PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It’s Summerfest on Friday on CBS3, and we’re headed to Manyunk. There is a little more foot traffic on the main road.
This Weekend, It Will Be Packed With Artists Manyunk Arts Festival, This is the 33rd year of the annual event, which features fine arts and crafts from across the country.
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The arts festival is back in full swing for the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
“The arts festival put Manayunk on the map 33 years ago,” said Joan Denenberg, consultant to the Manayunk Development Corporation.
Every year since visitors have come to expect such a turnout. A boon for Main Street artists like Diane Vaughn.
“It’s been amazing, I live for it. I’m madly painting,” Vaughan said.
Vaughan’s Impressionist visions stun those who walk into his gallery near Main and Rector Streets.
“A lot of people will stand there and watch,” Vaughan said. “It’s like they’re sitting in the sun.”
But, it was his daughter, Malika, who, after working in Philadelphia’s school district for more than 30 years as an art teacher, inspired her mother to follow her passion and open the Soft Illusion Fine Art Gallery .
Malaika said, ‘I get emotional just thinking about this.
She is the co-owner of Soft Illusion Fine Art Gallery.
Malaika said, “It is so refreshing and satisfying to see other people giving feedback and feedback and really appreciating the work they have done.” “We’re that dynamic pair, it’s a perfect team.”
Now, Malika runs the business and her mother makes art.
“We are that dynamic duo, it’s a perfect team,” Malaika said.
“My daughter calls it feel-good art and it makes me feel like other people feel good,” Vaughan said.
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You’ll recognize him outside the gallery this weekend alongside the shop’s unofficial mascot, Miles.
“I do a lot of rings, I think that’s my specialty,” Vaughan said.
Jewelry, like Isabel Acre’s pieces, are always a favorite at art festivals. A Philly girl, Isabel made her first silver ring when she was just 12 years old.
She knew right away that she was hooked for the rest of her life.
“Seeing someone walking down the street and seeing them wear my piece just makes me so happy,” Acker said. “I think people are ready to go out shopping and be around other people and I’m excited to share my work with everyone again.”
His designs will be displayed near Main Street and Shire Lane.
She will be joined by 275 other artists from across the country and the world this year with works across seven broad mediums.
“Glass, fiber, pottery, woodwork, photography, painting,” Denenberg said.
The Manayak Arts Festival typically attracts more than 150,000 visitors over two days and organizers expect this year’s crowds to return to pre-pandemic levels.
“Looking at the art, being in Manyunk, eating at our restaurant, shopping at our store, I think you’re going to see a lot of happy faces,” Denenberg said.
It is going to be a very big weekend for Manayak.
This will be the first street-closed art festival since 2019. Of course, in 2020 the festival was canceled due to the pandemic and it was a much smaller version last year.
It’s safe to say that these businesses and artists alike are ready to watch the crowds right in the middle of Main Street.
There is parking in the area, but not a ton of it. Organizers suggest biking or taking public transportation.
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there will be Be a Shuttle This Year Too,