Big Turnout for Amalfi Art Show
An animated crowd turned out for our D.C. area Amalfi-Fest Art Show & Reception on November 6. Art lovers plus festival alums and staff gathered to enjoy the visual feast of paintings, photographs and ceramics by festival teachers and students. A beautiful home in Chevy Chase, MD was transformed by our artists into an array of galleries filled with canvasses large and small, presenting the familiar, awe-inspiring landscapes and landmarks of the Amalfi Coast.
Graced by balmy weather, the outdoor terrace was set up with eye-catching displays of colorful ceramics works complemented by a magnificent spread of Italian-inspired food and wine. But by far the greatest pleasure of the evening was seeing long-time friends of the festival sharing their art and unique Amalfi experiences with those interested in joining the festival for the first time.
Amalfi artists who participated in the exhibit included our intrepid planning committee, painters Marlene Jacome,
Paola Luther, and Alicia Sosman, together with ceramics artist and head of the Amalfi Visual Arts program, Roberto Devers, who will be offering two classes in 2017, and Washington-area painter Gonzalo Ruiz Navarro, who is looking forward to returning with his loyal group of students next summer. New faculty member for 2017, photographer Gayle Rothschild presented a collection of her evocative compositions in both black & white and color, while future faculty painter Michael Shibley showed a triptych of delicate watercolors of the coastline. In the ceramics garden, we were also pleased to feature creations from last summer by Carrie Witkop in addition to the stunning ceramics work of artist Maggie Flaherty, who has attended the Amalfi program for over a decade. Our gratitude to of all of the show’s participants for their generosity in dedicating a percentage of their sales to the Amalfi Festival Scholarship Fund.
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Grazie infinite to our artists for their impeccable team-work, to our gracious hostess, Annie Canby, for her hospitality, with special thanks to Bob Devers for his flawless coordination. We hope to make the Amalfi-Fest Art Show
an annual event!
Our art show planning committee hard at work!
2017 Visual Arts Courses & Faculty:
Ceramic Sculpture: Robert J. Devers
Watercolor Meets Tile Painting: Robert J. Devers
Painting the Light of the Amalfi Coast: Gonzalo Ruiz-Navarro
The Magic of the Amalfi Coast: Gayle Rothschild
The Artist's Sketchbook: David Page