Early beginnings as the group meets to discuss the project
The group acquires their symbolic red shoe laces thanks to member Rosemary
Italian lessons at the Italian Cultural Centre in East Vancouver
Melanie and Alison hanging work for our 13 feet off to Sicily fundraiser exhibition on September 24
Joanne talking to the audience about her experiences in Sicily and our upcoming residency there at our fundraiser exhibition
We had a great turnout at the fundraiser - people kept coming and expressing their enthusiasm and support for the group and our project
11 of the artists created a 10" x 10" piece to be a part of our silent auction at the fundraiser. They all sold and contributed to our expense fund. Thank you very much!
10 of the 12 members feeling festive at the fundraiser - from l to r: Melanie; Tannis; Morgane; Alison; Jenn; Lori; Joanne; Rosemary; Deb; Sheree. Missing Angela who was painting a mural in Revelstoke and Carol who is in Italy doing another residency.
Early morning the day after the fundraiser we gather for our scheduled Skype call with our future hosts in Graniti to discuss logistics and plans for our murals. They have not hosted a group like us before so this is new for everyone. Member Carol was also patched in to the call from another residency she is doing in Italy.
In Graniti, the group met regularlyat Franco's bar and gas station for aperitivos and cappuccinos. Here accommodation plans are being sorted with Salvatore.
13fotg participated in hosts Salvatore and Karin's olive harvest in the first week. A resplendent picnic lunch was enjoyed after the work concluded.
The Graniti Art Space made an ideal place to meet, work on concepts and share potluck dinners under the open roof.
Mural concepts were presented to the Graniti mayor and city council for approval before any work could begin
The city centre with the favourite bar frequented by many of the men of Graniti which overlooked Sheree's mural location.
The school children of Graniti enthusiastically toured all the murals in progress.
The Main Street in Graniti walked frequently to the mural locations all over town
Constantly smoking Mount Etna looms over Graniti . Local rain topped it with snow while we were there.
Many townspeople came out for the inauguration evening. The mayor and Salvatore introduced 13fotg and we were overwhelmed by the cheering and applause. "Viva Canada' one local called out...