This year, the PIFS has inaugurated an Emerging Artist Contest, and we would like to congratulate this year’s winner, Ryan Meacham from the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Maine. His prize is a free booth at the 2013 PIFS. Come and congratulate him at this years show. His booth # 314, Just in Grain.
One of his entires is the table, pictured to the right. To see more of his work please click here,
After the show Ryan had this to say: “I would like to thank you again for allowing me to participate in your wonderful show. All of the free pr you gave me, along with the countless visitors to the show has jump started my carer. Without your help I would still be stuck in my shop wondering how I would be able to introduce myself to furniture collectors and the like. The emerging artist program you have started is a god send to newcomers like me. Keep up the good work. Thanks again”
PIFS 2013 will again be at the beautiful and historic 23rd Street Armory in downtown Philadelphia. The gorgeous castle-like structure is located conveniently near the highways, public transit, and within walking distance from any downtown location. 2012 at the new venue was a great start and we are planning bigger and better things for 2013!
In west Center city, a fortress-like structure stands out among the proliferation of commercial and residential structures. Built in 1901, the Armory is a granite building which houses the First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry, the oldest cavalry unit in continuous service in the United States. The Troop acted as George Washington’s personal bodyguard in the Revolutionary War. The Troop fought by Washington’s side in the Revolutionary War, for the Union at Gettysburg during the Civil War, and fought in both World Wars, and also defended both the city and country in other conflicts, local, national, and international.
The Armory reflects the protective and stately nature of the Troop. In 1899, the Troop’s Armory at 21st and Ranstead Streets collapsed under heavy snow, necessitating a new structure, designed by one of its own members, in 1900. With various social events and equestrian events for its members, who are still well-connected and members of other social organizations and Philadelphia businesses. The armory is also used year round for various social, political and art events like The Bike Expo, Philly Roller Girls, The Antiques Show, and Fashion Week just to name a few.
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