Artists and Events

2nd Thursday Art Openings:
"the future is now, the past just happened."
New and old work about new and old things by Jeremy Edwin Smith
September 8th-October 7th
opening reception: Thursday September 8th 6-10pm

2nd Thursday Art Openings:
Katie VanVliet presents a custom installation:
"The Only Reason I'm Still on The Pill is for this Art Project"
birth control pills, blister packs, spray paint
2006-2011 ongoing
opening reception: Thursday June 9th 6-10pm
show runs through July 30th
pictured below: The Golden Mean

2nd Thursday Art Openings: 1st bi-monthly event!
opening reception: Thursday April 14th from 6-10
in "OVERHEADUNDERFOOT" Susan Crawford presents her graphic take on local flora and fauna. Nuthatches, Owl, Birch, and Pitcher Plants will happily reside upon the Tea Room wall through May 27th and officially starts the new two month showing cycle of art openings.
2nd Thursday Art Openings
Ancient Agency: Fonts on Found Objects by Heidi Tullmann
February 10th-27th
Opening Reception: Thursday the 10th from 6-10

2nd Thursday Art Opening: Figural Folk
January 13th-28th
Large figural ceramics by N.O. Brown compliment Smoking Masks by Janet Fitch

2nd Thursday Art Openings
(“Thrown to the Dogs”)
December 9th-28th Opening Reception: Thursday November 9th from 6-10

Vulgarity is a catalyst. A group of young artists answer the siren call of the concept, reacting and responding to the idea and execution of vulgarity in contemporary media.

This collaboration, LIVRÉ AUX CHIENS! (“Thrown to the Dogs”) presents a visual commentary on the idea(s) of vulgarity, saturation of media, and shock value by contemporary entertainment forms such as television advertisements and favored art forms. The purpose of this multi-medium exhibition is to bring attention to an array of contemporary media issues and spark discussion among its viewers.

The artists contributing their work are college-aged individuals eagerly making their way into the Philadelphia art scene. These fresh and enthusiastic artists aim to bring light unto important and very accessible portions of our media-saturated world. The artists include recent college graduates and current students: Jonathan Weary, David Barnhart, Eric Preisendanz, Sean Favre, Alexis Kaczka, Kathryn Gronsbell, Sophia Mariano, and Kylie Thompson. Contributing written work is Philly zine writer Katie Haegele. The show is being curated by Brittany Schrum.

2nd Thursday Art Openings
"Un Spectacle De Mains: A Show of Hands"
a collection of contemporary tintypes by Tyler Scaife
November 11th-26th Opening Reception: Thursday November 11th from 6-10
This October the Tea Room is a satellite space for POST (Philadelphia Open Studio Tours).
We will be representing the botanically inspired prints of Maryfran Cardamone. The Opening Receptions are Saturday October 9th and 10th from 12-6PM. The show will continue through October 29th.

2nd Thursday Art Openings
Don't Feed the Birds
paintings by Kristin Graettinger
September 9th-24th
opening reception Thursday September 9th from 6-10
Don't feed the Birds features fowl paintings on found materials. Kristin Graettinger supplies our eyes with owls, chicken, roosters and pigeon, thoughtfully painted on scraps of wood.
2nd Thursday Art Openings
Triple Exposure: the photography of John Schenk
May 13th-28th
opening reception Thursday May 13th from 6-9

Though he's mostly known for his contributions to the world of the local electronic music scene, John Schenk has been immersed in the world of photography for the last 12 years. Using a traditional Canon point-and-shoot film camera (not digital), John's photographs serve as ethereal narratives, telling their life stories from his unique perspective.

This month, we will be presenting our expanded menu that includes a new selection of herbs, and a new herbal beverage. Normally, we are closed on Mondays. However, we will be opening our doors the evening of Monday, March 15th to celebrate The Ides of March with a special live music performance and terrarium demonstration. Additionally, free samples of our newest beverage and snacks will be available for all. Details are as follows:

  • Monday, March 15th, 2010
  • Doors open at 7 p.m.
  • No Cover
  • This is a BYOB event!
Local Bluegrass Favorites!

