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La Romita, Ball State University, and the Dee Levin Scholarship

May 18th, 2011
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For over a decade, Indiana’s Ball State University hosting workshops at La Romita for art students. These sessions provide an excellent opportunity for artists who are just beginning their exploration to experience the cultural and artistic richness Italy offers. In 2010 La Romita received a generous donation from the estate of Dee Levin, a frequent participant and missed friend of the School. We have used that donation to establish a scholarship fund in part to help students like the ones in the Ball State program

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Tante Belle Cose

May 18th, 2011
Edmund

2011 -the new season has begun! The first group this year hails mainly from Arkansas, following the amazing Barry Thomas, a former Razorback football star, now one of the most popular painters of the new west.  His paintings are riots of action and color.  When he sets up demos in our quiet little hill towns, a crowd always gathers to watch his flamboyant techniques.  The conversations around the dinner table are interesting and urbane—with quite a few good personal Bill Clinton anecdotes. A visit from

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On Patrons and Babies

April 18th, 2011
Edmund

If you’ve been following my posts for a while, you’ve noticed that in the winter time, while in the States, I’ve been giving presentations on La Romita and the art of the Umbrian hill towns. The beauty of the paintings available to us in Umbria is sometimes breathtaking.  Just walking into the various chambers of a church like the Saint Francis Basilica in Assisi or Orvieto’s Cathedral can be transformative.  The fresco painting is on a massive scale.  The walls and ceilings are literally covered

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While in the States. . .

February 11th, 2011
Edmund

While in the states, we try and visit with past and future La Romita participants whenever we can. This winter, Ben and Enza went to Colorado to meet with our Rocky Mountain friends and participants with instructor Arlene Krogstad, who will be leading the workshop “Excursions in Art”  in August. I went to a gathering here in the San Francisco area at the home of Carol and Ed Maddox (“Painting Umbrian Hill Towns” in late June) and then last week went down to Phoenix to

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Presentation in Phoenix, AZ

January 30th, 2011
Edmund

Hello! I will be making a presentation in the Phoenix area on February 3rd, 6:30 PM at the Shemer Art Center and Museum, 5005 E. Camelback Road. Artist Julie Pollard, who will be teaching at La Romita from June 6th to June 20th, will be our host. http://www.shemerartcenterandmuseum.org/visit My presentation will include slides and videos and a talk about full immersion in Italian culture; where art meets serendipity. If you think you might be able to make it, please call me (1-800-519-2297) or call Julie

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The New Website!

January 6th, 2011
Edmund

Welcome back, friends of La Romita! As you see here, the website has been renovated and updated and made thoroughly more useful by the work of two of our family members. Alessandro Quargnali Linsley and Amina Quargnali Diehl are the son and daughter of Enza’s sister Paola Quargnali, who passed away in 2003. Enza and Paola made La Romita what it is today by their hard work and total dedication to the idea of real cross-cultural exchange between Italy and the US.  Sandro is a

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24 May, 2009

May 29th, 2009

Our third group of the season just left this morning. The indomitable Karlyn Holman from the shores of Lake Superior. They were a hard-working group of painters who filled the walls of the Chapel / studio with their ambitious work. Here are some photos of last night’s aperativo with a performance of their “Ode to La Romita”…in their version of updated Capuchin garb… Our final dinners are now special Italian “grigliate” (barbeques). Olive wood, from the trimming of our trees, makes everything taste amazing.

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23 November, 2008

November 23rd, 2008

Ben and Enza are back in Washington DC enjoying the presence there of their globetrotting son Lars Benson, daughter-in-law Francesca and grandson Giulio. Toward the end of their long stay in Angola, where Lars was working for an N.G.O. which helps fledgling democracies to get on their feet economically, the younger Bensons visited La Romita. Here’s a profile of Giulio in Italy: I’m back in San Francisco and the 2009 brochures are in the mail. Don’t hesitate to call me toll-free with any questions…or just

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