EMILY CUCALON AND MARIANNE DAGES opening reception last Thursday at the Print and Picture Collection Gallery at the Free Library of Philadelphia.
My lovely fellow book and paper enthusiast, Elizabeth, and I headed up to Philly on Thursday afternoon for the opening of my exhibition. While we were there, I made some awesome printmaker friends who gave us the inside scoop on the printing scene in Philly.
New friend Catherine made us this list of important things not to miss. It was well loved though our site seeing on Friday. We followed it place to place and took some detours to follow suggestions from other printers we met along the way.
But first we stopped for coffee. Of course. Every good adventure starts with good coffee.
After we were properly caffeinated, we set out to Second State Press where one of their Fob Holders showed us around and recommend us to Space 1026, where we were instructed to "ring the bell and WAIT". We did. And someone let us in and disappeared. So we poked around and I left them a note to say "Hi". We tiptoed out the front door, not sure if everyone was sleeping before their First Friday exhibition in a few hours (I know that's what I would be doing), or just hiding away behind closed studio doors. But it was such a cool space, with piles of inky containers, display racks of zines, and a chartreuse velvet couch in their gallery space. This is one of those spaces where only cool things could happen.
Burgers from Village Whiskey and then back to Capogiro for gelato. This was definitely the best gelato I've had outside of Italy. And, as it turns out, was rated one of the Top 10 places to eat ice cream in the world. Also, one of my favorite gelaterie in Florence also made the list. This sounds like a new challenge since I only have 8 to go!
After we couldn't eat anything more, we headed over to Catharine's studio and she graciously gave us a tour of BYO Print, down the hall from her space.
A cappuccino for the road from the Italian Market, and it was back to Bmore for us.