 16, 11-6pm, Art Star Craft Bazaar, Penn’s Landing Great Plaza, Columbus Blvd between Walnut & Chestnut St; $10 application fee and the cost to vend is $250 for the weekend; sharing a table is allowed; Deadline is March 23;

May 22, 10-4pm, Citizens for No-Kill Philadelphia With Love Super Adoption Day, Piazza at Schmidt’s, N. 2nd Street & Germantown Avenue, Northern Liberties, Philadelphia; currently in search of sponsors and vendors, including pet products and services, crafters, and anyone interested in showcasing their business to hundreds of animal enthusiasts. For information on how you can get involved, contact info@phillynokill.orq

May 22, 12-5pm, Trenton Avenue Arts Festival and Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby, Trenton Avenue (between Norris and Frankford), Philadelphia; $45 for 10’x10’ space or $25 for half space; registration deadline is May 1;

June 5, 10am – whenever, Northern Liberties Music Festival, Liberty Lands Park, 913-961 N 3rd St, Northern Liberties, Philadelphia; there will be live music from many local artists from 3pm-10pm, sponsored by Philadelphia Brewing Co., and the proceeds go towards making the park a better place; fee to participate is $20.00; vendors will be responsible for providing their own; to secure a spot, contact by May 15th

June 5 & 6, 11-7pm, Renegade Craft Fair, McCarren Park, Bedford Ave. and North 12th St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY; $25 application fee with deadline of March 5; cost to vend is $300 for the weekend; sharing a table is allowed;

June 12 & 13, 1-6pm, InLiquid’s annual art sale, Art for the Cash Poor 11!, Crane Arts Building, 1400 N. American Street, Philadelphia; open to all artists who design and produce their own work; all items for sale must be priced at $199 or below; artists may sign-up for either one or two days; artists are required to submit 3-4 digital sample images of the work they intend to sell; non In-Liquid Artist cost is $100 per day per artist or $75 for a shared table;

June 13, The Ryerss Museum and Library Summer Fair, 7370 Central Avenue, Burholme Park, Philadelphia; seeks vendors of home-made goods to participate in its summer fair;  space is limited and available for $10 (bring your own table) or $15 (we’ll provide a table);

Every weekend starting April 3 – October 31, 9– 3pm, Piazza Artisan Market, The Piazza at Schmidt’s, N. 2nd Street & Germantown Avenue, Northern Liberties, Philadelphia; $25 Application Fee with a deadline of Feb 15 but they will accept rolling application; cost per weekend is $100 and sharing a table is allowed;

Every Saturday starting June 5, 10-9pm, The Creative Collective Fine Art and Craft Fair, Historic Headhouse Square, 2nd and Pine, Philadelphia; cost to vend is $75 per day; I believe table sharing is allowed (I am doing it collaboratively with Piranha Betty); Contact Liz Eaby at 215-790-0782 or lizaeaby@yahoo.com

August 22st, Women’s Equality Day at the Alice Paul Institute, 128 Hooton Rd. Mount Laurel, NJ; The Alice Paul Institute seeks to foster the legacy, teachings and ideas of Alice Paul, New Jersey’s own Suffragist; seeking 10 – 15 craftspeople who work in a variety of media; you would be responsible for your own travel to Paulsdale, in Mt. Laurel, but will be supplied a table; event goes from either 12-4 or 1-5, but you can expect a good 4 hours of traffic; All proceeds from your sales are yours to keep but we are asking for a donation to the API which is tax-deductible; if you are interested in participating please get in touch with and give her your Etsy page or your website

One Response to “Philadelphia end of March / April Events”

  1. Lakiesha

    aoifemcHi Nessa, it was a great trip. Deifnitely keep it in mind for next year! A really fantastic food festival. And yup, the photo with the old bottles is in a pub called Cashes if I remember correctly, one of those amazing old pubs that doubles up as a hardware store! So you can buy a light bulb and have a pint in the same spot. So cool!

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