Exhibition/Presentation in Milan, Italy. Nerd Nite

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On Monday I was fortunate to exhibit and talk about my artwork from the Bees in Italy series. The night was first proposed over ten months ago, when I was invited to speak about my photography to Nerd Nite Milan. Very happy to make the presentation a reality!

"On June 17, 2014, Nerd Nite Milan was lucky to have a presentation and pop-up photography exhibition with work by Renee Ricciardi, art photographer and beekeeper from Boston, MA. Renee is traveling around Italy for the second time, visiting beekeepers and exploring the relationship between bees and beekeepers and the larger picture about our experience with and relationship to the natural world."

Milan, Italy. June 2014

Milan, Italy. June 2014

Bees in Italy PART TWO: My First Two Weeks Photographing

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The First Shoot: Lodi, Lombardy

Near Milan, Italy

Near Milan, Italy

Just outside of Milan, in city called Lodi, I visited my first beekeeper on Part II of this photographic voyage! This beekeeper is the friend of someone who found my photography project via Twitter! (I guess you never know what contacts you will find online!)

It was a rush, a full sensory experience, walking into the apiary and seeing colonies of familiar bees. 

It was like I never left Italy last fall, time meant nothing. Seeing them in buzzing, hectic, mid-day flight overcame me with a sense of gratitude for everyone who helped me get this far!
 

City Bees: Turin, Piedmont

Next I took the train to Torino (Turin) and visited the countryside as well as rooftop bees in the heart of the city!! 

Turin City Bees

Turin City Bees

Glad I'm not afraid of heights!!

Glad I'm not afraid of heights!!

 

Revisiting Beekeepers: Asti, Piedmont

In Asti I stayed with a friend who I met last year. She is an assistant to major beekeeper. Last year we found out how much we have in common, both beekeepers and a bit quirky (she’s a green belt in Tae Kwon Do!) 

Melina in Asti

Melina in Asti

My friend’s grandmother even gave me a traditional recipe that I will be sharing in my Italian e-cookbook.. so get ready!

I am releasing the recipe in my e-cokbook

I am releasing the recipe in my e-cokbook

I got the opportunity to re-visit apiaries that I have already photographed last fall. This is a major component to the project, since the subtle changes that occur between seasons have more of a presence than they would otherwise. Also, by revisiting old friends I was able to hand deliver some printed photographs for my hosts to keep!

Sticky Mess! Helping the Acacia Honey Harvest

Sticky Mess! Helping the Acacia Honey Harvest

Next stops include Liguria, Florence, Verbania, Padua, and Rome.

Take care! 

Love Renée

www.ReneeRicciardi.com

Artist Talk at the PCBA in Pembroke, MA

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I was invited for the second time to speak about my photography at the Plymouth County Beekeepers Association (PCBA.) The lecture lasted about 40 minutes and it was exciting to have such a lively Q&A session afterwards.

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AMA Interview on Reddit: 'Ask Me Anything'

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I recently did an AMA on Reddit. Strangers were able to ask me anything about my photographic journey, beekeeping background, and general experience. 

It was a great chance to spread the word about the Bees in Italy photography project and my experiences in Italy.

'Creative Moments' Fun a Day Boston Opening

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I had the pleasure of collaborating with Valerie Ricciardi, owner of Abigail Adams Preschool to curate a body of student-made artwork, called Creative Moments.

Everyday during the month of January, I chose one of the many creative moments that I found happening in the classroom, and either photographed that experience, or collected the artwork.

Creative Moments was exhibited in Fun a Day Boston at Voltage Cafe and Art. 

Valerie Ricciardi standing with student made artwork from Abigail Adams Preschool

Staff of Abigail Adams Preschool at Fun a Day Boston Opening Reception

Photographs by Cara Brostrom


Bees in Italy on Bostoniano Events

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Read the Article Here

When: January 30 to March 31, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 30, 2014 — from 7 to 9 p.m.

Where: Gallery of the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry — 100 Research Drive, Wilmington, MA

Renée Ricciardi‘s respect and fascination with honeybees has taken her across the globe. More recently, she spent three months in Italy, working on an extremely personal photography project involving bees and beekeepers.

These photographs have never been seen in public before.

The opening is free and open to the public. We hope you will consider a tax-deductible donation to Beyond Benign‘s Green Chemistry education and outreach program, which seeks to advance green chemistry in the classroom and beyond.

Renée Ricciardi is a Boston based artist and photographer. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Photography from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and is the 2013 Morton Godine Travel Fellowship recipient.

Commercial clients include Boston Architectural Magazine, Children’s Hospital Boston, Massachusetts College of Art, The Center for Women and Enterprise, and Louis Vuitton Boston.

Renée is currently working on a personal assignment photographing apiaries, beekeepers, and organic food in cities across Italy.

Curating Creative Moments: Fun-a-Day Boston

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During the month of January, I am participating in Fun-a-Day Boston by curating a month's worth of art/creative moments that I find around the classroom at Abigail Adams Preschool.

By gathering student made artwork and using photographic documentation, I am collecting creative learning experiences as they happen.

The title 'Creative Moments' refers to the constant amount of creative energy that children possess and exude on a daily basis: in both physical ways (producing art) and during interactive play (such as interacting with bubbles.)

Read about what other artists are making here.

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Project Cupcake: Edible Performance Art

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A one-time performance piece of the consumption of six cupcakes with photographs and text baked inside each cupcake.

Text is handwritten virginity loss stories of friends and strangers, paired with my 1.5 x 1.5 inch photographs that are my associations and interpretations of each woman's story.

Renee Ricciardi. 2013.