We’re ready! Discover Ciociaria II is set!

17 Oct

We’re ready! Discover Ciociaria II is set!.

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We’re ready! Discover Ciociaria II is set!

17 Oct

Painting of Trevi nel Lazio village scene, by Carol Slutsky-Tenerowicz, from Discover Ciociaria I, July 2012.

Plans are finalized for our second Italian adventure in the beautiful land known as Ciociaria.  As “ourcarolinafamily” writes about their Italian family in their blog, “Lurking within this undisturbed territory is, of course, the real Italy. People from all over the peninsula lay claim to living in the real Italy, but they are wrong. The real Italy lies here, in the Comino Valley, north of Naples, south of Rome, high in the mountains, surrounded by the Apennine peaks.”  Our own guests last year felt as though they became part of an extended Italian family.  Mady, one of our workshop participants wrote, “Thanks for a wonderful workshop experience.  Ciociaria is a beautiful region filled with amazing scenery, food, wine and people.   You and Giulio made us feel part of your “family.”  This was a magical experience that I shall never forget.”

Come join us and see for yourself the magic of central-southern Italy.  Only a stones throw from The Eternal City, step back in time, drink the same wine favored by Popes and Roman legions, still produced on small family farms, and rarely enjoyed outside of Italy!  We’ll be in town for the celebration of the grape harvest in Piglio, during the Sagra dell’uva Cesanese.

Visit our website to learn the details of Discover Ciociaria II.  Our adventure begins on Sept. 27 and ends on Oct. 7, 2013.   http://www.halfmoonartstudio.com

DISCOVER CIOCIARIA II! SEPT. 27 – OCT. 7, 2013

4 Sep
Uliveti, near Bellegra

Uliveti, roadside view near Bellegra

Plenty of time to plan for our next Italian adventure. With this year’s great experience under our “berets” we’re ready to organize Discover Ciociaria II (DC II). Staying just outside the beautiful hill town of Serrone at Belsito, Serrone, a hotel/restaurant with swimming pool. We’ll keep you posted, naturally. Our aim: to provide our guests with a genuine experience of Italy, off the beaten tourist path. We work with family and friends in Italy to ensure the best possible value for our guests. You’ll feel like you’ve found your Italian home! (I have!) Painting, cooking class, excursions, incredible food (and wine), all inclusive. Details will be posted in a few weeks, but if you’re interested, send me a note and I’ll make sure you’re notified.

La Provincia Newspaper Article.

23 Jul

Okay, all you students of La Bella Lingua, here’s your Italian lezione for the week:  our Discover Ciociara project was written about in La Provincia, the newspaper of the provinces around Rome.  The event covered here was the opening and dedication of the mural I’ve posted about previously, and about how our project is about art and friendship…actually that art IS friendship!  The mayor of Piglio is shown cutting the ribbon for the “unveiling” of Discover Ciociaria mural along with officials from other towns, and artists.  Also shown is the mural done by Saugerties children several years ago of the Saugerties Lighthouse and Catskill Mountains.

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Scoprire la Ciociaria continues its journey

23 Jul

The mural of the Ciociaria landscape created by the four Italian artists and four American artists is now on exhibit in the lovely mountain town of Fiuggi, known for its healing waters. It is said that the artist Michelangelo was one of the first to tout the powers of the water to dissolve kidney stones! Pope Boniface made haste to get to Fiuggi, and the spa there now is named Fonte di Bonifacio VIII. Some 10,000 visitors a week take the “waters” during summer months. To learn more about Fiuggi visit http://www.comune.fiuggi.fr.it. Our mural is on display until July 29 at the Teatro Comunale. Here’s a photo of the display which also includes additional paintings created during our painting workshop by American painters of Discover Ciociara as well as many of our Itlalian colleagues who took part in simultaneous painting events during our stay in Italy.

L’Infiorata Genazzano!

15 Jul

The creation of the flower carpet for l’infiorata took place on Saturday, June 30, to prepare for the sacred procession celebration of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on Sunday, July 1.  The flowers are laid beginning at midnight, when the stone of the streets is relatively cool–to ensure that the flowers won’t immediately wilt!  The procession featured scenes from the Bible, angels and saints, beginning at the beginning…Adam and Eve!

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L’Infiorata Genazzano!

15 Jul

Undoubtedly the most memorable of so many memorable moments during our time in Italy was our participation in the annual infiorata (literally, “flowered”) festival of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the medieval town of Genazzano.  Thanks to an invitation from one of the organizers (and “amore” of Giulio Tirinelli!) Cinzia di Fazio, our little group of artists got to create our own piece of history:  this year Genazzano’s L’infiorata made the Guiness Book’s record for the longest flower carpet–1.642 kilometers, one mile!

Here’s a peek at the “before”–where we met at midnight and worked until 3 a.m. on our design along with hundreds of the local people.  Young, old, families, groups charged with the task of creating flower pictures with the most fragrant paint we’ve ever worked with!

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