Wednesday, June 16, 2010

PCB Announces Storefront on South Street

PCB is pleased to announce that we will have a storefront space on one of Philadelphia's liveliest, most visited streets this summer through the Arts on South program, which loans unrented retail stores on South Street for use as galleries and art spaces. We have been invited to participate by the Philadelphia Magic Gardens and South Street Head House District, who are administering the program.

From July 1 - September 15, we plan to host a variety of events and create a number of opportunities for both our members and the community at large. Our space will host a gallery, a retail store, a reading room, and a work area, to support exhibition openings, workshops for children and adults, artist talks, poetry and artist book readings, member's salons, and many more activities we are yet to plan. Our space, formerly EyeChic Boutique, will be located at 626 South Street, Philadelphia, PA. Please note: our mailing address, P.O. Box 387, has NOT changed. Do not send correspondence to the store address!

To undertake such an amazing task, we have hired Jessica Hoffman to be our gallery and store manager. Jessica recently completed her MFA in Book Arts/Printmaking at the University of the Arts, where her work took the form of artists' books, video, and installation. Jessica worked as a Studio Assistant and Workshop Coordinator for Project Basho, a community photography studio in Philadelphia. She has done conservation internships at both the Wagner Free Institute of Science and the American Philosophical Society, and she was instrumental in supporting the Hybrid Book Fair held last June. Jessica is talented, organized, enthusiastic, and has the full support of the PCB Board in carrying out this project.

As President of PCB, I would like to invite you all to a potluck on Saturday, July 10 from 4:00-7:00pm to view the space, meet Jessica, and mingle with other PCB members. A formal space is something PCB has never had, and something we would like to have in the near future. The Arts on South program allows us to experiment with programming and artist opportunities to see what works for our members and for the organization as a whole. For this experiment to work, we need your participation. Keep an eye out over the next two weeks for more bulletins detailing how you can get involved.

This is such an exciting time for PCB with events, exhibitions, and opportunities coming to us all the time. We appreciate the support and enthusiasm coming from all of our members and friends, and I look forward to speaking with all of you, in person, at our new storefront this summer. If you have any immediate questions, please feel free to contact me directly at

Best wishes,
Amanda D'Amico
President, Philadelphia Center for the Book

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