Crafty Balboa Holiday Show

Crafty Balboa hosts a craft show in December at Broad Street Ministries, 315 Broad Street,  in Center City.  This building is a very attractive church that used to be home to the Chambers-Wylie Presbyterian Church.   This past December was a cool and crisp early winter day, and the interior was packed with crafters and shoppers.

The vaulted ceiling of the chapel was lovely and was hung with handmade decorations.  There were approximately 40 booths and shoppers were shoulder to shoulder.  Every type of craft was available — candles, scarves, ornaments, toys, cards, jewelry, t-shirts, placemats, upcycled, vintage, etc.   The main quality that all had in common was that these are not things you could find in a typical department store.   This is a great forum for buying that special, one-of-a-kind gift.  Items were selling at the low to mid range in prices.

One of the sellers here was Angela Davidson of Philadelphia.  She was surrounded by a zoo of her colorful crocheted creatures.  I personally noted squid, fish, cats, ponies, elephants, goats, and unicorns.

Angela uses her knack for color and whimsy and combines this with her skill of crochet to make these great items for gifts for the young and young at heart.  Applications for the holiday show are due in mid October.   Last year’s show was one week before Christmas and it drew a lot of shoppers.  I’m sure the mild weather helped.  Most booths appeared to be busy with shoppers.   My unofficial survey of sellers was positive, although not overwhelmingly so.

by Diane Olivia

Cardinal O’Hara Winter Craft Show

Cardinal O’Hara High School is located in Springfield, PA, on Sproul Road.  They have a craft show each Spring and Fall.  I recently attended their November show.  There was plenty of open and free parking when I arrived.  The craft show itself is in the school cafeteria.  One must descend quite a few stairs to enter the show, which is something to keep in mind if you plan to transport and set up your craft display booth.  The show runs for the weekend on both Saturday and Sunday.

One of the crafters there was Handmade Philly’s own Pidge Molyneaux of MWM Designs in Drexel Hill.  She displayed some lovely artisan jewelry.   Her work is stylish and current, using crystals and semi-precious stones.  One of the pieces that caught my eye was a very elegant yet lifelike autumn leaf pendant.   The fiery red was beautifully offset by cylindrical turquoise beads.Pidge explained to me that it was a real leaf painted and sealed with precious metals.  What a great way to wear the beauty of nature!  Another lovely piece was a ceramic pendant depicting a tree, which was strung with silver and leather.  I imagined wearing it with a cowl sweater on a chilly winter’s night.   Clicking on the photo will bring you better detail.The show itself appeared well-attended, and many shoppers carried bags of goodies they had purchased.  The majority of the items for sale were at the lower price points, and very few items went over the $50 mark.  Most items were handmade crafts, there were some vintage items, and a few things that looked to be imports.  I saw home decor, paper crafts, needlecraft, photography, wood work, ornaments, soaps, baked goods, chocolates, and novelty decorations.  Many of the home items would be fitting for an American country casual style.   One of the exhibitors told me that her success was mainly “hit or miss”.  I did see more activity in the booths that either had food or the lower priced practical housewares.

All in all, it was a nice way to spend a nice fall afternoon, and because of the high traffic, it is a show that might interest a prospective exhibitor.

Written by Diane Olivia

A Visit to the Sugarloaf Craft Festival in Oaks, PA

Sugarloaf Crafts produces several festivals every year in the Northeast.  This November I attended the show at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center.   When arriving with my Friday ticket, I received another ticket for entrance on Saturday or Sunday, which I thought was nice.  The show is huge, and one might not see everything on the first visit.   There are over 260 booths, so you might want to economize your energy by seeking out your favorite booths first and then doing your general browsing.    The event was wheelchair accessible.   If walking, wear comfortable shoes for the cement floors are hard on feet.  I’m including a few highlights here, and the photos should become larger with clicking.

Susan Wechsler Designs, Chester, NJ

Susan creates hand built, high fired, sculpted porcelain and stoneware.   Her works have dimension, texture, and use a rich palette of colors.  Much of her work is inspired by nature, as you can see with the shapes of leaves on many pieces.   Her red maple leaf line really picks up the actual colors of autumn.   She has an extensive line of cheese plates with coordinating knives, which would make a pleasing gift for just about anyone.

JMN Creations, Pittsburgh, PA

Joseph Lavrich was an experienced cabinet maker before directing his talents to wood turning.  He uses domestic woods to make his lovely creations.  He knows the characteristics of each type of wood, and uses this knowledge to make pieces of varying smoothness, color, and pattern.  He told me that although he might start off with a certain design in mind, he allows the wood itself to tell him how the design will actually “turn” out.

