After my amazing 3-day mosaic workshop at the Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli (please refer to previous blog), I began another 3 days of Exhibition and Conference organized by AIMC (the International Association of Contemporary Mosaics) in Spilimbergo, Italy on May 18th 2016. We started the conference with the opening of the exhibition "Mosaic in Contemporaneity" at the Thadea Palace. My pharaonic piece "Musician" was at display in the exhibit along with wonderful artworks from all over the world. All this was documented for us in a beautiful catalogue displaying images of our artwork and biography.
During this 3-day conference and exhibition, the Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli along with the town of Spilimbergo, organized a 3-day Art & Mosaico Festival. Bit by bit, we began seeing the town of Spilimbergo transform into an open air mosaic gallery! Mosaic installations in the street, window displays, outdoor mosaic workshops, lectures, music and much more was being offered to the public. The town became a haven for all things mosaic! Already known as the "Jewel of Italy" for its beautiful architecture, cobble stone streets and its famous mosaic school, the town was the place to be for anyone interested in mosaic art. This was a pleasant surprise to me since I wasn't expecting such a festival to take place and simply began wondering the small alleys and beautiful parks of the town in awe! I would definitely want to come back and live this experience once again in the near future :)