Tours of Tuscany

Tours of Tuscany
Join this small group tour and immerse yourself in the current of sensation for a week of food, wine and culture in Tuscany.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Madonna Del Rosario

From a crown of roses to an iRosary, a stunning exhibition of artworks inspired by the Catholic rosary opens at artisan on Thursday 22 May 2008. The exhibition, Madonna Del Rosario showcases beautiful and quirky jewellery and objects by leading Australian artists and designers. It opens for the first time in Queensland and is proudly presented by St George bank.
An initiative of the Wollongong Italian community, in partnership with Wollongong City Gallery, the exhibition was the highlight of their 2006 Madonna Del Rosario festival; an annual event based on Southern Italian traditions celebrating Our Lady of the Rosary. Artisan has recreated the exhibition, enhancing it with a special Queensland addition, featuring works by local artists: Madeleine Brown, Anna Varendorft, Rachel Apelt, and Ky Curran.
The exhibition highlights not only the ingenuity of the artists and their fascinating responses to the Rosary but also their diverse and often symbolic use of media such as ceramics, paper, metal, coral, graphite, found objects and pasta.
Local artists, Rachel Apelt and Ky Curran, respond to the symbology of the Madonna: Rachel, by creating a new set of mysteries – the Five Agnostic Mysteries – which reference not only the numerology of the Rosary but also non -Christian archetypes of the compassionate mother. Meanwhile Ky creates a wall of Marys that form a shrine to the endurance of a mother’s love.
Carlier Makigawa, Dinosaur Designs, and Prue Venables stay true to the traditional form of the rosary, conceived as a contemplative piece for thoughtful meditation. Similarly, Roseanne Bartley, Annabelle Collett and Julia Moretti explore historical and ecclesiastical aspects of Catholicism, using materials of Italian origin.
Gerry Wedd and Sheridan Kennedy use the symbology of the rose as their point of reference. Sheridan devised a wearable ball game from a five-petalled extracted rose motif, while Gerry constructed an untouchable ceramic crown of roses and thorns inscribed with lyrics from David McCombe’s ‘Someone Watching Over Me’,
Others, including Sean O’Connell, Jane Bowden, Pierre Cavalan, Marilyn Puschak and Kathryn Orton, produced works that demonstrated the correlation between the repetitive process of making and the equally repetitive incantation of prayers.
While for the itinerant Roman Catholic, Will Soeterboek brings the ritual of the rosary into the 21st Century with his remarkable iRosary mp3 player, which plays the perfect mantra for meaningful moments.
Madonna Del Rosario was be opened by Grace Grace MP, Member for Brisbane Central, with a highlight performance by the Holy Cross Italian Choir. The exhibition runs until the 5th July 2008

Friday, May 23, 2008

Italian Week Sponsors

Di Bella Coffee. At the age of 31, Phillip Di Bella leads Australia’s fastest growing coffee company. In just four years he has founded and built up the company in one of the most competitive retail industries in Australia. This speed of growth was recognised in the 2006 BRW Fast 100 list where Di Bella Coffee debuted at number 23. After 11 years in the business, Phillip followed his dream and started Di Bella coffee with only two wholesale clients. As a one-man band he roasted the coffee himself in one location, drove to another to type up invoices, stored his product somewhere else and then delivered the coffee himself.

Stephen J Pellegrino - Stephen has devoted his career to to the property industry and specialises in strategic identification and assessment of opportunities including negotiating and acquisition. He progressed from Real Estate sales and property management to develop his own property portfolio. This included building and refurbishing, trading, sourcing buyers and long term tenants and their strategic development and management of a wide range of properties.

Sarina Russo opened ‘The Office’ Business Academy (now Sarina Russo Schools Australia) in 1979 with $2,600, nine students and two part-time staff. Sarina now leads the Sarina Russo Group a private company with interests in education, employment services and property. The Sarina Russo Group employs over 800 people and has a yearly turnover exceeding $75 million. is a unique, Brisbane-based website which provides up-to-date local information that enriches the experience of people who live in and visit the city. The award winning website is an initiative of Brisbane City Council and is now the number one leisure and lifestyle website for Brisbane and the greater Brisbane region, attracting more than 500,000 unique visitors and more than five million page impressions each month. has everything you need to know about Brisbane – including festivals, events, dining guide, things to see and do, local news, weather, transport, traffic updates and more.

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QUT Art Museum is a modern art gallery located in Brisbane's central business district. The museum has a reputation for displaying the finest works from the QUT Art Collection and presenting thought-provoking exhibitions of contemporary art. QUT Art Museum opened in May 2000 and seeks to enhance the quality of community life through the visual arts. It develops collections and exhibitions which reflect Australia’s cultural achievements and progress, and promote a sense of identity.

