April showers with events in and around Philadelphia

Events are growing as the sun is shining! April is certainly showering with lots of events in the next couple of weeks. Here is my round up of what I have found.

By Lisa Hwang http://www.lightmosaics.com, www.lightmosiacs.etsy.com , http://twitter.com/lightmosaics

Saturday, April 17, 5:30-10:30pm, Handmade Philly Speaking @ Pechu Kucha Night, Studio 34, 4522 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia; Pecha Kucha Night: Philadelphia VOLUME 5; we will exercise the esoteric humors of sharing, exploring, and storytelling amongst a few Philly denizens who are making things happen in and around our fair city. VOLUME 5 will have a mini-theme of “Made By Hand,” expanding from our first foray into the suited theme from PKN Volume 4;To that end, we have amassed an awesome team of presenters who will take us through their creations at 400 second intervals. http://www.pecha-kucha.org/night/philadelphia/5

Saturday, April 17, 10am – 5pm, Wearable Art & Craft Show to benefit the Animal Orphanage @ The Promenade Shopping Center, Rt 73, Marlton, NJ; Proceeds from this event are donated to the Animal Orphange in Voorhees. Come out and support a good cause and buy handmade! www.animalorphanage.com

Saturday, April 17, 11-6pm, Philadelphia Designers Market @ First Baptist Church of Philadelphia, 123 South 17th St, Philadelphia; a fashion retail/shopping experience 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

Sunday, April 18, 12-5pm, Manayunk Celebrates Earth Day, Cotton and Main Streets, Manayunk, PA; Food, live music, a charity cut-a-thon from art+science salon, water balloon toss, eco-friendly artists, sidewalk sales and lots of drinking water for pets! Some of my favorite vendors will be there: www.voltasoap.com, www.rogue-theory.com, www.sardineclothing.com

Monday, April 19, 5-7pm, Entrepreneurship Week 2010 Launch Party @ World Cafe Live, 30th and Walnut Sts, Philadelphia; 8 Handmade Philly member tables will sale their wares and various other members will network http://www.empowerment-group.org/Events/

Thursday, April 22, 8pm – 2am, Music 4 Murals @ Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave, Philadelphia; the goal of The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program (www.muralarts.org) is to unite artists and communities through a collaborative process, rooted in the traditions of mural-making, to create art that transforms public spaces and individual lives; YAMA (Young Advocates for the Mural Arts) are trying to help this process by putting together this event; enjoy some great music – SISTERS 3, Joe Duffey and Whatevers Clever; $10 advanced tickets, $15 tickets at the door.

Friday, April 23, 8-11pm, Enthusiasts of the Electric @ Astro Vintage, 720 South 5th Street, Philadelphia; since the dawning of outsourced labor we have stood by and watched the mass homogenization of our world and it’s products; this exhibition is designed to counteract that happening; come and see the lasciviousness that has been lost in the age of technology; take time to wonder how something so mundane can be breathtaking

Saturday, April 24, 11-6pm, Fishtown Shadfest @ Penn Treaty Park, Fishtown, Philadelphia

Saturday, April 24, 12-5pm, Crafty Balboa @ Passyunk Fountain between Tasker and Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia; http://www.craftybalboa.com

Saturday, April 24, Whenever there is Water: a community collaboration with George Ferrandi presented by The Fleisher Art Memorial; a night procession of illuminated sculpture through the streets of South Philly; the procession is the culminating project of Fleisher’s current artist-in-residence, George Ferrandi featuring a lit paper menagerie of lions, dogs, rabbits, squirrels and many other woodland creatures amidst cast paper representations of their respective landscapes; an illuminated boat will maneuver around glowing icebergs as luminescent jellyfish float by; the Fleisher Memorial Choir will accompany the creatures singing songs of the story they tell. http://www.fleisher.org/exhibitions/water.php.

