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A Musical Welcome to Ciociaria

2 Oct

We spent our first morning (Saturday, Sept 28) painting at one of Italy’s national monuments, La Selva di Paliano…which, roughly translated, means, the wild place, or the natural place. La Selva is a bird refuge, with several small lakes.   After  a few hours taking in and translating the scenery on to our paper or canvas, the six painters were joined by the rest of our Discover Ciociaria colleagues and friends, as well as “amici” from the town of Paliano for a picnic with music.  Thanks to Simone Marucci, one of Paliano’s town councilmen, for arranging a “welcome to Ciociaria concert” by a group of musicians whose specialties are “salentina” music.  “Compari delle Cantine” of Paliano comprises a group of beautiful young Ciociare (Cho-CHAR-rey) determined to keep the traditions of Italian country music alive and well.

Here’s a slightly choppy video of the group performing for us.  Enjoy, Campari delle Cantine, from Paliano, Italy.

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Off to Italy again…a presto!

2 May
Italian landscape

An idyllic scene of Lazio…una panoramica idilliaca

It’s been quite a while since I’ve written about Italy, but it’s a new year, and new adventures are in store as we get ready to attend our first Italian family wedding!  My business partner…and second-cousin-once-removed Giulio Tirinelli is marrying the girl of his dreams, Cinzia di Fazio, on May 18. We’re going to the wedding…La Nozze…in Serrone, and my father, John Osenni is coming with us!  It’s his first trip to Italy, and only his second trip to Europe, at 85 years young.  We’ll visit Piglio, only 5 kilometers from Serrone, where my grandmother Annunziata Grilli grew up, and where many of the descendants of Annuniziata’s sister Francesca–Zia Francesca to my father– still live.  He’ll meet lots of family members, and we’re betting that he’ll remember his mother’s language…literally his mother tongue, after a few days among the cousins.

The image here will be the backdrop of the “tableau di matrimonio”–an Italian wedding tradition, where cards showing the seating arrangement of “la nozze” will be placed.  I’ll keep you posted on the festivities, the food, of course, and on my father’s adventures in his mother’s hometown…stay tuned!

Now is the time!

9 Jan

Here’s a recently finished oil painting on paper, based on photos and sketches from last summer’s Discover Ciociaria.  The location for this painting was at the vineyards, in Piglio, owned and operated by Andrea Martini, whose family has been producing Cesanese del Piglio, Ciociaria’s renowned wine, for many years.  Andrea hosted our painting group last summer, and graciously provided use of his cantina for our picnic lunch and treated us to some of his fine wine.

Vineyards, Piglio 72dpi  The Martini Vineyard will be one of our painting places during Discover Ciociaria II, September 27 – October 7.

Our workshop this year will take place during the Sagra dell’uva Cesanese, the annual celebration of the grape harvest in Piglio.  It’s a jolly time, featuring food, music, ample opportunities to taste the various varieties of the robust Cesanese wine of Piglio, and thousands of happy Italians. It’s not unusual to see a spontaneous eruption into song and dance, accompanied by accordion (fisarmonica) music! Did you know that the finest accordions in the world are made in Italy?  It is said that Cesanese was the wine of Roman Legions, kings and popes!    It is difficult to find outside of Italy, since it is produced in small batches, on family farms.

Now is the time to sign up to join us for Discover Ciociaria II!  Our group will be small, no more than 10 guests, to ensure a quality experience for each.  Find all the details about our trip on http://www.halfmoonartstudio.com

Vineyards at Piglio, oil painting by Carol Slutsky-Tenerowicz

Vineyards at Piglio, oil painting by Carol Slutsky-Tenerowicz

Here’s another view of the same location, created by Carol Slutsky-Tenerowicz during last year’s workshop.  Nice work, Carol!

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.