Sunday, May 6, 2012

Amerigo & America - American Contemporary Art in Florence

Over the past 5 months I have been working with the presidents and members of 3 women's groups to help organize a contemporary art show showcasing the works of American Artists living and working  in Florence.  It was a learning experience to say the least! We had our ups and downs, our snags and pulls but in the end a great success!! We couldn't be happier with the way the show came together and with the opening reception that took place last night at Il Palagio di Parte Guelfa in the center of the city just near the Piazza della Republica.

The show is one of the many events that will be taking place this year celebrating Amerigo Vespucci and his connection with the United States of America.  Along with the two shows being held at Palazzo Strozzi including the contemporary art exhibit American Dreamers and Americans in Florence, Sargent and the American Impressionist as well as several other events that will continue throughout the year.
Sculptures by Amy Catherine Lamenzo Photos by Birgitte Bronsted
We were honored to have our show inaugurated by Robert Shackelford, secretary of the Association of American Colleges and University Programs (AACUPI), U.S. Consul General Sarah Craddock Morrison, Rosanna Cirigliano, journalist, editor of Vista, Florence & Tuscany and Linda Falcone,  editor and author of several books about life in Italy and who is very involved in recognizing and supporting women artists in Florence.
The gorgeous cake by Melanie Secciani - photo by Birgitte Bronsted

The show has an eclectic mix of work ranging from representational oil painting and portrait drawing to gorgeous sculptures in bronze and terra cotta as well as photography and monoprints.   The work will be on display for one week only so don't miss it! Head on over and support the artists!
Charcoal drawing by Hilary Scott Photos by Birgitte Bronsted
And of course a special thank you to my partner in crime, the amazing and beautiful and incredibly organized Christine Dickert, the Y.A.W.N (Young Anglo Women's Network) president, Leslie Buskirk the head of Network and Karen Shannon of AILO (The American International League of Florence)

And all of the beautiful photos that you see here are by Birgitte Bronsted

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