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Allans Music. In the 1850's Joseph Wilkie and George Allan set up a music warehouse in Melbourne's Collins Street, catering for a population of just 20,000. This effectively was the start of Allans Music - and the story embraces the musical history of Australia . Far more than just a ‘seller' of musical instruments, the Collins Street store became a musical Mecca for the talented and famous – Dame Nellie Melba took her early lessons at Allans!

Sarina Russo Group

Sarina Russo opened ‘The Office’ Business Academy (now Sarina Russo Schools Australia) in 1979 with $2,600, nine students and two part-time staff.

Sarina now leads the Sarina Russo Group a private company with interests in education, employment services and property. The Sarina Russo Group employs over 800 people and has a yearly turnover exceeding $75 million.

Sarina’s achievements include

· Joined Challenger Financial Services Group Ltd as an Independent director in August 2006.

· Member of Queensland Premier Peter Beattie’s Premier’s Advisory Board since 2000.

· Chairman and Trustee of the Jupiter’s Casino Community Benefit Fund since 1995.

· Member of the Queensland Tourism Board since 2002.

· Member of the Lord Mayor’s Community Trust Board since 1995.

· Member of the Queensland Education and Training Export Board since 2002.

· Member of the Council for Multicultural Australia Board since 2005. Appointed by the Prime Minister The Hon. John Howard.

· Recognised in Paris as one of the forty Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World in 1992 and a member of the Leading Women Entrepreneurs World Advisory Board since 2006.

· Member of the Women’s Leadership Board of the John F. Kennedy School of Government (Harvard Business School) since 2003.

· A graduate of the Harvard Business School (USA) Owner/President Management Program -
· Awarded the Multicultural Achievers Award by Queensland Government by Queensland Premier Peter Beattie in 2006.

· Entrepreneurial judge (Dragon) on Channel Seven’s international reality television show Dragons’ Den (2005). Other Dragon’s include Siimon Reynolds Creative Director, Love Communications; Peter Higgins Founder of Mortgage Choice; Darryn Lyons Chairman & CEO BIG Group of Companies; and Suzi Dafnis Director, Pow Wow Events -

· Celebrated 20 years as host of ‘How to Get That Job’ 5-minute segment on Channel 9 in 2005.

· Co-authored a motivational biography and business book “Meet me at the Top” with Russ Gleeson in 2002.

· Member of the Australiana Fund to raise funds to acquire and preserve a permanent collection of art works that are Australian by origin or by association.

· Appointed Honorary Ambassador for the City of Brisbane by the then Lord Mayor Jim Soorley in 1996.

Sarina Russo Job Access is Australia's largest privately owned Job Network agency with approximately 6% of national market share.
Nationally almost 75,000 people have achieved positive employment outcomes with Sarina Russo Job Access over the past three years whilst almost 65,000 employers have benefited from our comprehensive range of employment services.

Over 5000 students graduate every year from academic and vocational courses run at Sarina Russo Schools Australia. These courses include:
· Russo School of Hotel and Tourism Australia – Hospitality and Tourism Specialist Courses;
· Russo Institute Australia – Business Courses.
· Russo English Australia – English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students; and
· Russo College Australia – Pathway to University Courses.

Russo Higher Education trading as James Cook University Brisbane is a partnership between James Cook University (Townsville) and the Sarina Russo Group. Officially opened by Queensland Premier, The Hon Peter Beattie, the University’s first class CBD campus offers students both undergraduate and post graduate courses in business and Information Technology. The University’s major point of difference is the ability to offer a ‘new corporate’ style of career focused education, including industry internships, assistance in finding work during the course, and then helping graduates develop careers after their course. The Group’s vision is to open James Cook University campuses in both Sydney and Melbourne.

Sarina Russo Apprenticeship Service provides a linkage between all parties required to achieve an Australian Apprenticeship.
Sarina Russo Apprenticeship Service promotes Australian Apprenticeships and gives advice on over 600 Qualifications. Sarina Russo Apprenticeship Service also pays Employers’ Incentives for training their staff through the New Apprenticeship Incentive Programme. Sarina Russo Apprenticeship Service currently provides a one stop shop for over 23,000 Australian Apprentices.

Sarina Investments is Sarina Russo Group’s property investment vehicle. Major assets include:
· Sarina Russo Plaza – 349 Queen Street, Brisbane
· Sarina Russo Centre – 82 Ann Street, Brisbane
· Sarina Russo River Centre – 100 Eagle Street, Brisbane
· 457 Adelaide Street, Brisbane
· 219 Johnston Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne.
Sarina Russo Open Employment Services provide specialist assistance and services to people with a disability who need ongoing support to help find and maintain regular employment

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Georgia Cupples

Georgia Cupples is the daughter of well known Australian singer Peter Cupples, Georgia, is 14 years old and attends All Hallows secondary school in Brisbane.

