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Re-Entry

June 13th, 2014
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Edmund

Italy is an idea, an image, a lifestyle.  Italy is art and Italy is architecture…innovations and experiments.  It has also been defined by conflict and by plague.  Italy is a sum of its past and its present, of its conquests and its defeats…of dreams that span millennia.  People are drawn to Italy for its monuments, for the achievements of human endeavor. But what strikes me year after year as I return to il bel paese, is something that seems so small in comparison to the

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La Romita Friends, Old and New – by Edmund

May 10th, 2014
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Edmund

Each winter I try and keep in touch with our teachers and friends throughout the states and it is one of the most gratifying tasks. This year I drove from my home in northern California to Oregon, home to Ken O’Connell at the University of Oregon in Eugene and then to Portland where I made a presentation on La Romita School at University of Oregon’s s new center in the historic White Stag building in Portland.  I then met with long-time La Romita instructor Benno

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“Serendipity” – A Visit to La Romita

April 11th, 2013
Edmund

Webster’s defines serendipity as a “happy accident” or “pleasant surprise”.  Obviously accidents can’t be predicted and surprises lose their punch if you know they’re coming, so we can’t really promise serendipity as part of the program at La Romita, but we can try.  We can say with confidence that no one knows this area the way we do…the history of the artists and patrons, the foods and wines, the hidden architectural gems, and the culture that holds it all together.  We are Italian; the family

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Hidden Treasures: November 2012

November 28th, 2012

We’re back in the States.  For the last six months, we’ve been living the La Romita dream…not only through the pleasure and edification we share with our participants and teachers, as pleasing and edifying as that is…but through the cultivation of certain obsessive behavior.  There has always been an exceptional beauty in the artistic endeavors of humanity and there are precious few places on this planet in which these endeavors have been manifest, recorded, and preserved as perfectly as they have in Italy.  The instruction

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Our 2012 Art Workshops: A Retrospective

October 23rd, 2012
Edmund

It has been both interesting and inspiring to view the past six months here in Italy as strengthening our ties to the past as we branch out into new possibilities of artistic expression and appreciation.  The formula remains: the rustic elegance of this ancient monastery, the authentic Umbrian cuisine, the exhilaration of creating art in this artistic paradise, the trips to the villages where the art and architecture frames the warmth of the Italian people.  At La Romita, these aspects are the foundation of the

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Conversations

August 28th, 2012
Edmund

I have a bit of a break here in Umbria.  I’m sleeping late and wandering a bit to keep up on this incredible region.  You may remember that in this blog I talked about my visit to the wonderful folks in Texas.  Now we’ve had the good fortune to receive the Texans here in Italy.  Sharon Zeugin is a master (Maestra) calligrapher, and fascinating painter.  She brought a core group from her hometown of Austin, but many of her fans are from all over the continent.  I don’t normally write about

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No Faint Praise Here: Teacher and Artists

July 25th, 2012
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Edmund

It has been a hot summer in central Italy (the Earth?), so the cool air in our studio chapel and in the dining area have been a popular addition to the La Romita experience.  Kay Russell and her followers from the San Francisco area were here followed by Susan Elliott and her group from Colorado.  Both Kay and Susan retired this past June from careers teaching art at the University level; Kay at City College of San Francisco, Susan at Metropolitan State in Denver.  First,

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La Romita Starts 2012 with a Burst of Color!

June 10th, 2012
Edmund

Spring is here and La Romita is in full swing; mild temperatures and some afternoon showers have the entire region verdant and blooming.  The red poppies are virtually everywhere, lining the roads and filling the spaces among the olive trees.  From the golden poppies of California to crimson trails of Umbria, my springtime migration leads me to the soft light of the Mediterranean sun, the many ages of human accomplishment, artistic and architectural, and to the warmth of the Italian people…my friends and colleagues and

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