Interview with Locust Moon Comics owner Josh O’Neill

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I have been putting together pictures and video for Locust Moon Comics in order to create a promotional video series for them in exchange for their gallery space for our charity event. I had the pleasure of filming an interview the other day with one of the owners Josh O’Neill (UPenn ’08) for their promotional series, as well as taking some pictures of the store for their own social media uses. Here are some of the pictures I took over the course of the past few weeks.

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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.

We have a date and location for our first event!

We have been testing the waters with various galleries in the Philadelphia area to decide where our first ever charity event will be, and what children’s charity we will be supporting for our first event. We’re delighted to say we’ve narrowed down a date and location. For our first event on April 4, 2013 we will be having it at the West Philly comic shop Locust Moon (time to be announced).

Locust Moon Comics has been operating in West Philadelphia on 34 S. 40th Street since 2009, selling comics, renting sci-fi/fantasy movies, and hosting art events for the local community. They are just one of the too few comic book shops in the Philadelphia area alone, and the only one located in West Philadelphia. A little less than a year ago they had a makeover done on their entire store, adding a gallery space, small press, and reading area. Now they are a thriving comic book shop and gallery that hosts many events with the Philadelphia Cartoonist Society and other illustrators in the area and from around the world. Locust Moon also promotes comics drawn by local illustrators and sell them in their store. They even hold First Friday events every month, and Drink and Draws on Thursday nights. It’s a fitting place for our first charity event.

Now that we have a date and location for our first event, we will be taking artist submissions as of today. Please refer to our submissions page on how to submit to our charity event. If you have any further questions or would like to get involved in some way, please email us at indieartistsforcharity@gmail.com.