The beautiful Italian Villa we stayed in in Nairobi, Kenya
Welcome to Gelato!'s blog and musing board!
First of all, thank you to all of you who have been following our events, happenings, art exhibitions, emails and also those of our friends. We deeply appreciate the support. Gelato! began as a way to connect with like minded people who enjoy life, art and food, of course, and we continue to follow that course. We are shifting what we do from ad hoc events, to a more structured schedule of shows and exhibits. In addition to that, we are finally initiating the blog in the way we've envisioned it, as a resource of good information on the things that matter to artists and the things that make living as an artist in todays society as comfortable and profitable as possible.
So we will start now, albeit slowly, to introduce a more regularly updated blog series about enhancing your life as an artists living in NY. Or anywhere for that matter. It will be called the Art of a Great Life. I'm finally taking many of my friends advice and putting down on paper (virtual that is) some of the wisdom's from conversations we've had concerning living well and enjoying life. The articles will be written by myself, Garon, and every so often a guest writer. A great life doesn't exactly correlate to how much money you make , what circles you roll in, or where you live, although those things can certainly have an initial and profound impact on your life.
There are some things that are much more important, and affect you everyday. Once these things are identified, you can start to examine them to see their influence and pervasiveness in your life, and if need be, begin to alter them in beneficial way.
As I am just beginning to commence on this writing adventure, I haven't really a formal structure to follow, perhaps one will evolve in time. So, the question at present is: what exactly are some of these things that impact our lives and our quality of living?
For now, we can begin with these:
Health, Peace of MInd, Self Esteem, Courage, Discipline, and Connecting to Your Soul/Spirit.
These are the forms in their positive aspects. In their negative aspects we find :
Disease, Mental Instability, Low Self Esteem, Cowardice, Unruliness and Irresponsibility and a Restless and Wandering Soul unable to feel or appreciate the Life Around it.
Identifying and dealing with these aspects are something we all must do from time to time, and it greatly increases our effectiveness in life when we do.
I will start to post this week, beginning with Health, which as my Grandfather used to famously say " Take care of you health, without your health grandson, you don't have anything at all!"
Thanks for reading and Enjoy Life Now, this is not a dress rehearsal!
Just a quick note to check our NEWS page. Gisella Sorrentino has updated her new website and has added a blog. Germano Cecere is screening his new film, and Virginie Sommet' interview in Gladysdit blog!
Check the info and go see the art and film!
More good news about Gelato! happenings soon :)
We want to wish everyone a Very Happy New Year !! It's already February and the year has started off in a beautiful way. Garon Peterson has debuted some works from his new Goddess series @ The Gowanus Art Fair, located at the Gowanus Ballroom, and performed there with Francesca Ferrando, Heather Milburn and Gisella Sorrentino at the Goddess Temple Installation he set up. Video will be posted soon.
Gisella Sorrentino has added several new beautiful photographs from her "Bodies in Space" series. Parris Jaru has been working feverishly as usual, and we've got some of his brand new works to show you here in the Recent Art Works page. We also have been given a venue to have a fine arts show in Manhattan in May. There is a lot going on right now and it takes a while to update it all, but this is just a quick hello to everyone to say please check the Recent Art Works page and come back soon to check other pages including the store! Many things will be ready for sale soon! We are working on the site all week, so keep checking back.
Until then read about our adventures last year below and enjoy the site!
Park in Prentzlauerberg, Berlin, Germany
Hello to all of our Friends and Supporters of the
Gelato! Art Salon Collective!
From Gisella Sorrentino & Garon Peterson,
We are finally getting to send out this update after what has been a very busy year for us here at Gelato! with personal projects and travel. It’s been a year of restructuring and rethinking here at of Gelato! and of course of enjoying life.
It is very important to us to decide where we would like to take the collective in the near future, and not just to do events for the sake of doing events. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with that, we are now aiming to bring Gelato! into a business oriented art collective. In this way we will be taking the first steps in connecting what we do with traveling for fun and profit!
As some of you may know, last year we went to Africa on the invitation of an Italian NGO called Miche to teach art workshops to children and young adults in Ifakara, Tanzania. The experience was incredible! Check out the work by the photography students taught by Gisella, here on the Tanzania page. Please consider buying the beautiful photo prints from these young artists. The money will be sent directly to the Cultural Center and we will ship the prints to you as soon as possible! they wil look great in your homw and you'll truly have a piece of Africa as yours forever. We also traveled to Kenya and met with several artists. African and European, who live and worked there.
