Muse Gallery turns 40! Center For Creative Works Holiday Art Fair at the Rotunda, and ILL DOOTS plays Fringe Arts on New Years Eve

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Muse Gallery was begun by women, as a gallery for women, to show women’s art. Muse is now 40 years old as a project and gallery! They are celebrating with a 40th Anniversary Group Exhibit with all works on sale for $40! Many congratulations and well wishes to this great women’s project (now accepting men as well) that’s been doing good work for artists for so many years!

Muse Gallery in Old City invites you to MUSE @40, our 40th Anniversary Group Exhibition. The exhibition opens on November 29 and runs through December 31, 2017.

The Gallery will present small works in oil, acrylic, watercolor, print, photography, mixed media and sculpture. Our talented members, past and present, are donating these select works to create a unique opportunity to purchase 8” x 8” artwork for $40 each. Art lovers can support the gallery and fund new initiatives by adding to their collections.

Please join us for:
First Friday December 1 from 5 – 8 pm
Artist Reception December 10 from 1 – 5 pm.

At the December 10th reception, current and past members welcome the public to celebrate the gallery’s longevity and it’s value to Philadelphia’s vibrant artisticcommunity.

In 1977, 60% of students in American art schools were women. Only 2% of these trained artists showed their work in galleries. That year Muse Gallery opened its doors as Philadelphia’s only professional women’s art gallery, and it was also the first women’s co-operative gallery. It was organized by Judith Stein, Patricia Meilman and a core group of nine professional artists. There are now 21 artist members.

Muse Gallery has always provided support to its members. Women artists would have freedom to create without the pressure to sell. Although Muse Gallery continues to have a strong feminist point of view, it now accepts men as equal members.

The Muse gallery continues to value the same ideals as it did at its inception. Its members have an opportunity to exhibit in an open and supportive environment. We encourage dialogue through monthly meetings, critiques, as well as group and individual shows. It is also a place where people form lasting friendships and make important connections with other artists. Muse offered women the opportunity to shine and still does after 40 years.

Painting by Mary T. Bevlock, Center for Creative Works
Painting by Mary T. Bevlock, Center for Creative Works

Here’s another worthy Holiday Art Fair you should know about – Center for Creative Works and Friends at the Rotunda, Wed. Dec. 6, 4 – 9 PM

HOLIDAY ART FAIR: Center for Creative Works and Friends
The Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Wednesday, December 6th, 4-9pm

Center for Creative Works is excited to host our first Holiday Sale event in Philadelphia. Holiday Art Fair: Center for Creative Works and Friends is a combination art sale, concert, and fashion show. Featuring talented artists from CCW and the local Philadelphia arts community. Shop for comics, t-shirts, drawings, paintings, ceramics, clothing, prints, and much more! Artist vendors include Owen Ahearn-Browning, Anna McGlynn, Dog-Pasta, E.Rega, Julia Sallamack, Leks Kamihira, Ken McNelis, Lydia Thompson, Mary T. Bevlock, Nick Norman, Scott Porcelli, Thomas Lampion, Tim Eads, Vinetta Miller, Wendy Moreno, and Heather Walker.

Musical performances will feature CCW musicians with Pop! Pop! Pop! Records, CCW’s own recording studio and music label. Performances by Bert Harris, Cassie Flanagan, Dan Celano, Doug Hirlinger, Kymberly Krapinski, Olubunmi Ojo, Owen Ahearn-Browning, Paul Giess, Tamisha Williams, Timothy O’Donovan, and Tricia Holub.

The event will also be the premiere of garments and bags created throughout the project Allies in Art, a collaboration with artist/designer Tim Eads and CCW artists Lydia Thompson, Jacob Berger, and Mary T. Bevlock. The work will be modeled on the catwalk, accompanied by the Pop! Pop! Pop! Records house band.

Stop by to do your holiday shopping, enjoy some great music, meet the artists, learn more about our program, and see some great new fashions!

About Center for Creative Works:

CCW grew from the Lower Merion Vocational Training Center, which was founded, by Resources for Human Development, in 1972. LMVTC followed a sheltered workshop model, in which participants do traditional vocational contract work, like stuffing envelopes and shredding paper. Transforming into an arts program in 2010, CCW became a place for participants to explore creative ways to earn money, express themselves, engage with and contribute to their communities, and build artistic skills.

Through exhibiting and selling artwork, working on contract design jobs, and developing products, artists are able develop creative identities in the community – and a sense of independence – while developing sophisticated aesthetic sensibilities. 60% of fine art sales go directly to artists, and design work is commissioned. For more information, visit the Center for Creative Works website.


Carl(os) Roa told you about the band, ILL DOOTS, in his recent post. We learned that ILL DOOTS will play the New Year’s Eve party at Fringe Arts!  Want to support? Tickets available at Fringe Arts website.

New Year’s Funkin’ Eve
Ill Doots & DJ Dame Luz

Dance your way into 2018!

140 N. Columbus Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA + Google Map

Cash bar and late night menu available at La Peg all night (pay-as-you-go). This party is 21+ only.
$49 general / $34.30 members
$35 students and ages 21-25