Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Coming Up for Air

 Cup of the Day #5
Cloud cups by Gwyneth Leech 
Sidetable, Studio on A Bed
Gouache and india ink on cardboard cups
2008 and 2010

Still recuperating from the frenzied art fair week and sorting through the final tally of 150 drawings of family done in my Studio on a Bed in room 490 at the Gershwin Hotel as part of the Pool Art Fair. I am still unpacking - literally and psychologically - but planning to post the drawings in a gallery on my website soon.

Meanwhile, the New York times has today printed an excellent article on the surge of specialty coffee bars opening around New York City - 40 in the last two years. Clearly I have my work cut out for me if I am going to sample them all on my art perambulations around the city! The article includes a full list of the writer's top picks as well as an interactive map. 

I was pleased to see that one of my own favorites is on the list - Birch Coffee opened by Paul Schlader and Jeremy Lyman just four months ago. As well as commendable coffee, they offer an excellent selection of Eco Primer loose leaf teas crafted into tea bags when you order, as well as outrageously tasty grilled paninis which kept us going during an arduous weekend. Birch may be reason enough for Pool Art Fair to return to the Gershwin Hotel next year!

 Latte art at Third Rail
Ashley Gilbertson for The New York Times

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