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La Romita and June Festivals in Umbria

June 16th, 2011
Spello artist at work

June is the time of wildflowers in Italy; the colors are often breathtaking.  To paraphrase our native Francis of Assisi, the supreme beauty of nature attracts souls as well as bees.  Here are a couple of photos I took the other day of a nearby field: After Barry Thomas and his Arkansas travelers, the young artists of Ball State University’s Fine Arts Department brought their energy and talent to this old monastery.  Professors Scott Anderson and David Hannon, both accomplished artists, helped their charges decorate

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On the Other End of the Phone

June 13th, 2011

La Romita gave a fond farewell to Jenny Volkert in March this year. Jenny was one of the anchors of La Romita, who over the past eight years managed the office in Washington DC and was that friendly voice over the phone anwswering all questions concerning the school, the travel, and that wonderful country called Italy. Jenny recently moved to Boston with her husband and daughter to start a new adventure. While Jenny will be sorely missed, La Romita was fortunate to find Tracy Posey

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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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The Honey Bees

May 16th, 2011
BeeBlog

I had the extreme fortune to make it to La Romita before the start of the 2011 season – I say “fortune” because there’s something magical about seeing our amazing staff get everything ready for opening day. Flowers come out, windows are thrown open, the beds are made, and in general La Romita puts on her best dress and prepares to welcome new guests and old friends alike. This year there was an added twist to the usual preparations – it seems that a colony

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A Note From Enza

February 13th, 2011

Cari amici, Ben and I went to Denver on January 27 for a LR reunion, which took place at the beautiful home of Marcy and Bill Crowl. Marcy and Bill were participants with Arlene Krogstad teaching in 2009. (Arlene will be teaching Session 7 this year on Aug 17th) They are very interesting people with interesting careers. Marcy has a degree in Fine Arts and before her recent retirement worked as a designer for a geological research organization and is now devoting full time to

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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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