Sunday, June 24, 2012

Manayunk Arts Festival Recap - Part 1

We had such a great time at the Manayunk Arts Fest. The temperatures stayed in the 80s but the humidity had gone way down which is so nice - and with a nice breeze it was really enjoyable.

Festival poster by artist Charlie Barton

And the talent oozing from the tents was really awesome. I met so many incredibly talented artists. People who shared their story and their background - it was so interesting. I grabbed a ton of business cards. I always find it helpful to grab a card to reference when I get home and to bookmark their work if I am interested or if I think a client might be interested in their work in the future.

It's so hard to summarize all of the artists that made an impression on me, but I'll show you a few that really stood out. I was drawn to each of these artists for a different reason. This is a juried show so you must apply and get accepted in order to attend and showcase here.

Liz Williams is one of the first artists we checked out after coming off the train (Manayunk is just a few train stops for us so really easy to hop on the train and come back). This one is acrylic and oil on canvas. We ended up purchasing one of her works. The piece we got is oil and acrylic with paper and fiber. She said she layers and layers with paper and paint. I'll show your the piece that we got in another post.

Sandra Sedmak Engel had some really interesting pieces. At first glance these look like ceramics, but Sandra explained that this technique is called encaustic. Have you heard of this? It's the use of hot wax on wood or canvas and then the artist uses different tools to manipulate the wax.

Contact her if you are interested in these. These photos don't do these works justice. This type of artwork isn't usually my thang, but these are really amazing. And knowing the technique she used to accomplish such artwork is even more impressive. She's out of Baltimore, MD.

Then we made our first pit stop to recharge at Cafe Volo. They serve up La Colombe coffee.

Time for more browsing. Mendelson Art Glass was full of interesting pieces. She had glass vegetables, bowls, vases. This piece in particular really caught my attention. Jacqueline Mendelson is based out of Philadelphia.

I don't have a photo of these, but believe me when I say how interesting and how different these chimes are. They are Old Town Wind Bells. I want one of these for our next house. If you have an outdoor sitting area, garden, or just a special place where you want an interesting chime to enjoy - I would highly recommend these. This is the wall mount and the one I was interested in...

And I also really liked the standing heron...

These photos don't do these justice either, but again they are really nice and made of bronze. The same metal that the Liberty Bell is made of (I learned that yesterday in speaking with one of the artists from the shop). They ship too so check it out for a gift or for yourself if you are interested.

I'm going to split this into two posts because there are more artists I want to share with you. I'll also show you the pieces that we picked up as well.


Thanks so much for all of your birthday wishes too. It was a great day and a great weekend. I even got a little time to start reading the new book my hubby got me for my birthday.

Coffee, an English muffin with butter and cinnamon sugar, and The Perfectly Imperfect Home by Deborah Needleman. This didn't last very long, but it was great while it lasted.

All information contained in this post is simply to support the artists. I have not been compensated in any way. Their work is outstanding and I wanted to share their talent with all of you.


  1. How great. I've been thinking that it might be time to start investing in "real" art vs DIY. I would really benefit from going to an art fair like this one. Happy belated birthday, by the way. Looks like you had a lovely day :)

  2. What a nice outing for you... and I totally love the Old Town Wind Bells. Definitely right up my alley! Are you enjoying The Perfectly Imperfect Home? I loved that one, and refer to it quite often... and it was given to me by my hubs, too! :-) Makes it even more special, I think!

    1. The bells/chimes were so nice Sheila - you should treat yourself or keep them in mind for the future.

  3. Looks like a fun event - we have one here in Chattanooga every spring - it's so fun to see the artists and their work!

  4. What a fun weekend outing, Holly, I'm so curious to see what you chose. I always love your taste in art!

  5. Hi! I'm sorry, I totally missed your birthday post!!! Happy late!!! Glad you had a great weekend celebrating! The Arts Festival looks so fun, love that kind of stuff:) Thanks for sharing those artists with us!

  6. What a fun weekend activity! I love art festivals ... it's so fun discovering new, local artists. I'm excited to see the two pieces you brought home!

  7. Love festivals like this where one gets to meet artists and artisans one has not come across before and you see so much talent it is awe-inspiring. Interesting artwork and amazing glass piece.

  8. Sounds like an amazing time. Can't wait to see the painting you picked up. I love the one you showed here from the artist. And glad you had a very happy birthday! What a fun new book too! :) I have heard it's a great one.

  9. Looks like some ancient china and the Women's leather tote handbags at just like that also very elegant!