No heavy reading in this blog post today – it’s all about pretty pictures and modern Italian art as we head into the weekend.
Short of having a picture of the Madonna and a large wooden spoon and fork in my kitchen, I’ve been considering ways to include more artwork and imagery of Italy and “Italianness” into my life and new home. Recently, I stumbled upon a new website that allows me to do just that – access new artwork and turn it into canvases, prints, pillows, iPhone cases, etc. all while giving the rights and proceeds to the artist. I fell in love with a few pieces, including the “Italian Grandmother” canvas above.
Society6, created by a network of artists, gives you access to current and upcoming artists from around the world. I’ve pulled some of my favourite Italian artwork from the site – either the subject matter is Italian or the artist is (or both). Click on the artwork to link to the artist’s page and info for purchasing (should you be so inclined!). You’ll support an upcoming Italian or Canadian artist in the process.
It’s been a long
Should we always be looking forward? Is it a waste of time to look back at where we came from? Sometimes, in the process of doing this blog, I ask myself these two questions. How much of our community and culture is about looking back, preserving the old? If we focus on the future, what are we working towards? If you have any opinions on this, share them in the comments.
In the meantime, today, I’m looking at the past as I stumbled upon more vintage Italian-Canadian photos from Simon Fraser University of early Italian immigrants to Canada. If you missed my first post of photos from these archives, you can see it here.
As the summer’s coming to an end, I’m closing the book on some of the photos I’ve taken and places I’ve been. Today, I’m featuring Ottawa’s Little Italy. Already, you’ve seen Taste of Little Italy in Toronto, a Tour of Montreal’s Little Italy and Pier 21 in Halifax.
Ottawa’s Little Italy has a special place in my heart because I used to work there when I was in university. I worked at a fantastic monthly paper – Il Postino. When I was able to go back and visit this summer, I took some time to stroll through the area. I was lucky enough to be there during the Euro Cup so Italian flags abounded even more than usual!
Italian immigrants initially settled into the area around 1900. One of the corner stones of the community is St. Anthony of Padua Church at the corner of Booth Street and Gladstone Avenue. It is said to be part of the reason for the strong formation of the Italian community in the area. A second wave of immigrants came in after WWII and now descendants of Irish, French and the Asian community also call the area home.