Saturday, April 24, 1-4pm, Meet the Artist Kassem Amoudi of Shadows & Veils Paintings, Cerulean Arts, 1355 Ridge Avenue. Philadelphia, PA 19123; www.ceruleanarts.com

Sunday, April 25, 2- 6pm, Fairmount Arts Crawl @ Fairmount area, around 22nd and Fairmount Ave., Philadelphia; Spend the day at the Fairmount Arts Crawl and discover unique artwork for sale from over 70 local artists showcased in 37 restaurants, bars, cafes and local businesses.  Along the way enjoy music, dance and family activities throughout the Fairmount Neighborhood;  All venues and activities are free of charge with the exception of Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site and Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Perelman Building where general admission rates apply; www.fairmountartscrawl.org

Friday, April 30, 6pm – 12am, Twin Peaks Art Show Closing @ Piranha Betty’s Art Market, 2472 Frankford Ave, Fishtown, Philadelphia; Twin Peaks inspired Art Show featuring 2D/3D exhibits from 20+ artists; appropriate mood music all night courtesy of Shawn Kilroy

Saturday, May 1, 6-8pm, “Puppies Kittens and Chicks”@ Square Peg Artery and Salvage, 108 S. 20th St, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia; group show featuring the work of over 15 artists


Bambi Gallery Open Call for 2nd Bambi Biennial juried by artblog.org, Bambi Gallery, 1001 N. 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA; all artists are encouraged to submit their work to be featured in our hip, new gallery space at The Piazza at Schmidt’s; Guest jurors will be Roberta Fallon and Libby Rosof, the owners and creative minds behind Philly’s renowned Artblog (http://theartblog.org/); as a gallery connoisseur, Roberta Fallon makes art, writes about art, and claims to think about art way too much; she has written for well-known publications like Philadelphia Weekly, Artnet, Art Review, Art on Paper, Philadelphia Inquirer and Art and Auction, and has taught and been a visiting critic at Tyler School of Art, St. Joseph’s University and Cranbrook Academy of Art; Libby Rosof, her partner-in-crime, founded the award-winning publication The Penn Current at the University of Pennsylvania, and has shared her knowledge for all things art and writing by teaching at the Journalism Department at Temple University and at Tyler School of Art.

Send by April 30 to: Bambi Gallery, 1001 North 2nd St. #7, Philadelphia, PA 19123 along with Artist statement and resumé (resume not necessary but nice touch), CD containing 5-15 images in high quality jpeg format or DVD’s for video pieces, $25 check made payable to Bambi Gallery; if desired, you are also more than welcome to include reviews, announcements, and other written materials that discuss your work and provide a good representation of you; Bambi Biennial will be held the first Friday of July 2010; if you would like your info returned, please send S.A.S.E; special rate for students: Include statement, 3-5 hi res jpegs, a copy of your valid student ID, and a check for $10.

Tyme Gallery will be 13 years old and Tyme is calling for artists for their 13th Annual Juried Exhibition, “Inner Essence”; Paintings, drawings, photography, hand pulled and digital prints are allowed, but please, no laser prints or studies; First prize is a solo exhibition; the jurors this year are award winning artists; Steve Oliver, Paulette Bensignor, Shobha Meno and Lisa Pauciello-Rowe; all artwork must be original (no studies) and never shown before at Tyme Gallery; the artwork is accepted on Friday, July 30th and Saturday, July 31st, between 10:30 AM and 3:00 PM;  jurying takes place on Sunday August 1st; opening reception is on Friday, August 13th from 5:00 to 9:00 PM with the award ceremony taking place promptly at 7:00 PM; for additional information call 610-853-1215 or check out their web site at www.tymegallery.com/events


Sunday, April 18, 3-5pm, Cloth Diapering Workshop @ Square Peg Artery and Salvage, 108 S. 20th St, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia; stick it to Proctor & Gamble with Stacy Klein of Kinda Krunchy; Stacy offers up this informative and experiential class to teach you the ins and outs of using and selecting cloth diapers for your family; $15.00 per person Preregistration via online www.squarepegartery.com

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 in our online store www.squarepegartery.com

Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, Lancaster area, http://www.pacrafts.org

Spool, 1912 South Street, Philadelphia PA 19146, http://spoolsewing.com/spoolclasses.html

Pterodactyl Philadelphia Creative Project Space, 3237 Amber St. Box 3 Fifth Floor North Philadelphia, PA http://pterodactylphiladelphia.org/classes.html


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; http://www.artstarcraftbazaar.com/index1.html

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.org.

