Friday, March 09, 2007

All Little Girls are Princesses

As many of you know, yesterday here in Italy we celebrated International Women's Day. And nothing makes me happier than to introduce you to an incredible woman, one of my best friends here in Italy, an amazingly talented artist who was featured yesterday in the inauguration of an art show at none other than Castel Sant'Angelo.

My pal, Eleonora, who is also one of my two "witnesses" for my wedding (in Italy we don't have bridesmaids, so luckily they won't be subjected to horrors like this), is a freelance art director, graphic designer, and artist. One of her most recent projects was art directing and producing all the materials for a show at Castel Sant'Angelo called Baltico/Mediterraneo, which had art from Italian and Finlandian artists. You can see her poster at the castle entrance (she didn't create the artwork but created the graphic "look" of the show):

But the show that was inaugurated yesterday, named by Ele and featuring one of her works, is called "Curve della Mente": Curves of the Mind, or Mind Curves. It's a show with all-women artists, from photography, to painting, to graphic art like Ele's composition. Which, like a proud mom, I made her pose next to:

It reads "All little girls are princesses," and was inspired from a photo of herself from when she was a little princess. The eyes and lips are from the actual photo, and the rest was designed on the computer. Bravissima, Ele... complimenti!

The rest of the art show was interesting as well, but I have to be honest: the castle stole my attention. Every time I visit, it takes my breath away for the beautiful views.

Then, later that evening, in fine Women's Day tradition, I hosted a dinner at my house for six of my closest Italian girlfriends. A Mexican dinner, no less! With Ale unceremoniously kicked out of the house for the evening, over Coronas and tacos, we had lots of good girl talk. At one point the topic of my blog came up, and I started asking them if they had ever seen the hot priests calendar on the Roman newsstands. Almost none of them had! See what happens when you don't have my sick curiosity? Because they didn't believe me, I whipped out the laptop... and lookie lookie, here they are, everyone choosing their favorite..."June is mine! What's March DOING? OOOH, look at October!" A proper trip to the confessional is in order.

Viva le donne!

16 comments:

Eleonora said...

My dear Shelley,
being on your blog is a big honour and I'll try to do my best to not delude your readers!
Yesterday has been a so strange and full of emotions day for me, and you being there gave me a sense of safety: I know you were there for me!
Thank you so much for your support and for being my proud "mom"!
As the usual old chinese wiseman said: Jump and the leap will appear.
This art exhibition has been a great jump for me, but I found my leap in you and my lovely friends.
Thanks!
Lots of love,
Eleonora (aka "The Princess")

Ambra Celeste said...

Auguri Eleonora! Shelley it looks like you had so much fun, I love the photo of the girls looking at the hot priest calendar. Too funny!

Shelley - At Home in Rome said...

Principessa, it is my pleasure! I'm lucky to have such wonderful and interesting amiche such as yourself! E che brava quest'inglese tuo, fra un po' dovrai proprio scrivere il prossimo libro tutto in inglese, eh?

Shelley - At Home in Rome said...

Ambra, it was really too funny when all of them starting oohing and aahing over the calendario. I really didn't intend to post any pics of my dinner but that shot was just too classic to pass up!

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

I have not made it to the Castel yet. Looking at your photos has convinced me to put it on the list for my next trip.

Hmm, I can't believe I forgot to buy a hot priest calendar. :)

ginkers said...

Why does that always happen? Leave you women together in a room and you ALWAYS end up ogling hot priests...

Shelley - At Home in Rome said...

NYC: How could you have POSSIBLY forgotten that "must-purchase" item? Right. My copy is now in Canada, with the winner of my swap meet. ;-)

Shelley - At Home in Rome said...

Ginkers: I can only imagine what you all are doing when throwing back those grappas! But, I know. Really, shame on us. It's disgraceful.

avery said...

Oh I am definately going to check out Eleonora's show. It looks like a good one. Hottie priests and Mexican food! I'm sorry I missed it. Aguri and happy women's day.

Jeff Gromen said...

So Shelley, You are part of the radio scene, the art scene, and in the hotel business. It's only a matter of time before you go into politics or TV!!!
Then I can say I remember when....

Shelley - At Home in Rome said...

Avery: We missed you!!

Jeff: Politics? Ick. I'll leave that to the Italians--they're just so good at it! ;-) And TV? Don't get me started. Besides the fact that I don't have the "assets" necessary for Italian television. Ha! But you? Future mayor of Bari? What do you think?

Michellanea said...

Girl power all the way around! That's great. Coronas and tacos sounds so much better than pizza and strippers. Way to go against the grain! Love it.

Shelley - At Home in Rome said...

Mich: Hey, thanks!! I just heard about the whole stripper thing from my florist yesterday. Man, I'm not even doing that for my bachelorette party (I'm tired, people) so the thought of doing it for March 8 is just hilarious. Trashy, and hilarious. But I guess it's pretty common, eh?

FinnyKnits said...

Eleonora - congrats on a great show! That is just incredible and the artwork is so moving. (Plus, how good is your English, girl!!? Now I really need to get my Italian together. I am so shamed!)

Shelley - You'd be proud, I actually met up with Sara from Ms Adventures in Italy to celebrate Int'l Women's Day. And - big shocker - it was also over Mexican Food. Weird?

So happy to share in a great tradition.

Julie said...

Its gotta be hard to hear confessions! lol

Stelle In Italia said...

yay for eleonora! it sounds like you really celebrated la festa della donna well!

the castel views are BEAUTIFUL. i've not been yet, but maybe next trip to Rome I'll go?

(loved the ugly dress site, by the way)