We had the pleasure to meet in Kenya the director of a well known Cultural arts Center called the Go Down, and we were offered by them to consider returning to do an artist residency there with any members of Gelato! who should like to come with us.
Our last travel took us in June and July into the heart of Europe, to London, Germany and Italy. Gisella Sorrentino and I, Garon Peterson, as the founders of the Gelato! Collective, feel it’s important to travel and seek out new opportunities to sell artwork and films and to find new venues to exhibit in. We did meet a lot of interesting contacts, amazing artists, gallery owners, musicians, etc, and are staying in touch with them to see what can develop in the near future.
Our ultimate goal is to do wonderful art shows in as many cities as we can and to grow the Gelato! community network globally. If we can help to facilitate artists in their travels, selling their artwork globally, and connecting and experiencing good times together, then we would have fulfilled our mission!
Kulture Festival In Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany
Our visit to Germany was to attend the opening of the NORD Art summer festival @ Kunstwerk Carlshuttle, Budelsdorf, Germany. I am very proud to say that Gisella was picked out of 2000 applicants to exhibit 4 beautiful photography prints from her new series. She produced large scale 40 inch square C-prints for the show.
You can see them on the festivals website & virtual tour of the exhibition space, the link are below and in the news section about Gisella’s works. Come back next week when we will write more about the artists we met and post some photos from our trip to Berlin and Tropea Italy!
Lastly, we are updating all the pages of this website and adding new sections. These sections are: News, Recent Art Works, The Art Store, Gelato! Community and Gelato! International. We are currently accepting submissions for art to be posted in Recent Art Works, and news and events for our News section.There's also a new Gelato! Film Festival News section, filmmakers go here.
We are very excited about our Community and International pages, which features the first Gelato! public forum page ever! The International page forum helps us connect easily and personally to our many friends overseas, and will facilitate our global community to connect to each other, while the Community page takes care of that here at home in NY.
Try it out now! Just log in with gmail, yahoo account, or a number of other ways, and join our forum as a member and reply to or start topics of your own. Look into the International page to see what are friends from Europe are posting regarding travel, accommodations or events!
You can also check the Gelato! Room Rental topic to look for temporary rooms to rent or to post a room for rent of your own. We hope to have more and more content in these pages by the years end so please feel free to contribute often : )
Please send submission requests firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out one of the contact forms available on certain pages.
You can also take a look at the this video of the opening linked below:
(around minute 4:00 you can see Gisella’s pieces)
Love and Blessings to Everyone!!!
Founders Gelato! Art Salon
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
This is an e-mail to express our thanks and appreciation to Everyone who helped us at Gelato!Art Salon to make 2010 an incredible year!
By way of remembering we started the year coming back from a highly successful week long event in Rome. We met beautiful Artists and Gallery's owners and we also made many valuable connections. In the spring we began a partnership with Rachael Afolabi of Aeon Logic Gallery and Dexter Taylor of Brooklyn Movie Labs. In May and June Brooklyn Movie Labs held the presentation of Gelato! Film Festival and Gelato! Photo Slide Show. The shows were well attended, we screened new directors and showcased a jazz band from Belgium and a local singer songwriter doing experimental music. In July Gelato! Art Salon returned to Italy when we were invited by s.t. foto galleria libreria, a photo gallery in the centre of Rome, to present the Gelato! Photo Slide Show as an exhibition.
As many of you may know, last Christmas we made the aquaintance of two women in Rome, Susanne and Maria Agnese of the NGO Associazione Miche who invited us to hold art workshops in Ifakara, Tanzania. We weren't sure if it really could happen or not and we spent a lot of time emailing them back and forth to get details and specifics on the undertaking. Finally, in the summer time, months of planning culminated in our finalizing our trip to Africa and agreeing to go.
d entirely to our trip to Africa. We left in the beginning of October and we were there for one amazing month. We met the most generous and powerful people you can imagine and had the pleasure of being able to hold workshops in Photography for young adults and in Art for children. We will be posting stories of our travels and pictures in an upcoming newsletter and on our new blog.
All of us here at Gelato! Art Salon are very thankful to the artists who donated equipment and supplies for the workshop, to the people in NY who helped us to organize and to the artists in Ifakara who hosted us and helped us to arrange everything there.The cultural centre El Taller de Pilar and the kids in Ifakara were really appreciative. We are also extremely thankful to all the people who came out to our events here in New York and in Africa.
We have been busy setting up an online store where you can purchase fine art and other various crafts from our artists, we hope to have it up soon.
Thanks again for your interested and we wish you All the Best for 2011!!!