Love art? (Check.)
Bank account depleted by Comic Con, the Renaissance Faire, or too many nights at the recently-opened crop of outdoor beer gardens that have ushered in the beginning of the Philly summer season? (Double check.)
And it seems like near-blasphemy to ask, but are you fan of food trucks, live music, and a relaxed, come-as-you-are backyard BBQ atmosphere? (Triple, quadruple CHECK on-into-infinity.)
If your checklist looks anything like mine, this event is for you. InLiquid is proudly hosting another year of their successful art sale and party, Art for the Cash Poor 16 at the Crane Arts Building.
Their aim is simple: to bring the art and gorgeous handmade crafts of of our hometown folks to one place for the weekend, where we can peruse their wares, meet the artists, and find our new favorite things. It’s great exposure and great business for local artists. The benefit for us, the art-lovers, is even greater – every piece for sale rings in under $199.
So if there’s a blank spot on your wall or an end table dying for a unique sculpture, get ready to fall in love.
Visual art isn’t the only kind up for sale here; the variety is exceptional. (Of the wares AND the prices.) This will be my third year attending, and I can attest that my apartment and my jewelry collection have both benefited from this event.
And if there are visions of snooty craft fairs dancing in your head, where the artisans are breathing down your neck to make a purchase, banish them immediately. If you don’t find anything you like, or need to take some time to decide, there’s an impressive lineup of live music, beer provided by Philadelphia Brewing Company, and a fleet of food trucks on hand to keep you entertained and fed.
Saturday’s bands include Highwater, Flat Mary Road, Trauma Bravo, and the Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome Bells. Food on Saturday comes from Chewy’s, Farm Truck Philly, Kung Fu Hoagie, and Weckerly’s Ice Cream.
Nothing calling to your earholes or your tastebuds? Lucky for you, Sunday’s a whole different experience.
Bands include MONKO, Clarksville, and Kitty Rotten. Sunday’s food vendors: Mom-Mom’s Polish Food Cart, Jerry’s Kitchen, Foolish Waffles, with Kung Fu Hoagie and Weckerly’s returning. It’s basically Choose Your Own Artsy Adventure, and admission is totally free; pay as you go for food and drinks.
AND for those of you worried that your favorite artists will be sold out when Sunday rolls around, OR if this all sounds amazing and you want to be more involved, InLiquid is hosting a special preview party on Friday night for $30 admission. A portion of the proceeds benefits the AIDS Fund, and the night’s festivities include special performances by Gunnar Montana and Disco Hootenanny, plus an installation by The Artemisian.
So between good art, good food, and a wonderful cause, could InLiquid have more thoroughly checked off all the things we need to have an excellent Philly summer weekend? I think not.
Art for the Cash Poor 16
Preview party benefiting InLiquid and the AIDS Fund
Friday, June 12 5:30-9pm
Tickets $30 each or $120 for 5
Purchase tickets here.
Saturday, June 13 and Sunday, June 14 12-6pm
Crane Arts Building, 1400 N. American St.
Admission is free
More information here.