On Monday, February 13th the WNYBAC crew took a short break from Buffalo and headed to Rochester for the day. We had three destinations in mind: The Printing & Book Arts Center, Pistachio Press, and the Cary Graphic Arts Collection at R.I.T.
Our first stop was The Printing & Book Arts Center at the Genesee Center for the Arts and Education. The hospitable Janice Gouldthrope generously took time out of her day to show us around their expanding studio.
Our second stop was the beautiful Pistachio Press. Many notes were taken as we perused their well organized and smartly curated gift shop, full of adorable and well-crafted handmade items. The friendly and knowledgeable Eric Kunsman, owner of Booksmart, gave us a tour of the space.
Our final stop was the Cary Graphic Arts Collection at Rochester Institute of Technology. Curators Stephen Galbraith and Amelia Hugill-Fontanel were incredibly knowledgeable and showed us countless awe-inspiring items, from a folio out of the Gutenberg Bible to the smallest book in their collection.
WNYBAC's trip to Rochester was an energizing and inspiring experience. We're motivated to bring some fresh ideas to the table and to stock our shop with even more locally-made merchandise!