NEXT Up: Juliana Zipay

Juliana Zipay

Photo courtesy Christian Worthing.

Membership & marketing manager at Silver Eye Center for Photography—and pursuing her M.A. in public management at CMU’s Heinz College—Juliana lives in Lawrenceville with her boyfriend and two cats.

Monday, June 1

I’m really excited that it’s June and the weather is finally cooperating so I will start my day off a couple blocks down the street from where I live in Lawrenceville at Espresso a Mano for my go-to double red eye (two shots of espresso in black coffee). Then I’ll hop on a bus to the South Side to get the week rolling at Silver Eye.

I’ve been itching for some Thai food so for dinner I’ll be going with my boyfriend Christian to Pusadee’s Garden in Lawrenceville for not only the stunning ambience in their garden but also some delicious green curry.

Tuesday, June 2

I will take a late lunch to head down to the South Side Farmer’s Market at 18th and East Carson for some fresh produce. My favorite thing to do in the kitchen is to just see what I can throw together for a meal–and if I can do that with the freshest of ingredients, that’s even better.

On my way back to the gallery, I’ll stop at my absolute favorite place in all of Pittsburgh, Carson Street Deli, where I will mull over which of my two favorite sandwiches to get—either the grilled salmon or the Bourne Farm. Hopefully I’ll also get to catch up with owner Michael Murphy and manager Austin Vanasdale so they can give me some recommendations on the new and delicious craft brews they have in.

Wednesday, June 3

I’ll make sure that our email and social media posts are all scheduled and ready to go out on Thursday morning with our reminder that our current exhibition, A World Imagined, featuring the work of Kelli Connell and Sara Macel, is extended through Saturday, June 13th. On that Saturday as well, we will be having a closing reception for the exhibition with a really exciting talk by curator Leo Hsu and delicious cocktails and spirits provided by Wigle Whiskey.

After work, I will head over to The Allegheny Wine Mixer to meet up with my friends and fellow arts enthusiasts—Stephanie Garrison, education department coordinator for The Andy Warhol Museum, and Sara Ryan, development coordinator at the Society for Contemporary Craft. It’s Pie Night, so it’s bound to be a great time.

Thursday, June 4

By recommendation from our executive director David Oresick, for lunchI’ll stop by Doce Taqueria—which just opened up at 1220 East Carson in May, for what I hear are some amazing tacos.

In the evening, I am heading to the Carnegie Museum of Art to see She Who Tells A Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World, which opened on May 30th. Afterwards, I’ll hop over to The MINE Factory for the opening of Mesh Lab: The Experiments, featuring a solo show by installation and fiber artist Atticus Adams.

Friday, June 5

Weather permitting; I will pick up a bike from the newly launched Pittsburgh Bike Share (the station at 43rd and Butler in Lawrenceville) for a refreshing ride to the South Side. I’ll indulge in an iced coffee from The Beehive before heading into the gallery.

June 5th is an exciting day for Pittsburgh as it is the launch of the 2015 Three Rivers Arts Festival! After work I’ll go downtown and check out the Artist Market first before heading over with my friend Dana to the Dollar Bank Main Stage to see Jenny Lewis. Christian and I might grab a couple of beers at Round Corner Cantina that night while hopefully enjoying a warm, clear summer evening outside.

Saturday, June 6

Christian and I will get up bright and early to head out to K-9 Officer Derek Kotecki Memorial Park in Lower Burrell to watch his nephew hit it out of the park for his tee-ball game, hosted by the Valley Points Family YMCA.

We’ll probably spend the rest of the day hanging out with his amazing family at his sister Kelsey’s house—swimming, catching up and maybe enjoying a fire as the sun sets.

Sunday, June 7

To get ready for the week ahead (and clear our minds from the week behind us), Christian and I might head out to Raccoon Creek State Park, by recommendation of my coworker Erin O’Neill, Silver Eye’s exhibition coordinator and registrar. While there we’ll probably check out the Wildflower Reserve on a hike and maybe rent some kayaks to take out on the lake.

If all else fails, we’ll relax at home with my two cats, Cedric and Luna, drink a couple of Southern Tier Tangiers, and get some quality Netflix time in (also read as: anxiously awaiting season 3 of Orange Is the New Black to stream a week later!).