Welcome to another "Vintage Indie" Hot Spot. Not necessarily vintage, but completely indie! We hope you enjoy the tour and interview with Mew Gallery from Philadelphia PA.
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(photo left, storefront: front entrance of Mew Gallery! featuring "meat" prints by Mike Geno)
When did you open Mew Gallery?
We opened our doors October 2006.
Gallery is many things. is a gallery, a boutique, a community center.
in the past it's been a workshop haven, an event location. currently
it's host to a Philly Fringe Fest performance!
We're mainly a gallery and boutique that houses the works of (mainly) local artists and artisans. everything is hand-crafted by unique individuals, and most items are completely one-of-a-kind. artists either sell their wares on consignment or rent out a little spot in the store and sell them that way.
(photo left, country bath: soap and body cream by Country Bath by Lue, and Scents & Senses. candles by Wix Wax, wall art by Nicole Rae Styer, Alyssa Grenning, Corinda Cook, & Christine Jones, photo right,curiousbird: baby tees & onesies by Curious Bird, Kinked Works, & Rebelle Couture, sock doggie by Tiny Airplanes, horsey and baby blocks by Goo Goo Designs, dollie pillows by Lucy's Vintage, & Eclectic Being Dolls by the Studio at Crow Haven Farm.)
What is your shop address?
906 Christian Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147
(photo left, hybird: various hand-made and vintage finds by Hybird)
What are your hours?
our normal store hours are:
When we have gallery openings (always a Saturday)- we are open until 9pm.
(photo left, tshirts: t-shirt display featuring designs by John Freeborn, Tymbal Art, Ken B. Miller, Rebelle Couture, Anoki Casey)
Do you hold any special events at your store?
As I started to mention above, we do hold different events.
Every 6 weeks we have gallery openings for the rotating exhibits that we host. these are always on a Saturday evening from 5-9pm.
We hold monthly (3rd Friday) Philly Etsy Street Team Meetings. We also hold a monthly event hosted by the Philly Etsy Street Team called "Craftadelphia" that is like an indoor craft fair or trunk show where Philly Etsy crafters sell their wares directly to the customer- these events are always a lot of fun and bring the community together in an intimate setting. We are currently hosting the performance of "Gas" written by Georg Kaiser, directed by Thomas Choinacky and performed by Anthology Project- a Philly Fringe Fest event.
visit www.livearts-fringe.org and www.anthologyproject.org for more info.
the past we've also held workshops including our "Craft Night" which is
a crafting free-for-all, Buttons and Dice- a button-making, dice
rolling event, and more conventional type workshops including gouache
painting techniques, print-making, and a children art workshop.
(left ilikeittoo: various hand-made items(including the popular keyboard pouches) by I Like It Too Too,right,jimhorwat: various prints and paintings by Jim Horwat)
Is shopping indie and small businesses important to you? If so, why?
YES! it's important to support independently owned and small businesses. being that we're so immersed in it ourselves, we know how hard it is to start up and maintain a business, so it's really nice when people are out there supporting each other. It's really important for the economy of the community to have these businesses too- and it makes the community a more interesting place to live and hang out in. who wants to be limited to shopping at Target and Wal-Mart?
We're really just two girls who had a dream of making a place like this happen- we were bored of our office jobs and through doing our own artwork, were inspired and wanted to bring local artists an opportunity and means for getting their work out there while bettering the community and creating an accessible outlet for all of this to happen. Bringing the arts to the consumer and the consumer into the world of the artist- completing the circle in a sense.
Don't live near Philadelphia PA? Visit Mew Gallery online!
(photo left,marleyandme: various jewelry, baby onesies and t-shirts, painted letters, by Marley and Me.)