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.

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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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(The Bridgette Mayer Gallery. Photo provided)

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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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