Bambi's World

Posted: June 13, 2007

The hipsters of the underground Fishtown/Kensington art scene all surface at Frankford Avenue's Bambi Gallery, where their mother hen/patron saint, Candace Karch, entertains them with a healthy vegetarian spread at her rollicking first Friday openings and sells their crafts on consignment other times.

On the gallery walls this month (through July 15) is a show of limited edition prints by the local T-shirt art collaborative Outlaw Print Company, plus Roy Lichtenstein-style pulp-novel paintings by Hector Hernandez. In the consignment bins is a dazzling variety of handicrafts: delicate jewelry by Aileen Abercrombie ($55 to $90), pretty slip-dresses and special-occasion undergarments by Nicole Rae Styer (starting at $18), hard-core leather wallets from the Outlaw Print gang ($50 to $80), belts with witty decoupage buckles by Karch herself ($45 to $65), and much more. The quality is high and the prices very reasonable - "Too cheap" says Karch, and she's mostly right.

Gallery hours are limited because of Karch's third vital role in the neighborhood: bartending at the popular Johnny Brenda's.

You can shop Thursdays from 12:30 to 6 p.m., Fridays from 12:30 to 4 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

First Friday openings take place every two months, instead of monthly, so Karche doesn't miss too many Friday night shifts at the bar. *

Bambi Gallery, 1817 Frankford Ave., 215-423-2668. For information on current gallery shows and announcements of upcoming openings, visit www.bambiproject.com.

- Becky Batcha

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