Simon Xianwen Zeng, Flushing, NY

Simon paints in acrylics and oils, and also has giclee prints of his originals for sale.  His works show lively colors in landscapes and nature, among other subjects.   In addition to brilliant, popping colors, his paintings’ subjects are clear and artfully succinct.   I especially enjoyed the painting of the autumn red tree, perfectly colored for fall, the leaves represented by even swirls.

Light Painter Photography, Stroudsburg, PA

Dan Mohr’s specialty is fine art nature photography.  He showed many works of the beautiful countryside of the Poconos.   He explained to me the high quality of the inks that are used in his giclee prints, and that they can last for 50 years or longer, depending on display and storage.   His works are printed on canvas wrapped frames, making an actual frame unnecessary if so desired.  The image detail and colors can have you reliving your last trip to the Poconos, or wishing you were planning such a visit.

Olevano, Wilmington  DE

Olevano gets its olives from their family farms in southern Italy, and produces their oils, cosmetics, and soaps in Wilmington.  I can attest to the tastiness of their lemon infused olive oil, and there are many other flavors such as red pepper and white truffle.  Their soaps are lovely and are made in a variety of fragrances.  They seem to be able to do anything and everything that one can do with olive oil.  I thought the design of their honeycomb olive oil soap was just darling.

Add the above mentioned artists to another 255, and you have yourself a very full day, and perhaps a very full weekend.   The next Sugarloaf show will be in Gaithersburg, Maryland, the weekend of  November 18th.  They will be back in Philadelphia on the weekend of March 16, 2012.

—  Written by Diane Olivia

Buy local, buy Handmade Philly!

Recently, I had the opportunity to spotlight Handmade Philly artist in my local library. At the Haverford Township Free Library located in Havertown, we have a fairly large glass display case which is currently filled with handmade lovelies!

So many fun items to buy!

It’s all over the news how terrible libraries are doing right now so our local Friends of the HTFL group is working hard to come up with creative ways to fill the gaps in our library’s budget. Hence the consignment shop! Now we’re able to help out local artist’s trying to get their work out to a broader audience while all the profits go to the library. Thanks so much for all the Handmade Philly artists who are participating!

If you’re a local artist (to the Philly area) and would like the opportunity to show your wares, please contact

And if you’re looking for a great gift now – stop by the library!!

~Nicole Bruno

Art For The Cash Poor In Pictures

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Handmade Philly Around Town and Beyond

There is a lot going on in the next few days and Handmade Philly members are in the middle of the action – all the events listed are indoors

FRIDAY – April 16

Open Studio with Steel Pony, Joanne Litz and Dennis Wolk
824 Reed St, Philadelphia

Friday 10 am-6 pm , Saturday 10 am-4 pm,

SATURDAY – April 17

Pecha Kucha Night: Volume 5,  7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Studio 34: Yoga | Healing | Arts ,  $5 suggested, 4522 Baltimore Avenue in West Philadelphia. Take SEPTA’s 34 trolley.  (215) 387-3434

VOLUME 5 will have a mini-theme of “Made By Hand,” and according to their newsletter they  “have amassed an awesome team of presenters who will take us through their creations at 400 second intervals”.  Check out Handmade Philly member Dana Henry who will be speaking and presenting slides on behalf of our group and focusing on our projects and events.  Dana will be going on as the next to the last presenter.

The Philadelphia Designers Market  123 South 17th Street @ First Baptist Church of Philadelphia  11 am – 6 pm

It is an independent fashion marketplace spearheaded by a small group of local designers, artists & shop-o-holics that are all determined to see that independent designers receive more exposure and have a platform to explore their talents and test their markets. 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.

Look for Handmade Philly members:  
Tracy Weidman,,  
Dawn Boyer;

SUNDAY – April 18

Coffee and Craft – Saxbys Coffee in Newark, Delaware.   Located by the University of Delaware’s campus at 57 Elkton Rd at Amstel Square.  11 am – 2 pm

Handmade Philly member, Jan Cohen will be presenting her newest items from “the JMC collection” at the coffee shop on Sunday.  Items will be on display and for sale through the end of May.  Meet Jan and find out how she creates her one-of-a-kind handmade handbags.

MONDAY – April 19

Entrepreneurship Week Launch Party 5 pm – 7 pm  Sponsored by World Café Live – 3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia

Entrepreneurship Week is created by the Empowerment Group, a nonprofit organization committed to building a better Philadelphia by spurring economic growth.

In partnership with Handmade Philly, this lively event features food, music, and opportunities to purchase goods from local artisans and producers. Celebrate small business and network with other local enthusiasts, while preparing for the week ahead!  Light fare will be provided.

Handmade Philly members participating: Allison Ostertag-,
Jan Cohen –, Lisa Hwang –, Lisa Volta –, Kimberlee Mason and Christina Guerrero –, Pidge Molyneaux –


That’s alot of great work to see.  Go out and have fun!

If your event is not included, please post the information in the comment section.


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

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