So many Italian Festivals and events are waiting for our community this September!

Sept 9-11th  San Gennaro Festival

Location: 1225 South Angelo Street, Seattle, WA
Festival Hours
September 9th:   6pm – 10pm
September 10th:  10am – 10pm
September 11th:  10am – 6pm

For a full schedule please

Saturday Sept 17th Inaugurazione Italian Cultural Center (Grand Opening)

Visit Il Punto!, BIS (Italian Library), Caffe’ Musica & Rare Earth Music Studio all under one roof.

Join us anytime from 2-6pm Saturday Sept. 17, 2016
Location: 14300 Greenwood Ave N, Ste A Seattle, WA

2-4pm: Visit the center & learn about our programs. Small book sale at the library.
4-6pm: Ribbon cutting, toast and appetizers
6pm +: try the new Italian menu from Caffe’ Musica
8pm +: live music
Connect with old friends and new!

This is a family friendly event.
More info on

The Grand opening is part of a week of events hosted at caffe’ musica.
Great food, live music, wine tasting, games, and other activities.

September 24-25 Festa Italiana Seattle
From 10am to 7pm Saturday and Sunday at Seattle Center

This Italian Festival features food, music, art, dance and participatory activities for the entire family. There’s “The Great Italian Chefs” cooking demonstrations, the Festa Grape Stomp, the Bocce Tournament, children’s activities, an historical photo collection, a contemporary exhibit of photos of Italy, an Italian Classic Vehicle Show, and three stages with Free Entertainment.

More info on their website

Il Punto! will be to these events with a booth. If you would like to volunteer to one of these events, let us know! it is a great way to make new friends and new connections.



Il Punto! Italian Cultural Center in collaboration with Seattle  Town Hall organizes a lecture with Richard Rhodes

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 7.30PM
Downstairs at Town Hall
Doors open: 6:30pm

This lecture is free for all Il Punto members that register by May 29th!

Tickets for non members are available for $5 at

A Seattle, Washington-based sculptor, stonemason, entrepreneur, and scholar of stonework world-wide, Richard Rhodes apprenticed as a stonemason in Siena, Italy after graduate studies at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.   As the first non-Italian admitted into Siena’s ancient masonic guild in 726 years (operative branch of the Freemason’s, heirs to the cathedral builders of Europe), he is known throughout the sculpture and stone community as the “last apprentice” since the ancient guild collapsed in the mid-1990’s. It was during his guild training that he first encountered the Sacred Geometries and the Sacred Rules of Bondwork, foundational knowledge from the 4,000-year tradition of stone expression.  Though now branching into other media such as cast bronze, Rhodes credits his guild training as the major influence in his sculptural practice.  The lecture is richly illustrated with photos from Rhodes long career in sculpture and stone architecture.

Richard Rhodes Biography 
Rhodes Sculpture works have been exhibited internationally (Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi (2012), Cottesloe (2013)) and can be found in private and pubic collections in the US and Australia.  Rhodes’ Sentinel Series has won international acclaim including this review by the London based Sculpture critic, Tom Flynn.  “among the few truly stand-out works, beautifully executed and open to multiple readings.  It seemed perfectly at home overlooking the ocean. Brancusi would have liked it.”  Rhodes continues to explore the relationship between art, architecture and the human experience.  Primarily working in granite or high-density limestone, his work is deeply textural, relying principally on the expressive hand finishes wrought with the hammer and chisel.  Typically working larger than human scale, Rhodes explores mass with deceptively simple compositional gestures.   A nationally acclaimed lecturer and educator, Richard has twice addressed the national conventions of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLA). He has also delivered a five-lecture educational series to the Institute of Classical Architecture in both New York and San Francisco.  His international lectures include the Royal Institute of Australian Architects (RAIA) and the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow.  His works have been featured in numerous publications including The New York Times, Architectural Digest, Architectural Record, MSNBC and Newsweek.

