On Friday after I finished interviewing 20-something-year-old filmmaker Alden Peters on his film Coming Out for a feature we will broadcast on PTV on National Coming Out Day, I jumped on my bike to center of P Town for my next interviewee who couldn’t have been more different.
87 year old local artist/sculptor Del Filardi latest, and probably last, Exhibition was opening at the Kobalt Gallery. Called ‘My Heron Song’ all the pieces in the show are about Filardi’s great passion ….the blue heron.
Filardi’s work is nothing less than stunning and her skill with a welding torch is incomparable. She combines found objects with the steel scraps that she has magically transformed into one great blue after another, each appearing ready to launch from a weathered perch or land amid willowy reeds. Her highly collectable work can be found in both private and public collections, and although this Show will be on view for another week, every single piece sold within minutes.
We had actually met briefly last year when she was with her other great passion …. Harriet Rubin her partner for the past 47 years … when they were at the launch of B Proud’s book First Comes Love : a celebration of long-term relationships in the LGBTQ community, which naturally they were in.
We talked about life and love and beauty and burlesque and Seattle and Space in an interview the team at P.T.V. are feverishly editing now, and hopefully will go ‘live’ tomorrow. Meanwhile here’s a wee teaser as the fabulous Dela talks about Cosmos which isn’t just a drink after all : it’s all about a Space fantasy. Who knew!