Giant art party swallows Kensington warehouse this weekend

By Sean Corbett
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Meanwhile, in Manayunk...


The annual Manayunk Arts Fest floods Main Street with more local artists and artisans than you can shake a paintbrush at.


For the 25th year, Manayunk plays host to the area’s largest outdoor, juried arts festival. A coalition between the Manayunk Development Corporation and, the Manayunk Arts Festival has established itself as a yearly destination for art fans in the tri-state area: Winding and picturesque Main Street will be shut down for the weekend and transformed into a walking art gallery.

What distinguishes the Manayunk Arts Festival from others in the area is its incredibly diverse roster of artists. Featured in this weekend’s festivities will be works of fiber, glass & ceramics, jewelry, mixed media, painting & drawing, photography, wood crafts and sculptures. For each concentration, the festival boasts a stacked lineup of well-established and renowned artists from across the country.

In addition, the fest features an emerging artists tent, which, for the third year, will spotlight young artists in various concentrations, curated for their promising futures and locality to the Philadelphia region. Catch these burgeoning local talents inside the tent, which will be located at the intersection of Main and Roxborough Streets.

The Manayunk Development Corporation anticipates that nearly 200,000 guests will flock to the Schuylkill’s banks for this year’s festival. Apart from the fantastic works of art that will be on display, businesses on Main Street will remain open during the festival to accommodate shoppers. Food, entertainment and family fun highlight this great outdoor Philadelphia tradition. —DANIEL GELB


Through Sunday. 11am. Main Street from Carson St. to Shurs Lane, Manayunk. 215.482.9565. 

Riders of SEPTA’s Trenton Line can see the old Jo-Mar buildings at the corner of I and Venango streets.

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1. Carolyn said... on Jun 18, 2014 at 04:49PM

“Sounds great! Is there an admission fee? Parking? Best times to attend? Thanks!”

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2. Anonymous said... on Jun 18, 2014 at 06:17PM

“The vision for those buildings is exceptional. Success in bringing back the Kensington area may be starting to take hold.”

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3. Sean said... on Jun 19, 2014 at 06:41AM

“Carolyn, here is the info from the end of the article:

Sat., June 21: noon–2am. Sun., June 22: noon–6pm. MaKen Studios, 3401–3525 I Street. Tickets: $12 advance, $15 at the door. Free parking available. More info:”

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4. Rob said... on Jun 19, 2014 at 01:13PM

“Love it, Love it, Love it!!! Just bought two tickets. I'll be there with my wife on Sunday.”

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5. Kahn said... on Jun 20, 2014 at 10:06AM

“I hope to make it to the warehouse this weekend, and props to the artists and organizers for reaching out to local businesses and laborers, but for the record: 1/3 of Philadelphians live in poverty and our school district is so underfunded thousands of teachers have been laid off and the buildings literally falling apart. Perhaps if these artists left the studio and walked around Kensington and north Philly they'd realize much of the city is not doing so well financially, not even "realtively."”

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6. Anonymous said... on Jun 20, 2014 at 04:29PM

“Heard this article got the building shut down by L&I. Great job of dislocating the other artists working in the building, morons.”

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7. Sean said... on Jun 21, 2014 at 10:18AM

“I have been in touch with organizers and developers for updates and information since yesterday afternoon and what you say here, #6 Anonymous, is not true. But with that mindset, I suppose we could also blame Art Blog, the Inquirer, Philly Mag, all the artists who invited friends and all the other places that were a part of the coverage of this rare event that rightfully got everyone excited about art.

The truth is, the buildings were not up to code and in Philadelphia, buildings that are not up to code (and have occupants) get shut down. The truth came out yesterday when the city dropped by for a visit. Let's hope Force Field can find some buildings that are up to code, so they can bring this event to us elsewhere, and soon.

In the meantime, the event has changed shape and will occur tonight as a concert. Please keep your eyes peeled for an update on this story today on the Philadelphia Weekly site and check in with the Force Field websites for more information in the coming weeks.”


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