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.READ MORE: Damian Lillard Wants To Play With Philadelphia 76ers Guard Ben Simmons: Report
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
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