Tackling the job of hanging my prints in the SVA gallery was my morning objective. Each one of the residency students was allotted eight feet to hang their work, and given access to a ladder, a level, and hanging tape. After practicing my layout on the floor, I stared at my prints for a good 20 minutes before finally coming up with my game plan. Thank God for levels—less than 30 minutes later, all 5 prints were on the wall and straight, too.
After my final critique I met up with Mom, Dad, and Natalie for a walk to Battery Park, which meant we walked south instead of north along the Hudson. What have I been doing running north this entire last month!? I guess I turned into a creature of habit. Anyway, there are beautiful gardens and parks the whole way down and lots of community activities like tennis and basketball courts, pool tables, chess tables, and an adorable children’s garden. It’s a gorgeous area!
Our walking destination was Gigino Trattoria, a Mediterranean Italian place with a patio that opens up onto a great view of the water. I wouldn’t recommend going if you’re in any kind of hurry, but the food was fresh and good.
Walking back to the apartment, we all got around for the SVA show, meeting Robb there right at 6:00 so he could make it to his final work event immediately after. Not only was it really rewarding to see everyone’s best work displayed together in one place, but I was lucky to have an enthusiastic group of supporters. Of course, all five Eastman’s were in attendance, and my amazing Aunt Ginny, who took the train from her home in Connecticut to surprise me, soon joined us. Aunt Ginny is another one of my relatives whom I have not had the chance to see since my last time at the Lake in Pennsylvania over ten years ago; it was especially good to see her!
The lovely Jessica Wheeler was also kind enough to drop in for a little tour of the gallery. The Wheeler sisters are both in NYC for a long weekend, and Jess was able to rearrange her schedule a bit to be able to come.
Adrienne Sherman, and Haley and Ramsey March (Charlotte’s parents) were my final supporters, coming first to the show and then joining us for dinner at Via Della Pace. The vibe, food, and décor at this Italian restaurant was very fun (exposed brick, lots of candles, staffed by real Italians), but the company was even better! It was the perfect way to celebrate the completion of my program.