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I also fell in love with the ceilings of Italy

As with my previous post on the doors of Italy, I was also enthralled with the ceilings.  We visited many churches and museums over the three weeks, and they all continued the beautiful Renaissance artwork into the ceiling.  My favourite was in the Uffizi on the second floor in the second hallway.  Each ceiling represented a topic of which the de Medici family felt that they were important in and demonstrated their accomplishments (for example, literature, sea-going, art).  In each fresco would be the relevant family members’ portrait, different flora, fauna and images related to the topics.  Enjoy 🙂 IMG_2550 IMG_2547 IMG_2543 IMG_2529 IMG_2479 IMG_2478 IMG_2459 IMG_2454 IMG_2453 IMG_2447 IMG_2446 IMG_2415 IMG_2315 IMG_2314 IMG_2310 IMG_2306 IMG_2292 IMG_2290 IMG_2554 IMG_2552 IMG_2551


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Courvoisier Collective

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I am the first to admit, I’m no artist.  But I do appreciate art.  Just this past weekend, @WineGuyTO and I took in the Caravaggio exhibit at the National Art Gallery while in Ottawa.  So when I saw on Twitter about an art contest called the Courvoisier Collective, I was curious.  What does cognac have to do with art (I mean other than probably inspiring it)?  So I clicked, got sent a promo kit and voilà!  I can now explain it to you.

My promo kit.

The Courvoisier Collective is an “art of the revolution” concept where chosen pieces will be displayed on billboards in areas around Toronto.  The theme is “Renewal” in relation to the revolutionary role of art.  They are looking for artists to address the theme in two contexts: with respect to art’s capacity to revolutionize its own content and form, and secondly in its potential to challenge the status quo.

All submitted pieces will be reviewed by a judging panel and the public.  Here is a list of the dates to know:

  • Billboard and Gallery submitted works (and runners-up), will be displayed at Gallery 1313 from August 11-September 4.
  • Three winning Billboard pieces will be displayed from August 1-26 on billboards in high traffic areas around Toronto.
  • From August 5-8th the Gallery winners will be displayed at Gallery 1313.
  • August 11- September 4 will be the Exhibition at Gallery 1313

And…the public will get to help choose!  From July 15-August 5 online voting will be available through the website.

Courvoisier is looking for submissions until July 8th (this Friday!) for the Billboard Showcase and July 15th for the Gallery Award, submissions can be made through their website:

For more information and updates, visit or through their Facebook page, and follow #CVCollective on Twitter

Thanks to Eric at Matchstick for the promo kit.

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