Tag Archives: 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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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

Painting at La Sonnina

1 Jul

First day, probably in the nineties- unusual for this time of year- they told us it’s because of the image

wind from Africa!image