Keystone Mountain Boys
Based here in Northern Liberties, the Keystone Mountain Boys are a bluegrass quartet who perform their inspired take on traditional old-timey music. Please join us for this very special music performance. Song samples and additional information about the Keystone Mountain Boys can be found here.

A terrarium demonstration with...

Lord Whimsy

Botanist, preservationist, suave author and unofficial Guardian of The Pine Barrens will be demonstrating how to make and maintain your own terrarium for the home. More information on Lord Whimsy can be found here.

New Beverage Alert!

Hot Damn!
Made with elderberry, licorice root, freshly ground ginger (and a dash of cayenne for good measure), this sweet-n-spicy concoction is ideal for aiding with circulation, throat maintenance and general immune system boosting. Free samples will be available throughout the evening, and will be available on our menu thereafter.

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2nd Thursday Art Openings
Cowboy Poetry Gathering
Photographs by Harvey Stern
Thursday April 8th from 6-9pm


March Art Showcase • Ceramics and Paintings
Borrowed Home • Closing Reception Party • Friday April 2nd, 6 PM til 9 PM

Borrowed Home is a collaborative effort by ceramicists Heather Ossandon
, Kimberly Sheldon and painter Mollie Sheridan. Each body of work tells a unique story of each artist's individual concept of home.
2nd Thursday Art Openings
The Details-A collection of works by Nicole Michaud
Thursday January 14th-29th
Opening reception January 14th from 6-9

Raised in New Hampshire, Nicole Michaud has been a Philadelphia resident for over six years and currently studies painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Prior to her current stint at PAFA, she modestly claims to have been merely "dabbling" in various mediums for the last 15 years.

We're delighted to be featuring Ms. Michaud's first-ever exhibit of paintings, ink & pencil drawings and photographs for this month's featured art work at The Random Tea Room.

2nd Thursday Art Openings
See Where It Goes
The Photography of Gavin DiRusso
Thursday December 10th from 6-9pmGavin DiRusso earned his degree in Mechanical Engineering at Drexel University. Soon thereafter, he assisted in spearheading the Green Roof Division of the locally-based, environmentally-friendly architecture and design firm, Onion Flats .

All the while, his hobbyist photographer urges were rear mulling, and he found himself taking and stockpiling numerous photographs over the years. Specifically, photos of Philadelphia's iconic architecture, the city's random urban decay and the various BMX bike crews in Love Park. At the insistence of his peers, he found himself putting together a series of his finest photos.

d Thursday Art Openings at the Random Tea Room
'The best of the sketch book reporter....2007-2008'
Thursday, November 12th-27th
Opening Reception on the 12th from 6-9PM
The Sketch Book Reporter documents live events and people in the Philadelphia area and beyond. Like a court room artist but free to sketch the happenings around every corner.
Documenting piece by the piece of the world around us.
The Center for Emerging Visual Artists
is pleased to
bring you the 10th Annual Philadelphia Open Studio Tours.
oin us at The Tea Room as we represent local artist
Nan Kruzik
with her show "Tower Figures"in this fun POST event.
2nd Thursday Art Openings at the Random Tea Room
Meanderings by Margaux Kent & Katie Marlowe
September 10th - 25th
Opening Reception September 10th from 6-9

2nd Thursday Art Opening
Annie Bortnick's Original Oils
Thursday August 13th-28th
Opening Reception August 13th from 6-9

2nd Thursday Art Opening
A Short Story: small works by Ali Williams
Thursday July 9th - 24th
Opening Reception on July 9th from 6-9
"The Day After" 2nd Thursday Art Opening
Some People, Some Places: New Pictures by Mike McJilton
Thursday June 11th -30th
Opening Reception Friday June 12th from 6-9-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

2nd Thursday Art Opening:
Disorders of Fantasy, the art of Mitchell Landsman
Thursday May 14th-29th, Opening from 6-9PM