Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART CRAFT SHOW at The Convention Center Today thru Sunday – Skateboard Art?

(I have to go to work now, but will finish this at lunch. It’s about 80% finished, I started at the bottom, then the top so scroll all the way thru. Then come back cause there’s a fun story I have to write. Thanks)Last night I attended the preview party for the PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART CRAFT SHOW (11/12 – 11/15) which is presented annually by the Museum’s Women’s Committee and Craft Show Committee for the benefit of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Funds raised are used to purchase works of art and craft for the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, to fund conservation and publication projects, and to support exhibitions and education programs. The Craft Show is held at the Pa Convention Center. (On the bus line and plenty of parking across the street too)

Tickets for this special night were $200 which included dinner, dessert and an open bar. Guests were dressed from Black tie, evening gowns to jeans.


No matter how cold it is, people will line up for Bassets Ice CreamHaving never been to the craft show I was really surprised how much of the art I loved, and the fascinating stories I heard regarding how the artist found their calling, and some who follow their passion even though many are really starving artists.
I was directed to George Peterson‘s wood carving skateboards from another crafter at the show. He said you have go to check out his work, it’s fascinating and unique. Sure enough it is. George told me he is an old skool boarder, but works his craft on the much longer skateboards. He had been a wood turner working on bowls etc. One day as he was tooling around on his board he had one of those a ha moments when looking at other skaters and thought the skateboards are wood let me experiment on them. He work is similar to Tribal Art as he believes skateboarders are a tribal group, plus he likes to recyle old skateboards into beautiful art. (While here he’s going to try and make it to the Roosevelt Skatepark in South Philly, says its one of the best in the country.)
Ignatious Creegan helps Dudy Ferguson find the right hat for her. I love this hat, reminds me of a Lady Gaga costume.

Dan Mirer loves his wine and had made a glass that holds one liter. So when your spouse says “Honey please don’t drink too much.” You can respond, “I’m just gonna have one glass.” With him is Chrissy Lapham.

Dan also makes alot of other interesting glass items including the popular Champagne Flutes and $20 drinking glasses.

Christine Rodrigues Schukow loves wildlife, and when she’s not creating her Shadowbox Dioramas she volunteers for wildlife rescue. Everyday when she’s home you might find her caring for the orphaned and injured wildlife she rehabilitates, and then in her studio where she now specializes in the design and construction of amazing little creations that seem to capture a moment in time and draw the view in, usually with a smile, a touch of nostalgia, humor or just a pleasant sense of times gone by. One of their biggest sellers is this depiction of people walking across the Brooklyn Bridge. Partner Ted Young creates the shadowboxes and frames and they are art work in themselves. The prices for these works of art range from $150+ (this of course is not the best pix of the work)

My favorite shadow box was this Domino Sugar neon lighted one, sure to be a seller here in Philadelphia as the Domino Sugar factor was once located in Old City.

Look who I found, Where Magazine Karen Gross and squeeze TLA Manager 15th Street Dan Cresskoff. I think she might have to change the name of her “Sex and the Single Girl” cabaret show. She’s still sexy though!!
A contingent of 26 visitors from the Oakland Museum of California came to Philly specifically to see our craft show. WOW thanks. They also have made a week out of it viewing many of the wonderful art we have in the Delaware Valley including the Barnes Collection, The Academy of Fine Arts, Wheaton Village and private collections. These tours were put together by an organization I will be writing about shortly The Philadelphia Hospitality Group. I attended an event of theirs last week and learned about this group I never knew existed.

These women are all from the Bay area Judy Wood, Carole Cohen, Standing Ellen Jasper and Ann Patton. They really enjoyed the Reading Terminal and our historic district too.
Jewelry was a big seller at the craft show, and isn’t it everywhere.
Alexandra Geller and Bill Multer. Alexandra creates unique ceramic arts and I think you will too. Both Alexandra and Bill love Philadelphia food and we spent a good amount of time reviewing some of restaurants they will try and fit in while they are here. Tuesday night they went to Amada. Bill said it was the finest tapa restaurant he’s been too, loved the octopus and the service. They weren’t on top of you, they knew how to pace their visit. He’s also looking forward to visiting 10 Arts and enjoying Top Chef Jennifer Carroll’s dishes. Perhaps will stop in for a Joseph Poon dish in Chinatown. This town has a lot of celebrity chefs.

Akiko Sugiyama creates sea pods. She loves the texture and the flow. She started her career in painting but when oils became too expensive to work with her creativity took her in a different direction and she discovered her real passion where she can express herself. While I was there a customer from the previous year came in, told her of all the compliments she gets on the piece she bought, and prompty went about choosing another $300+ piece for her wall. “I don’t have much wall space left, but I’ll make room.”

I tweeted this last night from the show: http://twitpic.com/p67oo – Interesting Creatures by Ian Kessler-Gowell @ Phila Craft Show. Ian started in the glass blowing craft about 10 years ago. These creatures came about from his doodling in class a few years back, just this year he learned how to do eyes. Currently he is participating in the Energy Xchange Program The EnergyXchange Craft Incubator program was established to support six talented artists in starting, managing, and operating their own small business in the crafts of glass blowing and pottery.



After asking a half dozen folks what was their favorite part of the show, time after time the answer was the Korean Craft Promotion Foundation (KCPF) section of craft. The work is very distinct and ranges from traditional Asian to very contemporary, working in fiber, glass, wood, ceramic & metal. There are silver tea sets and miniature, functional silver cameras. There is wood used for furniture and wood fiber for clothing, wall pieces and jewelry; ceramics that look like stone and ceramics that look like glass. There will be necklaces that look like sketches of elaborate antiques set with diamonds, and brooches that can be worn back-to-front. According to Amy Fox, Show Chair, “We are enthusiastic about their participation in the show this year and know their work will be a great attraction by drawing new attendees to the show and complementing the work of our U.S. artists. So hurry on down to the Convention Center because the show ends on Sunday. And whether you’re in the market for something, or just window shopping, the craft show is something you don’t want to miss.