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March 2012 – From Sun to Snow to Rain

March 5th, 2012
Edmund

I have been to Texas…and it is a very cool place.  Open, friendly people and a thriving arts scene.  Of course this is common knowledge, especially in the Southwest, but I’m fortunate to have had the chance to experience it first hand.  My hosts in Austin, the Richards / Zeugin clan, were wonderful.  The chance to have breakfast tacos and learn about Tex / Mex cuisine in general was just part of it.  Sharon Zeugin and her daughter Maeve and husband Clark Richards helped me

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January/February 2012 –

February 4th, 2012
Edmund

The 2012 season is looking great at La Romita.  Lots of folks are signing up for our dizzying array of art workshops led by an amazing group of teachers.  Shortly I will be making a series of presentations about La Romita and the art of Umbria in three states in addition to my home state of California. I will be in Austin with Sharon Zuegin at Katherine Brimberry’s Flatbed Press the weekend of the 17th of February, then in San Antonio, Kerrville and the Texas

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December 2011 – With Thanks

December 21st, 2011
Edmund

First…we sincerely wish each of you the most enjoyable and meaningful holiday season.  The La Romita family is certainly far-flung, with our extended family reaching around the globe…and including each of you.  This family extends in time as well as space; some of you haven’t been back to Umbria in decades but your cards and missives—electronic or otherwise—continue to arrive and to warm our hearts.  I have just finished my tenth season at La Romita, and having worked with about 1500 participants, feel I’m just

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Edmund’s 2011 Wrap-Up

October 23rd, 2011
Edmund

…and now…the season windup.  Charlotte Attebery, a longtime La Romita teacher / friend, and her group of Californians left on October 4th and we began the process of closing up the convent for the winter.  Hatches are battened, gates are closed, and gear is stored as the winds from the Apennine Mountains take on a bit of a bite.  Each year we watch the sunset as it travels day by day across the “Conca Ternana”, (as the bowl-shaped valley of Terni is known).  In mid-summer

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La Romita and Your Inner Explorer

September 29th, 2011
Edmund

Katherine Brimberry departed about a week ago for home with her group of print-makers.  We know that Flatbed Press in Austin is one of the best print-making studios in the country, but we didn’t know how entertaining and inspiring it would be to shake this place up with Katherine’s innovative techniques.  To call her processes “green” would be perhaps confusing in the world of art, where green is a pretty established concept.  We can call them “non-toxic.”  The power of the sun and an old

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Adabelle Hill

September 27th, 2011

La Romita has been lucky enough to have some truly remarkable people involve themselves with the mission. One person who created an indelible mark on our school is Adabelle Hill, who joined us almost at the beginning and shortly became a fixture, lending her considerable talents to the school in its formative years and helping it become what it is now. So it is with great sorrow that we learned of her passing on August 20th, 2011. Enza Quargnali posted the following: Adabelle has been

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Ferragosto Update

August 24th, 2011
Edmund

We continue into August with one of the nicest summers in recent memory…cool evenings and 85 degree afternoons and perfect mornings for exploring the hill towns. Our last group was actually two groups put together: Carol Duchamp and her Bay Area Art Trek painters, and a group of artists from North Carolina lead by Fritz Kapraun and Virginia Wright-Frierson. The groups melded beautifully and trans-continental friendships flourished. Carol paints colorful mystic abstracts while Fritz specializes in en plein air watercolors and Ginny is a consummate

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Air Conditioning? In Italy??

July 20th, 2011
Edmund

The weather in Italy is sunny and warm all summer. That’s hardly a surprise. What’s been surprising is how cool it’s been this July – but really, nobody’s complaining. The Carol and Ed Maddox show left on the 7th with smiles on their faces and incredibly heavy luggage. When Ed and Carol are here, they are treated not only to Carol’s thoughtful and spot-on critiques and her treasure trove of techniques, but also Ed’s expertise on wines and foods…sometimes quite obscure…usually with an interesting story

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