Rhodes’ book, Stone Expression: an exploration of stone design and use, is near completion. This large-format book contains 200 color plates of international historical stonework as photographed by the author who is also an accomplished medium-format photographer. Paul Goldberger, Pulitzer Prize winning architecture critic for The New Yorker magazine, is writing the book’s foreword.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT) Add to Calendar
Town Hall Seattle – 1119 8th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101 – View Map

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Alice Gosti in Genre Bender – March 4th and 5th


10 Artists. 5 Performances. 1 Unforgettable Show.

Genre Bender returns with 10 of Seattle’s most inventive artists, unleashing five totally new, category-defying performances.

Friday, March 4 and Saturday, March 5
Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m.
at the Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center
$20 advance, $30 at the door

Each year, City Arts pairs artists who work in different media, inviting them to leap out of their comfort zones for a special collaboration. Though the details of their performances will remain secret until the curtain goes up on opening night, the alchemy is already underway with each of these unique hybrid commissions.
The 2016 Artist Duos future also our beloved Seattle based Italian artist Alice Gosti!

The duos:
Musician/producer Erik Blood + dancer/choreographer Markeith Wiley
Performance artist Alice Gosti + ritualist Timothy White Eagle
Actor/cellist Justin Huertas + composer/clarinetist Beth Fleenor
Writer/artist Tessa Hulls + performance/visual artist Kyle Loven
Dancer/choreographer Jody Kuehner + solo performer Keira McDonald

More information and tickets here

To learn more about Alice Gosti, read this recent article on city Art magazine.

UW Lectures – Alexander Nagel – The Renaissance Elsewhere

Alexander Nagel, Professor at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, is among the most prominent scholars of Italian Renaissance art in the world today. His work has transformed our understanding of Michelangelo, of art and religious reform in Renaissance Italy, and of the Renaissance understanding of images more generally. For the University of Washington’s prestigious Walker-Ames Lecture, Nagel will introduce his exciting new book project, Renaissance Orientations. The book reconsiders the origins and development of the Renaissance from about 1300 into the sixteenth century, focusing on the import of Italian engagement with the Mediterranean, the Middle East, the Silk Road, and ultimately the New World. Nagel’s lecture will contend that the period rise of painting to pre-eminence in Western artistic production was intimately bound up with the increasing power of Italian painting to re-present and interpret the widening range of objects and experiences made available by the new globalism of the late medieval and early modern period.

When:   Thurs. October 15, 2015; 7:30 p.m.
Where:   Kane Hall, Room 120
4069 Spokane Lane
Seattle, WA 98105
Cost:   Free, but advance registration is required.

For more details and to register click here 


LINO TAGLIAPIETRA – “Arte del Vetro Senza Frontiere: Glass Art Without Borders” – DA NON PERDERE!



Il Punto! Italian Cultural Center would like to invite you to the lecture “Arte del Vetro Senza Frontiere: Glass Art Without Borders” by Lino Tagliapietra, world renowned Maestro glassmaker from Venice. Lino will be in town for an exhibit and very kindly accepted to give a lecture for Il Punto! members and the general public.

The Lecture will be held at Seattle Town Hall on September 1st.
1119 Eighth Avenue • Seattle, WA • 98101
Doors open at 6.30 pm, the lecture starts at 7.30pm.
Free for Il Punto! members
General Admission & Town Hall Members: $5 buy tickets

From Venice to Seattle and everywhere in between, Italian glass artist Lino Tagliapietra – “often hailed as the world’s greatest glassblower – creates works that are inspiring, creative, and filled with his trademark personal flair. A Master glassmaker since age 21, Tagliapietra has “generously shared traditional Venetian techniques” with American glassblowers (including our own Dale Chihuly) for years. He’ll offer an inside look at these and other techniques in a discussion of his personal glassblowing style, inspirations, and passion. Learn about the man behind the glass – and get a glimpse at what makes a “Maestro.”

Additional information about this Lecture and the Maestro at these links:

Book signing after discussion

The Traver Gallery in Seattle will present an exhibition of Lino’s new works from September 3rd:

The lecture has been organized by Il Punto! with the much appreciated collaboration of the Seattle Town Hall organization and the support of University Book Store, as part of the Arts & Culture series.