Georgia from a young age has displayed a real natural ability with music, even though she has studied singing both privately and at the Brisbane conservatorium of music, its her natural ear for music that has seen her progress so quickly to become a very consummate performer.
Georgia is extremely creative, and has written some very fine songs, one of which she will perform at the concert celebrating Italian week.

Georgia is committed to a future in the entertainment business, as she has singing, dance and drama lessons once a week. You can check out Georgia's music on her my-space site, or see her live at Italian week on the 1st of June 08.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Italian Style Done Under

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Italian Week Promotional Banner at the corner of Elizabeth Street and Edward Street


Francesco Capecchi, Mario Cali, Alessandro Sorbello and Elio Marzullo
enjoy an espresso on the balcony.

Currently on the corner of Elizabeth Street and Edward Street in the city, we have organised to advertise the Italian Week festival – Elio Marzullo has kindly sponsored and positioned on his prime location this banner. Grazie Elio!!!

Italia Cup sponsored by Di Bella Coffee

As part of Italian Week 2008 celebrations, Brisbane City Football Club ‘Azzurri’ at Spencer Park Newmarket, will stage a tournament of ‘Calcetto’ 5-a-side Football on Wednesday 28th May 2008 to kick-off at 6.00pm, proudly supported and sponsored by Di Bella Coffee.

The tournament will consist of 2 groups of 4 teams, playing in a round robin of 10 minute halves, with the winner of each group to play in the Final for the ‘Di Bella Coffee Italian Week Cup’. Teams are to be made up of adult males, females or mixed and be named any region of Italy. Registration fee is $200 per team. With proceeds from registrations going to support Italian Week.

So grab some family and friends together and form a team and be part of this fun night.
Registrations close on Sunday 25th May 2008.

If participating in a team is not your cup of coffee, you can relax on our Sunset Boulevard and enjoy a meal of Pasta and BBQ Pork Spare Ribs while watching the games. Our Azzurri Bar is fully licenced and our Di Bella coffee bar will cater for all your hot beverage needs. Bookings are essential.

For team registrations, table bookings or for further information please contact us
on 3356 8834 between 6.00pm - 9.00pm Monday to Thursday or by email to

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Depazzi Jewellery

Depazzi emerged in contrast to its origins back in the late 1800s. Both Tully and Evert families were among the earliest pioneers of opal mining in the harsh Australian outback. As they worked their land they uncovered the most exquisite gemstone the world had ever seen - the magnificent fire-kissed boulder opal.

That pioneering blood still runs thick today, as both Evert and Tully step-up their quest to take the Australian opal industry to unprecedented levels.

Tully's passion earned him a Churchill Fellowship to study jewellery design in Florence. While Evert is the voice for opal mining in Queensland, having only recently stepped down from heading a full operation: mining, cutting and retailing in north Queensland.

Together they're set to do for opals what Paspaley has done for pearls, as they drive Depazzi - Australia's most potent luxury goods brand - onto the international market.

Depazzi is an exuberant line of jewellery and accessories that is uniquely indigenous to Australia. Signature Depazzi style features wild animal leathers such as croc, with illustrious pearls, coral, woven cotton, and most notably, Australia's national stone - the opal.

The evolution of Depazzi has fused the lives of two outback pioneers. It is a story that unfolds like an epic: one that reveals all the trials and tribulations of Australian prospecting, but most notably the emergence and subsequent success of the iconic Australian brand, Depazzi.
And so the story continues to evolve, with Tully designing and inspiring through new world multi-channel marketing, this arm flexing in tandem with Evert's retail knowledge and operations branch; together they drive Australia's most potent luxury goods brand onto the international circuit.

But it would not have been such a journey without the tremendous support from their respective families. Both Tully and Evert have burgeoning families and are the first to acknowledge that their strength and support has been instrumental to their success.

Tully exclaims "After all, it is the chemistry of the people involved in this company that makes it successful, rather than the efforts of one Director or Designer. Really it's our core vision as the people who drive the business, combined with an extraordinary team of people we have attracted including: Elisabetta Gucci, tutors in Italy, photographer Richard De Chazal, designer Eva Burgija, media advisor Selena Wallace, our craftsmen, the media and many others who have believed in Depazzi from conception."

With precious gemstones, extraordinary designs, branding, and a tremendous sense of national pride...there is no question that Bruce Tully, James Evert and the team are changing the way the world looks at opals - and Australia.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

INAS Australia

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