The de Poi Award artist exchange program is heading into its second year. In June, ceramic artist Qing Qu will travel to Seattle as the second recipient.
The exchange brings together ceramic artists from Pottery Northwest, the Northwest's premier pottery facility, with artists from the prestigious Accademia delle Belle Arti (Academy of Fine Arts) in Perugia. The two cities alternate hosting one artist for three weeks each summer.
Qing, a student at the Accademia, was chosen by a panel of artists and art educators in a blind selection process in Perugia. "Art is a way of expressing myself and showing my interior world to others," she said. "I chose to participate in the de Poi Award because I needed new stimulation and also because it was an international artistic competition. I expect this experience will help me grow not only as an artist but also as a person." A sample of her distinctive work is seen below.
Last year's recipient was Seattle resident Myra Kaha who traveled to Italy to work at the Moretti ceramics studio in Deruta, outside Perugia.
The artist exchange program honors Alviero Moretti (1933-2010), founder of the Moretti ceramic studio and the Ceramic Foundation. The exchange is supported by Chiara de Poi; Pottery Northwest; Accademia delle Belle Arti; Seattle-Perugia Sister City Association and its cohort Perugia-Seattle Sister City Association; Moretti Foundation; and City of Perugia.
The Seattle International Film Festival is in full swing. Six Italian films are featured this year, ranging from comedy to thrillers to a documentary on dance. Most films are shown multiple times at theaters around the area.
Each year, our sister city group sponsors one of the films. This year, the film is The Truth About Love Is (La verità, vi spiego, sull'amore), based on the comedic memoirs of a divorced mom. The lighthearted slice-of- life tale centers around Dora, who enlists the help of her eccentric family, a free-spirited best friend and a charming poet-turned-nanny to help raise her two children.
The film will be shown at the SIFF Cinema Uptown on Seattle's Queen Anne on Sat., June 3 at 6 p.m. Get tickets here.
As an added treat, director Max Croci is scheduled to attend the June 3 screening.
7 Minutes: A social thriller that takes place during a tense meeting of textile factory worker representatives.
Feather: A breezy comedy of impending adulthood for two high-school lovers.
Ears: Alessandro Aronadio’s and-white tragicomedy that begins when a man wakes up with an annoying ringing sound in his ears and discovers a cryptic note on his fridge.
I was a Dreamer: A hardened ex-con returns to his working-class Rome suburb with a dream of improving his family’s life.
Roberto Bolle -- The Art of Dance: A documentary featuring a behind-the-scenes look at one of the premier male ballet dancers and his hand-picked troupe.
The April 23 concert in Perugia by Seattle pianist Angelo Rondello was a great success with about 85 people in attendance, including officials from the city. The concert was part of the Seattle Music Exchange which encourages the exchange of music and musicians from other cultures through concerts, residencies and educational programs. It was held at the Conservatorio Francesco Morlacchi.
Rondello has selected four sister cities in which to kick off the sister city concerts. In addition to Perugia, the other concert locations are in Pècs, Hungary; Bergen, Norway; and Kobe, Japan. The exchange series closes with a recital of music by the sister city composers in Seattle's Nordstrom Hall on May 11.
Grazie mille to our colleagues and friends in Perugia for their very warm welcome and help with making this concert such a success.
This weekend is the International Children's Friendship Festival at Seattle Center. The FREE event runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 15 and 16. The ICFF is focused on helping children from around the world overcome their differences and unite in peace and harmony by fostering cultural exchanges and friendship.
The event is a festival FOR kids and run BY kids. Kids can get their passports stamped at the many cultural display tables, enjoy fun and colorful stage performances, play international games and more.
The City of Seattle will have a display table at the event showcasing our 21 sister city programs. Be sure to stop by!