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Meet Erika Hess, Julia Von Metzsch Ramos and Crislin Meshberg Waldman of Musa Collective in Allston

Today we’d like to introduce you to Erika Hess, Julia Von Metzsch Ramos and Crislin Meshberg Waldman.

Erika, Julia and Crislin, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
The three of us met in graduate school at Boston University in 2008. After graduation, we went our separate ways but continued to paint and kept in touch. In 2015 we were all back in the city of Boston and a dialogue began around the idea of community, painting and how we could hold space for artists in Boston. We decided to open a space dedicated to exhibiting artists whose work we responded to and to host monthly artist talks.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Overall we are lucky in that it has been a pretty smooth journey thus far. We started out attempting to balance being organized with being loose enough so we could “edit” as we learned through experience. We are coming up on our one year anniversary this January and we are beginning to explore how to engage even more with the Boston community.

Please tell us about Musa Collective.
We are an artist collective in Boston composed of thirteen local artists. Each month we highlight an artist in the collective to exhibit their work and discuss their process. We are proud of the dedication our members have to the process of making art and sharing it with the community. In many ways, what sets us apart unites us with many other creative individuals; the desire to connect and share our work. So many artists hope to have gallery representation and while there are a ton of awesome galleries out there, they can only exhibit so many artists. We decided to take the reigns and open an exhibition space that is artist-run and therefore can adapt to the needs of the artist.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
Started the space sooner! It’s been such a great experience we really wish that we would have jumped in sooner.

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