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Philly Art Museum’s 36th Annual Crafts Sale Opens Thursday

By John McDevitt

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Just in time for holiday shopping, a prestigious, four-day craft show and sale, benefiting the Philadelphia Museum of Art, begins tomorrow at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

One-of-a-kind works of art can be purchased at the 36th annual Philadelphia Museum of Art craft show.

Lisa Woolbert, chair of the craft show put on by the Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (at right in photo), says lots of different types of works are available.

“Fashions, fiber wearables to wall decorative pieces to beautiful glass objects to metal pieces, ceramics…” she says.

And she says the offerings are a cut above those found at your typical traveling craft show.

“Many of our artists that are here, their work is so amazing that they have permanent pieces in museums all around the world. So it’s awfully cool to say that you have a piece of wood or you have a platter by an artist who has a piece in the Smithsonian.”

She says a panel of 100 jurors selected nearly 200 artists for the  show from more than 1,200 applicants.

“This is the absolutely most prestigious show in the United States,” she tells KYW Newsradio.

Hear John McDevitt’s interview with Lisa Woolbert and Nancy O’Meara in this CBS Philly podcast (runs 4:39)…

Over the years the show has raised more than $10 million for the art museum.

For ticket information and a list of special events during the show, go to

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