• Kat Escamilla

Interactive Art Expo

Updated: Oct 15, 2019

You may have noticed the Vespa art image in the small display window box at Portico. It's a digital manipulation of a photo to look like an oil painting. I've been having a blast with it, playing around with all kinds of photos. I've been curating my own pieces so far. More to come.

Recently though, I sent out a call for submissions to collect your photos of Italy or Italian-made things. The photos are rolling in, thank you! We are then using our magic brush on these photos and curating them on our Instagram page. Those with the most likes will get printed and exhibited in Portico for our opening. You are welcome to submit your photo to our email

The instagram page is named Portico Italian Social Club

So get this! At the same time I sent out "the call to artists" for your favorite pics, I suggested we auction the prints and create a scholarship fund for Study Abroad Italy (SAI); an excellent cultural education program headquartered right here in downtown Sebastopol. Well, it turns out that SAI got wind of this idea and the next day, wrote us to say that they wish to match any scholarship funds that we generate! I hope you'll join me in accepting their offer. We would be so pleased to begin our community partnerships with them, with education, and withthe opportunity to study abroad in Italy. SAI says, "By encouraging students to explore the complex intersections between self, community, and creativity, SAI aims to provide an inspiring and transforming experience for all participants." I believe these complex intersections are constantly up for exploration and living in a different culture makes us more connected, and more human. With cross-cultural understandings from living in other countries, we get good practice at the human experience and more courageous at being in community. As it turns out, this courage to explore ultimately brought on the creative project that is Portico.

....And so it goes, the cycle of things.

Photo submissions guidelines:

no people only places and things

closeups are better.

strong contrasts help

send only 1-3.

Ill be posting the "painting" of photo submissions on instagram daily.

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Join us on first Wednesdays of each month

from 5-7pm for Italian Social Club.

Portico hosts speakers, demos,

presentations, and socializing.