Each Friday we’re highlighting one of the lovely women in our community by learning about her favorite Chicago places and restaurants, hearing what websites she’s all jazzed about, and gaining some inspiration from destinations she’s dreaming of traveling to next.
It’s 4 x Forth Friday and today we’re talking to Angela Bryant, owner and director of Abryant Gallery!
Places I frequent in Chicago:
1. Artist studio's. Nothing is more interesting than walking through an artists' personal art-making space. Asking someone to do a studio visit and them saying "yes" is like asking a lady if you can snoop through all of the belongings in her purse and her saying "sure". In addition, they provide beverages and snacks for the occasion. 2. Filter is a favorite coffee shop of mine - last summer I went at least once a week! It's filled with creatives that have inconsistent day jobs, massive cups for coffee, and offers decent breakfast and lunch options. It's also filled with like 30 thrift store couches and 60 mix-matched lamps. 3. Art Openings. I usually make it to the important ones at the big name galleries like Kavi Gupta and Rhona Hoffman, but I still delight in the apartment galleries that I get invited to. They move all of their furniture into the one bedroom, clear the floor, put up art, and say "guess what? we're a gallery tonight." (They validate their arty pursuit by playing the weirdest music they can make a playlist out of and a cooler filled with PBR.) 4.Textile Discount Outlet in Pilsen. This place is a massive warehouse full of fabric and accessories. They have lots of modern fabric, some vintage fabric, and some fabric that is in between both genres, but so cheap that you have to buy it all just in case you decided to make an art installation that involves sewing a cozy for a single-family home.
Places I'll go someday:
1. Italy and Paris. It's not necessary for me to explain that I need to go to these places to stand in front of works of art that I've only seen in textbooks and on the interwebs. 2. Iceland. It's Bjork's homeland and therefore my homeland. I'm sure that seeing nature from that location on the earth will change my entire perspective on viewing. 3. Africa. Specifically on a safari. I feel like I should be able to communicate with wild animals through long gazes and telepathy. This will also change my entire perspective on viewing. 4. Outerspace. I'm sure once a space station is established on the moon that is suitable for visitors, we'll have quite a nice chunk of money in savings to finally fulfill a lifelong dream. It's like I told my husband when we were dating, "You know, I'm still planning to live on the moon for a year, but if we stick together and get married I'll change the timeframe from a year to six months." He thought it was a fare compromise.
Best Bites in Chicago:
1. Baker and Nosh was a weekly favorite of mine from November-January. Every Tuesday I would embark on the 10 min walk from my apartment, arrive at 10 am and leave at 5 pm. Staking my claim on the long large island of a table right next to the bakery, my mornings usually started with coffee and a vegetable frittata. Their turkey sandwich with jalapeno cranberry compote is still the best turkey sandwich I've ever eaten. 2. Original Pancake House. It's not fancy, but there's something to be said about fluffy pancakes that are unmatched in taste or texture anywhere else. Perfect for the Saturday that you slept in waaaay too late, woke up starving, decided to put on non-pajamas, and to go to OPH. 3. La Colombe. I always order a Cubano latte, where they put raw sugar in the espresso before they brew it just to take the bitter edge off. 4. I can't decide on the last one so I'll just name Magnolia Cafe, Girl and the Goat, Cafe Spiaggia, and of course Epic Burger...I'm not a snob.
Sites I lurve:
1. My husband does CNN, I do Artslant.com. It keeps me up to date on whatever craziness artists are up to. 2. Autotrader.com. This may seem unlikely, but being from the Motor City, I have always been a car fan. I will definitely own at least one muscle car from the late 60s, but we're currently shopping for an SUV so I'm on this site at least once a day. 3. Trulia.com. We need a house...in our budget...I'm all over this site ALL THE TIME. 4. Buzzfeed.com I've recently been forced to have more down time on my hands than is normal and I find myself truly wanting to know what 80s pop icon I am and which character from Star Trek most represents my personality.
Thank you Angela, we loved hearing about your pics. Filter - what a great spot for getting work done. I just love sinking into those old couches for a few hours of productive work. And these apartment gallery parties you speak of sound like a dream! The Cuban latte is new to me; I'll definitely have to try it next time I'm at La Colombe.