PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Ten years ago, Bridgette Mayer had an idea: open up her own gallery and show young artists.
“I decided to really focus on young artists who are stepping out of graduate school and give them a professional, serious space to show in,” she tells KYW Newsradio.
And after living in San Francisco, Taiwan, and New York, she decided to open the Bridgette Mayer Gallery in Philadelphia!
“After living in New York, I just felt that Philadelphia was more the type of city that I wanted to be in,” she says. “I really love the history of the city. There are a lot of emerging artists working in the city. There was a really nice hotbed of talent.”
Ten years later, her gallery — in a hundreds-year-old building at 709 Walnut Street in center city — has undergone a grand expansion.
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Mayer recalls when she first knew Philadelphia would be great:
“I was talking to a cab driver who was a collector of prints. I opened up the portfolio and showed him the works, which were by a wonderful Philadelphia artist, Calvin Jones, and he ended up buying the watercolors. That’s a good sign. If I can sell art to a cab driver in the city, I’m gonna do big things here!”
That’s “Positively Philadelphia!”
Reported by Lauren Lipton, KYW Newsradio 1060