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Erica Palan for Philadelphia Weekly
March 30, 2010

“The Souvenir Shop”

Another month, another major arts conference. So goes the spring in Philadelphia. April brings the National Council on Education for the Ceramics Arts (NCECA). Opening on First Friday, “The Souvenir Shop” is one of nearly 100 ceramics-based exhibits going up around the city in conjunction with the conference.

The show explores souvenirs’ unusual mix of nostalgia with consumption. Featuring pieces from local and national artists, the show is an especially good fit for Art Star’s funky DIY mission.

“I love that as part of the conference, attendees from all over the country will come in to see this show and be able to purchase souvenirs that tie NCECA, Philadelphia and ceramics together,” says co-owner Megan Brewster, who has a degree in ceramics and worked for five years at The Clay Studio, NCECA’s local producer.

Notable pieces in this show include Stephen Kent’s porcelain magnets and Amy Santoferraro’s Fishtown fish.

6-9pm. Through April 25. Art Star, 623 N. Second St. 215.238.1557.