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; http://trentonaveartsfest.blogspot.com/

June 5, 10-?, Northern Liberties Music Festival @ Liberty Lands Park, this is a great event to support the largest privately owned public park in the city of Philadelphia; 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; cost to vend is $20; must contact by May 15th cohophiladelphia@gmail.com

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; http://www.renegadecraft.com/

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; http://www.inliquid.com/features/aftcp11/emails/pdfs/AFTCP11artist_form.pdf

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); http://www.ryerssmuseum.org/

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; http://www.piazzaartisanmarket.com

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; http://cccraftsfair.com/index.html

Every 2nd Saturday starting April 10 through December, 11-5pm, Satellite Second Saturday’s, 50th and Baltimore Ave in Cedar Park, Philadelphia; interested in vending, contact: Satellite2ndSaturday@gmail.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 rebecca@rajacoby.com and give her your Etsy page or your website

Interview with Light Mosaic

1. Would you introduce yourself, your background and tell how Light Mosaics came to be, and what you do.

 My name is Lisa Hwang. By day, I telecommute as a Financial Consolidation Analyst for IBM. I have joint custody of my 14 year old son, who is an aspiring golfer, and care for 3 lovable dogs (except the 10 month old puppy is a bit of a terror right now). Although, I have been doing finance/accounting for 16 years, I have always dabbled and tried to tap into my inner creativity. I started with B&W photography back in college at Drexel University. I took fashion sketching and handbag/shoe design classes at Moore College of Art. Then, I finished 5 classes towards an Interior Design degree at the Art Institute but realized it was going to cost way too much.

While living in Brooklyn, NY, I took ceramics and knitting classes but it was too hand intensive and repetitive for me (I have problems with my wrist stemming from many years of working on the laptop).   So, I dabbled a lot and couldn’t seem to find my niche until a few years ago when I bought a mosaic kit.

I created Light Mosaics and decided to use my Chinese middle name I-Kwang which means “Harmonious Light” for my shop’s name and logo.   

I am a self taught mosaic artist and have been creating mosaic candle holders and vases for a few years for my friends and family. In October 2009, as the holidays were approaching, I couldn’t make these items for the same people, so I decided to try to sell it to the public.   I launched an etsy shop, networked through facebook, placed my items in three shops around the city and participated in 3 holiday craft fairs. I also expanded my product line and started making pendants, rings and wall hanging jewelry holders.  









2. What are your strengths and what makes your work different than others?

 “Mosaic is the art of creating images with an assemblage of small pieces of colored glass, stone, or other materials.”   I think my work has a unique style. I like the gritty and non-standardized look of my mosaic candle holders and vases. I like to use various colors, and I am biased to using white grout because it makes the colors pop out more.   My rings and pendants are designed with the mosaic concept in mind.   The jewelry holders that I make are not related to mosaics but it was something that I designed and made for myself.   I have never seen anything out there like that so I thought I would start marketing and selling them.   What female wouldn’t want a jewelry holder that holds almost everything in one place?

jewelry holder


soap dish

pink vase






 3. Tell me about your workspace.   


My workspace is my dining room table. Luckily, the table expands 2 leaflets if I need to actually use it. Most of my supplies are tucked away inside a closet and cabinet in the dining room area. I hop between my full time job workspace (on the right) and the dining room table throughout the day.








4. How has the popularity of the internet affected your business?

The internet holds a wealth of information and it is also a good communication tool. Facebook has been my primary site for finding information on local craft fairs and networking with other artists. Etsy.com is a good site to sell your work but it seems like you have to be really lucky to be successful. There are over 170,000 shops on this site! From my own personal experience, when I go to search for an item, tons of pages come up. After flipping through 10 -15 pages, I just stop and get frustrated if I can not find something I like at the right price. Artists have to relist or list new items constantly to be noticed.

5. What are your plans for 2010?

For 2010,  I will be doing craft fairs in the spring, summer and fall about once a month either for the Creative Collective at Headhouse Square on South Street or the Piazza at the Schmidts in Northern Liberties.   I have to limit the amount of fairs that I do because I can not make products fast enough because of the process and it’s a busy time of the year for me with my son’s golf tournaments and practices.   But, I would like to break even financially and continue to remain a presence in the Philadelphia artist and crafting community.

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Thanks for reading this fourth interview in my series, Jan Cohen, www.thejmccollection.com