InLiquid’s Art for the Cash Poor returns this weekend to the Crane Arts Building with over 100 vendors offering handcrafted goods — everything from cat toys to cigar box guitars. Holding true to its founding premise 15 years ago, all merchandise is priced under $199. With live music and a beer garden, it’s basically a block-party for art aficionados. Like every year, getting there early is key. (You want first dibs at the good stuff, right?) To help you decide which tables to jet to, we’ve put together this list of nine artists and art pieces to look out for:
GearForms is the epitome of the adage "one man's trash is another man's treasure" (think reclaimed NYC sewer grate turned into a coat rack.) Terry McCall, the founder of GearForms, also uses materials from defunct industrial buildings in and around Philadelphia. Piece to look out for: cork mirror, $64.50.
To get your portrait drawn for just a Lincoln, stop by Issa Revell's booth, where she'll also be selling original illustrations and hand-painted wooden blocks she calls Blockheads. Piece to look out for: any one of her monster prints, various prices.
For those who treat their cats like humans, Randi Warhol's realistic designs for Polydactyl are the friendliest treats for felines. These catnip-infused toys should inspire the meme: I Can Haz Eggroll? Piece to look out for: Egg Roll Cat Toy, $22.
Cigar box guitars and mixed-media assemblages are Patrick Hay's specialites. In his third year at Art for the Cash Poor, Hay promises his guitars will sound as cool as they look. Piece to look out for: cigar box guitar, $120.
"Peace, Love, Wiz-Wit." Nicole DuCoin fell in love with all things Philly while studying graphic design at Drexel. T-shirts and greeting cards emblazoned with cheesesteaks, pretzels and Ben Franklin are perfect for Philly fanatics. Piece to look out for: set of coasters, $8.
Chase Brown's creations prove there's no better way to store your booze than a handmade, ceramic flask. Pricing for flasks and pendants may vary in terms of size. Piece to look out for: handmade vodka flask, $31.
Ramchandani's affinity for jewelry started at the Pratt Institute, and she went on to receive her MFA in Metals and Jewelry at Temple's Tyler School of Art. For her second year at Art for the Cash Poor, Ramchandani will be selling her uber-geometric jewelry on both Saturday and Sunday. Piece to look out for: log pendant, $120.
Philly native and University of the Arts educator Laurel Schwass-Drew designs, prints and produces her t-shirts and hand-dyed scarves. The "Robo-Squirrel" t-shirt design was made as a peace offering to the pesky squirrels in her garden (which apparently left her flower bulbs alone after it was printed.) Piece to look out for: Robo-Squirrel t-shirt, $20.
Philly painter Mat Tomezsko will be selling works from his new series of colorful, highly texturized spray-paint paintings on canvas. Tomezsko draws inspiration from the urban experience. One of his acrylics is named Here We Are On Lonely Ass American Street. Piece to look out for: Hawkish, $150.