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Art Show Openings

First Monday “El Baile de Colores”

Monday, November 3, 5 – 7 p.m. Gold Standard Café, 48th & Baltimore Avenue
The Gold Standard Cafe will be hosting the exhibit “El Baile de Colores” (or “The Dance of Colors”), featuring the art of Dora Ficher, throughout the months of November and December. Ms Ficher, who comes to Philadelphia from Argentina, via St. Louis, was raised in an extended family of musicians, but an aunt taught her how to paint and now she prefers to work in the realm of sight rather than sound. Her medium is called encaustic and it results in extremely vivid, three-dimensional, colorful creations.

Ms Ficher spent nearly twenty years teaching art. As you can see when you view her work, the innocence, freshness, and unique quality of children’s art inspires her to this day. She also draws deeply from her imagination and her experiences from growing up in such a colorful and dynamic city as Buenos Aires. Like a child, her color palette as bold as her final products are beautiful. Unlike a child, she can use a blowtorch to fuse her concepts together! (Encaustic design uses hot wax, instead of paint.) If that’s not bold, we don’t know what is.

You are invited to meet Ms Ficher at the show’s opening at the Gold Standard on Monday, November 3rd, between 5 and 7 p.m. The pieces on display will also be on sale. Her works can be viewed or previewed at any time at her website,, which features traditional hang-on-the-wall type art, and, where you discover how to use her colorful artwork to brighten all areas of your houme. (Check out the shower curtain!)

First Friday First Members’ Show

Friday, November 7, 6 – 9 p.m. Gush Gallery, 5015 Baltimore Avenue
Be sure to come to our next First Friday event! The talented members of our gallery are exhibiting their work for the month of November and the opening will be a blast! As always we will have delicious drinks and snacks. If you’re interest in becoming a member of the gallery, please chexk our website!

Stroll the Avenue.

The Baltimore Avenue Business Association, (BABA), represents the businesses along the vibrant Baltimore Avenue corridor in University City, West Philadelphia. All of the businesses are easily reached by taking the Green Line 34 Trolley or by following the bike paths. You can, of course, walk or drive.

This business corridor serves the diverse West Philly community which cuts across several neighborhood associations: Cedar Park, Garden Court and Spruce Hill. The heart of the community, of course, is beloved Clark Park where everyone can be seen at one time or another. Young or old, families, students, business people, anarchists, artists, musicians and their 4-legged friends all relax and play at the park. And twice a week, the Clark Park Farmers Market is jammed with people buying fresh farm produce.

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