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!
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