This weekend, InLiquid’s signature summer event, Art for the Cash Poor, returns for the 13th year, offering locals the chance to become enthusiastic art collectors without having to spend a month’s salary.
As always, the block-party-style art sale in southwest Kensington showcases a plethora of works from both emerging and established talents, with nothing priced higher than $199 and most items priced well below $100.
“We are much more than your typical art or craft fair,” says InLiquid founder and executive director, Rachel Zimmerman. “While there are definitely some crafters, especially with the DIY/ handmade movement happening, we have a focus on fine artists that other fairs do not.”
Removing art from the sometimes stuffy gallery setting, the event will be held both indoors and out with live music from several local indie bands and an array of grub from five new gastro food trucks.
When Zimmerman started AFTCP back in 2000, the idea was to give artists a chance to profit from the artwork they had lying around. “As artists, we all have other work that might not be perfect for a gallery, or older work that has been shown numerous times and not sold, but would be great for someone’s home,” she says.
Though the event puts a cap on how much the artists can charge, as Zimmerman notes, most have work that they’d sell at lower price points anyway. Plus, 100 percent of the sales go straight into the artists’ pockets.
The very first AFTCP was held at Creperie Beau Monde in South Philly with only a few dozen artists spanning two floors and no entertainment. Since then, the event has continued to grow in size and popularity, with attendance at last year’s edition growing to more than 2,000 visitors per day.
In that time, Zimmerman says the motivation behind AFTCP has also evolved, having become more about fostering a relationship between buyers and artists and “creating a ‘moment’ to experience art.”
With the art extravaganza expected to be even bigger this year, here are some vendors to keep an eye out for.
Art Star: Obviously, no art/craft show would be complete without Art Star’s amazing, curated selection of handmade and artist-designed goods. (Sat. and Sun.)
Janet Scheetz: Using an ancient glass-blowing technique called “Millefiori,” this New Jersey artist transforms logs of colored clay into an array of unique and uber-fun jewelry. (Sat. and Sun.)
Geekboy Press: Nerds, rejoice! The “anonymous geekboy” has all your pop-culture faves captured as cute cartoon illustrations—from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to the Big Lebowski. (Sun.)
Christopher Lydon: With intense color contrasts and organically based sculptural and vessel forms, this Philly-based glass artist transforms functional glassware, candle-holders and vases into modern works of art. (Sat. and Sun.)
Leah MacDonald: Combining her experience with photography, encaustic painting and mixed-media, MacDonald embellishes photographs, primarily featuring women, with layers of beeswax, colored wax, painting and drawing. The end result is quite striking. (Fri.-Sun.)
Fuzzy Ink: Can’t get enough of all this mustache mania? Fuzzy Ink offers an array of apparel and housewares, all featuring designs based entirely around the ’stache. You kinda have to see it to believe it. (Sat. and Sun.)
Grand Circus Paper & Toy: You can finally create your own tiny replica of Philly, equipped with paper craft row homes, food trucks, pubs and even disaster scenes involving SEPTA buses. No, seriously. (Sat. and Sun.)
James Singewald: Capturing some of the most dismal architectural sights in Baltimore and Philly, Singewald’s photographs are brilliantly candid, yet hopeful. You may even recognize a few of the locations. (Sat. and Sun.)
Preview party: Fri., June 8, 5:30pm. $50. Sat., June 9-Sun., June 10, noon-6pm. Free. InLiquid, 1400 N. American St. 215.235.3405. inliquid.org