by Patrick Bilow
Among the bouquets she was preparing to sell, Cookie Cilibti, the owner of Betty Ann's Italian Market Florist, kept a disco light from Casanova Music Center in her store last week. "I love this project," Cilibti said. "My customers are confused when they see the disco light, but I like explaining to them what 9th Street Stock Exchange is all about."
The art exhibit, funded by the Mural Arts Program, is a rotation of products among eight different businesses within the Italian Market on 9th Street near Christian in Bella Vista. Jon Rubin, a South Philadelphia-based artist, and Theresa Rose, the project curator and a 1998 art education alumna, introduced the exhibit to the market in mid-October.