Tuesday, April 08, 2008


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In Search of Meaning Tours Italy

The In Search of Meaning art series is currently on an Italian tour. Launched in February 08 at the National Museum of Abruzzo in L'Aquila. The show was curated by the National Italian Physics Laboratory of Italy in conjunction with the Leonardo da Vinci "Man and His Machines" survey. Mid March I traveled to Italy for the reception and presented an art and science lecture with Dr Sandro Bettini. Late Spring the series will hang at Galileium, the new physics and astrophysics museum in Teramo.

The Physics laboratory lab is located at Gran Sasso, Italy's highest peak in the Apennine mountain range. The Gran Sasso underground lab is the worlds largest and I was fortunately to be given a personalize tour by Dr Sandro Bettini.

I was based in L'Aquila a closeby thriving medieval college town. My fondest memory of Abruzzo was a day spent exploring the ancient hill top villages, and the ancient Assergi village, home of a number of Australian expats located at the foot of Gran Sasso.

While in Italy I had arranged "homestays" through an inte
rnational networking site.

In Florence I spent a long weekend with Luisa who works with a nonprofit that supports micro entrepreneurs, specifically Italian artisans and provincial food vendors. Luisa is a budding painter and a truly adventurous woman. She generously opened her home and friendships for my Tuscany visit, (I fulfilled a dream to shop for ingredients and cook a meal in Italy). Afternoon tea at Elisabeta's Tuscan villa'ette was also a charming treat.

From my time in Florence I have fond memories of the Mercato Centrale and the true living history treasures of Italy.

Strolling with new friends along the river Arno and Florence's honeycomb streets day and night was a simple pleasure.

The most truly enjoyable day was spent touring the Tuscan country side with Luisa, Raffaella, Alessandro and Luigi.

As with all my travels I enjoyed the opportunity to spend time to hear stories, share confidences and relish the delights of vibrant personalities.

Our morning in San Gimignano and a shared lunch feast at Bar Dell'orso at Monteriggioni leaves me with edible and social heartfelt appreciation.

My weekend in Florence was wonderfully fulfilling and has enriched my world view.

My time in Rome was hosted by Mirella, a psychologist who is taking the leap of faith to launch her private practice. In her spare time she is a devotee of contemporary art, ancient architecture and has completed a sommeliers training. I now have fond memories of a day spent in Rome with Adrianna and discovering a sleepy Rome back street ancient pizza bar. The pizza was delicious (Adelaide's Lucca style) and the setting steeped in history.

While in Rome I was fortunate to connect with a number of women through my network. Adriana (Mirella's sister and an educator), Pietra (a sustainable foodaphile from the US) and Tatjana (an Eastern European advocate who lives in the very interesting Garbatella district).

Friday, February 08, 2008

Art and Culture in Australia

Dec 07/Jan 08 I vacationed in Australia. After a seaside family retreat in South Australia, Nick (my husband) and I flew to Melbourne. This was Nick's first venture into Victoria and for me over a decade since my last visit. We found Melbourne buzzing with arts and culturally edge. Past strengths now connect with diverse vibrancy that is entrepreneurial and youthful.

Clearly Melbourne and its community has found a meeting ground where creative adventurers and economic vibrancy are partners. This is expressed through city lane ways becoming devoted to legal graffiti, low rent options for emerging designers, hole in the wall bars and cafes and provocative art spaces. Melbourne has always been an intellectual and cultural hub for Australia. Now through innovate approaches to bi-laws, alternative uses of neglected spaces and most importantly a living approach to the human scale of a city, Melbourne is alive and kicking.

Fiona Sweetman, Director of Hidden Secrets Tours is an energetic advocate for this new wave of culture in Melbourne and she opened our eyes to more than we
were expecting.