The Painted Bride Art Center is presenting “Divine Women, Divine Work,” a festival to feature the work and art of emerging female artists in the Philadelphia area.
A mix of music, dance, theater, poetry, visual arts and film screening will be included in the three-day festival.
The double-bill performance format will allow visitors to experience a combination of art forms.
A dance by Pasion y Arte, a Philadelphia-based flamenco company, will be performed to pieces put together by Philadelphia musicians.
“Philadelphia is diverse, and the Painted Bride Center aims to represent this diversity in the gallery,” said Painted Bride Associate Director Lisa Nelson-Haynes. “We always have eyes and ears open to what’s new on the arts scene, and ‘Divine Women, Divine Work’ will be presenting some of the most impassioned performers out there.”
In addition, the workshops offered by several of the artists will provide audiences with an incredible insight into the process of creating art.
Internationally-known musicians, Ursula Rucker and Lady Alma, will participate in the festival.
Although they haven’t received exposure in the United States, both musicians have huge followings in Europe.
Rucker, a Temple graduate, combines poetry, hip-hop, jazz and soul to create a unique blend. She has previously collaborated with The Roots.
The Philadelphia Inquirer described Rucker’s work as “portraits of street life with a punch of a musically endowed Eric Bogoson monologue.”
Nu-Soul songstress Lady Alma is known for her extensive vocal range. Philadelphia Weekly describes her voice like a “roller coaster, dipping, then racing to the top. She can scat like Lois Armstrong.”
“Women Holler!” carries the visual arts segment with an exhibit of artists’ ages ranging from 23 to 60.
Philadelphia filmmaker Maouri Holmes will present the works of women film and video makers from the nation.
“Divine Women, Divine Work” will allow Temple students to learn about different forms of performance as well as the city of Philadelphia,” Nelson-Haynes said. “Students have to get off campus to get a sense of what the city is about, the festival is a chance to do this.”
The festival begins Oct. 17 with a free opening reception featuring the music of Philadelphia-based guitarist Mi’chel.
The Painted Bride Art Center is located at 420 Vine St. Exhibit tickets range from $10-$15. For more information, visit https://www.paintedbride.org.
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