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Artful Wishes

September 19, 2019 5:00 - 9:00 pm

121 North Christopher Columbus Boulevard

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Discover the perfect artistic creation!  Make plans now to attend THE art event of the year in the Philadelphia area!!!!

Artful Wishes Art Auction (Silent and Live)
Cherry Street Pier
121 North Columbus Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19106

September 19, 2019, 5-9pm


Artful Wishes is your way to obtain beautiful, one-of-a-kind artworks by local artists and artisans, all in one convenient place!  From watercolors to oil paintings, to thread sculptures, and more, there is sure to be something that will capture your eyes and your heart!  (Probably SEVERAL somethings!!) 


Visitors can peruse and bid at the SILENT AUCTION with the latest bidding technology of GiveSmart from 5 - 8:30 PM.  The LIVE AUCTION  will start at 7 PM with Philadelphia's own Neil Hartman serving as auctioneer!  If you have ever seen Neil in action, you know you are destined for an evening of fun! 


While the auction is open to the public, you won't want to miss the opportunity to purchase VIP tickets!  Only 500 VIP tickets will be sold!!!


Your $50 VIP ticket includes:

  • Hors d'oeuvres and wine or beer
  • Seating for the Live Auction
  • Bidding program
  • Bidding paddle


What better opportunity than this to give a hug to some very special children? And what better place than Philadelphia's new art mecca, the Cherry Street Pier?  This will be an evening filled with fantastic art to fund the magic of wishes!!

Buy your VIP ticket by clicking the BUY VIP TICKETS button above! 


Can't join us?  Please consider making a donation by clicking the donation button in the upper left corner! 


Thank you for your support!!!

Artist Donations

Artist-- Please use the "Donate an Item Now" button above to complete your art donation to the Artful Wishes auction.

In the form, please give a description of your work as well as a brief bio of yourself within the description box.

Calling All Artists!!!!!

Be a part of THE Philadelphia area art event of the year,

Artful Wishes at the Cherry Street Pier to Benefit the kids of Make-A-Wish Philadelphia, Delaware & Susquehanna Valley

Call type: Benefit art auction

Eligibility: All artists, all mediums; see size restrictions and display requirements below

Entry deadline: Friday, September 6, 2019

Artist notification: No later than Thursday, September 12, 2019

Auction date: September 19, 2019

Delivery window: Monday, September 16 - Wednesday, September 18, 11 AM - 7 PM, or by appointment

Did you know that each year over 450 children in our community are diagnosed with critical illnesses? Research shows that children that have wishes granted by Make-A-Wish can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight their illness. But wishes only happen with generous donations and special events that raise the necessary dollars to grant a wish. The average cost of a wish is $11,000.

The goal of Artful Wishes is to provide the funding for at least two of those wishes. Both a silent and live auction will be held at the Cherry Street Pier on September 19, 2019 from 5 - 9 PM. All net proceeds of this event go to support the granting of wishes to Local children with critical illnesses. Corporate sponsors are being sought to support the event itself. A total of 125 works will be selected by the jury for this event.

The silent auction, facilitated by GiveSmart electronic bidding, will start at 5 PM featuring 100 individual artworks. Each work will be displayed with the name of the artist and the name of the piece, and featured on a rotating basis on the huge electronic billboard of the new Cherry Street Pier.

An additional 25 artworks will be selected from call entries to be the centerpiece of the live, Sotheby's style auction with Philadelphia celebrity Neil Hartman beginning at 7 PM. These select 25 works will be prominently displayed as well as featured in the printed brochure given to all VIP auction participants, many of whom are established gallery owners, curators and collectors. Information about the artist will also be included in this printed brochure, affording the artist longer term exposure to area art enthusiasts.

Details to know:

Artful Wishes is open to all artists. All mediums will be considered. All works must be 48" or less in width, and 60" or less in height. All three dimensional works must be able to be displayed in a table area of 2' or less, or on a pedestal provided by the artist of 3' or less. All jewelry and/or other precious works must be displayed under acrylic or similar casing. A limited number of cases are available on a first come, first served basis. If you provide your own, it will be returned to you after the auction.

To Submit Your Artwork, please click on the "Donate an Item Now" button above. This link will take you to a form where you can provide all the details about you and your work. Thank you!

All questions should be referred to event organizer, Carla J Fisher, via email at We thank you in advance for using your talents to help a child's wish come true!

Will You Be a Sponsor?

We need your help to make this event a success!

From the desk of Dennis Heron, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish of Philadelphia, Susquehanna Valley, and Delaware:

Dear Friends:

You are invited to help transform the lives of critically ill children through Artful Wishes, an exciting, innovative art auction at the stunning Cherry Street Pier benefiting Make-A-Wish Philadelphia, Delaware & Susquehanna Valley.

Artful Wishes, organized by fiber artist-in-residence Carla J. Fisher, will take place on September 19, 2019 from 5 to 9pm at the Cherry Street Pier. Cherry Street Pier's reimagined public space fosters community and creativity, providing the perfect event backdrop for Artful Wishes on the Delaware River waterfront.

Each year over 450 children in our community are diagnosed with critical illnesses. The need for wishes is urgent. Events such as Artful Wishes help fund our wish granting program so that every child who needs a wish receives one. Research shows that wishes can play a vital role in a child's treatment journey and provide a source of inspiration for everyone involved. For more info about wish impact visit

Artful Wishes is a unique opportunity for corporate citizens to make a meaningful difference in the life of a child, to be recognized as an integral part of the culture and art community in Philadelphia, and to partner with Philadelphia's newest integration of past and present, the Cherry Street Pier! There are a variety of ways to support the event as represented in the sponsorship guide. Please contact Artful Wishes organizer and artist, Carla J Fisher via email at for more information about ways you can help!

Make-A-Wish is funded entirely by the generosity of businesses like yours, and it takes a community to make wishes come true! Please consider supporting Artful Wishes today by becoming a sponsor. We hope to see you on September 19!


Dennis J. Heron

President & CEO

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Artful Wishes
C/O Make-A-Wish


121 North Christopher Columbus Boulevard

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