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The 2010 Art Star Craft Bazaar is Coming to Penn’s Landing on May 15th and 16th

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Art Star is a gallery and boutique located in Northern Liberties that specializes in selling and exhibiting handmade work and limited edition products by emerging artists across the globe. Hailed by Philadelphia Magazine as the “the cities first cutting-edge craft shop”, they strive to carry work that is innovative & superbly crafted. It has also created and continues to support a growing network of burgeoning artists. Their exhibitions rotate every 6 weeks and their boutique offers shoppers everything from handmade clothes, jewelry & accessories to dolls, ceramics & prints.

A store so eclectic finds the time to network with a lot of artistic individuals and manages to gain widespread access to plenty of creative vendors. It gains access to so many that it’s nearly impossible to contain them all inside the confines of their store for a prolonged amount of time. And that’s why its such a special occasion when they go all out for their annual Art Star Craft Bazaar.

The Art Star Craft Bazaar is an outdoor retail art/craft show that is juried by Philadelphia’s Art Star Gallery & Boutique. Over 100 local & national artists have been chosen to set up shop and sell their wares along the beautiful waterfront at Penn’s Landing. Shoppers can expect high quality handmade goods that reflect the unique and often quirky aesthetic of Art Star, set against the backdrop of the sparkling Delaware river. Art Star has hand selected a diverse collection of artists that create anything and everything, including housewares, paper goods, dolls, prints, ceramics, clothing, accessories, paintings/drawings, sculpture, and many other one-of-a-kind curiosities. All items have been handmade from a variety of mediums that include fabric, clay, glass, wood, paper & much more. For a list of vendors scheduled to sale at the bazaar so far, check out here.

Another thing that makes the Art Star Craft Bazaar so special and fun is the live music that it brings. Music Coordinator Jack McBrearty of bands The Mural & The Mint, & Songs for Lonesome Hearts has curated a line-up of local bands to entertain guests throughout the day. The following bands are scheduled to play this year:

Songs For Lonesome Hearts
Songs For Lonesome Hearts is a community. Their songs reveal a fresh perspective on their city as well as stories of love, hope and want. The essence for any lonesome heart.
Songs For Lonesome Hearts

Pepi Ginsberg
Brooklyn-based Pepi Ginsberg began putting her poems to songs while living in Philadelphia where she moved to study writing at Penn. She crossed paths and formed a partnership with Dr.Dog frontman Scott McMicken. Her first “studio” album, 2008’s acclaimed, RED (Park The Van), explores vintage psych-rock and folk and is the first album to show her live potential with a full band. Not one to stay put artistically, Pepi decided to experiment with a wilder, fuller band sound for her follow-up, East is East. “I didn’t want to just strum a song anymore,” she says. “It’s funny, but theses days it grosses me out to accompany myself with traditional arrangements. I’ve been corrupted.”
Pepi Ginsberg

Toy Soldiers
Philly’s latest entry into big-band hipsteristic indie rock is a nine (and maybe sometimes 10 or 11) piece band fronted by Ron Gallo. The band recently finished recording their first album called Whisper Down The Lane. It’s a righteous collection of rootsy, jangly, scraggly, soulful indie inspired songs that bring to mind Shangri-La era Kinks, Nashville Skyline-era Dylan, Bright Eyes and the Black Keys, The Coasters and Carl Perkins. Rock it. (Bruce Warren, WXPN)
Toy Soldiers

Oh! Pears
Frontman, vocalist and songwriter Corey Duncan, with his crew of up to a dozen bandmates, is prepared to stun Philadelphia’s music scene with the release of Oh! Pears’ first album. The five-song Fill Your Lungs EP is a beautiful collection of songs—honest-to-goodness, fully composed—that bring the listener on an emotional journey. (Philadelphia Weekly)
Oh! Pears

Arc In Round
Philadelphia 4-piece Arc in Round reflect a sonic sensibility garnered from endless hours of studio tracking, tweaking and sonic experimentation. The band spins out carefully crafted dark pop—taut yet spacey, noisy yet melodic. Humming bass, shuffling drums, glitchy keyboards and dissonant, pedal-treated guitar all melt together into an iridescent sheet of sonorous reduction, and you can still tap your foot to it.
Arc In Round

Gildon Works
“Ethereal but physical, Gildon Works, hailing from Philadelphia, throws together a sound that lilts at times atmospheric, but is at its core intense, forceful and demanding. The songs are passionate, but finely crafted. Ambient noise rises and reverberates, like voices from a choir circling an empty cathedral, over songs punctuated with moments of clarity. Strong chords emerge on the first listen, but over time the songs reveal their structural and compositional intricacy, with rhythms layered and nested like Russian dolls.” (JMZ)
Gildon Works

Like A Fox
There is a place within modern music where a foundation of rock-solid songwriting can be married to progressive Technicolor production, resulting in both satisfaction for the soul and brilliant sonic candy for the ears.
Like A Fox

The Invisible Friends
Super new young Philly band with druggy vocals. Ex-Dark Horse And The Carousels.
The Invisible Friends

The Great Unknown
Philadelphia’s The Great Unknown coaxes gentle, nuanced alt-country from the convergence of five voices, riding atop a plethora of stringed instruments that gracefully dance in and out between an amiable backroads shuffle. When it cuts loose, the quintet rocks convincingly, adding soundtracks of rowdy to postcards of roadside attractions.” (Spencer Griffith, August 2009)
The Great Unknown

Complete list of bands & line-up coming soon!

Select local eateries such as A Full Plate Café & The Soy Café will offer tasty vegetarian/vegan food amongst the standard festival pizza/hot dog faire. Guests are invited to arrive right at 11am for their chance to nab a tote bag silkscreened with the bazaar logo & filled with coupons, free gifts from event sponsors/vendors, and other goodies. 250 will be given out for free each day beginning at 11am on the dot. More surprises throughout the day can be expected, so bring the entire family!