Friday, May 29, 2015

Padova for the Day

A few weeks ago I spent the day in Padova with a friend.

The Venetian symbol seen in many places in Padova

We had a day of ART and inspiration.

Book stores,

Art galleries,

by Maria Rosa Migliorini
46 pieces of ceramic
85 cm in diametre

a ceramic patchwork

live music in the piazza,

Cant find his name!
He is the famous pianist
that plays in odd places in the world,
like on a gondola in Venice
or the top of a mountain.



We stopped in to admire the work of artist, Gesine Arps.

Le api e i santi dicono la stessa cosa
100 cm x 100 cm

120cm x 120cm

There is something about her paintings that reminded me of the work of Hundertwasser.

one of her sculptures all about peace and love.
It was sewn together.

One of the openings on the other side of the bird was filled with special thoughts and wishes. I picked the following.

Un tempo è andato, l'altro non è ancora iniziato, 
ciò che conta è il presente. 
Concentrati e vivilo pienamente.

It means: A time has passed, another has not started yet. The thing that counts is the present. Concentrate on that and live it fully.

It is so fun taking a one-hour train ride and being in a new, wonderful place with a friend.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The End

On Sunday the Canadians left Verona...

Linda's suitcase tag

....either to return to Canada ...

Two off to the airport
or continue travelling in Italy.

Getting ready to go to the train station
One last look out of Susan's apartment window.

Monday we took down all exhibits and Tuesday we packed up art work to be mailed out. I think I will write a blog about mailing work out to exhibits. I saw a few things today that didn't work.

No one is sewing at the studios this week.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Creative Team

DAMSS from Milano spent some time with us one morning before they taught a class.

The cover of the DAMSS sample book.
They created 'pages' measuring about 15 " x 25"
and bound them.

They talked about surface design achieved with heat.

So inspiring!

Their enthusiasm is contagious!

We walked over for a coffee afterwards.

(You may notice we are missing a few travellers. Two left to attend a wedding in Lake Como. The rest had a sleep in. The program I set is optional. People who feel tired or don't want to participate for whatever reason can stay behind....but then of course all want to know what we did and where we went! :-)  )

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Show and Share

After we had lunch at the famous Al Calmiere ...

on the Piazza San Zeno...

We had a small show-and-share with Pietra, the accountant at the train store.

Pietra and her husband at their shop

It was so nice to see her work

and enjoy her immense creativity.

She is self taught and has a wonderful sense of colour!

Our group with Pietra (centre)

She hit it off with one of our travellers.

Pietra and Brenda admiring Al Coté's work
We ended the day with an aperitivo! Salute!

Italian Food

After a breakfast at the bar close to the apartments, we went to visit more exhibits.

Making new friends, Canada + Italy

Followed by a great (light) pizza lunch.... 

and more visits...

Art quilts by students of Nancy Crow
Art Gallery UniCredit
My work, Collision with Melancholia (right) 

And a fabulous cooking class at E Cucina with award-winning chef Luca Fasoli and his sous-chef and owner of the school, Martina Cortelazzo.

The menu was super!

preparing Mediterranean Rabbit
Luca prepares an antipasto
asparagus and parmigiano crisps
Cool ingredient!!
Can't wait to try these typical Veronese dishes at my next dinner party.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Wednesday's Program

The focus of Wednesday's program was visiting the exhibits.

Keiko Goke's work
We milled around Verona all day in small groups spending time at different shows.

Japanese exhibit

A few of us attended Jen Jones' talk on her Antique Welsh Quilt collection.

Jen Jones (in white),
Paola Marini, director of Castel Vecchio museum, to her right

She is a font of knowledge on the subject of Welsh quilts. Oddly enough she is not a quilter. In the 1980's when many Welsh families were getting rid of their "old bedding", she started her collection only to preserve this hand work.

She said the quilts were treated with disregard often used for covering sick cattle, covering vegetable gardens, folded and put under a door to prevent the wind from entering the house and Wales gets lots of wind!

exiting the Japanese exhibit

The travellers are very inspired by the city and by the wonderful textile work they are seeing.

Tommi at the Osteria/Enoteca Alcova del Frate

We ended with a wonderful dinner all together at Alcova del Frate, with lots of laughing!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Valpolicella Visit

How we enjoyed our day in the Valpolicella! Thank you to Susi for organizing the trip and visits and for her exceptional attention to detail!! Thank you also to her helpers: the drivers (Giuliana and Elena)!!!

View from San Giorgio Ingannapoltron

Masi cantina with their 2,600,000 litres of wine in their cantinas!! It was such a welcoming feeling to see our flag alongside the Verona flag upon entering the property!

The wine tasting was divine!!

The tour of the Serego-Alighieri vineyards was very interesting. We also were able to buy wine, honey and cherry jam, all from their property in Gargagnago.

Lunch at Susi's home...

Don't ask me how she spent the day driving
us around
and within 5 minutes of entering her house
she had an amazing lunch prepared!

and a guided visit at the Allegrini villa.

View from the villa

one of their amazing fireplaces

We were lucky. The weather was perfect!

This was actually the program for Tuesday but I wasn't able to connect to internet yesterday and was unable to post.