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February 21, 2018
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Philadelphia Furniture Show Highlights the Quirky and Sublime: 24rd Annual Show returns to 23rd Street Armory on April 13th

By Rosemarie Fabien, PhD | Fabien Communications
Chair by OVUUD + North of Lehigh

Philadelphia, PA (February 2018) – The Philadelphia Furniture Show returns to the 23rd Street Armory this spring for a weekend showing one-of-a-kind, hand-made pieces by artisans from around the country. In a special collaboration, original painting and sculpture from Philadelphia’s own Center for Emerging Visual Artists will be display in a curated installation. The Show runs from Saturday, April 14th to Sunday, April 15th, with a Preview Party on Friday, April 13th from 6 to 9pm, cohosted by CFEVA.

“This is the longest-running exhibition of its kind in the US, and this year we are delighted to have more women furniture makers than ever before,” said Stefa Normantas, managing partner of Green Tree Events, owner of the Philadelphia Furniture Show. “Here you will meet master craftspeople and artists who have created work that is stunning and elegant, yes; but also quirky and innovative. That is what makes our collaboration with the Center for Emerging Visual Artists a great fit.”

The collaboration highlights the work of today’s masters of hand-made furniture and undiscovered visual artists from around the region. The Show will exhibit the work of fifty artisans who work in wood, metal, ceramics, lighting and fabric, often transforming found objects into high design. The CFEVA exhibition will feature paintings and sculptural pieces in a variety of media.

The Philadelphia Furniture Show is expected to draw 3000 visitors to the Armory over the weekend. Guests at the Friday night Preview Party will have the first chance to purchase one-of-a-kind furniture and artwork before the Show opens to the public on Saturday.

In keeping with decades-old custom, the Preview Party begins with the ceremonial cleaving of a fresh-cut log with a two-person saw, and continues with craft beverage sampling from Dad’s Hat Pennsylvania Rye Whiskey and Flying Fish Brewing Co, hearty hors d’oeuvres from 12th Street Catering and an open bar.

If you go
Where: 23rd Street Armory, 22 South 23rd St, between Market and Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia

When: Friday, April 13, Preview Party, 6-9pm, $45. (VIP Passes for $75 include access throughout the weekend and complimentary champagne). Proceeds support the Center for Emerging Visual Artists.
Saturday, April 14, 10am – 6pm, $15, students $8
Sunday, April 15, 10am – 5pm, $15, students $8
Weekend Pass: $12 in advance

Info: Tickets can be purchased at www.philadelphiafurnitureshow.com or by calling 215.387.8590.

Center for Emerging Visual Artists
With a mission to cultivate, nurture, and advance the careers of emerging visual artists while simultaneously expanding opportunities for the public to discover and connect with art, CFEVA raises the profile of Philadelphia’s professional artists and showcases how vibrant artistic communities boost cultural tourism and economic development. Through fellowships, residencies, educational outreach, exhibitions, and professional development, CFEVA provides artists with the tangible resources needed to develop sustainable careers. Visit CFEVA at 237 South 18th Street, M-F 11-5 and by appointment or at www.cfeva.org. Contact Lisa M. Brown, [email protected], 215.546.7775.

Philadelphia Furniture Show
In concert with Philadelphia’s centuries-old tradition of fine woodworking, the Philadelphia Furniture Show has exhibited exceptional, artisan-quality furniture and furnishings annually since 1994. Exhibitors are juried-in based on the quality of their work. The Furniture Show is produced by Green Tree Events, also the producers of New England Made Giftware and Specialty Food Shows (www.nemadeshows.com). Contact: Stefa Normantas, [email protected], 215.387.8590.

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