A Tale of Two Murals: Saugerties & Piglio

11 Jul

The seeds for the adult mural for Discover Ciociaria/Scoprire la Ciociaria were planted by the children of Saugerties, when, in 2004 or thereabouts, the Saugerties Lighthouse Conservancy, under the direction of its then president, Susannah Satten, took part in a national environmental art project called “Mural Miles.”  Children from all over the U.S.A. were invited to create a mural which depicted the environment of their particular town.  The murals were then displayed in a mile of murals, in California.  Susannah and a group of kids from toddlers to pre-teens worked at my former gallery, The Half Moon Studio, to create a mural of Saugerties.

Fast forward to 2011 and Piglio, Italy:  in appreciation of the work and support for my painting workshop, in particular to Stefania Bedetti, assistant counselor for culture and tourism in Piglio, I volunteered to work with the local Italian children to help them create a mural based on their own surroundings.  27 enthusiastic boys and girls from the Piglio elementary school, accompanied by their parents, made a joyful painting of the landscape, “The Beautiful Land.”

The Beautiful Land, 2011, by the children of Piglio

The parents of the children of Piglio were so happy with the project that they suggested that they would love to make a mural of their own…which resulted in the 8 panel painting by four Italian artists and four American artists which I’ve already talked about here!

This year, we brought the Saugerties kids’ mural to Italy, where it will travel through December with its adult counterpart to the six towns taking part in Discover Ciociaria!

Two “Ciociare” display the mural by the children of Saugerties in Piglio, Italy, July 1, 2012

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