This year, Sachi and I attended the Southern Graphics Council in Philadelphia. It was both of our first times at SGC and Philadelphia at the same time, so we were excited and a bit unsure of what to expect for the trip. For example, arriving with coats, scarves, umbrellas, and boots on a very warm and clear Thursday morning (it *did* get plenty cold the next day). So, after a red-eye, we arrived around 6am Thursday. Once we left our luggage at the Loews hotel, we had until 2pm to check in, which was the plan as we were to spend the day walking around Philly and seeing the sights! Of course, a stop at Dunkin’ Donuts to regroup and plan it out was necesary (and a nice change from the drive by Starbucks of L.A.) First stop was the Independence Hall and Liberty Bell.
Our next stop was the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts, one of the largest nonprofit conservation centers in the country. It is always amazing to see conservation studios at work in person, and here we were able to see and learn how the very thin kozo papers were being used, as well as how important the fibers are.
Conservationist Minah showed us a river route to walk to our next destination, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, luckily the nice weather continued on. The museum was hard to miss, we saw it looming ahead 15 minutes before we arrived. We first went to the Perelman Building across the street and met with the head of paper conservation, Nancy Ash, and Scott. The conservation department recently moved to this building, which provided more space and growth. I couldn’t help but to think what a great city it must be to work as a conservator.
After we checked out the exhibitions at the Perelman Building, it was time to tackle the large Philadelphia Museum of Art, which was having a “Picasso and the Avant-Garde in Paris” exhibition, along with the Philagrafika: Works by Oscar Muñoz and Tabaimo.
Outside the museum and throughout the city, cherry blossoms & other spring trees were in bloom. The sculpture garden outside the west entrance was also featuring Isamu Noguchi.
Once back and after a quick rest in our hotel room, we were in the Millenium Ballroom setting up for the Vendors Fair portion of the conference. With three tables and our display board, we were able to spread our sample books this time. Travelling around the country to attend these conferences for us means that people are able to see and feel our papers in person.
The next day was the fair from 9am to 6pm, and it opened with a rush of attendants early on. It was a busy morning, and with our conference specials (20% off, free shipping, no tax) and sample packs, we definitely felt productive! We also gave an art sample pack to the Gamblin booth, who demonstrated their oil painting tools with the sheets throughout the day. Our Gampi sample packs, Paperwood, and VF papyrus were a hit with shoppers.
Our last night there, we made sure to ride (or sneak) into the highest floor of the hotel, it sure is another world stepping out into the streets of Philly at night.
We had a wonderful time, see you in St. Louis for SGC 2011!