The 37th annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show opened yesterday, but held its preview party on November 6th. The show runs through Sunday, November 10th. The craft show is the largest single fundraiser for the Philadelphia Museum of art and has donated nearly $11 million dollars to the Museum. These funds provide financial support for educational programs, special exhibits, conservation projects, the acquisition of craft objects for exhibitions and many more programs. Nearly 700 exhibitors are taking part in this year’s show, including 25 visiting artists from the Baltic nation of Lithuania.
Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show
Co-chair for this years event is Laura Rothrock (right), here with Nancy O'Meara, executive director and craft show manager at women's committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
From left: Rita Naurtavkule, Indre Zakaruokuite sit in the Lithuania lounge as Severija Kriaunevicien stops and poses for me.
Liddy Lindsay tells me that she visits the craft show every year and always finds a treasure or two. She's wearing past purchases including her necklace, bracelets and the beautiful bag.
From left: Taxidermist Beth Beverly wears her latest hat creation, with mother-to-be artist Sarah Peoples, who recently won PAFA’s 2013 MFA Faculty Exhibition Award for her work. She is also the co-inventor of a consumer goods product, Wonderful Gift Wrap, a reusable adjustable wrapping fabric.
From left: Reid Bodek, Robin Switzenbaum, Janet Smith (adorable jacket she's wearing. She told me she bought it in Wisconsin) and Nancy Warren.
From left: Zoe Pappas, women's committee president, with fellow craft show and women's committee members Ann Dee Rome and Linda Fuller.
Dakota Pratt of Austin, Texas, stands with his artwork. He nails bottle caps to wood sculptures for his unique creations. I wish I could find a place in my condo for the unicorn.
From left: artist Janel Jacobson and Gail Harrity, president and COO of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Furniture designer Barbara Tiffany (left) checks out the wooden bowls created by Deborah and Jerry Kermode (right).
Always looking stylish are Bill Walker and Eve Walker of the women's committee.
Whit and Cindy Garden (both wearing brown), and Cathy and Larry Altman look on as Adam Crowell plays his "boxed music." Individual recognition is given to many of the exhibitors; Crowell received the "Best New To Show" award.
Sisters Jamie Field and Stacey Spector continue their annual tradition of visiting the PMA Craft Show
Annette Lynn Frye is so honored to have been selected to participate in the PMA Craft Show. "It's in the top two best of the best craft shows in the country," she told me. She plans to extend her trip, and next week will head to The Barnes, The Philadelphia Museum of Art and more of our restaurants. So far she's been to Talula's Garden. Admiring the felt maker's wares are Michael and Stephanie Naidoff. Hope you'll check out the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show this weekend, I'll be there tonight covering craft Beer at the craft Show. Don Russell (aka Joe Sixpack), executive director of Philly Beer Week and Daily News columnist, has curated a collection of local and Lithuanian brews for you to try. Plus, all weekend long there are craft demonstrations.