I had skipped blogging the 12 days of the Baroque Blue Ionian SeArt Residency. There was much to absorb with programmed days of the curator's vision. I do see the challenge as an educator leading and mentoring a creative direction with guidelines and still encouraging growth through group collaboration and creativity within a definative space, materials and equipment available, and timeframes. Soon I will capture and blog time spent of the Italian experience within the comfort of the upcoming rural French print lab sanctuary.
BUT, here is the beginning of the
The amazing Italian Road Adventure
This is the topic before I leave for France. I began in Lecce and drove through the Apennines mountains which are considered the "Spine of Italy". A good friend from New York met me in Santa Catarina and we rented a small roller skate of a car in Lecce for the excursion. The Apennines stretch more than 750 miles from the Ligurian Alps in the northwest down to the Cabria in the south, close to Sicily.
We started exploring the Apennines mountains from Lecce up to the Gargano Peninsula in Puglia. We drove on skinny scary half-paved roads through the mountain roads with literally hairpin turns to which some had no guard rails to Umbria Forest Parks. My friend was white-knuckled in the passenger seat as I drove the stick shift using mostly only second and first gears to navigate the upward climb. I do wish I could have photographed that particular drive as the views were amazing from what I could see from my peripheral vision. I feared to look directly at the steep descent inches outside my car door, but afterward, I felt titillated with the adrenaline and excitement of the challenge. (Although, I don’t believe my friend in the passenger seat enjoyed it much at all.)
We touched small amounts of Abruzzo to travel into Umbria and stayed as guests in two Agritourism farms. Our final destination was Ravenna in the Emilia-Romagna region. It was a week of traveling that was filled with magical places and people. I will detail specifically where we spent stayed in places that offered amazing opportunities to see and experience “a people and its current and past culture”. Below are preview photos of the week's tour and more details to follow on each location. More tales and photos to tell of this chapter of my European adventure.
24-26 June 23
It has been a whirlwind of activity and intermittent wifi and access to the internet after I left Lecce to join the Italian Residency. More to follow on that. I had completed my short Lecce post below beginning that. I think I will compose the experience in small packages as I continue this adventure.
I left Rome for a 5-hour train ride to Lecce. Here I spent only two days until picked up for Art Residency in Santa Catarina.
I take a cab to my BnB and I am immediately disappointed. It is three stories up, with no air conditioning, and limited Wifi. There is also an excavation outside my window that is not happening over the weekend but starts on Monday, my last day there at 6 am with a bull-dozer scraping stone in a pit of what appears to be something of antiquity below that echoes. Thank goodness it was on my last day.
Lecce is a small but a clean and beautiful town in the Puglia area of Italy, where they wash the streets daily. I didn’t do much there except enjoy wandering the beautiful streets and park and of course, ate amazing meals.
I did meet up with my fellow residents the last night for an aperitif (cocktail) with the curator/host for our collaborations. Below is the announcement and a press release of the program.
23 June ‘23