The Fall 2018 Rittenhouse Square Fine Craft Show opened yesterday in Philadelphia and I’m excited to be part of it! It’s my first time doing the show and the square is transformed into a mobile art gallery for the weekend–ringed with tents filled with wonderful things to explore.

Hours are 11-6 today, October 13, and 11-5 tomorrow, October 14. Admission is free and you’ll see some of the best artists on the traveling art show circuit here–including jewelers, potters, wearable artists, photographers, and several decorative fiber artists–including me! I’m in Booth 139 on the 18th Street side of the square.


Another booth view at Fall Rittenhouse Square - Cindy Grisdela

Booth view at Fall Rittenhouse Square Fine Craft Show – Cindy Grisdela


I’m pleased that I was able to finish my new Aquarius quilt for this show. I wrote about the process of creating it here.

Aquarius art quilt - Cindy Grisdela

Aquarius – Cindy Grisdela

And I have a few new smaller pieces that I’m showing for the first time here–Red Pennants and Rainbow Stripes II. Both of these are 12 x 12 and mounted on painted black canvas with a wire on the back for easy hanging.

Red Pennants art quilt - Cindy Grisdela

Red Pennants 12 x 12 – Cindy Grisdela

Small square art quilt Rainbow Stripes II - Cindy Grisdela

Rainbow Stripes II 12 x 12 – Cindy Grisdela

I haven’t done an outdoor show in a while, so there’s always a hitch. This time there were several–the first was setting up in the dark on Thursday night in the rain! Thankfully I was able to get the tent up and the canopy on before the rain started and I was able to set up the panels in relative dryness.

I never leave my work in my booth overnight, so the second hitch came when I got ready to get my car and drive it over to the booth yesterday morning, not realizing that it would take me nearly 30 minutes to go one mile in Philly traffic and that finding parking would be a challenge. But I was able to get it all sorted out and opened just a couple of minutes past 11–whew!!

It’s a cool, crisp fall weekend here in Philadelphia–welcome after the heat we’ve had on the East Coast the last week or two–and strolling the square looking at unique art is a fun way to spend a few hours. If you’re in the area, I hope you’ll stop by and see us.

Besides Rittenhouse, I have two other shows coming up this fall. Craft+Design in Richmond, VA November 17-18 and the Downtown Art Festival in Gainesville, FL December 1-2.

Plus I have work in several exhibits this fall and a busy teaching schedule–you can see where I’ll be when here.