Calling all artists!

We are now taking submissions for the first Independent Artists for Charity event at Locust Moon Comics on April 4th! If you would like a chance to show your work in a gallery and help to raise money for a good cause, please submit your artwork to us. We will accept all styles of artwork, from abstract to sculpture, from illustration to printmaking. Any artist can submit a maximum of five pieces of artwork per event. While submitting you can send pictures of more than five pieces of artwork, but please know (just to be fair for everyone) only five will be accepted into the show per artist.  All submissions must in be original, complete works of art. The artwork can be in any medium (except media related), and you must email us at with a picture of or link to the work(s) that you plan to submit one week prior to the event (deadline to submit is March 28th).We WILL NOT be accepting walk ins with artwork. You must contact us via email one week before the event if you are planning to submit. 

If an artist sells their work at our event, they will receive a percentage no less than 40% of the original asking price. The rest will be given to the charity we will be supporting at the event, Jumpstart. Independent Artists for Charity is not taking any of the money that is made from artists’ work for our own benefit or to fund future events. Locust Moon will also not be taking a gallery commission for any artwork sold at this event.

Please note that once your work has been accepted, you will be required to frame your work for the gallery show and sign a waiver giving IAC permission to show your work at Locust Moon Comics. Framed artwork tends to sell better in a gallery, and makes you look more professional as an artist. Your adjusted price for your artwork may include the frame. All approved framed artwork will be delivered to Caroline Boyd by April 3rd (delivery of said artwork will be discussed via email). 

If you have any other questions please contact us via Facebook or email.



Visit the Parkway with the family on St. Patrick’s Day weekend

Many people see St. Patrick’s Day and the weekend before it an excuse to go drink in an Irish bar, get drunk, and…..well that’s pretty much it. But the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Barnes Foundation have some family friendly activities planned during the day to keep you and your family busy (and away from those having a bit too much fun).

 The Philadelphia Museum of Art is hosting a Harry Potter themed Scavenger Hunt on March 16 beginning at 2pm. Search for themes and characters from the magical world in art hanging in the galleries, and enchanted objects from the Harry Potter series. (This scavenger hunt is not an addition to or variation of Harry’s adventures, but instead references to the books will provide a bridge to wonderful works of art). Children ages 10 and up must be accompanied by an adult. The price for the scavenger hunt is $30 for children, $36 for adults (which includes admission to the museum). If you or a loved one is a Harry Potter fan, you don’t want to miss out. The Philadelphia Museum of Art also has an entire Sunday planned for you and your children full of family friendly activities. Beginning at 10:15am, there is an Early Bird Read and Look that meets in the West Lobby (recommended age group 3-5). Preschoolers and their parents can enjoy picture books and art projects in the galleries of the museum. (Tickets are free with admission, but you do need to reserve them when you enter the museum). From 11am to 2pm there is a Medieval Art Stop in the Great Stair Hall Balcony, where children who love history can learn the secrets behind making armor, stained glass, masonry, and painted panels. (Free with admission). There are also two family tours of the museum beginning at 11:30am. The Family Gallery Tour (recommended age group 6-10) covers the Modern Marvels of the museum, and the Tours for Tots (recommended age 3-5) is a moving tour of the museum, complete with arts and crafts, hands on activities, and designed for preschoolers and their families. Both tours meet in the West Lobby at the Family Cart, and you do need to reserve your free tickets when you enter the museum. And from 12pm to 3pm, families can meet in Gallery 169 for Drawing Together (all ages) to test out their drawing skills or just have some fun. Artists on hand will provide art supplies for you to doodle or create a masterpiece for the fridge.

The Barnes Foundation also has family friendly events on March 16th and 17th. Artsee Activities are fun arts and crafts sessions that will teach your children how to make friendship key bracelets, designing a bag, and assembling an “unlock the mystery” storybook. The Saturday, March 16th session is from 11am to 1pm, and the Sunday, March 17th session is from 1pm to 3pm. Tickets can be bought at the admissions desk. If you have time, take a stroll around the museum as well.

All in all, you can make a full weekend for the family with any of these activities. Get your kids interested in art and culture early, that appreciation lasts a lifetime.

Retrofit Comics One Year Anniversary

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of being photographer and videographer for a one year anniversary of Retrofit comics, an independent group of illustrators who created a slew of comics and pieces for a gallery showing at Locust Moon Comics in West Philadelphia. These independent artists gathered together to promote their own work in comics and add to the Philadelphia art scene. Locust Moon even sells some of the Retrofit comics in their store. Here are a few pictures I took from that evening.

-Caroline Boyd

Graffiti or Art? Both Seem to Coexist in South Philadelphia

Philadelphia is well known as the mural capital of the world, housing over one thousand murals throughout the city. The Mural Arts program began as the Philadelphia Anti Graffiti Network in 1984, and has since successfully combatted the graffiti problem all over Philadelphia. The Mural Arts program helped artists create a name for themselves by immortalizing their art on walls and leaving their own distinct mark on the city. By influencing these artists to use their creative vision on blank walls in Philadelphia, it gave many sketchy neighborhoods a feeling of unity and artistry. Not to mention the value the murals add to whatever building or wall they are depicted upon.


There are quite a few murals in South Philadelphia, the Magic Garden on South Street being one of the most prominent and well known. Also a few murals off of East Passyunk, and down by the Schuykill Expressway. You can even find some murals just walking down Snyder or one of the other main streets in South Philadelphia. However, in the huge chunk of residential buildings in the entirety of South Philadelphia, there are a few walls that are not big enough for such majestic murals, and have begun to generate graffiti of all shapes and sizes. Some graffiti is just the simple, illustrious tags, but others are on a much grander scale.


Many people of the Philadelphia community find graffiti a troublesome issue. After all, graffiti tags are ugly, and most artwork created by spray paint is not considered art at all. Merely a mark left by a struggling artist on someone else’s property. However most graffiti in South Philadelphia (at least the artistic ones) are left on buildings that are abandoned, or community buildings that just have a blank wall they would like to fill. The Mural Arts Program only makes a few murals a year throughout the city, and they have to go through the process of finding the right artist and project for the right blank wall, not to mention finding funding and community support for such a mural. It can be a tiresome process, one that many people hoping to reach out simply do not have to time to go through, or don’t know where to start. But if a graffiti artist happens to make his or her mark on a blank wall that a person was looking to fill anyway with some sort of paint, and it adds culture to the area, and saves the Mural Arts Program money and hard labor. Tags that are made with one stroke of spray paint should not count as graffiti, but as someone crying out for attention. But if a tag is created with enough artistry and integrity, why shouldn’t it be left up and enjoyed by the community?

A good portion of graffiti in Philadelphia is done on big pieces of stickers that can be printed at any Kinko’s, and slapped on any wall the artist likes. The stickers come down with time from weather and wear, and don’t bother anyone in particular. If a graffiti sticker offends someone, they rip it down, with little if any damage to the building. This, well not new, but safer way to create graffiti is less offensive to property owners, and doesn’t really cost them anything to remove. With the exception of a little labor to take the sticker off the building. And really, who doesn’t like free art that doesn’t last anyway?

The moral of this article is, in a way, to forgive those graffiti artists that are trying to brighten the somewhat gritty areas of South Philly. An artist must create, otherwise what good is s/he? Letting a few artists vent in this slowly recovering economy and bring some culture to the community isn’t a bad thing. Being open to the new ways graffiti artists try to better South Philadelphia will help the entire area flourish. By all means take small graffiti tags down, but leave the real art up for all to see. And if you can’t see it my way, think about this: you can’t argue it doesn’t add some tourism through the Graffiti Tours of Philadelphia.