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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!

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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

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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Happy faces, lovely places

11 Jul

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Home again.  Two fantastic weeks…action packed!  Our adventure has come to an end for now, but our friendship with the people of Ciociaria is just beginning.  Enjoy this brief look at Ciociaria for now, but stay tuned for more Italian adventures, right here!