Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Campaign for Italy 2007

I want to go to Italy next Spring. Claudine Hellmuth is teaching a workshop in Cortona, Italy, that looks like it would be an amazing experience. And everyone we talk to seems to be going to Italy this year. Maybe the Olympics sparked a trend? It seems like ever since I started trying to convince Scott that we should go, all of our friends have said, "we're going to Italy!"

Here's the thing I want to attend:

April 14th-21st, 2007 - Mixed Media workshops in Cortona Italy!!
Enjoy a week with Claudine, in the beautiful Tuscan village of Cortona, setting for the film, Under the Tuscan Sun. Prepare yourself for 4 course lunches and 5 course dinners with wine tastings, all while creating with a view of the landscape of Tuscany. Strolling through Cortona, you may happen upon intimate wall shrines decorated with everyday and religious items, often to the patron saint of the city. During this workshop you'll be making your own personal reliquaries or shrines that have personal meaning to you -- whether a tribute to a family member, pet, home, travel etc, anything that has special meaning to you. While working on our shrines we'll explore collage on many levels, from the basics like color and composition to more in-depth techniques like texture and surface enhancement. Our work together will be paced to allow for personal artistic discovery as well as studio time for working on our collage artworks, plus time to travel and explore the Tuscan countryside with artful day trips to Siena and the Nikki de Saint Phalle Tarot Gardens. Click here for more information!

And the Nikki de Saint Phalle Tarot Gardens is an interesting connection for us, since one of her largest art installations is in Escondido, right where we live. And it's one of my favorite places to be in the city. It's called Queen Califia's Magical Circle.

You can see more photos here and read some more about Nikki's relationship with the San Diego & the Escondido Arts Partnership here.


Blogger Crystal said...

Jo, I am trying not to cry, I didn't know you lived in Escondido. We are going to a seminary in Kentucky and are coming to visit a church in Escondido that wants to interview our family for a pastoral position. The church is Light and Life Free Methodist Church, have you heard of it? How do you like The San Diego North area? What are the challenges you face as a mom. We are moving from a little bitty town. I have a lot of questions but they will probably be answered in a few weeks when we come down to visit. Should I pack shorts for the kids? Thanks, its just such a small world its amazing.

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