The Jaffe Center for Book Arts had a sweet Pi Day on March 14! During JCBA’s annual Pi Day pie sale, the department raised over $2,400 and sold more than 110 pies.
“The money raised will go toward both the Jaffe Collection Fund and the Jaffe Center for Book Arts Education Fund,” said John Cutrone, Director of the Jaffe Center. “These funds are what we use for the acquisition of new artists’ books, and to support all of JCBA's educational outreach programs (like gallery talks by artists, workshops, and studio equipment and maintenance).”
Each year, JCBA likes to see which pie is going to be the top seller. In past years, the winner alternated between Key Lime and Strawberry Rhubarb, but this year there was a new favorite. The Mixed Berry, which is made from blueberries, raspberries and cherries, was all the rage.
There was also an increased sale of the Dutch Apple Crumb. Our current Helen M. Salzberg Artist in Residence, Merike van Zanten, is from the Netherlands, and we attribute the increased interest in things Dutch to this fact.
Merike never heard of such a pie in her native Dutch country, but she did feel compelled to try the delicacy. She also served it to guests during her open studio where patrons could make a limited edition Pi Day print that said, “Save Room for Pie.”
Thank you to everyone who placed orders this year. The Jaffe Center always appreciates the community’s support and cannot wait to see what next year’s Pi Day brings!