"Variations", Italy 2013
In November, I hopped on a plane to Bologna, Italy, for my first international art show. Since everything is more fun with friends, I brought my close friend, the always-charming Erin Cebula, to be my wing-woman and travel buddy. We were both over-the-moon excited, as neither of us had been to Italy before and had always wanted to go. My dream was coming true, as I flew to Europe to exhibit my art. I felt like an art star.
We spent our days in Bologna like giddy school girls, exploring the city, eating incredible fresh food, and drinking very good wine. A lot of very good wine.
Despite serious jet lag, and some insomnia, we did our best to soak up all of the art, architecture, and culture we could in a week, even taking a quick trip to Venice. Somewhere within that fabulous blur was also an art show. Oh, yeah, the reason that I went there in the first place!
On November 16th, we arrived at Galleria De Marchi for the opening of the show. “Variations” is a group show of paintings, photographs and sculptures from seventy-two artists from more than thirty countries. From the abstract to the figurative to the digital, the selection provided an excellent sample of what contemporary art has to offer today. The opening was well attended, and it was a pleasure finally meeting the curator, Paola Trevisan, in person. We connected immediately and hope to work together again in the future. Paola told us that next time we visit Bologna, we must be sure to speak Italian to really hear the humour of the people.
Erin and I left Italy feeling warmed by the authenticity of Bologna. We felt touched by everyone that we met. I can’t wait to go back to explore more of this inspiring and romantic country.
Click here to see a slideshow of the opening.
Click here to see the four pieces that I exhibited in Italy.