In 2015, just four years after their marriage, they moved there where Wills continued to work as an editor and Philip opened a small art gallery in the hallway of their apartment, which showcased the work of artists from outside of New York. They also held a summer exhibition of New York artists they had met and befriended.
The move, beneficial to both, cemented ties with artists from St. Louis, New York and across the country. Although they were both art collectors before the move to New York City, their partnership in life and art has deepened. The artwork on their walls today is a story of their life together.
There is a painting of Marilynne Bradley from Duff Restaurant hanging in the guest bedroom, a reminder of their first official date.
The two creators – she is a writer, editor and photographer; he is an artist and former director of his own gallery – met through an older couple who had befriended Wills. They arranged for the two to meet.
âThey said ‘This is not a date. He’s just going to show you around downtown, âthen he called,â she said. “I called my friends from the car and said ‘Today was the best no-date I have ever had. “
The non-date eventually led to the altar, with some twists and turns, but that’s a story for another day.
They bought their new home on Valentine’s Day in 2019 and started renovations, turning the two-family home into a single-family home. They did most of the work themselves, hiring contractors when absolutely necessary. As the rooms came together, they hung their artwork up, leaving spaces for future work.