By Rasa Kaye

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The 37th Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show opens to the general public Thursday at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Show manager Nancy O’Meara says ‘Art By Hand’ is the slogan this year:

“The artists here are making their living, spending an incredible amount of time designing their work, using the right materials, using hand tools, and all producing museum-quality work.”

There will be lectures to expand your understanding of the variety of crafts at the show and artists demonstrating their work as well as happily explaining it. As show Chair Laura Rothrock points out, there will even be a classy kegger:

“Great date night Friday night! We’re having a hand-crafted beer tasting, a wonderful collection of local, up-and-coming brewers combined with some unique Lithuanian beers that you cannot find anywhere in the United States.”

Lithuania is the featured guest country this year. Ruta Nanartaviciute curated the works of 23 artists from the Baltic nation:

“Still you can see our heritage in most of these works, our traditions and yes, the interesting ways that artists can join these things and find their own style.”

Almost 200 contemporary craft artists will participate. The craft show runs through Sunday.

For more information, visit the craft show’s website.

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